Survey: Texas Doctor Practices Struggling to Survive Pandemic
Like most independent medical practice physicians struggling to stay afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic, Austin pediatrician Brian Temple, MD, had to make a critical choice: reduce salaries and work hours, or lose the staff and pediatric practice he and his partner had built over six years. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - May 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

TMA Continues to Support Governor ’s Science-Based Plan to Reopen Texas
Statement by Texas Medical Association (TMA) President Diana L. Fite, MD, about Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ’s announcement on reopening more Texas businesses. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - May 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

San Antonians Elected TMA Alliance President, President-Elect
The Texas Medical Association Alliance (TMAA) has elected two San Antonio residents as its president and president-elect. President Martha Vijjeswarapu and President-Elect Jennifer Hailey Lewis began their one-year terms Friday. TMAA is the community service and advocacy arm of the Texas Medical Association (TMA), comprising physicians and their spouses and partners. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - May 5, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

TMA Names Valley Physician President-Elect, Picks Top Posts in Historic Meeting
The COVID-19 pandemic prompted the action of the Texas Medical Association ’s (TMA’s) “Disaster Board of Trustees” to fill in for its policymaking body to elect TMA’s president-elect for the first time in its 167-year history, choosing Edinburg internist E. Linda Villarreal, MD, for the position, while also naming several other top leaders. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - May 5, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Houston Emergency Physician Becomes TMA ’s 155th President Amidst Public Health Emergency
Standing in a near-empty auditorium in the Texas Medical Association (TMA) headquarters, Houston emergency physician Diana L. Fite, MD, today took the oath of office to become the 155th president of America ’s largest state medical society. TMA installed Dr. Fite as president before a live and online gathering of the organization’s Board of Trustees and outgoing president David C. Fleeger, MD. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - May 2, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Confused About COVID-19 Tests? Patients Might Learn From TMA ’s How-To Testing Guide
With the internet full of promotions hawking dozens of different lab tests for COVID-19, Texans rightfully might wonder what those tests measure and what the results mean. And as many Texans begin to mingle with each other after six weeks of extreme social distancing, the need to get tested for the virus is growing. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - April 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New Distribution System Will Ship PPE to Physicians, Clinics in Desperate Need
Texas physicians in desperate need of personal protective equipment (PPE) will soon get the supplies they ’ve been asking for. The Texas Medical Association (TMA), in collaboration with state agencies, county medical societies, and other statewide health organizations, is establishing an online portal where health professionals can apply for shipments of PPE. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - April 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

TMA Calls Governor ’s Plan “Prudent and Careful”
Statement by Texas Medical Association (TMA) President David C. Fleeger, MD, in response to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ’s announcement that Texas hospitals now need to reserve only 15% of their capacity for COVID-19 patients. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - April 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

TMA Supports Governor ’s Science-Based Plan to Reopen Texas
Statement by Texas Medical Association (TMA) President David C. Fleeger, MD, about Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ’s announcement on reopening Texas. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - April 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Governor is Right to Call for Gradual, Science-Based Approach to Reopen Texas Economy
In response to Gov. Greg Abbott ’s remarks regarding plans to reopen the Texas economy, John Carlo, MD, chair of the Texas Public Health Coalition, issued the following statement. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - April 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

TMA Supports Governor ’s Stay Home Mandate
Statement by Texas Medical Association (TMA) President David C. Fleeger, MD, about Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ’s statewide stay-at-home executive order except for essential workers and needs. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - March 31, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

