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July 1 - Take action now. Avoid a Medicare Meaningful Use Penalty in 2015
Physicians have until July 1 to apply for a hardship exemption for not meeting electronic health record (EHR) meaningful use requirements. Please refer to AMA’s new tip sheet for guidelines.
     
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05/06/14 DCHHS Health Advisory: Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
Because of increases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) cases reported from Saudi Arabia and UAE since mid-March of 2014, clinicians are being requested to increase their index of suspicion for MERS-CoV in travelers to the Arabian Peninsula and neighboring countries. Read more about the health advisories from DCHHS and CDC.
     
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04/23/14 DCHHS HEALTH ADVISORY: West Nile Virus
The Dallas County Health and Human Services is reporting confirmation by a public health laboratory of the first positive West Nile Virus mosquito trap for 2014 in Dallas County . . . read more.
     
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Congress Patches SGR and Delays ICD-10
Congress staved off a 24-percent physician payment cut under the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula until April 1, 2015. Legislation also delays the ICD-10 start date to Oct. 1, 2015, the second deadline extension for ICD-10 . . . more.
     
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North Texas Accountable Healthcare Partnership (NTAHP)
Check out NTAHP . . . the State-designated HIE for North Texas. Click here to see how an HIE improves health care decision making, ensures efficiency and lowers costs.
   
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SGR Action Alert
Congress is now closer than ever to permanently repeal the SGR and modernize Medicare provider payments. Call or write to Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, as well as your US Representative and inform them how important this legislation is to your practice. Physicians may not get this opportunity again.
     
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Benefits of DCMS Membership
Benefits outweigh dues in 2014 ... view details.
     
 
upcoming events
August
 
DCMS Medical Student Dinner - Aug 24
Join your colleagues at the 39th annual DCMS Medical Student Dinner at 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24, at the Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas. If you can’t attend, please consider sponsoring a student to attend the dinner.
 
 

DCMS iDock Free Reimbursement and Staffing Consults - Aug 27
Free 30 minute confidential reimbursement consult with TMA payment advocacy staff or staffing/ HR consult with CN Staffing specialist. Call 214-948-3622 to schedule your consult.
 
 
 
September
DCMS Closed - Sep 1
The DCMS office will be closed on Monday, Sept. 1, in observance of Labor Day.
 
 

TMA Fall Conference: Sep 12-13
Join your colleagues September 12-13 for the 2014 Fall Conference at Hyatt Lost Pines, located 30 minutes outside of downtown Austin.
 
 

Retired Physicians' Club - Sep 17
The Retired Physicians Club will meet on Wednesday, September 17 for lunch and a presentation by Brad Bolinger, an experienced attorney and CPA.
 
 

DCMS Medicaid/CHIP Update - Sep 18
Open forum for physicians and their staff who participate in TX Medicaid/ CHIP.