The Texas Medical Association announced it has filed a new lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, challenging certain portions of the Aug. 26, 2022, final rules implementing the federal No Surprises Act (NSA).
COVID-19 seems to be on the verge of exploding in China. They are reporting record-high numbers—nearly 40,000 new infections per day. The biggest concern is China’s incomplete immunity wall when faced with infections.
Preferentially prescribe amoxicillin tablets, capsules, or chew tabs for children able to take these formulations.
Help, not discipline. That's the goal of this confidential Texas Medical Board program when an addictive disorder or another behavioral health problem impairs the physician’s ability to practice medicine.
Sign up to volunteer on December 3rd and/or 4th to provide these crucial medical services to our community.
The possibility of a winter surge in COVID cases and the need for more time to transition out of the public health emergency to a private market were two factors that contributed to the decision not to end the emergency status in January, one of the
TMA created this toolkit to empower physicians, county medical societies, and TMA Alliance members with the information they need to stop the Medicare physician pay cut. TMA urges your active participation in this crucial advocacy effort.
During this COCA call, the presenter will discuss CDC recommendations, implementation principles, and approaches to maximize benefits and minimize risks when starting, continuing, or discontinuing opioids for pain.
Read more from the TMLT Risk Management Department on how to de-escalate angry patients or how to diffuse a tense situation in the office.
Sign up to volunteer on December 3rd and/or 4th to provide these crucial medical services to our community.
This new round of cuts totals 8.5%, by chipping away 4.5% from the Medicare conversion factor on top of a 4% Medicare cut stemming from the Statutory Pay‐As‐You‐Go (PAYGO) Act (sequestration).
In the first 90 days of the baby’s life, the vaccine was 81% effective at preventing severe lower respiratory tract infections that require hospitalization or assisted breathing, Pfizer said.
CMS is seeking public input on accessing healthcare and related challenges through the "Make Your Voice Heard" Request for Information.
Physicians have long worried about the legal consequences of COVID-19 and whether lawsuits might arise from the care that was provided or that was delayed by the pandemic.
Open enrollment for the Marketplace starts November 1st, individuals can enroll at healthcare.gov or get local assistance with a certified Navigator.
Pediatric doctors in five states said their hospital bed capacity was strained due to a sudden influx of RSV patients.
This helpful FAQ page from the Texas Department of Insurance website explains Which physicians and providers qualify for an exemption and how to obtain one.
As of Oct. 1, the state-regulated insurers subject to the measure should have notified you if you qualified for a so-called “gold card.” Check out TMA's new white paper for details.
The results of tests performed by clinical laboratories nationwide are summarized below. Data from clinical laboratories are used to monitor whether influenza activity is increasing or decreasing.
Booster uptake in the United States has steadily declined since the initial wave of the Omicron variant, and federal financial support for vaccination campaigns has not been replenished, partly because of the perception that the pandemic is over.
Ninety-four percent of telehealth users say they would use the technology to receive medical services in the future.
The recently proposed 2023 Medicare physician fee schedule would deepen physician pay cuts while expanding access to telemedicine and behavioral health care, among other changes.
The Texas Medical Association is back in court to hold federal regulators accountable for implementing a key piece of the No Surprises Act as Congress intended it.
This webinar session on Thursday, October 6th, 2022, 2:00pm - 3:00pm ET, will provide Issuers and Providers with program and operational guidance for the No Surprises Act and Independent Dispute Resolution.
"Providers must weigh the costs of investing in the technological and clinical infrastructure required to maintain telehealth programs at scale against the uncertainty of when these telehealth policies may end."
Electronic health record (EHR) vendors must conduct a major software upgrade by Dec. 31, and physician offices should be prepared.
With the final rules released, insurers and HMOs now can review physicians’ approval records during the first six-month evaluation period, which ran from Jan. 1 through June 30.
Please join the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and more for a weekly Monkeypox briefing on Thursdays at 2:00 PM EST.
The Final Rules and supporting FAQs respond to several concerns raised by the AMA and state and national medical specialty societies, most prominent being the removal of the rebuttable presumption that the Qualifying Payment Amount (QPA) is the appro
With flooding already hitting parts of Texas, now’s the time to remind patients to get copies of their vital personal medical information, in case of an emergency or natural disaster later. This disaster prep flyer from the Texas Medical Association
With new COVID-19 boosters on the horizon targeting the BA.4 and BA.5 omicron strains of the virus, Texas health officials have opened up preorders for these latest vaccines, which are expected to roll out this fall.
DCMS is featured in a new article by D Magazine about the upcoming renovations and move of our headquarters to the Uptown district.
The list of eligible vaccine recipients now includes certain groups who had skin-to-skin contact with people at large events in the past two weeks.
The Dallas County Department of Health and Human Services has established a dedicated web page to the Monkeypox outbreak. The web page provides information for consumers and physicians and other health care providers.
DCMS seeks physicians from all corners of practice to help advance organized medicine in Dallas County. Please consider volunteering for a term beginning January 2023.
New COVID-19 vaccine boosters, targeting new Omicron strains of the virus, are expected to roll out across the US in September — a month ahead of schedule, the Biden administration announced this week.
Some clues on what to look for. The most recent data from the CDC has found that one in 13 adults in the United States — 7.5% — have symptoms that last at least 3 months after they first came down with the virus.
Novavax’s COVID-19 vaccine, which will be available in the coming weeks, is an important tool in the pandemic and provides a more familiar type of COVID-19 vaccine technology for adults.
The lifeline, which also links to the Veterans Crisis Line, follows a three-year joint effort by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, FCC, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to put crisis care more in reach for people in need.
The guidelines include important new information on the use of oral PrEP and recommendations on the use of injectable cabotegravir as PrEP.
