In this Week's Issue

  • Health Alert: Fungal Meningitis Outbreak
  • Physician-Led Results: Vaccine Protections
  • CMS to Deny Incomplete Claims on Discarded Drugs Starting in October
  • How Extreme Heat Can Kill and How You Can Stay Safe
  • San Antonio Medicine June Issue
  • Weekly News Digest



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Important Physician News and Deadlines


Health Alert: Fungal Meningitis Outbreak
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Mexican Ministry of Health, and U.S. state and local health departments are responding to a multinational outbreak of fungal meningitis among patients who had procedures under epidural anesthesia in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico. Officials have identified two clinics associated with the outbreak: River Side Surgical Center and Clinica K-3. Continue reading

Physician-Led Results: Vaccine Protections
Texas physicians started this year's legislative session with a simple strategy on vaccines: defend existing protections and push for a long-overdue technological upgrade to ImmTrac2, the state's vaccination registry. While the latter goal was overshadowed by efforts to undermine existing vaccine laws, TMA successfully fenced off nearly 40 bills that threatened to erode access to routine childhood vaccinations or damage the state's robust vaccine infrastructure. Read more

CMS to Deny Incomplete Claims on Discarded Drugs Starting in October
Starting October 2, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will kick back certain claims involving discarded or unused drugs if practices fail to implement a new billing and coding policy the payer has been phasing in since the beginning of the year. Previously, CMS only required use of the JW modifier to list any amount of discarded drug, including zero. As of July 1, CMS will require a separate, payable claim using the new JZ modifier when no amount of drug was discarded or used. Read more

How Extreme Heat Can Kill and How You Can Stay Safe
High temperatures are not just uncomfortable, they are bad for your health and can even be deadly. Of all the natural disasters, extreme heat is the No. 1 killer, studies show, killing more people than hurricanes and tornadoes combined. With the ongoing climate crisis, high temperatures are expected to get worse, and heat waves will last longer, affecting parts of the country that arent used to them. Most heat-related deaths and health problems are avoidable. Continue reading


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Dealing With Challenging Patient Encounters
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Texas Medical Liability Trust (TMLT) is hosting a Live CME Webinar discussing strategies and techniques for responding to patient complaints, managing negative social media reviews, de-escalating disruptive and difficult patients.

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