Stories written by Emma Freer

Feds Adjust Monoclonal Antibody Distribution System - 09/17/2021

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced Monday it would start distributing monoclonal antibody drugs to states on a weekly basis, effective immediately. State health departments will be responsible for distributing their allocation to individual sites each week.    


Texas ACOs Produce Millions in Medicare Shared Savings Despite Pandemic - 09/09/2021

After a transition year in 2019,  accountable care organizations (ACOs) enrolled in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) faced another daunting challenge: the COVID-19 pandemic.


CDC Recommends Pfizer Vaccine, Says More Data Needed on Boosters - 09/08/2021

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advisory group has recommended use of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for people 16 and older after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued full approval on Aug. 23.


TMA Ask the Expert: Delegate to Nonphysician Practitioners - 09/01/2021

Delegating prescriptive authority to nonphysician practitioners (NPPs), such as nurse practitioners and physician assistants, can help physicians manage their workloads and budgets. But doing so requires vigilance to comply with state scope-of-practice laws and avoid costly billing mistakes.


Fight Vaccine Hesitancy With These Physician Tips - 08/25/2021

There is plenty of opportunity for discussions around vaccine hesitancy in Texas, where only 55% of people 12 and older are fully vaccinated, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. This puts Texas below the national average of 60%, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Medicine Strategizes Best Uses for Federal COVID-19 Relief Dollars - 08/23/2021

The Texas Legislature likely will appropriate $15.8 billion from the federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) during a third special session expected to be called in October – funds that physician leaders say could help ease pandemic challenges, such as clinical staff shortages, while also addressing emerging issues, such as research and treatment related to long COVID.


Feds Declare “Long COVID” a Disability - 08/17/2021

Although the pandemic rages on, there may be some relief in sight for people with lingering effects from COVID 19 infection – or “long COVID” – as well as consequences for the physicians who treat and employ them. The Biden administration in late