TMA Applauds Bishops ’ Critical Care Guide Support
Statement by Texas Medical Association (TMA) President David C. Fleeger, MD, about the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops ’ statement in support of Mass Critical Care Guidelines (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - March 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Texas Physicians Join Governor ’s Call for Industry to Donate PPE
Statement by Texas Medical Association (TMA) President David C. Fleeger, MD, about Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ’s call for personal protective equipment donations. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - March 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Texas Physicians Join The Telehealth Initiative to Improve Access to Quality Health Care
The Texas Medical Association (TMA) joined The Physicians Foundation, American Medical Association, Florida Medical Association, and Massachusetts Medical Society in launching The Telehealth Initiative to help physicians start telehealth care. With the current health crisis, the organizations sped the initiative ’s launch to help physicians shift to telehealth to meet patients’ needs from their homes where they cannot transmit COVID-19 or other diseases to other people. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - March 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Texas Physicians Say: Remain Calm, Protect Yourself, Stay Safe
Statement by Texas Medical Association (TMA) President David C. Fleeger, MD, about Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ’s state of emergency declaration regarding COVID-19. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - March 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Coronavirus vs. Influenza: The Differences and What We Need to know
As physicians, other medical experts, and the public learn more about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19, scientists are learning more about the similarities – and differences – between COVID-19 and influenza. Both viruses cause respiratory disease, yet the World Health Organization (WHO) reports there are important differences between the two and how they spread. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - March 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

TMA Task Force Convenes to Prepare Physicians for COVID-19 Threat
The Texas Medical Association (TMA) has assembled the TMA COVID-19 Task Force to help Texas physicians prepare their practices to protect and treat their patients in the event of a community outbreak of the 2019 novel coronavirus. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - March 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Census Undercount Could Stifle Texas ’ Health Services, Doctors Say
Texas physicians are urging patients to answer the upcoming U.S. Census to ensure the state won ’t lose billions of dollars’ worth of health and human services funding – a loss that could harm the patients themselves. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - March 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Physicians Applaud State for Fining Health Plan
Statement by Texas Medical Association (TMA) President David C. Fleeger, MD, about the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) sanction of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) for delaying payment of certain out-of-network emergency care claims. TDI also found the plans distributed incorrect information about how to resolve balance bills to many HMO members who received out-of-network emergency care. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - March 9, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What ’s Better, Immunity From a Shot, or From the Disease?
Although suffering through a disease sometimes gives you immunity from catching that same disease later in life, vaccinating against diseases instead is the safest way to protect yourself and your loved ones. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - March 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Record Number of Doctors Arriving to Care for Texas Patients
For every Texan seeking medical care, a record – and increasing – number of physicians is available to respond. Texas’ physician workforce is growing at a record pace, according to new data. For the first time in three decades, the ratio of patient-care physicians for every 100,000 people has increased for 10 straight years (2009-2019). (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - February 5, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

TMA to Honor Physicians, Trauma Teams for Walmart Shooting Response
The president of the Texas Medical Association (TMA) will honor the many physicians, hospital caregivers, emergency medical technicians, and others who responded to the tragic El Paso Walmart shooting on Aug. 3, 2019. A gunman shot and killed 22 people and injured 24 others, many of whom received care in area hospitals. TMA President David C. Fleeger, MD, will present a TMA President ’s Award to members of El Paso’s emergency medicine community at a brief ceremony. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - February 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

I Got My Shot; Why Am I Sick? Physicians Explain
The bottom line: Vaccines are our best protection against disease, but in some situations vaccinated people can still get sick. In the case of influenza, several factors can cause this. Nonetheless, physicians stress vaccines are the best form of protection, shielding many individuals from the disease or at least reducing the severity of symptoms, and preventing hospitalization or death. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - February 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Insurance Companies Have Denied My Doctor ’s Orders, 25% of Texas Voters Say in New Poll
One in four Texas voters say their health insurance company has refused to cover what their physician ordered for them or their families, a new statewide survey has found. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - January 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

TMA Honors Dallas Physician With Public Health Lifetime Achievement Award
The Texas Medical Association (TMA) presented its inaugural Laurance N. Nickey, MD, Lifetime Achievement Award to Robert W. Haley, MD, director of the Division of Epidemiology at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas and a TMA physician leader. Doctors presented the award Saturday at the 2020 TMA Winter Conference in Austin. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - January 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Climate Change, Surprise Billing/Insurance Delays to Top TMA Conference
How does climate change threaten the health and survival of humans? Beyond obvious threats like heatstroke, doctors and other scientists suspect climate change factored in the 2012 Dallas epidemic of West Nile encephalitis and the spread of other tropical diseases shared by mosquitos. One physician expert points to climate change as a contributing factor for allergies, asthma, worse COPD conditions, and heart attacks. Physicians will address this timely issue and more during the 2020 Texas Medical Association (TMA) Winter Conference in Austin this week. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - January 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Texas Physicians Explain Herd Immunity Needed to Fight Contagious-Disease Hotspots
A community with enough vaccinated people can protect each other from the spread of contagious disease. Herd immunity – also known as community immunity – protects those who are not immune and those who cannot or choose not to get vaccinated. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - January 6, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How Do Vaccines Prevent Us from Getting Sick?
Vaccines work to prevent people from catching infectious diseases. Here ’s how: They introduce a dead or weakened version of the virus or bacteria to train our natural defenses to kick in. If our body faces a real threat from the live germ later, the immune system is armed to block it from harming us. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - December 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Prop. 6 Passage Will Save Lives
Statement by David C. Fleeger, MD, president of the Texas Medical Association, in reaction to the passage of Proposition 6.   “Thanks to Texans who checked ‘yes’ in support of Proposition 6 in today’s election, the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) can build on its legacy of saving countless Texans’ lives, while saving and making Texas millions of dollars every year...." (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - November 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Science: Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism; Physicians Fight to Reassure, Immunize
Physicians repeat it over and over: Vaccines like the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine do not cause autism; they are safe and effective. Yet the decades-old false claim that vaccines do cause autism has convinced millions of parents not to give their children potentially lifesaving shots and could lead more to opt out, according to Texas physicians. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - November 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

TMA Foundation Grants Support Better Health Across Texas
Residents of eight Texas counties will benefit from nearly $22,500 in Texas Medical Association Foundation (TMAF) grant funding to help them live better, healthier lives. TMAF recently awarded funds to four county medical societies and three county chapters of the TMA Alliance (a volunteer, community service and advocacy organization comprising physicians, spouses, and partners). (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - October 22, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

“Blueprint” Can Chart Course Toward Healthier Texans
Please attribute this statement about the Blueprint for a Healthy Texas initiative to David C. Fleeger, MD, president of the Texas Medical Association (TMA). “Congratulations to Executive Commissioner Dr. Courtney Phillips and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission for launching this ambitious multipoint initiative to improve the health of Texans..." (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - October 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

TMA to Host Panelists to Highlight CPRIT ’s Cancer-Fighting Achievements
As Texans head to voting booths in early November to choose whether to extend Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) funding, the Texas Medical Association (TMA) and Texas Public Health Coalition (TPHC) will explore the state ’s cancer research and prevention advancements, at its third Distinguished Speaker Series event.  (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - October 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

TMA Supports Texas A & M Vaping Ban
“The Texas Medical Association strongly commends the Texas A&M University System ’s ban of vaping products on all of its campuses and properties. As current nationwide investigations and health warnings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirm, these products can be dangerous and even lethal, even though manufacturers have marketed these devices as safer alt ernatives to smoking." (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - October 3, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

November Ballot Will Decide Future of Cancer Research in Texas
Billions of dollars in cancer-fighting grants, research, and preventive care are on the line when Texas voters go to the polls on Nov. 5. Physicians and other supporters hope voters will elect to continue funding the state ’s cancer-fighting agency, the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT). (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - October 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

TMA Celebrates 25 Years of Bike Helmet Giveaways With Events Statewide in October
The Texas Medical Association (TMA) will give away nearly 3,500 bicycle helmets to Texas children in October to celebrate the 25th birthday of its Hard Hats for Little Heads program. Since starting Hard Hats for Little Heads in 1994, TMA has given away more than 325,000 helmets to Texas children. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - October 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Opioids, Telemedicine, Legislative Update to Highlight TMA Fall Conference
Physicians Meet to Address Health Care Priorities. Navigating the opioid crisis, using telemedicine to expand a medical practice and help more patients, and top issues from the 2019 Texas Legislature highlight the 2019 Texas Medical Association (TMA) Fall Conference.  (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - September 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pregnant? Make Sure You ’re Vaccinated to Protect Yourself, Baby From Disease
Vaccinations before and during pregnancy are important to protect both mother and baby. Three vaccinations are recommended: flu, Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis), and MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella). (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - September 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Texas Physicians Push to Improve Health Care for LGBTQ Patients
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer/questioning (LGBTQ) patients face unique barriers that put them at greater risk for mental and physical health problems. Often, their health disparities result from a lack of family support, public prejudice, and fear of the health care system. Texas physicians have launched a new workgroup and are adapting their practices to treat this underserved population. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - September 3, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Physicians to Address Care Issues at 14th Border Health Conference
Top physicians and other health care leaders will meet in Laredo, Texas, to discuss critical health care needs and the challenges that face communities along the U.S.-Mexico border, during the 14th Annual Border Health Conference. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - August 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Physician, Hospital Groups Distribute Urgent Measles Advisory
Texas doctors and hospitals have a new tool to fight the ever-increasing measles threat, as the number of people sickened by the infectious yet preventable disease climbs. The Texas Medical Association (TMA) and Texas Hospital Association (THA) have created a new resource to help physicians, hospitals, and other health care professionals combat the highly contagious, yet entirely preventable, respiratory illness. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - August 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New Laws Reshape Texas Health Care Landscape
New laws are about to transform health care in Texas, addressing long-term issues like surprise medical billing, raising the tobacco-use age, and improving Medicaid. The 2020-21 state budget also includes vital funding increases for women ’s health programs, graduate medical education (GME), and community mental health services (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - August 5, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Keep Hib Germs Away: Vaccination Can Prevent Serious Childhood Illness
Many things aren ’t harmful until they are. This applies to the Haemophilus influenza type b (Hib) bacteria: It typically can live in our noses and throats without causing harm, but if Hib moves to other parts of the body, it can cause serious illness or even death. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - August 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Vote for Prop. 6 in November to Save Lives
Please mark your calendar for Nov. 5 to vote AGAINST cancer and FOR saving Texans ’ lives. Physicians of the Texas Medical Association and members of the Texas Public Health Coalition urge everyone to VOTE FOR Proposition 6 on the November Texas ballot to continue to fund the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - July 24, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Texas Losing Ground in Disease-Prevention Battle, Physicians Warn
Some Texas physicians say the anti-vaccination movement is creating skepticism that could undermine the state ’s ability to prevent a widespread disease outbreak. The state has fended off outbreaks in the past because a majority of Texans are vaccinated, but soaring vaccine exemptions could leave Texans vulnerable. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - July 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Defend Yourself From Diphtheria: Bacterial Infection Can Stop Breathing
Diphtheria is a serious bacterial infection that affects the respiratory system and damages the heart, nerves, and kidneys. It can hinder or stop breathing, and causes fatigue, sore throat, fever, and swollen neck glands. The infection can be deadly without any medical treatment. Several immunizations are available to protect people against this disease. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - July 1, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Physicians Concerned Over State ’s Inaccurate Death Reporting
Some Texas physicians are concerned that the state ’s death statistics are not as accurate as they should be. Like in many states, Texas’ death reporting system feeds inconsistent information into the state’s vital statistics database. As a result, distorted death statistics inaccurately portray how people are dying, which could have negative public health implications. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - June 25, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Texas Doctors Seek to Help Trafficking Victims, Protect New Mothers
Texas doctors hope policy proposals put forth now can help stop human trafficking and protect women having a baby by extending their health insurance coverage. The American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates policymaking body will take up these and other resolutions this weekend and in the coming week during the national medical association ’s annual meeting, in Chicago. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - June 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Darrouzet Named New CEO of Texas Medical Association
Michael J. Darrouzet, the long-time chief executive of the Dallas County Medical Society, will be the Texas Medical Association ’s (TMA’s) next executive vice president and chief executive officer, TMA Board of Trustees Chair E. Linda Villarreal, MD, announced today. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - June 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news