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In this Week's Issue

  • Be Well Texas Provides a Lyft to Patients with Substance Use Disorders
  • New TMA Lawsuit Challenges Big Fee Hike in “No Surprises Act” Arbitration
  • Counterfeit Medications Proliferate in Patient Care, and They’re Not Just Illicit Opioids
  • Guarding the Patient-Physician Relationship
  • Access to Care During COVID-19 Survey
  • San Antonio Medicine February Issue
  • Weekly News Digest

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Law Firm

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Important Physician News and Deadlines

Be Well Texas Provides a Lyft to Patients with Substance Use Disorders
UT Health San Antonio, on behalf of Be Well Texas, entered into an agreement with Lyft Healthcare to provide transportation for patients in need to its clinic in San Antonio, but also for telehealth patients anywhere in the state who need rides to the lab or the pharmacy. Lyft Healthcare is the ride-hailing company’s service for health care patients. The agreement is fulfilling an urgent needRead more

New TMA Lawsuit Challenges Big Fee Hike in “No Surprises Act” Arbitration
The Texas Medical Association (TMA) is challenging a 600% hike in administrative fees for seeking federal dispute resolution in No Surprises Act (NSA) situations. TMA seeks relief by filing a 4th lawsuit in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. This TMA lawsuit against federal agencies challenges a steep administrative fee hike that will strip many physicians and health care providers. Continue reading.

Counterfeit Medications Proliferate in Patient Care, and They’re Not Just Illicit Opioids
Counterfeit medications are a growing problem that can undermine medical treatment, and all physicians can help prevent their spread by asking patients simple questions. Neil Campbell, senior director of strategic intelligence, planning and analytics at Pfizer Inc., shared that message with physicians at the general session of the TMA Winter Conference on Saturday, Jan. 28, in Austin. Read more

Guarding the Patient-Physician Relationship
At the heart of the Texas Medical Association’s legislative agenda is protecting the practice of medicine and the patient-physician relationship, whether from interference from insurers and other nonmedical entities, laws that lower the standard of care or public health threats. Check out TMA's top 10 Legislative Priorities here. 

Access to Care During COVID-19 Survey
Metro Health’s Access to Care team invites you to take the Access to Care During COVID-19 Survey This survey will help the Bexar County Health Collaborative identify and address community priorities raised during the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey closes on February 10th and is available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Pashto and Vietnamese. 

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.

San Antonio Pediatric Cancer Symposium (SAPCS)
Feb 19 - 22│6:30 pm│
This conference brings together some of the most respected childhood cancer researchers from academia and industry. Hosted by the Greehey Children’s Cancer Research Institute, UT Health San Antonio, in conjunction with the Mays Cancer Center.

2023 Policy Priorities: Advancing Primary Care During the 88th Texas Legislative Session
Feb 23│11:00 am - 12:00 pm│
Join the Texas Primary Care Consortium (TPCC) webinar to learn about TPCC's 2023 policy priorities to understand our role in advancing primary care, and understand the Texas legislature’s policy agenda.

State of the Industry 2023
Feb 17│6:00 - 9:00 pm│Register
The Health Cell, San Antonio's premier networking and leadership development organization for healthcare and bioscience professionals, is calling for presenter nominations for its annual innovative storytelling event.
Deadline for submissions, February 17, 2023

Power Up Your Tool Box in this Era of Change Conference
Feb 24│7:30 - 4:00 pm│Register
San Antonio Medical Group Management Association (SAMGMA) is offering its annual education conference for healthcare workers. Topics Include: Legislative Updates, Launch and Managing Stress Under Fire, Human Resources and Leadership.

2023 Health Provider Workshop
March 23│5:30 - 8:30 pm│Register
This Disability-friendly Provider Workshop discusses the types of disabilities and associated access issues, participating in problem-finding exercises, exploring the clinical perspective, different strategies and tools. 

Pediatrics Now: A Pediatric Medicine Podcast
Click here to listen
This podcast includes fresh content and also grand rounds. Some episodes are eligible for free CME, MOC and ethics credit.
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