• Benefits of HCMS Membership

    HCMS and the Texas Medical Association (TMA) are the largest county and state medical societies in the nation, representing more than 11,000 members in the county and over 48,000 members across the state. Membership at HCMS and TMA is unified. The joint membership offers over 100 member benefits to physicians and their staff including socioeconomic and legislative advocacy. Below are links to key sections of the website that might be particularly valuable to physicians and their practices. 

    As a new active physician member, you can expect during your first year of membership:


    • Free Networking and CME at the Branches: See link to upcoming meetings.
    • Free Targeted Direct Mailings: Receive one set of FREE electronic labels to promote your practice to physicians based on criteria of your choice (i.e. practice setting, specialties, zip codes, etc.). See link for details.


    Payment Advocacy and Practice Resources

    We work with health plans to improve their processes for patients and physicians. Often we discover system-wide problems and collaborate on solutions. We collected $19 million for members in the past 10 years through our Payment Advocacy Program and serve both practices and individual physicians who experience difficulties with reimbursements. This is a free member benefit.

    Need information or resources maintaining a successful practice? 
    We have updates to the Health Insurance Marketplace, a compliance calendar, incentive calculators, pay for performance, tools and pertinent information physicians need to know as the Affordable Care Act rolls into implementation.Let HCMS be your go-to spot for the latest solutions to your challenges. Knowledgeable staff can assist you with:

    Legislative and Regulatory Advocacy

    Our grassroots efforts by individual physicians and passion for Texas patients has been the cornerstones of our success at the state and federal capitals and in the courts. Together with the TMA we work to:

    • Repeal harmful and onerous regulations
    • Provide appropriate funding for physicians services
    • Invest in prevention
    • Promote a fair civil justice system
    • Fight to reduce physicians' time spent contesting claims
    • Stand up for physicians in important health care lawsuits

    Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Professional Education

    HCMS and TMA offer 80-plus courses to help sharpen physicians' skills in the areas of practice management, technology, quality improvement, and professional growth. CME's are offered through traditional lectures or webinars at no cost or low cost.

    Visibility and Access through Electronic Rosters and Apps

    While the HCMS Pictorial Roster is still ranked our number one benefit, HCMS and TMA now have electronic Roster versions. Membership provides you with access to your colleagues and increases your visibility to them through the following:

    • Harris County Physician Directory – Searchable information on physicians practicing in Harris County
    • TMA Find a Physician – Searchable information on physicians practicing in Texas
    • DocbookMD – HIPAA compliant mobile application for practicing physicians and their care teams to discuss shared patients

    Visibility through Networking and Marketing Services

    In addition to our Rosters, we offer visibility through our networking events and other marketing services. These opportunities are available to all members at a low cost.

    Lead and Volunteer

    HCMS and TMA welcome your involvement and encourages you to take advantage of our many opportunities to be engaged. Opportunities include:

    • Branch Society Leadership
    • Young Physicians Leadership
    • First Tuesdays at the Capitol
    • Appointed Positions on HCMS and TMA Committees
    • Elected Positions on HCMS and TMA Boards and Councils
    • Volunteer Opportunities to Provide Community Outreach

    Other Benefits and Services

    Regardless of your need, we can assist you with either an existing service or direct you to a resource that will meet your needs. For more information, contact Ahuva Terk at 713-524-4267, ext. 329 or ahuva_terk@hcms.org.