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Texas Physicians Getting Millions of Masks to Fight COVID-19 - 10/30/2020

Bottom line: The Texas Medical Association has shipped millions of protective masks acquired from the state to physicians so they can care for patients. Box by box, Texas physicians are getting the protective gear they need to safely care for patients during the COVID-19 pandemic, thanks to the Texas Medical Association’s (TMA’s) and county medical societies’ distribution of millions of state-acquired masks.


Talk to Patients About: ACIP - 10/30/2020

 Two federal agencies oversee the way vaccines reach the U.S. public. But only one of them guides physicians on the best way to use those vaccines. That agency is the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), a branch of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (The U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulates the way private companies develop and produce vaccines.)


Opioids: The Forgotten Epidemic? - 10/30/2020

COVID-19 inflamed the crisis; telemedicine helps Texas physicians cope with the fallout.


Mixed Bag: Some Payers Capitalize on COVID Chaos; Others Help Make Care Easier - 10/30/2020

Physicians believe some payers are taking advantage of COVID chaos with their drug policies, but also see some plans taking steps to make care easier during the pandemic.


Pandemic Pressures:COVID-19 Poses Serious Behavioral Health Challenges - 10/30/2020

The mental health fallout caused by COVID-19 radiates throughout Texas. In this issue, we look at four of the biggest challenges physicians are responding to as more people say that worry and stress related to coronavirus have negatively impacted their mental health.


Talk to Patients About: Vaccine Testing - 10/30/2020

The COVID-19 vaccines currently under production are expected to reach the public faster than any previous vaccine. But no matter how quickly a vaccine is produced, it still must pass a series of rigorous scientific tests before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will license it for public use.


Our Best Shot: Texas Physicians Help Find Safe, Effective COVID-19 Vaccines - 10/30/2020

Vaccine scientists normally toil in anonymity, spending years nursing their creation through a series of regulatory and financial hurdles before finally earning a license from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  But not in 2020. Creating a vaccine for COVID-19 has become the world’s top priority, so vaccine development is suddenly moving very fast in a high-profile way.


More than Ever, Flu Shots are Critical to a Healthy Texas - 10/30/2020

2020 has been a hard year. The COVID-19 pandemic has killed our loved ones, made many Texans sick, and upended our lives. Now we’re facing another big threat – flu season.


CMS Announces Plans to Cover COVID-19 Vaccine - 10/29/2020

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a rule to make COVID-19 vaccines available at no cost to Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP patients.


The Assault on Physicians and Science Must End - 10/29/2020

A continued campaign of misinformation and disinformation at this urgent hour is an unconscionable betrayal of the public trust that jeopardizes our work and endangers lives, writes AMA President Susan R. Bailey, MD.


Tell HHSC: How Has COVID-19 Impacted Your Practice? - 10/29/2020

Have unexpected technology costs and staffing changes had a substantial impact on your practice during the pandemic? Have inpatient and outpatient services fluctuated? Do you use telemedicine? The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) wants to know and invites physicians to participate in its 2020 COVID-19 Impact Survey.


Survey: Many Texans Skipping Care During Pandemic, Considering a Vaccine - 10/28/2020

More than a third of Texans say they or someone in their household have skipped or postponed some type of medical care because of COVID-19, according to an October Episcopal Health Foundation survey that explored attitudes about COVID-19.


On Pause for the Pandemic: Health Issues Sidelined Amid COVID-19 Response - 10/27/2020

Any physician can look out over the COVID-19 landscape and see important areas of health care tied to their specialty that are being downplayed or ignored as resources pour into fighting the pandemic and scared patients chose not to come to their doctors’ offices.


Road to Recovery: COVID-19 Tests, Bends, and Breaks Texas Practices - 10/27/2020

Ricardo Garza, MD, was still walking the tightrope: standing, but unable to withstand another gust of wind. COVID-19 swept away about 35% of the San Antonio solo cardiologist’s practice revenue, and that was just what he could calculate as he waited for insurers to process straggling claims. But he had returned to in-office operations without any layoffs. While some practices are surviving – and trying their best to prepare for future threats – others weren’t so lucky. On-the-ground experiences align with the Texas Medical Association’s Practice Viability Survey in showing COVID-19 was, and still is, a disruptor unlike any other – challenging or torpedoing the viability of various practice types.


'This Makes Me Feel More Alive': Catching COVID-19 Helped Physician Find New Ways to Help Patients - 10/27/2020

Catching COVID-19 helped family physician Tim Martindale, MD, find new ways to help his patients.


Support Medicare Payment Parity for Another Year, TMA Tells Lawmakers - 10/26/2020

TMA is calling for passage of a bill that would require at least a one-year waiver of budget neutrality adjustments, which were part of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) proposed 2021 Medicare physician fee schedule, released in August.


FDA Approves First Drug to Treat COVID-19 Patients - 10/26/2020

The Food and Drug Administration last week approved the first drug to treat COVID-19 patients – remdesivir, an antiviral drug that has shown to shorten hospital stays among patients.


Deadline to Apply for Emergency COVID-19 Funds Nov. 6 - 10/26/2020

Physicians and practices affected by the COVID-19 pandemic have until Friday, Nov. 6, to apply for the latest round of emergency federal funding through the Provider Relief Fund.


COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Should Include Effective Communication, TMA Tells State - 10/25/2020

COVID-19 vaccines should be distributed effectively and efficiently, particularly early on when supplies are limited, and are seen as trusted tools in the fight against the illness, TMA testified during a public meeting on the state's vaccine distribution plan Monday.


Texas Medicaid, CHIP Changes Extended Through November - 10/22/2020

Some Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) flexibilities put in place during the COVID-19 pandemic have been extended through Nov. 30, state health officials announced.


TMA Delegates OK Policy on Certain Health Care Disparities, LGBTQ Health Section - 10/20/2020

At an unprecedented live virtual meeting Saturday, the Texas Medical Association House of Delegates took action on a variety of initiatives important to the health of all Texans.


Survey Part of Texas COVID-19 Antibody Study - 10/20/2020

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston has announced more details on its statewide seroprevalance study on the human antibody response to the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.


COVID-19 Deadlines for Doctors - 10/20/2020

Upcoming deadlines and extensions in effect during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Protect Public Health from Budget Cuts, Medicine Says - 10/16/2020

Important state public health functions such as tobacco control, immunizations, and child health will be severely undercut if the Department of State Health Services is forced to cut its budget by 5% in the wake of a global pandemic, a coalition of health professional organizations said.


Public Meeting on COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Set - 10/15/2020

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response will lay out its plans for COVID-19 vaccine distribution in Texas and hear public comments on those plans in a virtual meeting scheduled Monday, Oct. 19.