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  • Experience. That’s Why Physicians Lead Medical Teams

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    Because advanced practice registered nurses and physician assistants interact with so many patients, many assume nonphysician practitioners are a type of physician or a physician-in-training. This chart compares how physicians, APRNs, and PAs in Texas are educated, trained, and employed in health care settings. It shows why APRNs and PAs are considered vital parts of medical teams – and why physicians are the leaders of those teams.

    Make No Mistake: Read the Background Check  
  • TMA Says “No” to Federal Scope Expansion Under President’s Medicare Executive Order

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    President Donald Trump’s recent executive order on Medicare includes scope-of-practice language that is raising concerns among Texas physicians – including the president of the Texas Medical Association.

    More on TMA's Concerns  
  • Texas Neighborhoods Worlds Apart in Life Expectancy

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    The Houston-based Episcopal Health Foundation last week issued a report comparing the life expectancy at birth of someone born in each of Texas’ 4,709 census tracts. Given the growing recognition of the importance of social determinants of health, I thought I’d dive into the report to find some good examples to share with you. I didn’t realize how deep that dive would become.

    Life Expectancy: Your Neighborhood is Key Factor  
  • West Nile Cases Rising in Texas; One Death Confirmed

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    State health officials have confirmed 19 cases of West Nile illness in Texas this year, including one death. Most of the 13 confirmed cases have been identified in El Paso, according to data from the Department of State Health Services. Other cases have been confirmed in Brazoria, Floyd, Hale, Harris, Nolan, and Tarrant counties.

    Remind Your Patients to
    Take These Precautions
     
  • The Changing Face of the Nation’s Opioid Epidemic

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    Opioid abuse and overdose deaths continue to rise in the U.S., with more than 46,000 opioid-related deaths in 2017, up from 5,000 in 2000, data show. But the problem can’t be explained in total deaths alone. The crisis also has changed in character since 2001, new data show.

    The Opioid Crisis Emerged
    in Three Waves
     
  • Get Your Patients to Vote Against Cancer

     

    Texans generally don’t turn out to vote all that well for elections in odd-numbered years. In fact, less than 6% of registered voters made it to the polls in 2017. In Texas those elections are usually constitutional amendment referendums.

    Mark Your Calendar for Nov. 5 to Vote AGAINST Cancer  
  • We Need to Come in Force: Physician-Lawmakers Look Ahead to 2021

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    A panel of medicine’s representatives in the Texas Legislature said Saturday that 2019 was a good year for medicine in Austin, but unfinished business remains for the next session in 2021.

    Issues That Will be Top of Mind Next Session  
  • Vaping-Related Lung Illness Cases Continue to Rise: Clinical Conference Call Planned

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    Texas health officials are investigating 37 confirmed and possible cases of severe lung disease in youth and young adults who used e-cigarettes or vaping products. To help better understand the vaping epidemic, the CDC will host a clinically focused conference call Friday that will focus on what physicians and other health care professionals are experiencing.

    CDC Has Several Recommendations for Physicians  
  • Tying Immigration to Medicaid “Foolish," TMA President Says

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    The Trump Administration's new rule seeking to limit access to green cards for immigrants who receive Medicaid and other government benefits will discourage people from seeing their physicians, worsening medical problems and harming public health.

    This "Public Charge" Affects Patients, State and Society  
  • Tell Congress: Protect Patients, Not Health Plans

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    Our U.S. senators and representatives are back home in Texas for the August recess, and Texas Medical Association President David Fleeger, MD, says their physician-constituents need to contact them to make sure they stop the surprise medical billing epidemic in a way that helps our patients – not big insurance companies.

    Spare Patients the Pain
    of Surprise Bills
     
  • New Laws Improve Opioid Prescription Process in Texas

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    The 2019 Texas Legislature enacted three new laws that will change the way physicians prescribe opioids, including House Bill 3284, which delays the mandate for physicians check the state’s prescription monitoring program, known as PMP Aware, for prescriptions tied to opioids, benzodiazepines, barbiturates, and carisoprodol. The bill pushes back the requirement from Sept. 1, 2019, to March 1, 2020.

    New Opioid Laws
    Take Effect Soon
     
  • Migrants in Texas Detention Centers Need Basic Care, TMA President Says

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    Migrant parents and children housed in Texas detention centers must have access to basic necessities, including sufficient food, clean water, clean beds, and health and educational services. That is the message of a letter sent last week to state leaders and Texas lawmakers from several organizations, including the Texas Medical Association.

    Letter Sent to State Leaders and State Lawmakers  
  • Talk to Patients About: Vaccines During Pregnancy

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    Physicians: TMA has new tools to help you talk to your patients about the realities of diseases preventable by childhood and adult vaccinations. Each month’s installment features a different vaccine-preventable disease.

    This Month's
    Topic: Vaccines During Pregnancy
     
  • TMA: Put Health Back Into Health Care

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    Addressing Texas’ maternal health crisis, improving Medicaid coverage and payment, and making health insurance work for patients are among the Texas Medical Association’s (TMA’s) top priorities in its new advocacy agenda, TMA Healthy Vision 2025.

    TMA Sets 75 Ambitious
    Goals for Lawmakers