In this Week's Issue

  • FDA Approves First Oral Antiviral Drug for COVID-19
  • Physicians' DEA Registration Now Requires Training on Substance Use Disorder
  • New TMA Policy Recognizes People With Disabilities as Health Disparity Population
  • TDI DWC Seeks Stakeholder Input for Spinal Cord Stimulator Audit
  • San Antonio Medicine June Issue
  • Weekly News Digest





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FDA Approves First Oral Antiviral Drug for COVID-19
The FDA has granted full approval to nirmatrelvir-ritonavir (Paxlovid) for treating adult outpatients with mild to moderate COVID-19 who are at risk for severe disease, the agency has announced. The agency further stipulated that nirmatrelvir-ritonavir is not intended for use as a preventive therapy either pre- or post-exposure to COVID (i.e./ patients should have symptoms and a confirmed case before use). Continue reading

Physicians' DEA Registration Now Requires Training on Substance Use Disorder
Starting June 27, physicians must attest to completing eight hours of substance-abuse training when they register for or renew their Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) license. Physicians won't have to submit training-related documentation but should be able to reference it in the event of an audit. There are plenty of options including CME from TMA. Read more

New TMA Policy Recognizes People With Disabilities as Health Disparity Population
New Texas Medical Association policy recognizes people with disabilities as a "health disparity population" for the first time, a move designed to improve care for those who are often inadvertently overlooked or excluded in medical settings. It was just one of several important policy changes the House of Delegates made in public health at TexMed 2023. Read more

TDI DWC Seeks Stakeholder Input for Spinal Cord Stimulator Audit
DWC is looking for input for the Spinal Cord Stimulator Plan-Based Audit. The audit will evaluate the appropriateness of a doctor's decision and recordkeeping that support the use and effectiveness of spinal cord stimulators. The audit sets the scope, methodology, selection standards, and program area duties laid out in the Medical Quality Review Process. For more information


Upcoming Community Events


Think Science: Dementia in South Texas
June 7│Register here
The Think Science live program will be sharing the latest information about the connections between brain and body health, as well as new developments in the fight against dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

Health Confianza's Health Equity in Action Summit
June 9│RSVP here
Join the Health Confianza summit focused on leveraging health literacy education and community connection to achieve health equity for all.

Summer in the City: Cool Down & Wellness Festival
June 9│RSVP here
Kick off your summer by joining Health Confianza in a celebration of community and wellness. Enjoy, live music, games, family movie night, free health screenings and more!

Texas Suicide Prevention Symposium 2023
June 13 - 15│Register
Brush up your suicide prevention, intervention and postvention skills, while also taking the opportunity to expand your personal suicide prevention network. 

Hoops & Health: Basketball Tournament & Men's Health Fair
June 17│Team registration here
In recognition of National Men's Health Week, Metro Health's Diabetes Prevention & Control program has partnered with the YMCA to offer a Men's Health Fair and
3v3 Basketball Tournament.

2023 STRAC Regional Emergency Healthcare Systems Conference
June 19 - 21│Register
This year there will be a stellar lineup of regionally and nationally accredited speakers presenting on topics from Emergency Medicine, Trauma, Pediatrics, Perinatal, Behavioral Health, Disaster Response, Cardiac, and Stroke.





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