New Human Trafficking Prevention Training Requirement

July 15, 2020

Pursuant to House Bill 2059, certain health care practitioners are required to complete an approved human trafficking prevention training course in order to renew their license beginning September 1, 2020. The training course must be approved by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) and is required for each license renewal submitted on or after the effective date.

The following TDLR license types are impacted by HB 2059 and will be required to comply with the new training requirement:

· Podiatric Physician
· Podiatric Temporary Residency
· Podiatric Medical Radiological Technician

HHSC has already approved one training course and posted it on their website. Additional courses will be posted as they are approved. You can find more information on HHSC’s Texas Human Trafficking Resource Center webpage.

TPMA Online CECH Series – Webinar #1

June 16, 2020

Zoom Webinar | June 24, 2020 | 12:00 – 1:00 pm
1 CECH

Podiatric Dermatology Essentials
Speaker: Tracey Vlahovic, DPM, FFPM RCPS (Glasg)

Register now!

Your Podiatry Practice and COVID-19

March 23, 2020

Dear member,

As the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the Texas Podiatric Medical Association wants to share some important information with you and guidance for your practice during this challenging time. Below are some links that we hope will help you deal with the current situation. 

Many podiatrists are searching for answers about how to address COVID-19 in their practices and personal lives. TPMA/APMA is here to help by directing you to the most authoritative and timely news and tools. These resources are available on APMA’s COVID-19 resource page at www.apma.org/covid19 as well as an FAQ page.

PODIATRISTS CAN PROVIDE E/M SERVICES REMOTELY
A resource that may be of interest to you are APMA-developed resources on providing telehealth services. You may need to provide Telephone Services and Online Digital Evaluation and Management Services during this time. CMS has announced major changes to services that podiatrists can furnish remotely under the 1135 waiver authority and Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act. This waiver allows Medicare to pay for office, hospital, and other visits furnished via telehealth. This change means podiatrists can submit CPT 99201–99215 when these services are provided remotely. Watch APMA’s webinar for guidance on coding, compliance, and documentation for these service types. As of today, telehealth can be provided for Medicare Part B (Fee for Service) and Medicare Advantage plans only. Rules and Regulations change from day to day so stay tuned for updates.

Additionally, there may be upcoming issues with patients requiring “covered routine foot care” (RFC) and/or diabetic therapeutic shoes (DTS). With regard to the RFC and DTS it is APMA’s understanding that, “DME CMD’s suggest that CMS is having discussions with all the CMD’s on many of the policy issues given that it is not possible for most folks to get into their PCP offices right now. Priority for ill patients not for those who need to be certified for shoes or routine foot care must be given.

Some coders have also suggested that if possible (based on the patient’s history, physical finding, diagnoses and the Novitas Solution’s LCD on RFG) to use non-asterisk (*) diagnoses as these do not require the patient to be seen by their attending within the past six months. This is just a suggestion and may not be appropriate for every patient’s situation. There is also the possibility that these patients can be scheduled farther out after the virus situation and the social distancing is no longer a problem.

THE FAMILIES FIRST CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE ACT WAS SIGNED INTO LAW ON MARCH 18, 2020
In the coming days and weeks, federal regulatory agencies, including the Department of Labor (DOL) and Health and Human Services (HHS), will provide guidance on how to execute or implement the new requirements. In the meantime, employers and advisors must rely on a good faith interpretation of the act’s text. View the Families First Act

ADDITIONAL LINKS:

TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES

TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF LICENSING AND REGULATION

CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION (CDC)

WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (WHO)

JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY & MEDICINE

CENTERS FOR MEDICARE & MEDICAID SERVICES

TEXAS WORKFORCE COMMISSION

  • TWC webpage has resources and information on actions taken by the commission in response to COVID-19. This page will be continuously updated with answers to questions about operating your business during this time. Please visit https://twc.texas.gov/news/covid-19-resources-employers.

CYBERSECURITY

  • Be aware there are fake emails coming in posing as COVID-19 informationals; these emails/sites direct you to install an applet in order to view “current” data but instead it installs a malicious program. Please be wary of any unfamiliar sites asking you to download or install anything. You can read more about it here.

Stay well and safe,

Melinda Daise
Executive Director

Steven P. Brancheau
Chief Medical Officer

CMS Announces Actions to Address Spread of Coronavirus

March 12, 2020

It is Novitas Solutions’ priority to keep you informed of updates addressing the Coronavirus (COVID-19). They have developed a dedicated Coronavirus webpage that can be easily accessed from their website home page banner and a red alert box at the top of the page. Stay informed and subscribe to the Novitas Solutions’ eNews to learn the latest Medicare news and other time-critical information.

2020 Medicare Participation Physicians/Suppliers Directory (MEDPARD) NOW AVAILABLE!

March 4, 2020

The 2020 MEDPARD (Medicare Participation Physicians/Suppliers Directory) is now available! As in the past, there will be no hardcopy distributions. Beneficiaries can use the Internet or contact 1-800-MEDICARE for assistance in locating a participating supplier near their home. Also, the beneficiary’s local Social Security Office(s), the Area Administration on Aging office(s) and other beneficiary advocacy organizations may be able to assist as well.

JH MEDPARD includes:

  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • New Mexico
  • Oklahoma
  • Texas

To access the directory, use the arrow pull-down windows to select a specific state, county and specialty. Click “Submit” and the supplier choices will display in alphabetical order.

Mandated Use of the Texas PMP

February 13, 2020

Starting March 1, 2020, prescribers and pharmacists will be required by Texas state law to use the Texas PMP to review a patient’s prescription history before prescribing or dispensing opioids, benzodiazepines, barbiturates, or carisoprodol. Exceptions are made for patients who have been diagnosed with cancer or are receiving hospice care.

