Stories written by David Doolittle

Did You Receive an Email Requiring Registration to the State’s PMP? - 06/19/2019

TMA can confirm that an email sent Friday afternoon asking physicians to register for a PMP Aware account are indeed legitimate; however, there is no deadline to register.


Are You Ready for Changes to Opioid Prescribing in Texas? - 06/19/2019

Beginning Sept. 1, all prescribers will be required to set up an account with the state’s prescription monitoring program, known as PMP Aware. The Texas State Board of Pharmacy will also begin issuing new official prescription forms that include advanced security features designed to help deter fraud.


Keep Your Patients and Practice Safe from Opioid Prescription Fraud - 06/19/2019

If you prescribe opioids, it’s important to protect your practice and your patients from fraud and substance-use disorder. One way to ensure that patients accurately follow your prescription is to have them sign an informed consent and opioid treatment agreement.


Despite Deadline, New Prescription Forms Still Not Received - 06/19/2019

Many Texas physicians are now unable to write prescriptions for certain pain medications because of ongoing problems when ordering the state’s new prescription forms. As of June 1, all Schedule II prescription forms ordered before Sept. 1, 2018, were no longer valid. However, many Texas physicians have told the Texas Medical Association they are still awaiting the new forms.


EHR Rules Would Add to Physicians’ Costs, Burdens, TMA Says - 06/19/2019

Proposed rules to promote electronic health record interoperability across the health care system would place excessive burdens and costs on physicians, while making it more difficult for patients to access their electronic health information.  That’s the thrust of a pair of letters the Texas Medical Association wrote to two federal health agencies last week.


TMA Archives Photoshoot: A Look Back in Time(lapse) - 06/18/2019

Go behind the scenes as photographer Matt Lemke shoots some of the most interesting medical memorabilia in the Texas Medical Association archives and History of Medicine collection – everything from 15th century anatomical illustrations to Civil War postmortem dissection kits.


Teach Teens to “Escape the Vape” - 06/18/2019

As a physician you understand the health risks associated with tobacco products, but how do you effectively talk to your young patients about those dangers? Well, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) is here to help with a free online course entitled “Escape the Vape: Help Stop the E-Cigarette Epidemic Among Adolescents.”


How to Make Innovation a Primary Part of Primary Care - 06/12/2019

As health care continues to evolve, practices should seek out innovative ways not only to treat patients but also to build a network of professionals and resources that promote a community’s overall well-being. That’s why for the past six years, the Texas Primary Care Consortium has hosted an annual summit designed to increase knowledge of important topics in primary care transformation and to give participants an opportunity to meet, share experiences, and make connections.


Physicians Wanted for State Medical Advisory Board - 06/11/2019

If you’re interested in lending your medical expertise to cases involving driver’s licenses or concealed handgun licenses, the Department of State Health Services is seeking physicians to serve on the Medical Advisory Board


West Nile, Chikungunya, Dengue Reported In Texas - 06/06/2019

Summer hasn’t started yet – that happens June 21 – but several cases of vector-borne diseases have been identified in Texas. Four cases each of chikungunya and dengue have been reported in Dallas, Fort Bend, Harris, Lubbock, Tarrant, and Travis counties, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) said this week.


Ten Reasons Everything Was Bigger At TexMed 2019 - 05/28/2019

TexMed 2019 is officially in the books. If you want to be a part of it next year, save the date for TexMed 2020, which is set for May 1-2 in Fort Worth. To get you excited for next year, check out these 10 things that made TexMed 2019 so awesome.


Minority Scholarship Recipients Recognized at TexMed - 05/24/2019

Thirteen minority students entering Texas medical schools this fall who each were presented with a $10,000 scholarship at TexMed 2019 last week. Physicians selected one incoming student at each Texas medical school based on their academic achievement, commitment to community service, and desire to care for Texas’ increasingly diverse population.


11 Outstanding Science Teachers Honored by TMA - 05/23/2019

The Texas Medical Association named 11 Texas science teachers winners of its 2019 Ernest and Sarah Butler Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching during TexMed 2019. The association also recognized outstanding physicians, medical students, mentors, and political activists at the meeting.


Get Awarded For Your Quality Work in 2018 - 05/23/2019

Did you submit Merit-Based Incentive Payment System data for the 2018 Quality Payment Program and feel like you deserve some kind of recognition for your hard work all year long? Apply now for the 2018-19 Physician Practice Quality Improvement Award.


TMA, Associated Organizations Elect Leaders - 05/21/2019

Members of the Texas Medical Association, TMA Foundation, and TMA Alliance elected new leaders during TexMed 2019 in Dallas over the weekend.


Women In Medicine Section To Give Female Physicians Better TMA Representation - 05/20/2019

In recognition of the continued growth in the number of female physicians – both in practice and in leadership roles – the Texas Medical Association House of Delegates this weekend approved the creation of the official Women in Medicine Section.


Texas Physicians Unite To Protect Patient Care - 05/08/2019

Over the past four months, almost 1,300 Texas doctors, medical students, and Texas Medical Association Alliance members came to Austin for TMA’s First Tuesdays at the Capitol advocacy events. Yesterday was the final First Tuesdays of the 2019 legislative session, and about 300 TMA members met with their lawmakers face to face.   


Infections Reported After Umbilical Cord Blood Injections - 05/08/2019

Eight Texas patients developed bacterial infections soon after receiving an umbilical cord blood derived stem cell product from mid 2017 through September of 2018, state health officials said in an advisory.


Get Rewarded For Your Practice’s Behavioral Health Models - 05/07/2019

Have you integrated mental or behavioral health care into your practice? Is your practice’s model simple, innovative, and easy for a variety of primary care practices to copy and use for themselves? Are you interested in winning $10,000 for work you’ve already done? If the answer to all of those questions was yes, consider entering the Texas Academy of Family Physicians’ Behavioral Health Integration Innovators Competition.


Survey Shows Most Burnt-Out Specialties - 04/26/2019

According to a nationwide survey of health care professionals conducted last year, several specialties have burnout rates of 50 percent or more. Hospitalists led the survey, with 66 percent of respondents feeling burnt out.


Reduce Stress and Fight Burnout in Healthy Ways - 04/23/2019

April is Alcohol Awareness Month, and the Texas Medical Association would like to remind you about free CME courses in the TMA Education Center that can help physicians deal with stress.


More Than 1 Million More Texans Could Be Covered, Report Shows - 04/18/2019

Expanding Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act would help put a substantial dent in the number of uninsured Texans, a new report by the Kaiser Family Foundation shows.


Texas Tech School Of Medicine Agrees To Drop Race As Admission Consideration - 04/12/2019

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine will stop considering race or ethnicity when selecting candidates for admission, part of an agreement with the U.S. Education Department’s civil rights office.


Report Suspected Silicosis Cases - 04/10/2019

State health officials are investigating an apparent cluster of silicosis and are reminding physicians to report suspected cases of the severe, often fatal lung disease.


White Coats State Medicine’s Case to Lawmakers During First Tuesdays Event - 04/04/2019

About 400 Texas physicians, medical students, and TMA Alliance members came to Austin on Tuesday to advocate for medicine face-to-face with state lawmakers during First Tuesdays at the Capitol.