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In this Week's Issue

  • Medicaid, CHIP Postpartum Coverage Extension Will Take Effect March 1
  • Feds Require AI Transparency
  • CDC Expected to Abandon Five-Day Isolation Guidance after Positive COVID-19 Test
  • Virtual Scribes Enhanced Relationships Between Patients and Physicians
  • San Antonio Medicine February Issue
  • Weekly Digest

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Important Physician News and Deadlines

Medicaid, CHIP Postpartum Coverage Extension Will Take Effect March 1
Pregnant and postpartum Texans soon will see their Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) coverage extended from two months to one year thanks to TMA advocacy. Texas physicians welcome the policy change but want to ensure its implementation is successful. Read more.

Feds Require AI Transparency
First-of-their-kind transparency regulations established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services aim to help physicians determine the safety of artificial intelligence (AI) technology. The new rule also established a new information-blocking exception and implemented a 21st Century Cures Act requirement for health IT developers. Read more.

CDC Expected to Abandon Five-Day Isolation Guidance after Positive COVID-19 Test
CNN reports, "The science around Covid-19 transmission hasn’t changed, but experts broadly agreed that easing isolation timeframes won’t significantly increase community transmission or severe outcomes in part because the virus has been circulating at very high levels, even with more restrictive guidance in place" Continue reading.

Virtual Scribes Enhanced Relationships Between Patients and Physicians
Virtual Scribes has reduced electonic health record burden for physicians and increased positive interaction with patients, according to two new studies. One physician called it the "most impactful" strategy her practice has implemented against burnout. Read more

Upcoming Community Events
Free CME Leadership & Wellness Coaching Webinar
February 20│Register
Join this month's 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 Control and 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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