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In this Week's Issue

  • Pfizer COVID Vaccine Available in Single Doses to Improve Outreach, HHS Announces
  • Updated CPT Codes Could Reduce Administrative Burdens, Ease Physician Burnout
  • Symptoms of COVID Variant XBB Doctors Are Seeing Right Now
  • TMA Winter Conference 2023 Registration Is Open
  • Weekly News Digest

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Important Physician News and Deadlines

Pfizer COVID Vaccine Available in Single Doses to Improve Outreach, HHS Announces
Physicians eager to combat COVID-19 continue to look for ways to make the vaccines easier for patients to access. The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently took an important step in that direction by offering the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to physicians in single-dose vials for patients 12 and older. Read more

Updated CPT Codes Could Reduce Administrative Burdens, Ease Physician Burnout
The AMA’s CPT update went into effect on January 1st. According to the organization, the update will free “physicians and care teams from time-wasting administrative tasks that are clinically irrelevant to providing high-quality care to patients.” The CPT update involves 225 new codes, 93 revisions and 75 deletions. Continue reading

Symptoms of COVID Variant XBB Doctors Are Seeing Right Now
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). There is a new variant in town that’s concerning the scientific community. Known as XBB, the variant is believed to be the most immune-evasive to date and currently accounts for over 40% of infections in the United States. Read more

TMA Winter Conference 2023 Registration Is Open
In preparation for the 2023 legislative session, the Texas Medical Association’s Winter Conference this year will center around “One Voice: Advocating for our Patients and Profession.” Registration is now open for the event, to take place January 27-28 at the Hyatt Regency Austin. Find out more information here.

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.

Fifth Annual Public Health Policy Forum
Jan 26│4:30 pm│
This video conference discusses Gun Violence, A Preventable Public Health Epidemic. With a special presentation by Dr. Achie Bleyer on "Firearm Prevalence and Deaths in Texas and US Children."

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.

FREE CME/CEU Online Course
This course provides guidance and resources on how to integrate evidence-based practices for treating and preventing alcohol, nicotine and opioid use
disorders in practice.

TMA Practice Well Podcast
Click here to listen
This podcast offers relatable examples of day-to-day tasks and business operations that create a stronger climate for success. Many episodes offer CME credit.
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