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Important Physician News and Deadlines

Rural Hospitals Face Increased Risk of Closure as Pandemic Funds Dwindle
Now approaching the fourth year since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Texas hospitals are still reeling from its impact, facing elevated expenses, depressed patient volume, and tighter margins compared with pre-pandemic numbers, Rural hospitals, in particular, are at ta significantly higher risk of closing. Read more.

New TMA Task Force on Alternative Payment Models Charts a Path Toward Value-Based Care
The shift from fee-for-service to value-based care is underway, with public and private payers introducing a myriad of new payment models in recent years. Many physicians find the variety of plans overwhelming and the investments necessary to support them challenging. Read more.

Call for Resolutions
Do you know an issue(s) facing medicine that should be addressed by the TMA House of Delegates? If so, the issue(s) needs to be submitted to BCMS in the form of a Resolution.  As the new year begins, it is time to submit your resolution ideas and/or draft resolutions you would like the BCMS Delegation to TMA to consider. Sample Resolution. Deadline to submit your resolutions to BCMS is Friday January 27. To submit your resolution(s) or learn more about getting involved with the BCMS Delegation to TMA, please contact Mary Nava, chief government affairs officer and delegation liaison at

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.

Deadline to RSVP, Monday, January 16 at Noon
Walk with a DOC San Antonio
Jan 21│9:00 am│Questions

This doctor-led group is a fun and safe place to go for a walk, learn about health, and meet new friends. The event is FREE, and all are welcome.
7615 Kennedy Hill Drive; Meet at the parking lot adjacent to the Kennedy Apartments.

Future walks will be held on the 3rd Saturday of every month. 

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.

FREE CME/CEU Online Course
Learn the latest evidence-based strategies for alcohol, nicotine, and opioid use disorders prevention and treatment. 

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.
Circle of Friends Gold Sponsors
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