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In this Week's Issue

  • CDC Panel Recommends COVID-19 Shots Be Added To 2023 Childhood and Adult Vaccination Schedules
  • Texas Among States Seeing High Rate of Influenza
  • New TMA Committee Aims to Protect Private Practice
  • Experts Raise Concern Over Winter COVID-19 Surge As New Variants Gain Traction
  • Electronic health record (EHR) vendors upgrade by Dec. 31, be prepared 
  • University Health Weekly News Digest

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Important Physician News and Deadlines

CDC Panel Recommends COVID-19 Shots Be Added To 2023 Childhood and Adult Vaccination Schedules
COVID-19 shots should be added to the 2023 childhood and adult vaccination schedules, according to the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. The panel voted 15-0 on Thursday to recommend COVID-19 shots from Moderna Inc., Pfizer Inc. and Novavax IncRead more

Texas Among States Seeing High Rate of Influenza, Data Show
According to the CDC, “in the week ending Oct. 8, the latest data, Texas is one of five states that has a high rate of influenza.” Separately, according to recent Austin Public Health data, “two schools in Travis County have reported outbreaks” and “locally, 6% of visits to clinics or doctor’s offices have been for influenza. Continue reading

New TMA Committee Aims to Protect Private Practice
Small and solo practices are struggling in the face of physician pay cuts, the pandemic, and inflation. TMA's new Ad Hoc Committee on Independent Physician Practice is focused on finding solutions and ensuring that this practice model remains an attractive option for physicians. Read more

Experts Raise Concern Over Winter COVID-19 Surge As New Variants Gain Traction
CNN reports, “A flurry of new Covid-19 variants appears to be gaining traction globally, raising fears of a winter surge.” In the US, “these are BQ.1, BQ.1.1, BF.7, BA.4.6, BA.2.75 and BA.2.75.2.” While “Covid-19 cases are dropping” as the nation “moves into the fall,” experts “fear that the downward trend may soon reverse itself, thanks to this gaggle of new variants.”

Electronic health record (EHR) vendors must conduct a major software upgrade by Dec. 31, physician offices should be prepared
Vendors are responding to changes called for by the 21st Century Cures Act, a bipartisan U.S. law that aims to promote innovation in health care technology in ways that deliver information more conveniently and transparently for both patients and physicians. Read more

Upcoming Community Events

 Conversations About Ethics - We Are Stronger Together 
Oct 24│6-7:30 pm In-person Evening Panel│Register
Conversations About Ethics is a semi-annual event hosted by The Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics and The Ecumenical Center. The topic for this event is, "We Are Stronger Together: Sources of Professionalism and Hope After Tragedy." 
This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

FREE CME Wellness & Coaching Webinar
Oct 26│7:00 pm│Register
In this webinar you will learn how to create healthy boundaries at work for busy healthcare professionals. Presented by Nora Vasquez, MD.

Communicating COVID: ECHO for Providers
Oct 28│12:00 pm│Register
This video conference is to connect health professionals to a multi-disciplinary team of experts to share knowledge and build capacity for delivering best practice care. Sessions include presentations of real-life situations and group discussions to share resources and inform care. 

FREE Vax-abilitySTRONG Health Provider Workshop
Oct 31│8-10:30 am or 12:30-3:00 pm│Register

Vax-abilitySTRONG program is a multifaceted information, education, and community campaign to open conversations about questions and barriers around vaccinations and provide information and resources on vaccine safety, benefits, and access for the disability community. Read More

Fall Lecture Series: History of Medicine
Nov 2│6:00 pm│
Join librarian and author Megan Rosenbloom as she discusses her debut bestselling book, Dark Archives: A Librarian’s Investigation in the Science and History of Books Bound in Human Skin. 

Community Screening and Educational Event
Nov 5│8:00 am - 8:30 pm│
Join us!
The Save a Leg Save a Life Foundation is hosting a FREE community screening and educational event for peripheral arterial disease from
8 am to 2 pm. There will be a healthcare hands-on workshop from 4:30-5:30 pm and a healthcare roundtable/dinner from 6:30-8:30 pm.
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