Hurricane Harvey

Low-Cost Counseling Available for Harvey Victims - 01/23/2019

It’s been almost 18 months since Hurricane Harvey battered the Texas coast, but its effects are still being felt, particularly in the mental health of people affected by the storm. Thanks to a grant from Rebuild Texas Fund, the Texas chapter of the National Association of Social Workers is offering free or low-cost counseling services for storm victims.


Help Your Colleagues Affected By Hurricane Florence Rebuild - 09/27/2018

Many Texas physicians found themselves in desperate financial need last year when flooding from Hurricane Harvey wiped out homes, businesses, and practices along the Gulf Coast. Now it’s Texas physicians’ turn to help their colleagues who have been affected by Hurricane Florence, which has caused severe flooding in parts of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.


Feds Award More Than $10 Million to Harvey-Affected Health Centers - 09/10/2018

Thirty two Texas community health centers received almost $10.4 million on Thursday to help offset the effects of Hurricane Harvey last year. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded the funds to help health centers nationwide.


How Did the Health Department Do During Harvey? - 09/07/2018

When Hurricane Harvey blew ashore along the Texas coast in August 2017, the Texas Department of State Health Services was on the front line responding to the storm. So how did the state's health agency acquit itself? The DSHS "after-action report" released last week spells out the department's successes and shortcomings.


Hurricane Harvey: The Way Back - 08/27/2018

Lessons learned as practices emerge from Harvey’s wrath.


Deadline to File Harvey Insurance Claims Approaching - 08/16/2018

Harvey made landfall on Aug. 25 last year, causing widespread flooding along the coast. Some insurance claims, including to the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association, must be reported by the one-year anniversary of the date the damage occurred, unless you can show good cause for a delay.


Lessons Learned: TMA Recommends Improvements to Hurricane Response - 04/25/2018

Now that Texas is well past the Hurricane Harvey emergency disaster response and is in the process of recovery and rebuilding, it is critical that state and local governments as well as health care systems assess what Texas did well and what it did not. As the saying goes, hindsight is 20/20. Looking back, it is always easier to see what we would do differently in a crisis. But in so doing, we also ensure Texas’ response to future disasters will be that much better.


TMA Fund Helped 55 Practices Rebuild From Hurricane Harvey - 04/11/2018

TMA's Disaster Relief Fund provided monetary gifts to 55 practices in 18 cities, including Houston, Friendswood, Beaumont, Victoria, Kingwood, Columbus, Port Arthur, and Spring. The practices employ 169 physicians and 1,304 non-physician staff members.


FEMA: Thousands Still Recovering From Hurricane Harvey - 02/27/2018

A snapshot of the recovery so far, and the work that remains to be done: 12 million cubic yards of debris removed, thousands still in temporary housing.


Is Your Home Built to Withstand Natural Disasters? - 02/01/2018

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is teaming up with home-improvement stores in Harris, Nueces, and Orange counties to provide free information, tips, literature, and techniques on building safer and stronger homes.


TMA Convinces CMS to Give Harvey-Affected Physicians a Break - 01/04/2018

At TMA's request, CMS announced in December that physicians in areas affected by Hurricane Harvey will not be required to participate in the Quality Payment Program's (QPP's) Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) for 2017. Thus, those physicians won't incur a 4-percent Medicare payment cut in 2019.


More Harvey-Affected Practices Receive TMA Disaster Relief Aid - 01/02/2018

Thanks in part to the generosity of Texas physicians, TMA has provided more than $600,000 in assistance to 52 practices that were damaged by Hurricane Harvey.


TMA Helps Nine More Practices Affected by Harvey - 11/02/2017

TMA’s Disaster Relief Fund has awarded another $83,000 to nine additional practices damaged by Hurricane Harvey.