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TMA Tries to Lift New Medicare Burden From Small Practices
According to Texas Medicine magazine, the new government requirement is putting a strain on smaller medical practices — and over time, could force some doctors to retire or surrender their small medical practice. That could reduce patients’ access to doctors’ care.

MACRA, Zika, and Telemedicine Top TMA’s Conference Agenda
Zika, telemedicine, and MACRA top the Texas Medical Association Fall Conference. Top physician experts will detail the latest news about the public health threat invading the Lone Star State, and the complex program intended to measure the quality of care physicians provide to Medicare patients. Doctors also will hear advice about using telemedicine to help care for patients in Texas.

Improve Naloxone Distribution to Curb Overdoses
Opinion column (op-ed) by Don R. Read, MD, president of the Texas Medical Association (TMA), on improving distribution of naloxone in Texas to potentially save the lives of people who overdose on drugs.

Physicians Urge Greater Patient Access to Anti-Overdose Drug
As opioid drug overdoses continue to take a toll nationally, Texas physicians continue the push to spread naloxone ― a medication to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose — to every corner of the state, according to the Texas Medical Association’s (TMA’s) September Texas Medicine magazine.

Cyber Threat Invading Texas Puts Patient Records at Risk
Physicians’ efforts to protect patients’ private medical information could be in jeopardy as Texas medical practices — large and small — face an increasing cyber-attack threat that can leave health records vulnerable. The computer-hack threat, known as ransomware, is software designed to invade and block access to office computer systems that store patient information.

Texas Physicians Fighting Potential Zika Epidemic
With cases of local Zika virus transmission now being reported in Florida, Texas physicians and state officials are preparing to confront inevitable local transmission here, reports Texas Medicine magazine.

Medicaid Drug Red Tape Delays Patients’ Medicines
Red tape in the Medicaid prescription drug program hinders some low-income children and adult patients across Texas from timely getting necessary medications prescribed by their physicians, according to the Texas Medical Association’s (TMA’s) Texas Medicine magazine.


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