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Get Up to Date on New Fetal Death Reporting in Texas - 07/16/2019

Currently, Texas physicians must report fetal deaths on paper forms. But beginning Aug. 1, those records will be filed electronically to the Texas Electronic Vital Events Registrar, also called TxEVER. To help physicians prepare for the transition, the Texas Department of State Health Services will host two physician-only webinars from 6:30 to 7:30 pm July 16 and July 30.


Hard Hats for Little Heads Event Ideas - 07/10/2019

Ideas for a Successful Event


Texas Losing Ground in Disease-Prevention Battle, Physicians Warn - 07/09/2019

Some Texas physicians say the anti-vaccination movement is creating skepticism that could undermine the state’s ability to prevent a widespread disease outbreak. The state has fended off outbreaks in the past because a majority of Texans are vaccinated, but soaring vaccine exemptions could leave Texans vulnerable.


Retiring the R-Word: The Right Thing to Do - 07/03/2019

The AMA House of Delegates last month adopted policy that would put the first three phrases on the verboten list for physicians. Kudos to the delegates for recognizing that words, especially in the mouths and pens of powerful people like physicians, really do matter.


Time Is Running Out to Apply for a TMAF Grant - 07/03/2019

Helping your community to be healthier couldn’t be easier. Just apply for a Texas Medical Association Foundation grant that can help fund an immunization clinic, health fair, smoking cessation program, and more. To apply for a grant, submit a letter of intent by July 15, and a completed application by July 31. Applicants will be notified of grant decisions the week of Sept. 16.


Maternal Health Problems in Central Texas Underscore Statewide Crisis - 07/03/2019

Central Texas has significant maternal health challenges, including the highest rate of maternal death among black women, in part because of barriers to health care coverage and because resources are underused, according to a report by the nonprofit Texans Care for Children.


Talk to Patients About: Pneumococcal Disease - 07/02/2019

Your patients might not have heard of pneumococcal bacteria, but they probably know some of its serious conditions: Pneumonia, meningitis, sinusitis, blood infections, and ear infections.


Talk to Patients About: Meningococcal Disease - 07/02/2019

Talk to Patients About: Meningococcal Disease


Health Care is Difficult to Afford, More Than Half of Texans Say - 07/02/2019

Health care is the toughest living expense for most Texans to afford, and many skip or postpone tests, medications, and basic procedures because of the cost. And that very well could be bad for their health, especially for the millions who lack insurance. Those are the findings of a statewide poll on the affordability of and access to health care in Texas published last month by the Episcopal Health Foundation.


Talk to Patients About: Flu - 07/02/2019

Flu is serious, and the vaccine can prevent or minimize the illness.


Defend Yourself From Diphtheria: Bacterial Infection Can Stop Breathing - 07/01/2019

Diphtheria is a serious bacterial infection that affects the respiratory system and damages the heart, nerves, and kidneys. It can hinder or stop breathing, and causes fatigue, sore throat, fever, and swollen neck glands. The infection can be deadly without any medical treatment. Several immunizations are available to protect people against this disease.


Keeping Kids Safe in and Around the Water: New AAP Guidelines - 07/01/2019

Drowning is the leading cause of death in children 1-4 years of age, and is the second leading cause of death in children under 14. In the March 2019 issue of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) published a revised policy statement on “Prevention of Drowning.”


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.


Raise Awareness About HIV Testing - 06/26/2019

An estimated 1.1 million people in the U.S. are living with HIV, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And a lot of people who have HIV don’t know that they have it – about 162,500, or 1 in 7, people with HIV, the CDC said. That’s why the CDC has designated June 27 as National HIV Testing Day.


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.


Legislative Top 10: Lawmakers Take Steps to Keep Texas Mothers Alive - 06/12/2019

Today’s TMA Legislative News Hotline video looks at Senate Bill 750, which requires the state Health and Human Services Commission to expand the Healthy Texas Women program for new mothers beyond the current prevention services it provides. The bill awaits Gov. Greg Abbott’s signature.


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.


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.