The vaping-related condition that has sickened at least 119 Texans, and hundreds more nationwide, has been named EVALI, or e-cigarette or vaping product use-associated lung injury. The new name was noted last week in newly issued guidance for clinicians from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
By David Doolittle
In an effort to curb the nationwide opioid epidemic while keeping patients from excessive pain, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services last week published a guide for physicians considering or initiating a reduction in opioid dosage.
TMA’s in-depth publication, Managing Your Medical Records, will help physicians and front office staff better understand the rules of consent, release, and disclosure. Get up to speed on everything from practical, efficient methods for record organization to best practices for record storage that’s HIPAA- and HITECH-compliant.
Texas health officials Wednesday released their inaugural "Blueprint for a Healthy Texas," which identifies 12 health care target areas most important to the state and lays out plans for addressing them in 2020.
By Joey Berlin
By David Doolittle
By Ellen Terry
On Nov. 5, Texans will vote on Proposition 6, a constitutional amendment designed to extend funding for the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) and keep the agency’s grants flowing for an estimated 10 additional years. The Texas Medical Association supports this effort to keep CPRIT's current funding from running out in 2022. "One of our priorities … is for physicians and all Texas voters to understand the important role of CPRIT in cancer prevention efforts in our communities and how important that funding is in the fight against cancer," said Marian Y. Williams-Brown, MD. Plus ... read about how proposed changes to the Quality Payment Program in 2020 could mean more penalties for small practices.
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