An Unfortunate Legacy: COVID-19 Reveals Long-Standing Health Inequities - 09/10/2020

COVID-19 reveals longstanding health inequities among minority patients.

Implicit Bias in Prenatal Drug Testing - 07/09/2020

Unfortunately, risk-based testing introduces physician bias into decisionmaking, and can disproportionately target low-income, minority, and immigrant women. Simultaneously, physicians can overlook screening patients who are white and higher income, placing their infants at risk for drug withdrawal and birth defects. Universal screening has been touted by many physicians and providers because it eliminates risk for discriminatory practices, provides a basis for early detection and education of pregnant women, and directs physicians to provide resources for pregnant women to quit drug use during pregnancy.

Texas Neighborhoods Worlds Apart in Life Expectancy - 10/08/2019

The Houston-based Episcopal Health Foundation last week issued a report comparing the life expectancy at birth of someone born in each of Texas’ 4,709 census tracts. Given the growing recognition of the importance of social determinants of health, I thought I’d dive into the report to find some good examples to share with you. I didn’t realize how deep that dive would become.

A New Understanding: Improving Care for LGBTQ Patients - 09/18/2019

Like everyone else, LGBTQ patients can face some unusual medical problems. But many of these patients’ biggest challenge is that their health problems can be amplified by hostility from others. Meanwhile, structural problems within the health care system frequently discourage LGBTQ patients from visiting physicians. LGBTQ patients frequently avoid physicians because of previous bad experiences. Many physicians who would like to treat LGBTQ patients often hesitate because they fear they lack the training.

Don’t Change Poverty Level Adjustment, TMA Tells Feds - 06/27/2019

Possible changes to how the federal government determines the national poverty level could negatively affect the well-being and health care options for large portions of the population, a coalition of 10 state medical associations, including the Texas Medical Association, told the nation’s chief statistician this week.

Gender Salary Disparity Continues Despite Mild Gains, Report Shows - 04/02/2019

The salary gap between male and female physicians remains high in several Texas metropolitan areas despite a nationwide decrease from 2017 to 2018, a new study shows.

The Code of Life - 02/26/2019

Physicians can use ZIP codes to better understand their patients’ health problems.

A Texas-Size Problem - 04/25/2018

Texas' health disparities have deepened as the state's population has grown and become more diverse. A report released in December found that health disparities in Texas cost the state $1.7 billion in excess medical care and $2.9 billion in lost productivity each year. Texas' increasing racial diversity will make this problem worse.

Top Physician Experts to Convene First-Ever Maternal Health Congress to Address Maternal Deaths Crisis - 03/20/2018

More than 70 top obstetrician-gynecologists, family physicians, and other physicians and health experts from across Texas will convene the state’s first-ever Texas Medical Association (TMA) Maternal Health Congress in Austin on Saturday. Their goal is to address the alarming rate of women dying after childbirth and seek solutions to the complex issue.

Addressing Health Disparities - 01/22/2018

Knowing Neighborhoods' Specific Needs a Step Toward Improved Care Commentary — February 2018 Tex Med. 2018 114(2) 8–10. By Vincent Fonseca, MD If we are to improve the health of

Searchable Map Tracks Infant Mortality Rates in Texas - 01/18/2018

Did you know that some Texas ZIP codes experienced no infant deaths between 2011 and 2014?

Epidural Use Disparities by Spanish-Speaking Patients in Labor - 11/01/2016

Spanish-speaking patients have the same opportunity as English-speaking patients to make an informed decision when it comes to controlling their labor pain.