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Encourage your Patients to Participate in the Texas COVID-19 Antibody Study - 01/21/2021

Researchers with The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston have asked physicians to encourage patients to participate in a statewide seroprevalance study on the human antibody response to the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.


President Biden Outlines Steps to Address COVID-19 Pandemic - 01/20/2021

In a series of executive orders released before taking office Tuesday, President Joseph Biden took several steps to address the national response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including issuing a mask challenge, re-engaging with the World Health Organization (WHO), and coordinating a unified national response.


COVID-19 Vaccines Report, Jan. 19, 2021: More Vaccine Doses Coming to Texas - 01/19/2021

The latest COVID-19 vaccine news as of Jan. 19, 2021


Staying the Course: Medicine Enters an Unprecedented Session at the Texas Legislature - 01/16/2021

The way the Texas Legislature conducts business during the 2021 session may look different due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But the Texas Medical Association’s commitment to improving health care remains the same. Some of those goals are up against deep cuts to state agency budgets. At the same time, however, the pandemic has created opportunities for medicine to bend lawmakers’ ear on some of its longstanding goals, including advancing access to care, vaccines, health coverage, and telemedicine.


COVID-19 Vaccines Report, Jan.15, 2021: CDC Provides Vaccine Allergy Recommendations - 01/15/2021

The latest COVID-19 vaccine news as of Jan. 15, 2021


Look for Tax Forms on CARES Act Payments - 01/12/2021

It’s tax season, and if you received payments in 2020 through certain federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act programs, be on the lookout for a tax form that includes information on those payments.


Webinar to Troubleshoot ImmTrac2 Errors for COVID-19 Vaccine - 01/11/2021

State health officials have scheduled a live webinar designed to help address common errors and data quality issues when reporting COVID-19 vaccine information to ImmTrac2, the state’s vaccine registry. The webinar is set for 1 to 2 pm (CT) Friday, Jan. 15.


The COVID-19 Relief Bill: What It Means For Medicare Payments - 01/11/2021

When Congress passed the omnibus spending and COVID-19 relief bill at the tail end of 2020, it carried important implications for physicians operating under this year’s Medicare physician fee schedule, including some changes that will positively affect doctors’ bottom line.


TMB Extends Waiver Allowing Pain Prescription Refills via Telemedicine - 01/08/2021

The Texas Medical Board has extended a waiver until March 2 that allows for refills of prescriptions for chronic pain patients who recently saw their doctor via telemedicine.


COVID-19 Vaccines Report, Jan.7, 2021: Vaccines to Go to Large Hubs, Officials Say - 01/07/2021

The latest COVID-19 vaccine news as of Jan. 6, 2021


COVID-19 UK Variant Identified in Texas - 01/07/2021

COVID-19 Vaccines Report, Jan. 6, 2021: Vaccines A Harris County resident was diagnosed with Texas’ first case of a COVID-19 variant first identified in the United Kingdom during the fall, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) announced today.o Go to Large Hubs, Officials Say


COVID-19 Vaccines Report, Jan. 5, 2021: More Vaccines Distributed, Including Second Doses - 01/06/2021

The latest COVID-19 vaccine news as of Jan. 5, 2021


COVID-19 Vaccines Report, Jan. 4, 2021: Physicians Remain Priority, Officials Say - 01/06/2021

The latest COVID-19 vaccine news as of Jan. 4, 2021


Health Plans Extend Telemedicine, Cost-Share Waivers - 01/05/2021

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, health plans in Texas have adopted various temporary deadlines and extensions as part of their coronavirus policies.


COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy - 01/04/2021

Physicians have proven ways to respond to patients’ reluctance on vaccines.


Medicare 2% Payment Cut Suspended Through March - 01/04/2021

Medicare sequestration, the federal government’s 2% across-the-board payment cut, will be suspended until March 31, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, officials said.


Don’t Delay Administering Vaccines, Health Officials Tell Facilities - 12/30/2020

State health officials are urging facilities that have received COVID-19 vaccines to not delay administering those vaccines and to report all inoculations to ImmTrac2, the state’s vaccine registry.


The Tele-Future is Now: Will Telemedicine's Footprint Be Permanent Post-COVID-19? - 12/29/2020

COVID-19 threw Texas physicians headlong into telemedicine. Will its increased footprint be permanent? Physicians tell Texas Medicine that depends how telemedicine will be regulated and paid for.


TMA Offers Guidance on Clearing Youth Athletes Who Have Recovered From COVID-19 - 12/23/2020

As schools and other recreational leagues prepare for spring sports seasons in the upcoming year, the Texas Medical Association has published guidance for physicians to clear athletes ages 18 and younger who have recovered from COVID-19.  


What’s Different About the Available COVID-19 Vaccines? - 12/23/2020

To help you and your patients understand the differences and similarities between the COVID-19 vaccines manufactured by Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna, the Texas Medical Association has compiled important links to review before administering either vaccine.


Ten Things to Know to Administer COVID-19 Vaccines - 12/23/2020

State health officials have begun distributing COVID-19 vaccines across the state, based on guiding principles that prioritize essential health care workers and vulnerable populations. Here are 10 things to know about administering vaccines manufactured by Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna.


Health Plans to Cover Costs of Administering COVID-19 Vaccines - 12/23/2020

Individual health plans, Medicare, and Medicaid will cover COVID-19 vaccine administration fees without cost-sharing, TMA has learned. Meanwhile, the federal government will pay for each COVID-19 vaccine serum – even if it is part of a claim – at least through the end of the national public health emergency, TMA understands.


Governor’s First Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine a Confidence Boost for Texas - 12/22/2020

Please attribute this statement to Texas Public Health Coalition Chair Jason V. Terk, MD, in response to Gov. Abbott receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. “Every dose of COVID-19 vaccine administered brings Texas one step closer to the end of the pandemic. The Texas Public Health Coalition celebrates the news Gov. Greg Abbott received his first dose today and expresses appreciation for his personal leadership by example..."


All Texans 65 and Older Prioritized for COVID-19 Vaccine - 12/22/2020

Anyone 65 and older and people with chronic health conditions such as, but not limited to, cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, obesity, and pregnancy will be among the next group to be prioritized for COVID-19 vaccines, state health officials announced today.