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Public Health Emergency’s End Would Kickstart Medicaid Eligibility Re-Checks. Here’s How to Prepare - 05/20/2022

After strong advocacy by the American Medical Association and other organizations, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services appears poised to extend the COVID-19 public health emergency for a 10th time.


CDC Signs Off on COVID Booster for Ages 5-11 - 05/20/2022

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s immunization advisory committee has approved Pfizer COVID-19 booster doses for children aged 5 to 11.


Low-Dose Aspirin No Longer Widely Recommended to Prevent Heart Disease - 05/16/2022

Low-dose aspirin does not help prevent cardiovascular disease like once thought, and physicians should prescribe it in a relatively narrow set of circumstances.


Vaccine Equity Gains: COVID-19 Vaccine Rate Disparities Narrow Amid Physician-Led Outreach - 05/13/2022

When the COVID-19 vaccine rollout began in mid-December 2020, many physicians, advocates, and community leaders worried the health disparities laid bare by the pandemic would repeat themselves.  But improved data collection and innovative outreach efforts – many of them led by Texas physicians and medical students – have helped close these gaps.


Deadlines Approaching for COVID Relief Fund Late-Reporting - 05/13/2022

If you got a loan from the federal COVID-19 Provider Relief Fund’s (PRF’s) first reporting period and requested to report your funds late, watch out for the government’s response to that request. And, if you got a loan from the fund’s second reporting period, good news: The deadline to request to report late has been extended – but you’ll have to act fast.


Texas No. 1 in Congenital Syphilis Cases: How All Docs Can Help - 05/11/2022

With Texas leading the nation in the number of congenital syphilis cases, a Texas Medical Association collaboration on new resources aims to help all physicians understand the growing public health threat and tackle it head on through improved diagnosis and treatment of the disease.


Texas Physician COVID Profiles - 05/10/2022

Read about the experiences of some Texas physicians during the COVID-19 pandemic.


CDC Issues Warning About Hepatitis-Adenovirus Link - 05/03/2022

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning clinicians who encounter hepatitis in pediatric patients to consider testing them for adenovirus, following diagnosis of both diseases in nine patients in Alabama.


Mom’s Gift of Vaccination Protects Baby From Whooping Cough - 05/02/2022

Moms do all they can to keep their babies safe and healthy. As we celebrate Mother’s Day, the physicians of Texas Medical Association (TMA) urge pregnant moms and moms-to-be to get vaccinated against whooping cough, or pertussis.   


Talk to Patients About: Should I Get Vaccinated if I’ve Had COVID-19? - 05/01/2022

There is a lot of misinformation about vaccines, so each month Texas Medicine highlights common concerns that patients raise about immunizations. This material is designed to help you talk to your patients and help them understand the benefits of vaccines. Find


Commissioned With Change : An Interview With HHSC Commissioner Cecile Erwin Young - 05/01/2022

As leader of the state’s largest agency, Texas Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Cecile Erwin Young is faced with some of the largest health care challenges among some of the most vulnerable patient populations. She visited the Texas Medical Association’s Winter Conference in late January to talk to Texas physicians about their concerns in caring for those patients, especially during a pandemic.


Leaders in the News: TMA Physicians Maximize Media Appearances - 05/01/2022

Since the pandemic began more than two years ago, TMA has deployed go-to people in media outlets across not just the state but also the nation and even the world. TMA’s trusted distillation of important information on public health measures, vaccines, and testing has raised physician leaders’ profiles, and invited both positive attention from believers in medicine and negative attention from anti-science forces.


Talk to Patients About: Natural Immunity vs. Vaccine Immunity for COVID-19 - 05/01/2022

Catching COVID-19 can provide people with a degree of immunity from being reinfected with the disease in the future. This prompts some to opt against vaccination and instead risk getting sick to obtain this “natural immunity” on the assumption they will get a mild case and it will protect them from future illness.


Physicians Alarmed by Sharp Spike in Accidental Overdose Deaths Fueled by Illegal Drugs - 04/30/2022

A surge in accidental opioid overdose deaths in Texas is showing no signs of slowing down, and Texas physicians warn the rise in illegally produced drugs laced with fentanyl are to blame. They also say increasing the availability of life-saving, overdose-reversing drugs like naloxone, as well as addiction treatment programs, can help.


Mandatory Monthly COVID Vaccine Inventory Reporting Starts in May - 04/22/2022

Beginning in May, COVID-19 vaccinators will be required to make monthly reports of their vaccine inventory by the fifth of each month, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has told Texas Medicine Today.


Payer Flexibilities Continue With COVID Emergency Extension - 04/21/2022

The U.S. Department of Health and Services’ extension of the federal COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) until July 15, 2022, means many of the waivers that public and private payers instituted remain in place.


COVID Relief Fund Offers Extension for Late Reports - 04/21/2022

Physicians who received money from the federal COVID-19 Provider Relief Fund and missed the first two reporting deadlines now have until April 22 to request to report late, thanks to an extension by the federal Health Resources and Services Administration.


Feds Dole Out Millions More in Fourth Phase of COVID Relief Fund - 04/12/2022

The fourth phase of the federal government’s Provider Relief Fund continues to help out medical practices impacted by COVID-19, with federal health authorities recently announcing yet another round of funding to more than 3,600 practitioners nationwide.


FDA Cancels Authorization to Treat COVID With Sotrovimab - 04/06/2022

The monoclonal antibody sotrovimab is no longer authorized to treat COVID-19 in the U.S. following the Food and Drug Administration’s decision to pull its emergency use authorization.


Remdesivir Available for Outpatient Use to Treat COVID-19 - 04/05/2022

The antiviral medication remdesivir is now available for outpatient use in combating COVID-19, and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has sent a letter to COVID therapeutic administrators explaining how they can order the medication from the state’s distributor.


Texas Practitioners Get $100 Million in Latest COVID Provider Relief Distribution - 04/05/2022

Federal health authorities are once again disbursing billions through the Provider Relief Fund, with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announcing distribution of about $2 billion more in Phase 4 of the program, including more than $100 million to Texas health care practitioners.


New COVID-19 Monoclonal Antibody Treatment Gets FDA Emergency Authorization - 04/05/2022

There’s a new COVID-19 therapeutic on the market that has shown promise in fighting the omicron variant, and state health officials say it’s already in distribution across Texas.


State Recruiting Docs to Give COVID Preexposure Drug Evusheld - 04/05/2022

State health officials want to spread the word about Evusheld, a monoclonal antibody treatment that helps prevent COVID-19 infection among immunocompromised patients at high risk of progression to severe cases, including hospitalization and death.


Texas’ Black Physicians Lead Through Vaccine Education, Mentorship in Their Communities - 04/05/2022

Black physicians in Texas have a long history of community involvement, and COVID-19 has at once created more opportunities and underscored the importance of that work.


Emergency Doc Finds Building Patient Trust More Difficult During COVID - 04/05/2022

As the COVID-19 pandemic languishes into its third year, physicians continue to bear the brunt of its impact, from unpredictable surges to worsening burnout. Craig Meek, MD, an emergency medicine physician in East Texas and president of the Texas College of Emergency Physicians, has observed another more profound effect, which he suspects is changing the profession in irrevocable ways.