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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.


More than Ever, Flu Shots are Critical to a Healthy Texas - 10/16/2020

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.


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.


Coronavirus vs. Influenza: The Differences and What We Need to know - 10/15/2020

As physicians, other medical experts, and the public learn more about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19, scientists are learning more about the similarities – and differences – between COVID-19 and influenza. Both viruses cause respiratory disease, yet the World Health Organization (WHO) reports there are important differences between the two and how they spread.


Texas Physicians Say: Remain Calm, Protect Yourself, Stay Safe - 10/15/2020

Statement by Texas Medical Association (TMA) President David C. Fleeger, MD, about Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s state of emergency declaration regarding COVID-19.


TPHC: Don’t Cut Public Health Funding During Pandemic - 10/15/2020

Please attribute this statement to Texas Public Health Coalition Chair Jason V. Terk, MD, in response to Texas Department of State Health Services’ 2022-23 Legislative Appropriation Request.


AMA Creates CPT Codes for Combination COVID-19/Flu Tests - 10/15/2020

The American Medical Association (AMA) has created two new Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes for multi-virus testing to detect COVID-19 and influenza.


Take Steps to Curb HIV Spread Among People Who Inject Drugs During COVID-19, CDC Says - 10/15/2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, physicians, practices, and other health care professionals can take steps to continue to curb the spread of HIV among people who inject drugs, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a health advisory.


Sign Up with DSHS Now to Administer COVID-19 Vaccines - 10/14/2020

Nobody’s certain when the first COVID-19 vaccines will be available, but you can take important steps now to make sure you’re ready to vaccinate patients quickly once the shots arrive, state health leaders said this week.


Medicare Extends Repayment of Advance Loans - 10/13/2020

If you received payments in the spring from the Medicare Accelerated and Advance Payment Program, you will now have more time to repay those loans, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced.


Vote, but Vote Safely, Physicians Urge - 10/12/2020

Early voting starts in Texas this week. Physicians urge all Texans to play it safe as they fulfill their civic duty, reminding everyone that it is possible to vote safely during a pandemic.


Strengthen Texas' Public Health Capabilities - 10/09/2020

On behalf of TMA, please read comments relating to Interim Charge I. Implementation of new funding and full-time equivalent positions for the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Vital 2 Statistics Unit; and implementation of DSHS Rider 29; evaluate the capacity of immunization programs to prevent, reduce, and eliminate vaccine preventable diseases in adults and children.


COVID-19 Health Emergency Extension Pushes Waivers, Protections Into 2021 - 10/09/2020

The national public health emergency (PHE) related to COVID-19 has been extended until Jan. 20, meaning many state and federal waivers and protections will continue throughout the year.