Pharmacy Board Limits Chloroquine Prescriptions - 04/08/2020

The Texas State Board of Pharmacy is limiting prescriptions of chloroquine, hydroxychloroquine, mefloquine, and azithromycin amid reports that hospitals and prescribers are stocking up on some of those drugs even though they are not proven to treat COVID-19 effectively.

Estimate How Much Financial Assistance Your Practice Might Need - 04/08/2020

If you’re like most practice owners, you are likely becoming (or already are) concerned about your practice’s finances as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Texas Medical Association has developed a Net Cash Flow Calculator to help you estimate how much financial assistance you might need.

Use Homemade Masks as Last Resort Against COVID-19, TMA Task Force Says - 04/08/2020

The TMA COVID-19 Task Force has issued a statement on homemade masks based mostly on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance for both medical professionals and the general public.

Caution Urged as Officials Continue to Monitor Coronavirus - 04/08/2020

State and federal health officials continue to monitor COVID-19. As of Wednesday, 9,353 cases and 177 deaths have been confirmed in Texas, according to a tracker for Texas COVID-19 cases published by the state Department of State Health Services.

Use This Toolkit to Make Best Decisions for Your Practice’s Finances - 04/07/2020

To help you make informed decisions for your practice during the pandemic, the Texas Medical Association has released a Practice Viability Toolkit that provides the most up-to-date information and resources.

This Can Help Your Practice Cut Costs During COVID-19 - 04/07/2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected physician practices both clinically and economically. You can make adjustments in operating expenses that can keep your practice’s finances healthy.

Your COVID-19 Testing Questions Answered - 04/07/2020

As the global COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread in Texas, the Texas Medical Association has heard from multiple physicians with questions about testing for the virus. That’s why the TMA COVID-19 Task Force created a “Frequently Asked Questions” (FAQ) to help physicians understand how to test patients safely and effectively.

Walk With a Doc Goes Virtual During Pandemic - 04/07/2020

In this time of social distancing, Walk With a Doc, a national organization that promotes physicians walking within their community, is still going strong with virtual walks.

What Physicians and Health Care Workers Need to Know about Stay-at-Home Orders - 04/07/2020

Texas' largest counties and cities have issued stay-at-home orders designed to keep residents at home and away from each other as much as possible. Most of the orders exempt health care activities, but the specific language in each varies.

Abbott: More PPE Distributed in Texas - 04/06/2020

Texas has received more personal protective equipment (PPE), including 2.5 million masks, that will be distributed throughout the state in the coming days, Gov. Greg Abbott said in a press conference Monday.

Protect Your Staff With Emergency Paycheck Loans - 04/06/2020

Many Texas physicians have reached out to the Texas Medical Association with questions about long-term, low-interest, forgivable emergency loans through the Small Business Administration. One option that could help your practice’s valuable staff is the Paycheck Protection Program, a new program to bridge payroll expenses through June 30.

TMA Asks Governor for Liability Protections During COVID-19 - 04/06/2020

As physicians and other health care workers risk their health, stretch themselves thin, and deal with uncertain availability of resources to fight COVID-19, the Texas Medical Association is asking Gov. Greg Abbott to restrict litigation stemming from the pandemic.

Telephone-Only Consultation Coverage and Payment Vary - 04/06/2020

The use of telemedicine has been expanded so physicians can safely and effectively treat patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, some people don’t have smartphones with video capability, meaning visits will have to be done via old-fashioned phone calls. Which health plans cover telephone-only patient visits, and what exactly do they pay for?

If Your Patients Aren’t Happy Being Stuck at Home, Get This Song Stuck in Their Head - 04/06/2020

To help Texans to remember to stay at home, Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Michael Martin Murphey (part of the original outlaw-country movement) created a catchy tune for the Texas Medical Association.

We Will Not Tolerate Any Discrimination - 04/06/2020

I want to be clear to our members and to all those who interact with our members: The Texas Medical Association will not tolerate any discrimination based on race, or national or ethnic origin (or for that matter based on religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity) by or toward our members.

How Health Plans Are Covering COVID-19 Testing and Treatment - 04/06/2020

Many health insurers in Texas are waiving patient costs associated with COVID-19. Last week in a news release, Gov. Greg Abbott and the Texas Department of Insurance asked insurers and HMOs to cover testing consistent with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance, and telemedicine visits.

County Medical Societies Take A Bite Out of PPE Shortfall - 04/03/2020

More than 12 county medical societies along with several alliance chapters have found a temporary workaround for Texas' PPE famine: They're asking their communities to donate masks, gloves, face shields, or any other medical supplies that protect them from infection.

Share Your COVID-19 Stories and Photos With TMA - 04/03/2020

The Texas Medical Association is compiling photos, videos, and stories from Texas physicians working on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic that we will publish on social media, in our daily Texas Medicine Today newsletter, and Texas Medicine, TMA’s monthly magazine.

TMLT Offering Premium, Coverage Relief to Physicians During COVID-19 Emergency - 04/03/2020

Texas Medical Liability Trust, the largest medical liability insurance provider in Texas, has announced several changes to help members care for COVID-19 patients and to offer relief from financial hardships related to the pandemic.

Use This Guide to Take the Right Steps for Your Practice’s Finances - 04/02/2020

As the COVID-19 curve rises, your practice revenue and cash flow might be trending downward. To help you take decisive actions to shore up practice operations for the weeks to come, the Texas Medical Association’s practice viability experts have created a step-by-step guide for you to use.

Telemedicine Payments Promised, Regulations Eased - 04/02/2020

To help Texas physicians safely and effectively treat patients during the COVID-19 pandemic, several changes to telemedicine visits have taken effect, including payment for services and which platforms can be used.

CMS Offers More Flexibility, Financial Stability for COVID-19 Care - 04/02/2020

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has taken several actions that will give physicians, hospitals and other providers greater flexibility and the financial stability they need to combat the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Practical Answers to COVID-19 Questions for Your Practice - 04/01/2020

As the number of COVID-19 cases in Texas and around the country grows, what steps should your clinic take to ensure the safety of your staff and patients? The Texas Medical Association COVID-19 Task Force has published a white paper that answers many of the questions you might have about caring for people who have been exposed to the virus.

TMA Podcast Offers Practical Telemedicine Pointers - 04/01/2020

To guide physicians who are struggling to get started, Texas Medical Association COVID-19 Task Force member Ogechika Alozie, MD, and TMA staff expert Shannon Vogel recorded a TMA Practice Well podcast about adopting telemedicine.

Here’s How to Care for COVID-19 Patients - 04/01/2020

To help you care for suspected and confirmed cases, the Texas Medical Association COVID-19 Task Force has published a frequently asked questions (FAQ) based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the state Department of State Health Services, and other public health organizations.