If you participated in an advanced alternative payment model (APM) during the 2017 Quality Payment Program (QPP) performance year but haven’t received your 5% APM incentive payment for 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) wants to hear from you. The Texas Medical Association has learned that CMS has been unable to disburse the 2019 incentive payment to nearly 3,000 clinicians nationwide because the agency cannot verify their banking information.
People need good health care, but 57% of Texans know that isn’t everything when it comes to being healthy. Instead, factors like where people live, work, and relax have a bigger impact, most Texans told a recent survey.
Health officials continue to monitor the outbreak of coronavirus COVID-19, but “the risk for all Texans remains low,” the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) said.
About two years ago, Michael Metzner, MD, took a break from his San Antonio surgical residency program for what was supposed to be a year-long gig in the bright lights of Hollywood. He hasn’t come back. He says he will … just not quite yet.
By Sean Price
By Steve Levine
A rise in deaths and hospitalizations related to vaping has changed the conversation about an untested, unhealthy product that remains lightly regulated in both the U.S. and Texas. Physicians say the increased popularity of vaping, particularly among youth, threatens progress made in reducing tobacco use and presents an opportunity to champion tighter regulation and better prevention and education. Plus, astrophotographer John Manning, MD's photos are out of this world.
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