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Cancer-Prevention Vaccination Now Easier, Just as Effective
Preventing cancer just got a little easier. Adolescents under age 15 now need only two shots to prevent human papillomavirus (HPV), rather than three doses of vaccine as physicians previously recommended. HPV causes several cancers that sicken and kill both men and women, and the shots prevent HPV.

Reporters: Attend University of Health State Briefing
The third “University of Health” infosession of this legislative interim/ 85th legislative session examines Texas’ public health system, and is presented by the Texas Public Health Coalition (TPHC), a group of more than 35 organizations dedicated to advancing core public health principles at the state and community levels. The Texas Medical Association (TMA), a TPHC member, is hosting this event.

Physicians to Flock to Capitol for First Tuesdays Event
More than 200 physicians, medical students, and TMA Alliance members from across Texas will fill the Capitol to urge legislators to back laws that protect patients’ access to care, preserve public health, and more during the Texas Medical Association’s (TMA’s) initial First Tuesdays at the Capitol advocacy day.

Physician-Legislators to Host First Capitol Walk With a Doc Texas Event
Texas physician-legislators will host the first-ever Walk With a Doc event at the Texas Capitol, to promote physical activity. TMA physicians across Texas regularly host similar walks in their communities, as part of a successful national program.

Legislative Priorities, New Primary Care Model Top TMA Issues This Month
Legislative goals and decisions impacting the health of Texas patients and their physicians’ care; doctors considering a new “medical home” model to better serve patients; and relaxed rules giving physicians a chance to avoid Medicare payment penalties highlight this month’s Texas Medical Association (TMA) Texas Medicine magazine.

Doctors Race to Understand Spike in Texas’ Maternal Mortality Rate
Mothers in Texas die more often during or after pregnancy than women in most other states, and a state task force is studying why.

Texas Physicians Offer Legislators Fix for Surprise Billing Problem
The Texas Medical Association (TMA) and its physician members recognize surprise medical billing is a problem, and are offering lawmakers solutions that address the root causes. Physicians point to a confusing health insurance system they say leaves policyholders/patients too-often unaware, subject to unexpected out-of-pocket costs, inadequate coverage, and physicians frustrated by limited access to patients and their health plan networks.


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