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Important Physician News and Deadlines


TMA to Congress: Tie Medicare Physician Payment to Inflation
As part of a broader push for Medicare payment reform, the Texas Medical Association, along with the American Medical Association and 133 national specialty and state medical associations, recently called on Congress to index Medicare physician payments to inflation. "Congress has a real opportunity to relieve the financial strain on Medicare beneficiaries," they wrote in a March 15 letter to House and Senate leaders. "We urge you to answer that call." Read more

Increased Use of Telehealth Services and Medications for Opioid Use Disorder During the COVID-19 Pandemic Associated with Reduced Risk for Fatal Overdose
The expanded availability of opioid use disorder-related telehealth services and medications during the COVID-19 pandemic was associated with a lowered likelihood of fatal drug overdose among Medicare beneficiaries, according to a new study. Read more

FDA Announces Recall of Two More Eye Drop Brands
The recall is the second to come in recent months for eye drops. Earlier this year, Global Pharma Healthcare voluntarily recalled all lots within expiry of their Artificial Tears Lubricant Eye Drops due to possible contamination. The FDA announced the recall after the drops were linked to 55 reports of adverse events, including eye infections, permanent loss of vision and one death with a bloodstream infection. Read more

Opioid Crisis: Illegally Manufactured Fentanyl Facts and Resources
Although prescription opioid prescribing in Texas has decreased every year for the last 10 years, overdose deaths due to illegally manufactured fentanyl (IMF) continues to increase dramatically every year. Easing stringent regulations on pain management clinics, broadening access to medications for opioid use disorder, and expanding education, prevention, data collection, and funding to target fentanyl overdoses can help reverse this troubling trend. Read more

"Want to Save Money in Your Practice?" Let TMA Know How
As part of the Ad Hoc Committee on Independent Physician Practice's study of discount vendor programs, TMA is exploring group purchasing organizations to potentially help your practice save money on business expenses, from medical supplies to office furniture. We'd like to hear from you about which products would be most helpful to receive discounts on. Let us know by taking this survey.



Upcoming Community Events


Black Maternal Health Week
April 14│5:00 - 8:00 pm │RSVP here
Join Metro Health's Black Maternal Health Week Event at St. Phillip's College. Enjoy a complimentary dinner, as well as a healthy pregnancies panel discussion, healthy family resources, gift raffles, and more.

Free CME Wellness & Coaching Webinar
April 25│Register
Transforming Stress: Mindful Techniques for Managing Pressure in the Healthcare Workplace. Discussing mindful tips every healthcare professional should know to manage stress, improve focus, and have more energy throughout the day!
Presented by Nora Vasquez, MD

2023 First Tuesdays at the Capitol
May 2│Register
Join your fellow physicians, medical students and Alliance members from across Texas and make your voice heard at the Texas Capitol. You will visit with our local legislators and discuss issues of importance to medicine.

Pediatrics Now Podcast
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This podcast includes fresh content and also grand rounds. Some episodes are eligible for free CME, MOC and ethics credit.





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