Texas Goes Live With the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact

February 23, 2022

The Texas Medical Board (TMB) announced that Texas’ involvement in the interstate medical licensure compact will go live on March 1, 2022. Click here for details. HB 1616, authored by Rep. Greg Bonnen, MD, passed out of the 2021 Texas Legislature and allows Texas to recognize the medical licenses from 32 other participating states.

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TDI-DWC Is Seeking Shoulder Experts

January 22, 2022

The Texas Department of Insurance – Division of Workers’ Compensation is seeking shoulder experts for its Medical Quality Review Panel. Click here to learn more:

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HIPAA Investigations by the Office of Civil Rights: January 25 Webinar

January 16, 2022

TMLT will hold a January 25 webinar on violations related to HIPAA investigations by the Office of Civil Rights: Understand what the OCR is focusing on in its investigations. Explain how to prevent the most common violations cited by the OCR in 2021. Discuss the importance of cooperating with the OCR and responding to their…

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CMS Extends Hip-and-Knee Replacement Demonstration for Three Years

April 30, 2021

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized an extension of the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) demonstration on April 29, and the extension will add an additional three years through 2024. The extension will only apply to hospitals in the mandatory portions of the demonstration. Click here to read CMS’s final rule.…

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Texas Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Physicians in Workers’ Comp Case

January 29, 2021

The Texas Supreme Court ruled in favor of physicians in the case Patients Medical Center v. Facility Insurance Corporation, which questioned whether physicians had to assume the burden of proof throughout any medical fee dispute case that goes to SOAH, regardless of if the provider prevailed at the administrative level with the Division of Workers’ Compensation (TDI-DWC).    The…

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Congress’ End-of-Year Legislation

December 21, 2020

Congress passed end-of-year legislation on December 21, 2020, that updated Medicare’s E/M cuts for orthopaedics, created a ban on surprise billing for emergency services, and added a new round of PPP. Updated Physician Fee Schedule Click here to view the E/M calculator:2021 Ortho codes only revised pro fee compare 2021 to 2020 Click here for…

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TOA Supports Congressman Burgess’ Bid for E&C Leader

November 12, 2020

The Texas Orthopaedic Association offered its support for Congressman Michael Burgess’ bid to serve as the Republican leader of the U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee. Click here to view TOA’s support letter: Congressman Burgess Support Letter – Texas Orthopaedic Association

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