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How to Make Innovation a Primary Part of Primary Care - 06/12/2019

As health care continues to evolve, practices should seek out innovative ways not only to treat patients but also to build a network of professionals and resources that promote a community’s overall well-being. That’s why for the past six years, the Texas Primary Care Consortium has hosted an annual summit designed to increase knowledge of important topics in primary care transformation and to give participants an opportunity to meet, share experiences, and make connections.


Physicians Wanted for State Medical Advisory Board - 06/11/2019

If you’re interested in lending your medical expertise to cases involving driver’s licenses or concealed handgun licenses, the Department of State Health Services is seeking physicians to serve on the Medical Advisory Board


Texas Doctors Seek to Help Trafficking Victims, Protect New Mothers - 06/07/2019

Texas doctors hope policy proposals put forth now can help stop human trafficking and protect women having a baby by extending their health insurance coverage. The American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates policymaking body will take up these and other resolutions this weekend and in the coming week during the national medical association’s annual meeting, in Chicago.


West Nile, Chikungunya, Dengue Reported In Texas - 06/06/2019

Summer hasn’t started yet – that happens June 21 – but several cases of vector-borne diseases have been identified in Texas. Four cases each of chikungunya and dengue have been reported in Dallas, Fort Bend, Harris, Lubbock, Tarrant, and Travis counties, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) said this week.


With a Grain of Salt - 06/04/2019

Most salt we consume today comes as a preservative in foods that we buy. Table salt and salt added while cooking contribute to about 10% of salt consumption. This helps me talk salt to my patients, informing them that the real salt that one needs to cut is the salt that’s in packaged food items.


Potentially Deadly Meningococcal Disease is Preventable - 06/03/2019

It travels fast and can leave its victims with permanent complications or death within a matter of hours. Meningococcal disease is serious – and preventable – according to the Texas Medical Association’s (TMA’s) Texas Medicine magazine.


What’s Killing Texans? Fixing Texas' System for Tracking Deaths - 05/28/2019

Distorted death statistics inaccurately portray how people are dying, with significant public health implications. System changes and physician education could help.


Emergency Triage, Treatment, and Transport - 05/21/2019

The Emergency Triage, Treat and Transport Model already has proven to be a groundbreaking leap in the right direction toward aligning EMS as a true part of the health care field. As programs begin and outcomes are measured, hopefully it will be the first steps of many.


Aging Network 101: Directing Patients to Community Services - 05/17/2019

Many community-based social service agencies provide free or low-cost direction, referrals and resources for older adults. Research shows resources such as senior centers or Area Agencies on Aging can improve patient health outcomes.


Ensure Patients Are Taking Steps Toward Healthy Aging - 05/09/2019

May is Older Americans Month, and this year’s theme – Connect, Create, and Contribute – highlights ways older adults can interact with their community. Negative habits can add up over a lifetime and limit a person’s ability to connect. Physical activity and healthy eating are crucial to aging and living well, yet more than 80% of adults do not meet the physical activity guidelines for aerobic and strengthening exercises.


Infections Reported After Umbilical Cord Blood Injections - 05/08/2019

Eight Texas patients developed bacterial infections soon after receiving an umbilical cord blood derived stem cell product from mid 2017 through September of 2018, state health officials said in an advisory.


Digital Communication Tools Can Help Address Health Care Disparities - 05/07/2019

Some of you are probably wondering how a radiologist like me can play a role in furthering health equity. Information technology is at the heart of radiology’s daily practice, and employing technology through clinical-decision support tools like the Radiology Support, Communication, and Alignment Network (R-SCAN) is where radiology can play a significant role on the health care team.


2018 Be Wise – Immunize Local Impact Grant Recipients - 05/03/2019

These Be Wise — Immunize Local Impact Grants were approved in 2018


Help Aging Texans Age Well - 05/01/2019

Throughout Older Americans Month, Texas Medicine Today will share information from HHSC to help older Texans live and age well and live independently. Are you concerned a patient’s social network is shrinking, they’re not getting enough exercise, or they’re at risk of falling? See how you can help older Texans age well.


Hepatitis B Infection Can Cause Liver Damage, Cancer - 05/01/2019

The bottom line: Hepatitis B is a serious liver infection that can be short-term or long-term. Some people can die from it or suffer other serious diseases like cancer, while others experience no symptoms. People can become infected through sexual contact, by sharing needles, or from an infected mother passing it to her baby at birth.


Learn How To Build Your Community’s Primary Care Foundation - 04/24/2019

Despite the many challenges faced by primary care practices in Texas, many find innovative ways to provide timely, accessible, and person-centered care to their patients and communities. The seventh-annual Texas Primary Care Consortium Annual Summit, scheduled for June 20-21 at the Renaissance Austin Hotel, will showcase many of these practices and many of these innovations.  


Streamlining Newborn Screening Consent - 04/23/2019

While SB 1404’s stated intent is to streamline the disclosure and consent for long-term storage process for newborn screening, our organizations are concerned about potential unintended consequences.


Helping Teachers Protect Children From Abuse and Neglect - 04/22/2019

Children with cognitive and other disabilities are at least three times more likely to experience some form of maltreatment, abuse, or neglect than children without special needs. We appreciate Rep. Gonzalez’ proposal, which acknowledges that children with special needs may be at greater risk of abuse and maltreatment – and that this requires a better understanding of the signs and symptoms of abuse.


Don’t Eliminate Fitness Assessments in Schools - 04/22/2019

Fitness assessments continue to be a critical tool for monitoring obesity in our state. We share the committee’s goal to improve schools’ ability to focus on student achievement, and would like to underscore for the committee both the academic benefits to physical activity4 and economic gains that could be realized from reducing obesity statewide.


Out of the Shadows - 04/22/2019

Lubbock physicians shine a light on sex trafficking and get victims needed care.


Help Texas Improve Care For Children With Disabilities - 04/16/2019

Are you interested in improving health care services for families of children who have a disability? If so, you might want to apply to become a member of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission’s Policy Council for Children and Families.


Protect Texas Youth From Powdered Alcohol - 04/15/2019

Powdered alcohol poses significant risks to the future generations of Texans if allowed to make its way to market as it makes alcohol more easily accessible, concealed, consumed, misused, and overconsumed. Given the well-known risks of adolescent alcohol consumption, and the inability of regulation to keep alcohol from being consumed by teenagers, banning the production and sale of powdered alcohol is the best way to keep adolescents safe from this potential threat to their lives and  the lives of others.


Keep Water Safe for Schoolchildren - 04/15/2019

Our communities and residents must be well-informed about the need for strong monitoring of drinking water quality and safety. Every day we encourage our patients to turn away from sugar-sweetened beverages and drink more water, but our best efforts to support their health or help them recover from an illness are moot if these patients, many young children, do not have access to safe drinking water.


Report Suspected Silicosis Cases - 04/10/2019

State health officials are investigating an apparent cluster of silicosis and are reminding physicians to report suspected cases of the severe, often fatal lung disease.


Protect Babies – Cover Newborn Screening Tests - 04/09/2019

HB 2582 is crucial to ensuring the long-term stability of our newborn screening program and the financial solvency of the medical homes for Texas babies. Thank you for the opportunity to provide testimony today.