Public Health Emergency Extended
The national public health emergency related to
COVID-19 has been extended to July 20 and likely will be extended
throughout 2021,Texas Medical Association experts say the extension
allows the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to
maintain several COVID-19-related Medicare waivers and
flexibilities, including paying the same rate for telemedicine
visits as for in-person visits, and allowing use of audio-only
telemedicine services. View all extensions.
Virtual First Tuesdays at the Capitol
Join TMA at noon on the first Tuesday of the month
(April and May 2021) for a virtual legislative update and trip to
the Capitol. TMA’s lobby team will outline issues important to
medicine and actions you can take now to make a difference.
Registration is FREE.
TMA Leadership College Class of 2022
The application to apply for the TMA Leadership College Class of
2022 is now open. Applicants must be active TMA members in good
standing and in their first eight years of practice
post-residency/fellowship. Applications are due Friday, June 25th. Apply here
Ask the Expert: Virtual Series
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. Register here.
FDA: N95 Masks, Now Plentiful, Should No Longer Be
The Biden administration has taken the first step
toward ending an emergency exception that allowed hospitals to
ration and reuse N95 medical masks, the first line of defense
between frontline workers and the deadly coronavirus. US
manufacturers say there are now surpluses of N95 masks, and
hospitals say they have stockpiles that can last for months, so
“the government says hospitals and healthcare providers should try
to return to one mask per patient. Continue reading.
CDC Recommends Pregnant Women Get Coronavirus
Pregnant women confused by conflicting
recommendations regarding coronavirus vaccination over the past few
months now have clear guidance from the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention: Get the shots. Read more.
Free PPE Supplies
Need PPE for your practice? Let us help! Physician
practices in need of PPE, please click here to indicate your PPE
needs. Requests are filled as donated supplies are available.