Friday, February 24, 2017

Friday, February 10, 2017

4th Annual Liver Disease Conference

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and Texas Liver Institute invite you to attend: 

4th Annual Liver Disease Conference for Nursing and Primary Care
on Saturday, April 1 from 7:30 AM - 1:20 PM at La Cantera Hill Country in San Antonio, Texas
3rd Annual Liver Disease Conference:  Managing Chronic Liver Disease for the Non-Liver Specialist
on Saturday, April 1 from 12:35 PM - 6:00 PM at La Cantera Hill Country in San Antonio, Texas

Program Objectives:
Morning Conference: 
·         Identify the typical clinical complications experienced by patients with advanced liver disease
·         Recall patient management guidance recommendations issued by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD)
·         Describe evolving treatment strategies for chronic liver diseases including hepatitis C, autoimmune diseases and fatty liver disease.
Afternoon Conference:
·         Identify screening practices, extrahepatic manifestations, treatment options and long-term follow up for chronic hepatitis C
·         Describe evolving treatment strategies for primary biliary cholangitis, alcoholic and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
·         Describe the continuum of care between a liver specialist and the non-liver specialist team for advanced liver disease patients

Target Audience
Morning ConferenceRNs, APRNs, PAs and other allied health professionals/primary care providers with an interest in liver disease.
Afternoon Conference: Internists, family practitioners, gastroenterologists, surgeons, PAs, APRNs, fellows/residents in training, and other healthcare professionals with an interest in liver disease.

Morning ConferenceThe UT Health Science Center San Antonio School of Medicine designates this live activity up to a maximum of 3.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Nursing contact hours will be granted and the specific number will be posted on the conference website approximately 1 month before the conference.
Afternoon Conference: The UT Health Science Center San Antonio School of Medicine designates this live activity up to a maximum of 4.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

Jointly Provided by:
Morning ConferenceUTHSCSA School of Nursing, UT Health Science Center San Antonio School of Medicine, and Texas Liver Institute
Afternoon Conference: UT Health Science Center San Antonio School of Medicine and Texas Liver Institute

Further Information


Achieving Health Equity

2017 TMA Legislative Priorities

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Four TMA physicians get key House committee assignments

February 9, 2017
Texas House of Representatives Speaker Joe Straus (R-San Antonio) announced House committee assignments today, and the four TMA physician-representatives were tapped for important positions, including three to the budget-writing appropriations committee and two to public health.
There are 38 standing committees in the House, and the speaker established two select committees.
TMA Physician Member-Representatives’ Committee Assignments:
  • Rep. Greg Bonnen, MD (R-Friendswood): Appropriations, Energy Resources;
  • Rep. Tom Oliverson, MD (R-Houston): Public Health, Insurance, House Administration;
  • Rep. J.D. Sheffield, DO (R-Gatesville): Appropriations, Public Health (vice chair), Rules and Resolutions; and
  • Rep. John Zerwas, MD (R-Simonton): Appropriations (chair).
Chairs of Note:
  • Representative Zerwas will chair the House Appropriations Committee.
  • Rep. Four Price (R-Amarillo) will chair the House Public Health Committee.
  • Rep. Richard Raymond (D-Laredo) will chair the House Human Services Committee.
  • Rep. Garnet Coleman (D-Houston) will chair the House County Affairs Committee.
  • Rep. Larry Phillips (R-Sherman) will chair the House Insurance Committee.
  • J.M. Lozano (R-Kingsville) will chair the House Higher Education Committee.
  • Rep. Todd Hunter (R-Corpus Christi) will chair the House Calendars Committee.
  • Rep. Senfronia Thompson (D-Houston) will chair the House Local and Consent Calendars Committee.
We can expect those committees to begin meeting as early as next week.
The House met this morning as it continues to take up resolutions and will return Monday afternoon. The Senate adjourned yesterday, also until Monday afternoon.
Bill Count: To date, 3,046 bills have been filed this legislative session. House members filed 2,092 of them, while senators filed 954.
Read TMA’s 2017 Prescription to Keep Texas Healthy legislative agenda, which summarizes the priorities of America’s largest and best state medical society to help advance patient care in Texas. TMA calls for keeping a strong, fair Texas Medical Board; protecting medical liability reform caps; creating a Texas-run health care solution for low-income families, seniors, and people with disabilities; requiring the same care standard for telemedicine as for in-person care; investing wisely in mental health and public health; stopping health insurance tactics that cause surprise medical bills; funding graduate medical education adequately; upholding scope of practice to protect patients; and using technology, not mandates, to address “doctor shopping” and opioid diversion.
Use the guide to prep for your visit with lawmakers during the second First Tuesdays at the Capitol event of the session, March 7. TMA Alliance and advocacy teams invite you to register now to attend.
The physician of the day at the Capitol is Brynna Connor, MD, of Austin. Dr. Connor graduated from Ross University School of Medicine in Dominica. She is a member of TMA and the Travis County Medical Society.
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