As more reports come in on the spread of coronavirus COVID-19, TMA has convened a task force of public health experts to help Texas physicians prepare for the next phase. We’ve started by compiling all the news and information you need right now on our online resource center. Bookmark that page as we will update it continually.
COVID-19 Resource Center
As the Texas Medical Association digests and analyzes the full impact for Texas of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Roe vs. Wade, President Gary W. Floyd, MD, issued a statement on Friday in response to the ruling, saying: "TMA remains committed to protecting the privacy and sanctity of the patient-physician relationship, and is "unwavering in its stance against intrusions by government or other third parties that impede the patient-physician relationship, and any criminalization of acceptable and appropriate medical practices that may jeopardize that relationship or patients' safety."
Starting next year, private health plan policies that began after the Affordable Care Act went into effect now will have to cover multiple types of prevention counseling for women, as well as contraceptive care, double electric breast pumps, and more.
A decade ago, the Texas Legislature made a funding decision that devasted low-income women’s access to health care and the physicians and community clinics that care for them. Today, with the help of TMA advocacy, funding for family planning and overall women’s health is in significantly better shape.
A new national report by the March of Dimes gave Texas a grade of D for its number of preterm births compared with other states and says Texas also is below the national average in prenatal care – both indicators of maternal health in the state.
Texas has taken some big steps to combat maternal death and illness in recent years, says the vice chair of the Texas Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Review Committee. But there's no doubt the state has many more steps to go.
Healthy Texas Women (HTW) has changed how it determines eligibility for low-income women who use the program, which could put a greater burden on physicians and other health care professionals who help patients get and stay with these services.
Latest Womens Health Info
TMA's Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Resources
American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists 0 Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM) – patient safety and quality improvement
Council on Patient Safety in Women’s Health Care – Patient Safety Bundles
California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative
Oklahoma Perinatal Quality Improvement Collaborative
Every Mother Counts Collaborative
Perinatal Quality Collaborative of North Carolina
Got Women's Health questions? Call the Knowledge Center.
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