HCMS Encourages Physician Wellness


HCMS advocates for physicians by engaging with our legislators, regulators and payers; providing benefits to achieve work-life balance; and assisting with potentially overwhelming administrative burdens to ease some of the issues which can contribute to physician stress and burnout. Below are some resources available to help bring back your passion for being a doctor.

 
Hotline Help

Hotline Help Numbers

There are several resources to help you if you are feeling overwhelmed:

  • The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD – 24 hour Crisis Hotline at 713-970-7000, and 24/7 Mobile Crisis Outreach Team at 713-970-7520.  
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – Provides 24/7 free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. 1-800-273-8255
  • Texas Medical Association (TMA) PHW Help Line - Anyone can call regarding a physician thought to have a potentially impairing condition. All calls are confidential...for the physician and the caller. Phone calls are returned as soon as possible. 1-800-880-1640
  • HCMS has created the Physician Wellness Program designed to connect physicians with psychiatrists and psychologists who can provide needed help. If you need assistance, call HCMS at 713-524-4267 and ask for the Physician Wellness Program.  This program is not a solution for emergencies.  If you’re thinking about suicide, or are worried about a colleague, call 911 or your local emergency department.   
 
 
Funding

Resources for Financial Help

  • Physician Assistance - Financial assistance programs from the Texas Medical Association (TMA).
    – TMA Physicians Benevolent Fund (PBF), helps physicians and their families with personal expenses such as rent, utilities, and medical bills.
    – TMA Physician Health & Rehab (PHR) Assistance Fund, provides financial help to physicians for treatment for depression or substance use disorders. 
 

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Seminars, Events, and CME Activities

 
 
Membership Discounts

Achieving Work-Life Balance - Discounts on Events and Attractions

Achieving a good work-life balance is about taking time away from the pressures of the office and giving your mind a rest by spending time with your family or enjoying some quiet time alone. 

  • HCMS has member discounts on theater tickets, sports events, and more. 
  • TMA provides a travel program through Gohagan & Company. Travel to some of the most beautiful places in the world and earn CME in the process.
  • The Houston Museum District and Hermann Park area have 19 museums and attractions, including the Houston Zoo and The Health Museum.
  • With CityPASS, you get to explore the very best attractions Houston has to offer, hand-picked and wrapped up in an easy to use ticket booklet. 
 
 
Products and Services

Help with Products, Services, and Employment Assistance

  • HCMS Buyers Guide provides products and services for your practice. (i.e. billing, collections, cybersecurity, HIPAA training, IT, insurance, medical scribes, physician employment/locum tenens, practice management and more.) 
  • Tools and practice resources to help ease the stress of operating a medical practice.
  • Physician Career Center has current job opportunities in the Houston area.
  • HCMS Classifieds is a great resource for finding current sublease/lease opportunities, job opportunities, items for sale, and businesses that offer products and services. 
  • Are you experiencing overwhelming administrative tasks in your practice? HCMS would like to help. Click here to let us know.
 

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Helpful Articles

 

Publications

Helpful Publications

 

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Alleviating Regulatory and Legislative Burdens

HCMS and TMA advocate for you with state and national legislators.
 

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Wellness Website Resources

There are several websites to help you combat stress and burnout: