So-Called “Mild” Omicron Still a Serious Threat, Physicians Warn
As the massive spike of COVID-19 cases continues, Texas Medical Association physicians urge vigilance against the threat the omicron variant poses in Texas. The degree of infectiousness and lack of best and most available treatment worries Texas physicians about what the next few weeks will bring, and they say important medical advice bears repeating. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - January 13, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Tips for COVID-Safe Holiday Gatherings
As families plan holiday gatherings, physicians from the Texas Medical Association ’s COVID-19 Task Force have four recommendations to avoid spreading the COVID-19 omicron or delta variant to loved ones. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - December 17, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Stewart Named New Leader of TMA Lobby Team
The Texas Medical Association (TMA) has named lobbyist Clayton K. Stewart as its new vice president of public affairs-chief lobbyist. Mr. Stewart begins his new position leading TMA ’s lobby team immediately. His predecessor, Dan Finch, is retiring at the end of 2021 after serving two years in the role and capping a decades-long career of service to Texas physicians and patients. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - December 14, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

TMA Moves for Victory in Challenge to Unfair Arbitration Rule
The Texas Medical Association (TMA) today announced it has filed a motion for summary judgment in its lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. The motion asks the court to decide, without a trial, that the U.S. departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Treasury, and the Office of Personnel Management failed to follow clear direction from Congress about how to implement the physician-insurance company dispute resolution process set forth in the No Surprises Act, legislation passed in 2020 to address surprise medical bills.  (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - December 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

TMA: Thanks for Saving Medicare; More Work Ahead
   Statement by Texas Medical Association (TMA) President E. Linda Villarreal, MD, in reaction to Congress passing legislation Thursday averting most of a 9.75% Medicare cut to physician payments, which was scheduled to take effect on Jan. 1, 2022. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - December 10, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

“Turn It Off” to Help Mental Health, Physicians Suggest
Physicians are concerned about more people suffering mental and behavioral health problems, especially as the pandemic lags on. Doctors see connections between people ’s suffering and overuse of electronic devices, especially among young people who seem addicted to their phones and other screens. To combat these issues, the Texas Medical Association (TMA) is launching a new initiative, Turn It Off Today, to encourage families to pledge to take a break from electronic devices. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - November 29, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Keep Holidays Merry: Get Your Flu Shot Now
Seasonal flu, a frequent fall and winter visitor, didn ’t make much of an appearance in 2020 with people isolating and defending themselves from germs by wearing masks and social distancing. Texas physicians say we may not be so lucky this year and, with upcoming holiday gatherings, urge everyone to get their annual influenza (flu) shot. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - November 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Your Pertussis Shot Protects Newborns at Holiday Gatherings
As people plan holiday get-togethers again given eased COVID-19 restrictions, physicians urge everyone to take precautions to protect the newest family members - infants - from a different disease: pertussis. Texas Medical Association physicians urge people meeting a newborn family member this holiday season to first get vaccinated against pertussis, or whooping cough. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - November 16, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

TMA Sues Feds Over Unfair Rule for Surprise Billing Law
The Texas Medical Association filed a lawsuit in federal district court in Tyler, Texas, after the Biden administration failed to follow clear direction from Congress about how to implement the dispute resolution process set forth in the No Surprises Act, legislation that was passed in 2020 to protect patients from surprise medical bills. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - November 2, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medicare Cuts Would Threaten Patients ’ Access to Care
Texas Medicare patients could soon struggle to get a physician ’s care if planned Medicare payment cuts take place on January 1. According to a new Texas Medical Association (TMA) survey, the nearly 10% Medicare pay cut Congress has scheduled for the new year could devastate physicians who care for the senior citizens and people with disabilities covered by t he federal health insurer. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - November 2, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

TMA Airs Pro-Vaccine Ads During Political Conventions
“Vaccines defend what matters – our health, jobs, families.” A new Texas Medical Association (TMA) ad campaign featuring that message will air during the Democratic and Republican conventions to remind Texans of the many ways vaccinations protect us. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - November 1, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

TMA Sues Feds Over Unfair Rule for Surprise Billing Law
The Texas Medical Association (TMA) filed a lawsuit in federal district court in Tyler, Texas, after the Biden administration failed to follow clear direction from Congress about how to implement the dispute resolution process set forth in the No Surprises Act, legislation that was passed in 2020 to protect patients from surprise medical bills. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - October 29, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medicare Cuts Would Threaten Patients ’ Access to Care
Texas Medicare patients could soon struggle to get a physician ’s care if planned Medicare payment cuts take place on January 1. According to a new Texas Medical Association (TMA) survey, the nearly 10% Medicare pay cut Congress has scheduled for the new year could devastate physicians who care for the senior citizens and people with disabilities covered by t he federal health insurer.  (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - October 26, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Social Determinants Undermine Patient Health
For many patients, roadblocks  like a broken air conditioner neglected by the landlord  are the social determinants of health that impact their well-being and quality of life, and can harm their health. Physicians say the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic also revealed how deeply social determinants disproportionately affect certa in populations. For example, due to chronic structural inequities that affect wellbeing, such as safe housing, access to medical care, and certain jobs that carry a higher risk of disease exposure, COVID-19 has disproportionately sickened, hospitalized, and killed people of color and those wit...
Source: TMA News Room - September 30, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

TMA Statement: Enough Is Enough
The Texas Medical Association is shocked the U.S. Supreme Court so far has not stopped the provisions of Senate Bill 8 that create a scheme of deputizing private citizens to carry out what the state itself cannot do, due to U.S. constitutional restrictions. Meanwhile, Senate Bill 4 is on its way to Gov. Greg Abbott with language that criminalizes the practice of medicine. Enough is enough. Read the full statement. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - September 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Physicians Encourage Masking and Vaccination of Students
Statement by Texas Medical Association (TMA) President E. Linda Villarreal, MD; Texas Pediatric Society (TPS) President Seth D. Kaplan, MD; and Texas Public Health Coalition (TPHC) Chair Jason V. Terk, MD, as Texans plan for kids to return to school. The physician and health care groups are calling for children to be protected from COVID-19 due to spikes in cases and hospitalizations from the COVID-19 delta variant. They recommend parents and families follow new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines for masking everyone in schools, grades K-12 – regardless of vaccina...
Source: TMA News Room - July 28, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Governor Approves Bill to Reduce Prior Authorization Hassles
Care for countless Texas patients will happen more quickly by reducing health insurers ’ bureaucratic delays, thanks to a bill Gov. Greg Abbott allowed to become law this weekend.The Texas Medical Association (TMA) prioritized curbing health insurers ’ onerous prior authorization practices this legislative session, resulting in passage of House Bill 3459 by Rep. Greg Bonnen, MD (R-Friendswood), and Sen. Dawn Buckingham, MD (R-Lakeway), with considerable support by Sen. Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound). (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - June 30, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Health Coverage Extensions Will Help Mothers, Children
Women can access critical health care longer after delivering their babies, and more children will continue uninterrupted medical care, thanks to two new bills that will become Texas law. Gov. Greg Abbott recently signed Texas House Bill 133 and House Bill 2658, ensuring longer Medicaid health care coverage for these populations who are susceptible to health complications – even death – if that care is interrupted. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - June 28, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Governor Approves Bill to Reduce Prior Authorization Hassles
Care for countless Texas patients will happen more quickly by reducing health insurers ’ bureaucratic delays, thanks to a bill Gov. Greg Abbott allowed to become law this weekend.The Texas Medical Association (TMA) prioritized curbing health insurers ’ onerous prior authorization practices this legislative session, resulting in passage of House Bill 3459 by Rep. Greg Bonnen, MD (R-Friendswood), and Sen. Dawn Buckingham, MD (R-Lakeway), with considerable support by Sen. Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound). (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - June 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Kids 12 and Up: Get a COVID Shot, Physicians Urge
As Texans return to work, school, and play thanks to more people getting the COVID-19 vaccine, physicians are now urging vaccination for children 12 years old and older. Texas Medical Association (TMA) COVID-19 Outpatient Workgroup physicians created a new infographic flyer urging parents to protect their adolescents and children against a disease that ’s killed hundreds of thousands of Americans and millions of people worldwide. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - June 16, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Houston Neurologist Bestowed TMA ’s Highest Honor
AUSTIN – About 70 years after he first had the inkling to become a physician, the Texas Medical Association (TMA) has honored 75-year-old William H. Fleming III, MD, with its Distinguished Service Award. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - June 9, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

TMA Installs Valley Physician as 156th President
The Texas Medical Association (TMA) today installed Edinburg internist E. Linda Villarreal, MD, as president. She will lead the association for one year, after having served the past year as president-elect. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - June 9, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

TMA Foundation Elects Officers
Three Houston physicians, a Tyler volunteer, and a university professor from Austin were elected to serve as officers on the Board of Trustees of the Texas Medical Association Foundation (TMAF), the philanthropic arm of the Texas Medical Association. The officers began their terms earlier in May during TexMed, TMA ’s annual conference. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - May 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

TMA Physicians Recognize Exceptional Science Teachers, 2021
In a year when teachers and their students have faced challenges that forced them to adapt to new learning environments, the Texas Medical Association (TMA) recognized five outstanding Texas science teachers with its 2021 Ernest and Sarah Butler Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching. The winners were announced Friday during TexMed, TMA ’s annual conference, held virtually. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - May 18, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

TMA Alliance Elects San Antonio Leader President
The Texas Medical Association Alliance (TMAA) has elected Jennifer Lewis of San Antonio to serve as president. Her one-year term began on Thursday. TMAA is the community service and advocacy arm of the Texas Medical Association (TMA), comprising spouses and partners of physicians, in addition to physicians, resident physicians, and medical students. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - May 17, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

TMA Physicians Recognize Exceptional Science Teachers(1)
In a year when teachers and their students have faced challenges that forced them to adapt to new learning environments, the Texas Medical Association (TMA) recognized five outstanding Texas science teachers with its 2021 Ernest and Sarah Butler Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching. The winners were announced Friday during TexMed, TMA ’s annual conference, held virtually. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - May 17, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fort Worth Pediatrician Voted TMA President-Elect
Gary W. Floyd, MD, a Fort Worth pediatrician, was elected president-elect of the Texas Medical Association (TMA) today. TMA ’s House of Delegates governing body announced elections during TexMed, the association’s annual conference, held virtually this year due to the pandemic. He will serve in this role for one year before assuming the presidency of America ’s largest state medical society in 2022. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - May 17, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

TMA Awards Scholarships to 15 Minority Medical Students
Fifteen minority students entering Texas medical schools this fall each will receive a $10,000 scholarship from the Texas Medical Association (TMA). Physicians selected the students for their academic achievement, commitment to community service, and desire to care for Texas ’ increasingly diverse population. TMA announced the winners Friday during TexMed, the association’s annual conference, held virtually. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - May 17, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

TMA Installs Valley Physician as 156th President
The Texas Medical Association (TMA) today installed Edinburg internist E. Linda Villarreal, MD, as president. She will lead the association for one year, after having served the past year as president-elect. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - May 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fort Worth Pediatrician Voted TMA President-Elect
Gary W. Floyd, MD, a Fort Worth pediatrician, was elected president-elect of the Texas Medical Association (TMA) today. TMA ’s House of Delegates governing body announced elections during TexMed, the association’s annual conference, held virtually this year due to the pandemic. He will serve in this role for one year before assuming the presidency of America ’s largest state medical society in 2022. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - May 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Waco Physician Elected Speaker of TMA ’s House of Delegates
Waco otolaryngologist Bradford W. Holland, MD, was elected speaker of the Texas Medical Association (TMA) House of Delegates, the association ’s policymaking body. The house announced his election during TexMed, TMA’s annual conference, held virtually again this year from Austin. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - May 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Denton-Area Physician Elected Vice Speaker of TMA ’s House of Delegates
Little Elm internist John G. Flores, MD, was elected vice speaker of the Texas Medical Association (TMA) House of Delegates, the association ’s policymaking body. The house announced his election during TexMed, TMA’s annual conference, held virtually in Austin. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - May 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Lubbock Community Leader Elected TMA Alliance President-Elect
The Texas Medical Association Alliance (TMAA) has elected Lubbock community leader Libby White to serve as president-elect. Her one-year term began on Thursday. TMAA is the community service and advocacy arm of the Texas Medical Association (TMA), comprising spouses and partners of physicians, in addition to physicians, resident physicians, and medical students. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - May 14, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

TMA Alliance Elects San Antonio Leader President
The Texas Medical Association Alliance (TMAA) has elected Jennifer Lewis of San Antonio to serve as president. Her one-year term began on Thursday. TMAA is the community service and advocacy arm of the Texas Medical Association (TMA), comprising spouses and partners of physicians, in addition to physicians, resident physicians, and medical students. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - May 14, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Houston Neurologist Bestowed TMA ’s Highest Honor
AUSTIN – About 70 years after he first had the inkling to become a physician, the Texas Medical Association (TMA) has honored 75-year-old William H. Fleming III, MD, with its Distinguished Service Award. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - May 14, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New Resource Helps Kids Manage COVID-19-Related Stresses
Texas physicians have unveiled a new tool to help parents support their children whose behavioral health is suffering due to the COVID-19 pandemic ’s upheaval.The Texas Medical Association ’s (TMA’s) School Reopening Workgroup, the Texas Pediatric Society (TPS), and members of TMA’s Committee on Behavioral Health produced “Your Child’s Feelings Matter,” a resource in English and Spanish to help parents recognize and support their children ’s reactions to school disruptions and other changes the pandemic has forced upon their young lives. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - May 5, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Texas Physicians Urge Spring Break Safety Precautions
A spring break vacation might sound like a great idea after a year of pandemic-related stress, isolation, and social distancing, but Texas physicians say now is not the time to let our guard down. The Texas Medical Association ’s (TMA ’s) School Reopening Workgroup says regardless of what you do for spring break, traveling and gathering in large groups away from home still bring high risk for spreading or catching COVID-19. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - March 16, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Texas Physicians Urge Masking, Continued Vigilance in Schools to Fight COVID-19
The Texas Medical Association ’s (TMA’s) School Reopening Workgroup and the Texas Pediatric Society (TPS) are calling on Texans to remain vigilant and maintain proven preventive measures against COVID-19 as schools reopen, primarily urging school leadership to keep universal masking policies in place. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - March 11, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Physicians Are Right to Avoid Wasting Vaccine
Statement by Texas Medical Association (TMA) President Diana L. Fite, MD, and Harris County Medical Society President Gary J. Sheppard, MD, about situations physicians and health care workers might face when trying to administer all COVID-19 vaccine without wasting it. This issue emerged after Houston authorities leveled accusations against a local physician. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - February 4, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

TMA Praises Governor ’s Telemedicine, Broadband, Vaccine Priorities
Statement by Texas Medical Association (TMA) President Diana L. Fite, MD, about the health care priorities Gov. Greg Abbott cited in his State of the State address. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - February 2, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

TMA Salutes Five Honorees With President ’s Award
The Texas Medical Association (TMA) Board of Trustees awarded four physicians and the state ’s emergency management chief with the TMA President’s Award for outstanding leadership during the COVID-19 crisis and the successful effort to revise the state ’s scientific curriculum standards. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - January 30, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Governor ’s First Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine a Confidence Boost for Texas
Please attribute this statement to Texas Public Health Coalition Chair Jason V. Terk, MD, in response to Gov. Abbott receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. “Every dose of COVID-19 vaccine administered brings Texas one step closer to the end of the pandemic. The Texas Public Health Coalition celebrates the news Gov. Greg Abbott received his first dose today and expresses appreciation for his personal leadership by example..." (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - December 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

TMA Applauds Governor Abbott for Getting COVID-19 Vaccine
“TMA thanks Governor Abbott for rolling up his sleeve to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. People need to see we can make Texas strong against the coronavirus if we all take these preventive measures to protect ourselves and others. The governor is leading by example by getting the shot..." (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - December 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news