Anxiety over the US economy intensified in June, with 87% of Americans reporting they are anxious or very anxious about inflation, up eight percentage points from the previous month.
The benefit expansion is a "huge win" for patients, according to the American Gastroenterological Association.
Join your fellow Texas physician leaders for the Texas Medical Association’s 2022 Fall Conference, scheduled for Sept. 16-17 at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort.
For physicians who received more than $10,000 in the aggregate from Jan. 1, 2021, to June 30, 2021, the PRF Reporting Portal is now open and will remain open through Sept. 30, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. EST.
Dallas County Health and Human Services, in collaboration with the Texas DSHS and the CDC, has identified one confirmed monkeypox case in an out-of-state visitor.
The CDCD accepted the recommendation of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices to recommend the use of the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines for nearly 20 million children who are younger than 5.
As the TMA digests and analyzes the full impact for Texas of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Roe vs. Wade, President Gary W. Floyd, MD, issued the following statement today in response to the ruling.
The TMALC offers young physicians in their first eight years of practice the opportunity to grow their leadership skills and forge a path within the TMA. The deadline to apply is Friday, July 1.
The first case of monkeypox in the United States was diagnosed in a traveler who returned to Massachusetts from Canada on May 17, 2022. Since then, 65 cases have been identified in 18 states and territories and more than 1,600 have been identified in
Join DSHS next week for a special webinar dedicated to the ‘Lil’ Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccine Launch. The Pfizer and Moderna medical teams available for FAQ.
DCHHS is actively monitoring the monkeypox situation and advises all clinicians to review the CDC Health Alert Network to be aware of the signs and symptoms related to monkeypox.
Since the outbreak of COVID-19, there have been significant shortages of infant formulas in stores.
DCMS member Rick Snyder, MD, will serve in the role of president-elect for one year before assuming the presidency of America’s largest state medical society in 2023. In addition, John Carlo, MD, was elected to the TMA Board of Trustees.
As private practices continue to navigate red tape and ongoing pandemic pressures, Texas physicians pushed the Texas Medical Association to do more to address onerous prior authorization requirements and to advocate for federal disaster loan forgiven
Tune in on Thursday, May 12 for an overview of Senate Bill 1264 that prohibits surprise medical bills.
The US Surgeon General calls on Big Tech to turn over COVID-19 misinformation data. Companies have until May 2, 2022, to submit the data.
The war in Ukraine is causing a dire need for additional medical and humanitarian supplies. A donation page was set up for those who wish to support these efforts, with examples of how donations may be used.
The CDC has created a new online tool aimed at helped communities make decisions on best practices and steps to take regarding COVID-19 based on the latest data.
The Dallas County Public Health Committee and DCMS have issued a statement on the prioritization for the use of COVID-19 monoclonal antibodies and antiviral agents in the outpatient setting given the current limited supply.
The NIH COVID-19 Treatment Panel has released recommendations that include an order of preference for which therapeutics to use to treat patients with mild to moderate COVID-19 who are at high risk of severe disease progression.
People with COVID-19 should isolate for 5 days and if they are asymptomatic or their symptoms are resolving (without fever for 24 hours), followed by 5 days of wearing a mask when around others to minimize the risk of infecting people they encounter.
Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) opens four additional COVID-19 testing facilities in Dallas County for anyone who needs a PCR COVID test.
Three recently authorized therapeutics are now available throughout the state and may be effective for certain COVID-19 patients.
DCMS President Dr. Beth Kassanoff-Piper gives an update on what you need to know about the new COVID-19 omicron variant.
COVID-19’s omicron variant appears to be more transmissible, reinforcing the need for Americans to get vaccinations or booster shots, U.S. health officials said.
Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration amended the emergency use authorizations (EUA) for both the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines authorizing use of a single booster dose for all individuals 18 years of age and older after comple
The analysis included a period from Jan. 15 to Oct. 1 with a particular focus on the four weeks from Sept. 4 to Oct. 1, which allowed the agency to measure the effect of COVID-19 vaccination as the more contagious Delta variant surged across Texas.
The ETS establishes binding requirements to protect unvaccinated employees of large employers (100 or more employees from the risk of contracting COVID-19 in the workplace.
CDC recommends everyone ages 5 and older get a COVID-19 vaccine to help protect against COVID-19.
The agency may act this week, when it is expected to authorize booster shots for recipients of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.
Physicians and faith leaders from North Texas teamed up for frank and honest conversations that dispel misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccines.
TMA raised “grave concerns” in the comment letter about the current budget-neutrality requirement with Medicare physician payments.
DCMS past president, John Carlo, MD, testified yesterday in Austin in front of the Texas Senate Affairs committee to oppose SB 51, where he asked lawmakers to exempt healthcare entities from the law’s reach.
Have questions about coadministering the COVID-19 and Flu vaccines? The CDC has put together a helpful FAQ.
The application is now open for both Provider Relief Fund (PRF) Phase 4 and American Rescue Plan (ARP) Rural payments. The application will close on October 26, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
DCMS is looking to gather survey data regarding employee management, benefits, an administration in order to help DCMS determine if additional resources and services would be of value to our members.
Efficacy of Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, and Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) Vaccines in preventing COVID-19 hospitalizations among adults without immunocompromising conditions.
The Dallas County Public Health Committee is providing an FAQ to assist physicians and the community with understanding the current status of Pfizer booster vaccines.
Become involved in your profession by applying for a leadership position with DCMS, or nominating a colleague that DCMS should consider for volunteer service.
As students and staff have begun to return to the classroom during this most recent surge, members have asked for additional tools to assist them in working with local schools and districts in Dallas County regarding masking policies.