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Important Physician News and Deadlines

TMB Clarifies New Fingerprinting Requirement
The Texas Medical Board (TMB) is taking steps to clarify the process and continues to update its frequently-asked-questions webpage as concerns arise. The fingerprinting requirement arose from Texas legislation passed in the 2023 session. Read more

Medicare Clinician Profiles Now Include Procedure Volume Data
Medicare patients looking for physicians and health professionals now can more easily access such data, including the number of certain common procedures a clinician performed and how that clinician ranks compared to others. Read more

Frustrations Grow as ADHD Drug Shortage Continues
More than a year after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a nationwide shortage of Adderall, doctors and patients say they are still struggling to get their hands on ADHD medications. Despite repeated promises from drugmakers that the supply crunches would be resolved soon, shortages persist, and frustration is growing. Continue reading

Respiratory Virus Season in the US Isn’t Over Yet
After a few weeks of decline, some measures show that flu activity is starting to pick up again and respiratory virus levels remain high overall in the US. During the week ending January 27, more than 82,000 people who visited an emergency department were diagnosed with influenza, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) — an 8% rise, or about 6,000 more than the week before. Continue reading

Upcoming Community Events
Advancing the Science on Peer Support and Suicide Prevention
February 12│Register
Sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health, this virtual workshop will bring experts in peer support suicide prevention to discuss relevant conceptual frameworks, recent advances in understanding what works and for whom, service settings, and more.

51st Annual Symposium on Sports Medicine
February 17 - 18│Register
UT Health San Antonio presents a forum for sports medicine specialists to discuss problems and concepts related to preventing, treating, and rehabilitating injured athletes. Registered attendees will have the opportunity to gain most Continuing Education credits in one weekend!

Free CME Leadership & Wellness Coaching Webinar
February 20│Register
Join this months webinar on how to "Turn Burnout Into Your Biggest Breakthrough in 3 Easy Steps". Discover how to create your personalized self-care plan to prevent burnout without guilt, and strategies to recognize, mitigate and overcome burnout.

Advancing the Science of Cancer in Latinos 2024
February 21 - 23│Register
The Mays Cancer Center and the Institute for Health Promotion Research at UT Health San Antonio host the fourth international conference on Advancing the Science of Cancer in Latinos. Learn more about disparities that continue to plague this population in access to care, risk factor behaviors, mortality, and quality of life.

2024 SAMGMA Education Conference
February 23│Register
The San Antonio Medical Group Management Association (SAMGMA) presents their annual education conference on "Building & Sustaining Partnerships in a Dynamic Healthcare Environment".

IDPN From the Front Lines: Vaccine Policy in the States
February 27│Register
Webinar hosted by the Infectious Disease Prevention Network (IDPN) will include top of the line insights into what actions need to be taken to address disturbing trends seen in states that attack long-standing vaccination policies and more.

Missed Opportunities for Preventing Congenital Syphilis
February 28│Register
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) collaborates with the Centers for Disease and Control Prevention (CDC) in a webinar to provide an overview of congenital syphilis and explore missed opportunities for preventing congenital syphilis as well as interventions for prevention.
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