When COVID-19 made holding the annual in-person conference unlikely, the Border Health Caucus pivoted to bring you the same important information virtually. Zoom meetings hosted by five county medical societies along the border brought together elected officials, medical experts, and hundreds of members to discuss issues related to COVID-19.
The final tele-town hall in the summer's Zoom Across the Border series was a terrific success. Hundreds of physicians, students, and alliance members in the border region of Texas tuned in for an update on how COVID-19 continues to impact physicians and their practices.
The event's speakers included:
Soon you will be able to find a recording of the tele-town hall on TMA's YouTube page.
Gov. Greg Abbott today reauthorized non-emergent elective surgeries at hospitals and allowed nursing homes to reopen for visitations under certain conditions across the majority of Texas.
As the case numbers and fatalities shoot upward, as refrigerator trucks crank up their coolers in makeshift morgues, as ambulances wait for hours to unload patients, and as coronavirus-stricken physicians and nurses slip out of the workforce, elected officials in the poorest region of Texas are getting desperate.
At midnight in South Texas, nearly every bed is full in a low-slung building housing some of the sickest COVID-19 patients near the U.S.-Mexico border.
Under Texas law, physicians treating COVID-19 patients in a volunteer capacity have potential defenses against lawsuits that might arise from that care.
As more reports come in on the spread of coronavirus COVID-19, TMA has convened a task force of public health experts to help Texas physicians prepare for the next phase. We’ve started by compiling all the news and information you need right now on our online resource center. Bookmark that page as we will update it continually.
COVID-19 Resource Center
The 2020 Border Health Virtual Conference kickoff was a terrific success. Co-hosted by BHC Chair Luis Urrea, MD and TMA president-elect Linda Villarreal, MD, the tele-town hall on Tuesday, June 23 focused on the state's economy and budget, public health, telemedicine, PPP loans, and Medicaid. Nearly 400 physicians joined the tele-town hall. Questions asked by the listening audience covered Medicaid, budget cuts, insurance coverage, and how to know when to return to your practice after you've gotten Covid. Read a recap of the event and watch the video below to learn more.
Zoom meetings being planned for later this summer will allow more in-depth conversations so stay tuned for topics and information on how to join those. You won't want to miss them. And don't forget to follow the Border Health Caucus on Facebook and Twitter for details.
On May 8, 2020, in response to COVID-19, HHSC issued guidance permitting remote delivery of certain components of Texas Health Steps medical checkups for children over 24 months of age (starting after the “24-month” checkup). Medicaid health plans are encouraged to proactively collaborate with providers to work through operational aspects of this guidance. These answers to commonly asked questions augment the information in the original provider notice. This guidance also applies to well-child visits provided through the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
Get the latest news and updates on testing sites, PPE Updates, education opportunities and so much more to help you sort through these uncertain times.
El Paso pediatricians fill a gap by volunteering care for asylum-seekers along the Texas border. What started as a local way to address the health care needs of this growing population is gradually turning into a statewide and national network.
Read the Feature story in Texas Medicine.
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