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In this Week's Issue

  • Outbreak of Norovirus Linked to Raw Oysters
  • The Latest Kaiser Family Foundation COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor
  • Feds Delay Portion of “Good Faith Estimate” Requirements Under Surprise Billing Law
  • Metro Health Investigates Tuberculosis Case at Northside ISD High Schools
  • Just the Facts Newsletter

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Important Physician News and Deadlines

Outbreak of Norovirus Linked to Raw Oysters
The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) was notified of ten cases of gastrointestinal illness in Texas and an increase of similar illness from other states among people who consumed raw oysters harvested in Texas. Several clinical specimen 
results in persons who ate affected oysters were positive for norovirus. 
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The Latest Kaiser Family Foundation COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor
While most of the public continue to have confidence in the benefits of childhood vaccines for measles, mumps and rubella, the experience of the COVID-19 pandemic and debates over vaccine requirements and mandates appear to have had an impact on public attitudes towards MMR vaccine requirements for public schools. 
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Feds Delay Portion of “Good Faith Estimate” Requirements Under Surprise Billing Law
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that “pending future rulemaking,” it will extend enforcement of a requirement that physicians and facilities give uninsured or self-pay patients a good faith estimate (GFE) of what a service might cost when scheduling that service, even if multiple entities are involved. Read more

Metro Health Investigates Tuberculosis Case at Northside ISD High Schools
The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District (Metro Health) has confirmed a tuberculosis (TB) case with a common link involving Clark High School and Brandeis High School in the Northside Independent School District (NISD). Find out more information here.

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Pandemic Preparedness & Response Certificate Program
Jan 10│12:00 pm - 1:00 pm│Register
This webinar discusses New Treatment Options for Chronic Heart Failure. Presented by Dr. Allen Anderson, MD, FACC, FAHA, Chief, Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine at UT Health San Antonio.

Communicating COVID: ECHO for Community Health Workers
Jan 13│12:00 pm│
This video conference connects health professionals to a multi-disciplinary team of experts to share knowledge and build capacity for delivering best-practice care.

2023 First Tuesdays at the Capitol
Feb 7│Register
This event provides a platform for physicians, medical students and alliance members to make a difference in the medical community by visiting the capital and speaking with legislators regarding important health care issues.

San Antonio Pediatric Cancer Symposium (SAPCS)
Feb 19 - 22│6:30 pm│
This conference brings together some of the most respected childhood cancer researchers from academia and industry. Hosted by the Greehey Children’s Cancer Research Institute, UT Health San Antonio, in conjunction with the Mays Cancer Center.

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This course provides guidance and resources on how to integrate evidence-based practices for treating and preventing alcohol, nicotine and opioid use
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