When Mother Nature strikes a blow and a federal disaster declaration is announced in Texas, TMA’s PBF Disaster Relief Fund activates to help re-establish physician practices in a timely manner.
PBF Disaster Fund Details
Expansion of the Good Samaritan law to volunteer health care professionals and sponsoring health care institutions for care, assistance, or advice provided during a disaster
A General Overview of Senate Bill 752 (86th Legislature)
Volunteer to help (Link to the Texas Disaster Volunteer Registry)
The Texas Disaster Volunteer Registry is run by the Texas Department of State Health Services. Texas physicians can sign up with the registry as a volunteer to provide medical help to Texas communities during or after a disaster.
In the chaos of today's health care environment, TMA is here for Texas physicians. Together with our county medical societies, we distributed more than $97 million in PPE across the state.
PPE Resource Center
Every healthcare office should maintain written policies for addressing any kind of emergency (e.g., utility disruption or a manmade disaster) and particularly inclement weather and hurricanes. Physicians should also be aware of emergency management plans in the county or community. Click here for a list of local Texas emergency preparedness websites provided by Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).
Here are a few important tips for you and your staff when dealing with an emergency or disaster:
Physicians can play a significant role in helping patients prepare and respond to disaster situations. Patients, especially those with fragile health, should be counseled on the importance of having a disaster plan in place for themselves and their families.
In addition, physicians can help their patients prepare by:
Watch how, in March of 2020, one Austin physician found a homemade remedy to the nationwide shortage of PPE.
“I am not pretending these are N-95s, but these are stopgaps… to provide us with protection until more N-95s arrive."
The TMA Disaster Fund helped 54 practices rebuild from Hurricane Harvey. Studies of the public health, mental health, and environmental effects of the storm could take years to complete. Meanwhile, physician practices share their own lessons learned.
ICD-10-CM Coding Advice for Healthcare Encounters in Hurricane Aftermath - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Got disaster preparedness questions? Call the Knowledge Center.
Together, vaccines help safeguard our health, our jobs, our schools, and the Texas economy. Check out TMA's new Vaccines Defend What Matters campaign.
Vaccines Defend What Matters
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