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Volume 18, No. 27                 

July 11, 2016            

TMA Appoints Zika Workgroup

Former Texas Health Commissioner David Lakey, MD, is the chair of the workgroup we put together to stay ahead of Zika virus disease in Texas. The idea behind the workgroup is to give experts a forum to share what they’re seeing in the field regarding Zika, and to discuss issues and concerns surrounding the disease. The workgroup will help TMA provide relevant information to physicians about the virus and how to track it, test for it, and treat it. Dr. Lakey, who also is the chair of TMA’s Council on Science and Public Health, will take part in a panel discussion on Zika at 2016 TMA Fall Conference, Sept. 23-24 at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines. Other workgroup members are: 

  • Shanna Combs, MD, chair, TMA Committee on Reproductive, Women’s, and Perinatal Health, Fort Worth;
  • Wendy Chung, MD, member, TMA Council on Science and Public Health, Dallas;
  • Rakhi C. Dimino, MD, member, TMA Council on Science and Public Health, Houston;
  • Catherine Eppes, MD, member, TMA Committee on Infectious Diseases, Houston;
  • Mark Gonzalez, MD, member, TMA Council on Science and Public Health, McAllen;
  • Phil Huang, MD, chair, TMA Committee on Infectious Disease, Austin;
  • Robert E. Jackson, MD, member, TMA Council on Legislation, Houston;
  • Charles Lerner, MD, member, TMA Committee on Infectious Diseases, San Antonio;
  • Donald K. Murphey, MD, member, TMA Council on Science and Public Health, Austin;
  • Jan E. Patterson, MD, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio;
  • Susan Rossmann, MD, chair, TMA Subcommittee on Transfusion and Transplantation, Houston; and
  • Lisa Swanson, MD, chair, TMA Committee on Child and Adolescent Health, Mesquite. 

Final TMA MACRA Position Statement Available Now

Our MACRA Position Statement was a hot property at the American Medical Association meeting in Chicago. We’ve cleaned it up, tightened it up, and reprinted it. Download yours today and share with your colleagues. TMA dissects the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS’) draft regulation to implement the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015. Our position statement lays out exactly what’s wrong in the proposed rule and what CMS and Congress need to do to fix it. For all the MACRA news, check out the TMA website and read “Bracing for MACRA” in this month’s Texas Medicine.

Always Wanted to Visit Galapagos?

Tour Darwin’s magical islands and earn some CME at the same time. Wonders of the Galapagos Islands, our first program through Gohagan and Company, is Feb. 12-21, 2017. Former TMA President Bohn Allen, MD, and his wife, Ann, are your hosts for the trip. Check it out.

TMA Medical Records Seminar Series Kicks Off July 26

Poorly managed medical records can put your patients’ health — and your practice — at risk. Learn what to watch out for and how to do things right at our Medical Records: Most Wanted Answers seminar series, which begins July 26 in Fort Worth and runs statewide through early October. The instructor is Franklin Hopkins, a former staff attorney at the Texas Medical Board.

Save These Dates
 
Registration is open now for 2016 TMA Fall Conference, Sept. 23-24 at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines between Austin and Bastrop. That hotel always sells out, so please make your reservations early. As long as you have your calendar open, mark these dates as well: 
EVPGram to Take Its Summer Holiday
 
I heard some cicadas singing a few evenings ago, a sure sign that it’s time for EVPGram to take its annual summer break. We’ll be back in your in-box right after Labor Day, and — of course — whenever breaking news demands it. In the meantime, stay in touch with TMA’s Action newsletter, with Texas Medicine magazine, and on the TMA website. Whenever you have any questions, contact the TMA Knowledge Center by email or call (800) 880-7955.