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Important Physician News and Deadlines

Medical Societies Unite in Support Prior Authorization Reforms
The American Medical Association (AMA) and 118 leading medical societies united in strong support of the meaningful prior authorization reforms proposed for Medicare Advantage and the Medicare prescription drug benefit. Click here to continue reading.

Prevent Improper Code Bundling with New Medicare Tool
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released the National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) procedure-to-procedure (PTP) lookup tool to promote accurate code-bundling and prevent improper payment of Medicare Part B and Medicaid claims when incorrect code combinations are reported. Read more.

Order Multiple COVID Vaccine Categories in New VAOS Process
A new process in the state Vaccine Allocation and Ordering System (VAOS) will significantly reduce the amount of data entry required from physician practices when ordering COVID-19 vaccines. The process, called COVID Open Ordering, allows practices to order multiple categories of vaccines together, rather than having to place separate orders for each vaccine brand and type. Read more.

What’s New in Epilepsy - CDC
CDC is supporting a partnership between the Epilepsy Foundation, Rare Epilepsy Network, and the American Academy of Pediatrics to implement a new Project ECHO.
This ECHO will increase the knowledge, skills, and self-efficacy of providers to effectively diagnose and treat rare or genetic epilepsy, Developmental & Epileptic Encephalopathies, and epilepsy syndromes, as well as their comorbidities. Read more.

Upcoming Community Events
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.

SAMGMA Annual Conference: Power Up Your Tool Box in this Era of Change 
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, Managing Stress Under Fire, Human Resources and Leadership.

Listening to Long COVID: ECHO Series
Feb 24│12:00 - 1:00 pm│Register
This telementoring series explores the effects of Long COVID and shares management strategies, including complementary approaches, to delivering care, and include a brief educational presentation and a story shared by someone impacted by Long COVID.

FREE CME Physician Wellness Webinar
Feb 28│6:00 pm│Register
In this webinar, Dr. Vasquez will discuss three easy evidence-based strategies to improve your well-being today.

2023 First Tuesdays at the Capitol
March 7│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
Click here to listen
This podcast includes fresh content and also grand rounds. Some episodes are eligible for free CME, MOC and ethics credit.
Circle of Friends Silver Sponsors
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