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Important Physician News and Deadlines

Health Advisory: Outbreak of Measles in Ohio
The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is monitoring an outbreak of measles in Ohio that began in November 2022. At publication, the outbreak is composed of 82 confirmed cases, of which 74 (90%) are unvaccinated and 32 (39%) have been hospitalized. Continue reading

Flu, Covid-19 and RSV: Tracking Hospitalizations This Brutal Virus Season
A tough respiratory virus season is underway in the United States, as influenza and the respiratory syncytial virus came early and hit hard this year, straining the nation’s health care system and driving up hospitalizations to rates not seen in years, even as Covid-19 continues spreading across the country. Read more

OIG: Physicians Incorrectly Billing for End-of-Life Care Planning
Starting January 1, 2023, medical laboratories, including physician-owned labs, face a reporting requirement from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that will create a paperwork burden and could negatively affect payment rates. The measure is part of the 2014 Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA). 
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Health Officials Wind Down Monkeypox PHE, Urge Prevention
Given the downturn in monkeypox cases, US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra recently announced the agency does not expect to renew the public health emergency declaration regarding the infectious disease when it ends on January 31. 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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