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Trouble With COVID-19 Data Entry? The Texas Military Department Can Help 
Many physicians offering COVID-19 vaccines face unfamiliar administrative chores, including reporting vaccinations to ImmTrac2, the state’s vaccine registry. Those physicians can now obtain data entry assistance from the Texas Military Department. Here’s how. Read More

Texas Sees Rebound In Non-COVID-19 Respiratory Illnesses After Pandemic Rules Relaxed
HealthDay reports, “After Texas relaxed COVID-19 restrictions, other respiratory illnesses  such as colds, bronchitis and pneumonia made rapid rebounds.” Pathologists from Houston Methodist Hospital found that the rhinovirus and enterovirus infections that can trigger these illnesses started rebounding in the fall of last year after Texas eased capacity limits in bars and restaurants. 

Confused About Face Covering Guidance?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has relaxed some of its recommendations on masking, it might be difficult to keep track of the current state of face coverings and how it affects your practice. Fortunately, TMA has you covered with answers to frequently asked questions on face mask requirements of the moment. Also, TMA has created a poster for practices to download, print, and post in their offices to publicize the office’s face-covering requirement. Read more

Get Paid for COVID-19 Vaccination Costs Not Covered by Insurance
Since physicians cannot bill patients for COVID-19 vaccine administration, a new federal program aims to fill in the gaps by covering the outstanding costs not covered by health insurance plans. The Department of Health and Human Services launched the COVID-19 Coverage Assistance Fund, which will pay physicians and other vaccine administrators at the new higher Medicare rates announced in March. Read More.

FDA Extends J&J COVID-19 Vaccine Shelf Life
As of June 10, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) authorized an extension of the shelf life for the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine from 3 months to 4.5 months. The decision is based on data from the manufacture’s ongoing stability assessment studies. The vaccine is stable for at least 4.5 months when refrigerated at temperatures of 36°-46° Fahrenheit (2°-8° Celsius). Providers can confirm the latest expiration dates of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine here:

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Upcoming Community Events

A Health Equity Perspective on Loneliness, Mental Health, and COVID-19
June 22│12:00 pm - 1:00 pm │Register
Octavio N. Martinez, Jr, MD, MPH, MBA, FAPA from UT Health will be speaking in a web event hosted by TMF Quality Improvement Network.

COVID-19 Vaccine Ethics
June 23│12:00 pm - 1:15 pm │Register
Featuring Lawrence O. Gostin, a University Professor and Director of the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown Law. Professor Gostin also directs the World Health Organization Collaborating Center on National and Global Health Law.

Ask the Expert Series
 August 17, October 21│12:00 pm │Register
The Texas Medical Association is launching a new “Ask the Expert” virtual series to bring members direct access to professional experts who can answer questions on legal, practice management, advocacy, and regulatory topics.



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