The patient-physician relationship will be the focus of the TMA Fall Conference, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 18-19, at the AT&T Conference Center in Austin.
Saturday's session begins at 7:30 am with a Dawn Duster session on TMA's new Physician Services Organization for Patient Care.
The general session begins at 8:45 am with remarks by TMA President Stephen Brotherton, MD. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) will follow with an update on issues in Congress.
Next on the agenda will be a panel discussion on Protecting the Patient-Physician Relationship. Panel members will be state Reps. Susan King (R-Abilene), Sarah Davis (R-Houston), and Nicole Collier (D-Fort Worth).
The session ends with a recap of the 2013 legislative session by Evan Smith, chief executive officer and editor-in-chief of the Texas Tribune.
You can get your flu shot and other vaccinations recommended for health care professionals at the conference. Physicians and their families, medical students, and office staff can get a vaccination Saturday, Oct. 19, from 7:30 to 8:30 am. The event is sponsored by TMA's Committee on Infectious Diseases and TMA's Be Wise — ImmunizeSM program.
Flu shots, including the new quadrivalent vaccine, and flu mist will be available. You also can get a Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) or MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccination.
The cost for a flu shot is $27; for quadrivalent vaccination (limited supply), $40; for FluMist, $40; for Tdap, $80; and for MMR, $105.
Be Wise — Immunize is a joint initiative led by TMA physicians and the TMA Alliance, funded by the TMA Foundation through generous grants from H-E-B and the TMF Health Quality Institute. Since the program began in 2004, more than 235,000 vaccinations have been given to Texas children, adolescents, and adults.
TMA councils, boards, committees, and sections will meet during the conference.
Be Wise — Immunize is a service mark of the Texas Medical Association.
Action, Oct. 15, 2013