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In this Week's Issue

  • Hundreds of Thousands of Texans Facing Uncertainty After Losing Medicaid Coverage 
  • CDC Director Cautions Against Virus Surges This Winter
  • Healthcare Industry to Be Impacted By OSHA's New Injury/Illness Reporting Requirements
  • Emerging Tick Bite-Associated Meat Allergy Potentially Affects Thousands
  • San Antonio Medicine July Issue
  • Weekly News Digest

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Important Physician News and Deadlines

Hundreds of Thousands of Texans Facing Uncertainty After Medicaid Coverage
During the pandemic, federal regulations prohibited states from removing people from Medicaid, allowing access to nonstop health insurance coverage for about 3 million Texans who would’ve regularly lost coverage beginning in March 2020. But new federal funding legislation has recently lifted these protections, and the state launched the process of removing people it thought would be ineligible. Half a million Texans — mainly children, but also disabled adults and women who recently gave birth — have lost coverage since then, leaving them in limbo without access to medical treatment. Continue reading

CDC Director Cautions Against Virus Surges This Winter
Even as the nation is faced with blistering heat waves this summer, Dr. Mandy Cohen, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is already thinking ahead to cold and flu season this winter. “We’re going to have three bugs out there, three viruses: Covid, of course, flu and RSV,” Cohen said in an interview. “We need to make sure the American people understand all three and what they can do to protect themselves.” 
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Healthcare Industry to Be Impacted By OSHA's New Injury/Illness Reporting Requirements
Employers in the healthcare industry will soon have to submit certain information specific to injuries and illnesses that occur on the job to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The United States Department of Labor made the announcement on July 17. While employers are currently required to keep records of such incidents, they have not been previously required to submit those files to OSHA unless audited. The final rule includes two new requirements. Read more

Emerging Tick Bite-Associated Meat Allergy Potentially Affects Thousands
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that between 2010 and 2022, there were more than 110,000 suspected cases of alpha-gal syndrome (AGS) identified. However, because the diagnosis of alpha-gal syndrome requires a positive diagnostic test and a clinical exam, and some individuals with alpha-gal syndrome may not get tested, it is estimated that as many as 450,000 people might have been affected by AGS in the United States, according to two reports issued by the CDC in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Continue reading

Upcoming Community Events
2023 Border Health Conference
August 17 - 18│Register
 Texas Medical Association (TMA) presents the Border Health Conference, which will have four panels covering nonmedical drivers of health, graduate medical education, health information exchanges, and public health.

Innaugural Congenital Heart Disease Summit
August 19│Register
The Summit will include topics such as, Prenatal Cardiovascular Imaging, Stabilization of Newborn with Critical Congenital Heart Disease, Management of HLHS with Restrictive or Intact Atrial Septum, and more.

2023 Pathways to Hope
August 25 - 26│Register
Pathways to Hope is a FREE conference bringing together mental health professionals, social workers, educators, the judicial system, law enforcement, faith community leaders, caregivers, and individuals living with a diagnosis to help improve the mental health care system.

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Join us in celebrating the 37th Annual BCMS Auto Show, where there will be food, drinks, and new vehicles to check out!

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