Business over Breakfast
TCMS Purchasing Program
Primary Care Pediatric Conference 2012
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TMA Practice Management Publications
CMS Ceases Revalidation Process through TrailBlazer Transition
Recognizing 100 Percent
Free Ethics CME
Austin's Pediatric Epilepsy Conference CME Opportunity
On Thursday, June 7, TMA Clinical Advocacy Department Director Joseph Gave, MBA, MPH will present Quality Improvement Measures to Enhance Your Practice in the TCMS Boardroom (2nd floor), 4300 N Lamar, at 7:30 am.
The presentation will cover what you can be doing to increase revenue for your practice. Mr. Gave will share TMA tools and resources to enhance your practice and provide better care for patients.
Examples at your fingertips: PQRI Wizard – a simple and cost-effective online tool that eligible physicians can use to collect and report quality measure data under the PQRS pay-for-reporting program; prevention calculators – used to help increase reimbursement and more.
To RSVP, contact the Society at email@example.com or 512-206-1146.
Bring the family and join TCMS for a private screening of Pixar’s new fairytale adventure “Brave” (rated PG) on Sunday, June 24 at the Alamo Drafthouse in Lake Creek. Door open at 3 pm; show time at 3:30 pm. $15 for physicians and guests; $10 for residents and medical students (ticket includes one food item and one
To RSVP, contact the Society at firstname.lastname@example.org or 512-206-1146. Click here for personal invitation.
This event is sponsored in part by these Friends of the Society: Medical Service Bureau; Texas Medical Association Insurance Trust; Texas Medical Liability Trust; TCMS Auto Program; TCMS Purchasing Program; TCMS Staffing Services; Austin Radiological Association; University Federal Credit Union; Brian Novy Company and Independent Bank.
Through the TCMS Purchasing Program, members may save money for their practice by accessing negotiated group pricing on a variety of services ranging from office supplies to medical waste disposal.
Current vendors in the TCMS Purchasing Program include Time Warner Cable Business Class®, Office Depot®, Verbatim Transcription®, MedSharps®, Marshal Shredding Co., COCARD®, the Weston Group and Critical Connection Mortgage Lending. Additional vendor relationships are continually being explored and added based on customer demand and feedback. The program is now available to all TCMS physicians as a benefit of membership.
For more information on the TCMS Purchasing Program, email email@example.com or call 512-697-2606.
The Baylor College of Medicine will hold its annual Primary Care Pediatric Conference on July 15-18, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa in Lost Pines, TX to provide updates in pediatric primary care to pediatricians, family physicians and physician assistants.
Over the course of 3 half days, participants will have the opportunity to earn up to 14 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM by interacting directly with faculty from Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children’s Hospital and McLane Children’s Hospital Scott & White.
For more information, visit: www.BaylorCME.org/CME/1455
The following physicians have applied for TCMS membership. Under the provisions of the bylaws, names of applicants are presented to the membership for review. Written objections to the applicant’s membership must be directed to the TCMS Board of Ethics within 30 days of publication.
Click here to view new member applicants with photos.
TCMS is on Facebook and Twitter! Receive information on networking and educational events as well as the latest practice management and advocacy updates. Engage, interact and let TCMS and your colleagues know what’s on your mind. Click here to ‘Like’ us on Facebook. Click here to follow us on Twitter.
Are you unsure or unfamiliar with social media? Read “The Importance of an Online Presence” in the May/June TCMS Journal.
For assistance, contact TCMS Communication Coordinator Shahar Gurvitz at firstname.lastname@example.org or 512-206-1219.
After voicing concerns over the devastating effects to physicians from the revalidation program continuing in Texas during the transition from TrailBlazer to Novitas, confirmation has been received that the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has ceased the process to allow TrailBlazer to focus on the outstanding revalidation letters that have already been mailed along with new/updated enrollment requests.
CMS posts a listing of everyone who have had a revalidation letter mailed to them.
To determine whether a revalidation request has been sent to you, visit http://go.cms.gov/Jscc1z.
The Texas Medical Association has several practice
management publications written specifically for Texas
physicians. Educate yourself and your office staff on these important topics:
• Policies & Procedures – A Guide for Medical Practices
• OSHA Program Manual for Medical Facilities
• Non-physician Practitioners
• Closing or Selling your Medical Practice
To see a comprehensive list of publications, costs and how to order click here, email email@example.com or call 512-370-1550.
We’d like to thank the large group practices with 100 percent membership in TCMS and TMA, for their continued dedication to strengthening the voice of medicine in Travis County and Texas. See List.
TMA’s Physician Oncology Education Program invites you to attend a dinner with free Ethics CME on Screening for Breast Cancer and Genetic Testing; BRCA Analysis on Wednesday, June 20 from 5:30-8:30 pm at TMA Thompson Auditorium (401 W 15th St). Speakers include Texas Oncology’s Debra A. Patt, MD, MPH and Ellen Smith, MD.
For more information and to RSVP, contact Leslie Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org or 512-370-1671.
The Texas Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for ontinuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
TMA designates this live activity for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
TMA has designated this activity for 2 hours of education in medical ethics and/or ofessional development.
Disclosure: Policies and standards of the Texas Medical Association, the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education and the American Medical Association require that speakers and planners for continuing medical education activities disclose any relevant financial relationships they may have with commercial entities whose products, devices or services may be discussed in the content of the CME activity.
Dells Children's Medical Center, in partnership with the University Of Texas McCombs School Of Business, will host the Austin Pediatric Epilepsy Conference on July 6-7. The conference will examine current practices and innovations in epilepsy care and cover a wide range of topics, including anti-epileptic drugs, epilepsy surgery, quality of life and the business infrastructure necessary to provide quality, value driven care to the patient.
For more information and registration, click here.
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