The link for this database is https://txpmp.org/.

If you have not already, please register so you are ready for March. You can assign delegates to references the database on your behalf.

New Disclosure & Consent Form Required in 2020

December 20, 2019

The Texas Medical Disclosure Panel (TMDP) has adopted changes to the informed consent forms, which will take effect January 1, 2020. The list of complications for “A” and “B” procedures must be used as well.

Beginning January 1, a patient must sign the new version of the applicable form before a physician provides the care or procedure to have it presumed in a court proceeding that the physician obtained informed consent.

The amended, adopted versions of the two forms, each in both English and Spanish, were published in the Texas Register on June 21. Download the 2020 English version or the Spanish version of the medical care/surgical procedures form.

Updated procedures list across all specialties can be found on the Texas Department of State Health Services website.

TPMA Chief Medical Officer Announced

December 11, 2019

Steven Brancheau, DPMThe Texas Podiatric Medical Association is pleased to announce the appointment of Steven Brancheau, DPM, as its new Chief Medical Officer (CMO). The CMO is a physician leader that will oversee the association medical leadership and legislative activities.

Dr. Brancheau graduated from Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine in 1980, followed by finishing his 1st year of residency at Doctor’s Hospital in Mesquite, TX and his 2nd year of residency at Waldo General (now Swedish Medical Center) in Seattle, WA in 1982. After his 2 years of residency, Dr. Brancheau continued his training with a 1-year fellowship through American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Dr. Brancheau is board certified by American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery as well as the American Board of Podiatric Medicine. He is published in several peer reviewed medical journals as well as lectured nationally for many years.

Dr. Brancheau served as the president of TPMA from 2012-2013. He has also served on multiple committees for the association including budget, continuing medical education, and scope of practice. As Director of the Hunt Regional Medical Center Residency Program he is immersed in the education of our future podiatrists. Dr. Brancheau also serves as adjunct clinical professor of podiatric medicine and surgery at many of the colleges of podiatric medicine, including Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine, Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine and the New York College of Podiatric Medicine, to name a few.

“Dr. Brancheau will be a great addition to our team and I look forward to working with him. I have personally witnessed his long-standing dedication to TPMA. He is an excellent candidate for this position and is committed to fulfilling our mission.” – Melinda Daise

“I’m very excited about this appointment. Dr. Brancheau adds experience, leadership, institutional knowledge and relationships that are immeasurable. He has the full support of our Executive Board and I look forward to working together to achieve all of TPMA’s goals.” – Steven A. Walters, DPM

“I would like to extend a sincere thank you for my appointment as Chief Medical Officer of the TPMA. I will work as a medical representative of TPMA under direction from the Board of Directors, President Steven Walters, DPM, and the Executive Director, Melinda Daise. With a legislative session looming, there is much to be done in the coming year. As your CMO, you have my promise to always represent you the members, in the best interest of the TPMA. Again, my humble and sincere thanks for this appointment. I am excited to begin this journey as your representative!” – Steven Brancheau, DPM

TPMA’s Mission: Unifying and empowering podiatric physicians in providing excellence in foot and ankle care for all Texans.

Paul Kinberg, DPM Recognized At 19th Annual CAC/PIAC Meeting

November 20, 2019

Paul Kinberg, DPM awarded CAC/PIAC Representative of the YearThe 19th Annual CAC-PIAC Meeting took place on Friday, November 15, in Alexandria, VA. The one-day event featured key industry speakers and provided attendees the opportunity to learn from each other while discussing local concerns.

New this year, awards were given to two representatives to recognize their significant contribution to the profession by ensuring equitable coverage of services by podiatrists.

  • CAC-PIAC Representative of the Year: Paul Kinberg, DPM, CAC representative from Texas Podiatric Medical Association
  • Rising Star Award: Jodie Sengstock, DPM, CAC representative for Michigan Podiatric Medical Association

Congratulations, Dr. Kinberg!

Members: read the full recap on the APMA website.

TPMA Executive Director Announced

October 24, 2019

Melinda Daise The Texas Podiatric Medical Association would like to announce that Melinda Daise has been appointed to lead TPMA as Executive Director. Melinda has served TPMA in staff leadership roles for 11 years and has more than twenty years of association experience. She has a proven record of managing productive and profitable meetings, providing financial management, leading committees and the ability to work with our members. With Melinda’s knowledge of the association and her passion to excel, she is uniquely qualified to lead us.

“On behalf of the Executive Board of the Texas Podiatric Medical Association, I’m pleased to announce the selection of Melinda Daise to serve as our next Executive Director effective 10/15/19. During this process, the Executive Board took a measured and thoughtful approach that our members expect and deserve. It became clear Melinda is the best person to lead TPMA at this time. She has served TPMA with loyalty and competency that is unquestionable. During her time with TPMA, she has learned every aspect of how TPMA operates to accomplish its goal of empowering our members to provide excellence in foot and ankle care for all Texans. She enjoys unanimous support from the Executive Board, and I look forward to her helping TPMA achieve all of its goals.” – TPMA President Steve Walters, DPM

“Having worked with Melinda for more than a decade, I can say that the Board of Directors’ decision to promote Melinda to Executive Director is a sound decision. She has institutional knowledge of the history and workings of TPMA that will be invaluable. I will work with her during the transition, which is already well underway, and I am sure she will continue to be a valuable asset for the association. Melinda deserves your support!” – Don Canada

“I am honored to serve as the Executive Director for TPMA, an organization that I am passionate about. I am happy to have grown in my career with this Association and have developed lifelong friends along the way. I am excited about the future and the opportunity to continue to serve our members.” – Melinda Daise

TPMA’s Mission: Unifying and empowering podiatric physicians in providing excellence in foot and ankle care for all Texans.