Legal Guidance For Your Practice

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In its stated mission to enhance the effectiveness of physicians and protect patients, The Tennessee Medical Association has taken seriously its role as an advocate on legal and regulatory issues that impact doctors’ ability to effectively provide care. Thus, the TMA offers aggressive pursuit of physician rights in every forum, as well as personal access to a multitude of legal services including the online Law Guide, one of our biggest values to members. Our health care attorneys advocate in court, represent medicine before state and federal regulatory boards and committees, and offer legal and compliance guidance*, hospital medical staff bylaw review, and more.

Members have realized for many years that utilizing our legal expertise even once or twice a year can more than recoup the value of their dues each year in what they would have spent on legal/practice management consultation fees. Members may pose medico-legal, state regulatory or practice management questions to the TMA by phone, fax or e-mail. This is a members-only benefit and our staff can only respond to issues submitted by TMA members. The TMA Legal Department cannot provide legal advice or representation to individual members or practices.

Scroll down for a full list of TMA Legal services.

*Due to its tax-exempt status, the TMA cannot provide legal advice or representation to individual members.


What our health care attorneys can do for you.


Law Guide Directory

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TMA’s popular guide to TN health law and practice management for members. This guide is our signature resource for medico-legal information.

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HIPAA Training

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This compliance course helps medical practice employees learn how to understand and navigate HIPAA laws and apply them to real-life scenarios.

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Doctor Shopping Guide

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This guide helps physicians with meeting their responsibility to report drug-seeking patients under Tennessee law.

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Supervising Physician Toolkit

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Our toolkit will help you stay in compliance with regulations governing your role as a supervisor of an advanced practice nurse or physician assistant.

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Peer Review Booklet

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Our health care attorneys provide a comprehensive peer review booklet and model medical staff bylaws to assist physicians.

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TMA Contingency Plan

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Our Physician Contingency Plan helps protect our members and their patients in the event of an unexpected inability to continue practice.

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Legal Resource Library

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Get more out of your membership from our list of legal resources: valuable for any medical practice and physician in Tennessee healthcare.

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Legal Disclaimer

For all information and resources provided, the following disclaimer applies:

These materials, resources, and discussion of issues should not be construed as legal advice or representation by the TMA. It does not constitute an attorney-client relationship between you or any TMA employee. This unwarranted material is provided only for informational purposes. Should you require legal advice or representation, you should contact your personal attorney. Some resources such as amicus briefs and medical staff bylaws review require members to pay a discounted hourly fee to the TMA.