Nobody’s certain when the first COVID-19 vaccines will be available, but you can take important steps now to make sure you’re ready to vaccinate patients quickly once the shots arrive, state health leaders said this week.
The federal Health and Human Services (HHS) Department recently began accepting applications for a new round of emergency funding for physicians and practices affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
TMA physician experts created a chart to help Texans make informed choices about which activities are safest to do during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Physician members of the TMA COVID-19 Task Force and the TMA Committee on Infectious Diseases prepared the chart. The doctors rated the activities assuming that participants are wearing a mask when practical, staying at least 6 feet away from people who are not immediate family members, and washing their hands frequently.
As you probably are aware, convalescent plasma is one of the most promising options being studied for COVID-19. That’s why physicians should encourage recovered COVID-19 patients to donate plasma. If you need more tips and resources to deliver that message to patients, the Texas Medical Association has created a webpage on donating plasma. The webpage includes links to donation sites and social media assets you can share to your own social media pages.
Looking for resources to promote health equity? TMA’s Social Determinants of Health Resource Center provides a wealth of information for physicians seeking to learn more about social factors that drive health outcomes. The resource center includes links to educational material, screening tools, care management resources and more.
Quick How-To Testing Guide
COVID-19 Pediatric Symptom Severity Chart and Parental Guide - English Version
COVID-19 Pediatric Symptom Severity Chart and Parental Guide - Spanish Version
COVID-19 Safety Is Everyone's Business
Guide for Physicians: Achieving Successful Returns to School
Family Violence During COVID-19
COVID-19 Testing Decision Tree - English Version
COVID-19 Testing Decision Tree - Spanish Version
TMA's Symptom Tracker
Medical Ethics and COVID-19
General Overview of State Civil Liability Protections for Volunteer Physicians
PPE Distribution FAQ
Behavioral Health During COVID-19: Tips and Strategies for Helping Patients Manage Distress
Practice Viability FAQs
White Paper Explains Non-Urgent Procedures Rule
Specialty Society Guidance on Non-Urgent Procedures
COVID-19 Treatment Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
PPE Supply & Shortage FAQs
Infection Control FAQ
Human Resources Tips and FAQ
Texas DSHS COVID-19 Call Center:1-877-570-9779Hours:7:00 am – 8:00 pm,DailyTexas DSHS 24/7 Line: (888) 963-7111Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Texas DSHS Drive-Thru ScreeningDSHS Drive-Thru Screening Locations
How to contact your Local Health DepartmentCoronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID) Local Health Entities
CDC UpdatesCOCA Calls
24 Hour CDC Clinician Hotline(770) 488-7100
CDC News Releases and Health Alert Network (HAN)
County Medical SocietiesCMS PPE DrivesHow to Organize a PPE Drive
FDAFDA Emergency Use Authorizations
Mental Health Support24/7 HHSC Statewide COVID-19 Mental Health Support(833) 986-1919
Global CasesCOVID-19 Global Cases by John Hopkins CSSE
Texas CasesCOVID-19 Case Count in Texas
TMA Knowledge CenterSubmit Your Questions to the TMA Knowledge Center
COVID-19 Partner Update: Healthy, Happy Holidays – Fall Travel and Gathering GuidanceCenters for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)Date: Monday, October 26, 2020Time: 2:00 PM — 3:00 PM CDT
Learning at School or at Home: Why Routine Vaccinations Are As Important As EverNational Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID)Date: Tuesday, October 27, 2020Time: 11:00 AM CDT
Race for a Vaccine: The Latest Updates in COVID-19 PreventionMJH Life Sciences COVID-19 CoalitionDate: Tuesday, October 27, 2020Time: 5:00 PM CDT
Addressing Substance Use in the Time of COVID-19Texas Department of State Health Services Grand RoundsDate: Wednesday, October 28, 2020Time: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM CDT
Update on Vaccine Clinical Trials: Are We There Yet?American College of Medical ToxicologyDate: Wednesday, October 28, 2020Time: 2:00 PM CDT
Interim Guidance for Discontinuation of In-Home Isolation for Patients with COVID-19 (CDC, March 16, 2020)
Interim Guidance for Preventing the Spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Homes and Residential Communities (CDC, Feb. 14, 2020)
Interim Guidance for Implementing Home Care of People Not Requiring Hospitalization for 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) (CDC, Feb. 12, 2020)
The guidelines suggested here are not rules, do not constitute legal advice, and do not ensure a successful clinical outcome. The ultimate decision regarding the appropriateness of any treatment must be made by each physician and health care provider considering the circumstances of the individual situation and in accordance with the laws of the jurisdiction in which the care is rendered.
COVID-19: Know and Lower Your Risks
COVID-19: Quick Tip - How to Be Productive Working Remotely
How to Have Sensitive Discussions Virtually
COVID-19: Quick Tip - When Someone Tests Positive
COVID-19: When Home Isn't A Safe Place
TMA Podcast Answers Your PPP Loan FAQs
Reopening Your Practice Post-COVID-19 Webinar
TMA Practice Well Podcast: COVID-19: Reopening Your Practice
CME-to-Go: Reopening Your Practice Post-COVID-19
COVID-19 CME from TMA
NOTE: You can find a complete listing of all TMA Practice Well podcast here.
TMA Balks at Proposed Medicare Payment Cut, More Changes to QPP During Pandemic
COVID-19 Poses Serious Behavioral Health Challenges
AMA Creates CPT Codes for Combination COVID-19/Flu Tests
Sign Up with DSHS Now to Administer COVID-19 Vaccines
Use This Permission Letter to Excuse COVID-19 Patients from Work or School
Encourage Patients to Participate in COVID-19 Antibody Study
COVID-19 Health Emergency Extension Pushes Waivers, Protections Into 2021
CDC Update: COVID-19 Coronavirus Can be Spread by Airborne Particles
New Poster Encourages Flu Vaccination Amid COVID-19
COVID-19 Poses Serious Mental Health Challenges
Opioids: The Forgotten Epidemic?
TeleTown Hall Recordings –Sept. 17,June 23, May 18, May 7,April 20,andMarch 10
Practice Log Forms
Disinfectant LogStaff Temperature Log
Visit TMA’s COVID-19 Social Media Toolkit for items to share on your own social media pages.
Customized Letter for Essential Health Care Faculty to Use to Travel Under Stay-at-Home Orders
Customizable Permission Letter for School or Work
Customized Signs From DSHS
Outdoor signs: English, SpanishIndoor Signs: English, Spanish
Coronavirus Alert for Health Care Settings – English, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Vietnamese
Symptoms of Coronavirus – English, Spanish
Stop the Spread of Germs – English, Chinese, Spanish
COVID-19 Notice - TMB Minimum Standards of Safe Practice
Got COVID-19 questions? Email or Call the Knowledge Center.