Aug 16, 2013

Not Doing #PQRS? Quick Action Will Avoid a Penalty

For practices that don't currently participate in the Medicare Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), and that don’t want to use a qualified registry or electronic health record PQRS reporting mechanism, another Medicare penalty is looming. Take action now to sign up for a temporary mechanism to prevent it.

Practices not participating in PQRS in 2013 will pay a 1.5-percent penalty on their Medicare claims in 2015. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has created an option — for 2013 only and if you sign up by Oct. 15, 2013 — that allows practices to participate in PQRS and avoid the penalty just by signing up — no quality reporting required (and no eligibility for PRQS incentives, either).

But don’t delay. Signing up is a multi-step process, and practices are already reporting significant delays in getting their sign-up approved and completed through the Medicare system.

Here’s an outline from TMA of what you need to do.

Aug 15, 2013

Texas Company Recalls Sterile Use Products

Sterile Compounding of Cedar Park has voluntarily recalled all products it produced and distributed for sterile use because of reports of bacterial bloodstream infections possibly related to the company's calcium gluconate infusions.

Learn more about the products recalled and the possible infections associated with them.

Aug 12, 2013

Brochure Answers Health System Reform Questions

Are your patients asking you questions about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and how it affects them?

To help you answer their questions, TMA created a free brochure for patients, "Because Your Doctor Cares: What You Need to Know About Health Care Reform."

TMA members may order free copies of this brochure to hand out or place in waiting rooms. Call the TMA Knowledge Center at (800) 880-7955 or email knowledge@texemd.org with the number of brochures you need and your mailing address.