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08/27/14 DCHHS Updated Ebola Testing Algorithm
DCHHS has provided an updated Ebola testing algorithm, developed as a tool for area clinicians who may be evaluating patients with compatible risk factors and symptoms.
   
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Congress Patches SGR and Delays ICD-10
Congress staved off a 24-percent physician payment cut under the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula until April 1, 2015. Legislation also delays the ICD-10 start date to Oct. 1, 2015, the second deadline extension for ICD-10 . . . more.
     
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North Texas Accountable Healthcare Partnership (NTAHP)
Check out NTAHP . . . the State-designated HIE for North Texas. Click here to see how an HIE improves health care decision making, ensures efficiency and lowers costs.
   
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SGR Action Alert
Congress is now closer than ever to permanently repeal the SGR and modernize Medicare provider payments. Call or write to Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, as well as your US Representative and inform them how important this legislation is to your practice. Physicians may not get this opportunity again.
     
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Benefits of DCMS Membership
Benefits outweigh dues in 2014 ... view details.
     
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DCMS Physicians Petition TCEQ
The Dallas County Medical Society filed a petition with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality asking the agency to adopt rules to reduce the pollution from three old coal-fired power plants that contribute disproportionately to high ozone levels in Dallas-Fort Worth and East Texas.
     
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Addressing Pollution from Legacy Coal Power Plants in Texas
This June 2013 report examines retrofitting Big Brown, Martin Lake, and Monticello coal-fired facilities with modern emission controls or retiring the plants and replacing them with cleaner alternative energy sources.
   
 
upcoming events
September
 
DCMS Closed - Sep 1
The DCMS office will be closed on Monday, Sept. 1, in observance of Labor Day.
 
 

TMA Fall Conference: Sep 12-13
Join your colleagues September 12-13 for the 2014 Fall Conference at Hyatt Lost Pines, located 30 minutes outside of downtown Austin.
 
 

Retired Physicians' Club - Sep 17
The Retired Physicians Club will meet on Wednesday, September 17 for lunch and a presentation by Brad Bolinger, an experienced attorney and CPA.
 
 

DCMS Medicaid/CHIP Update - Sep 18
Open forum for physicians and their staff who participate in TX Medicaid/ CHIP.
 
 

C-FCMS/DCMS Joint Networking Social - Sep 18
DCMS members! Join your colleagues from Collin-Fannin County Medical Society for a joint networking social at BJ's Brewhouse from 6 – 8 p.m. Click here for details.