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No Cost COVID-19 Testing in North Texas

Nine DFW clinics are offering drive-thru testing for COVID-19 at no
cost. MD MedicalGroup is offering these nine DFW clinics for testing to further the access for individuals to get the care they need in four different counties in North Texas. They do require that COVID-19 drive-thru patients be screened for flu and strep. “The flu and strep tests will allow us to treat positive cases with antibiotics. We are not only testing, we are also providing treatment to patients that need it.”—Chief Medical Director, Dr. Ana Veronica Rodriguez

Drive-thru testing locations are able to test adults and children, two years and older, while minimizing exposure and reducing demands on hospitals. Clinics will be open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and will be equipped to test 200 individuals daily. They are following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and other experts to monitor COVID-19.

To ease traffic and wait times appointments are required. Same day appointments are available—call or text us at 1-888-776-5252, Monday to Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Drive-thru testing locations:

Dallas County
• MD Family Clinic- 2636 W Walnut St. Garland, TX 75042
• MD Family Clinic- 9991 Marsh Ln. #100 Dallas, TX 75220
• MD Family Clinic- 1111 S Irving Heights Dr, Irving, TX 75060
• MD Family Clinic- 9709 Bruton Rd. Dallas, TX 75217
• MD Kids Pediatrics- 3201 W. Saner Ave. Dallas, TX 75233
• Clinicas Mi Doctor- 410 E Pioneer Pkwy #300, Grand Prairie, TX 75051

Collin County
• MD Kids Pediatrics- 7800 Preston Rd. #300 Plano, TX 75024

Tarrant County
• Clinicas Mi Doctor- 4200 South Fwy. #106, Fort Worth, TX 76115

Denton County
• Clinicas Mi Doctor- 701 S Stemmons Fwy, Lewisville, TX 75067

\Individuals can call or text us at 1-888-776-5252. A list of services, hours, and locations are available online at www.mdmedicalgroup.us. Established and new patients can securely and conveniently schedule an appointment online at https://mdmedicalgroup.us/request-an-appointment/. Several clinics offer extended and weekend hours for all other sick and well visits. Patients are encouraged to continue to visit us for chronic conditions, prescription refills, and for preventative care—well visits and vaccines.

Testing location updates and information will be available on their website www.mdmedicalgroup.us and on their social media pages: @mdmedicalgroup

TCMS Gets Limited Donation of PPE

A number of physicians are struggling to get appropriate PPE for their healthcare teams due to shortages caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. TCMS has received a small donation of PPE from MedStar and is dispersing it to some of our members that are currently seeing patients daily without appropriate protective gear. Thank you, MedStar, for donating to support physicians at this critical time. We are hoping that we continue to receive PPE donations to protect our community’s healthcare workers. To donate or find out more information, contact us at 817-732-2825.

Greg Phillips, MD, and Anita King, RN, reviving N95 masks.
Purnachander Sirikonda, MD, 15 N95 masks for his staff of five.

Tarrant County COVID-19 Activity – 4/20/20

COVID-19 Positive cases: 1249*

COVID-19 related deaths: 39

Recovered COVID-19 cases: 208

Data from Tarrant County Public Heath’s (TCPH) report of COVID-19 activity in Tarrant County, updated Monday, April 20, 2020. Find more COVID-19 information from TCPH here.

* These data are provisional and are subject to change at any time.

Deaths and recovered cases are included in total COVID-19 positive cases.

Tarrant County COVID-19 Activity – 4/12/20

COVID-19 Positive cases: 806*

COVID-19 related deaths: 25

Recovered COVID-19 cases: 90

Data from Tarrant County Public Heath’s (TCPH) report of COVID-19 activity in Tarrant County, updated Sunday, April 12, 2020. Find more COVID-19 information from TCPH here.

* These data are provisional and are subject to change at any time.

Deaths and recovered cases are included in total COVID-19 positive cases.

Tarrant County COVID-19 Activity – 4/11/20

COVID-19 Positive cases: 787*

COVID-19 related deaths: 25

Recovered COVID-19 cases: 90

Data from Tarrant County Public Heath’s (TCPH) report of COVID-19 activity in Tarrant County, updated Saturday, April 11, 2020. Find more COVID-19 information from TCPH here.

* These data are provisional and are subject to change at any time.

Deaths and recovered cases are included in total COVID-19 positive cases.

Tarrant County COVID-19 Activity – 4/10/20

COVID-19 Positive cases: 705*

COVID-19 related deaths: 21

Recovered COVID-19 cases: 90

Data from Tarrant County Public Heath’s (TCPH) report of COVID-19 activity in Tarrant County, updated Friday, April 10, 2020. Find more COVID-19 information from TCPH here.

* These data are provisional and are subject to change at any time.

Deaths and recovered cases are included in total COVID-19 positive cases.

House of Delegates Meeting and Contested Elections Postponed

Due to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on the ability of the TMA House of Delegates to discharge its duties, the TMA Board of Trustees called itself into session on March 29, 2020, to function as a Disaster Board.

TMA Bylaws 4.202

Function as disaster board. In the event a catastrophe of national proportions such as war prevents the House of Delegates from acting, the Board of Trustees shall have the authority to receive and act on the reports of officers, boards, councils, and committees; to legislate; to elect and install officers; and to approve the president-elect’s nominees for council positions in accordance with regulations applying to the House of Delegates. In case of national catastrophe, the Board of Trustees shall be considered a disaster board and shall be called into session.

To keep our members’ focus on the escalating health crisis and predicted surge, the Disaster Board voted on April 5, 2020, to suspend the 2020 TMA House of Delegates meeting, either virtual or in-person, until an appropriate time in the future when the crisis has subsided.

The Disaster Board still feels it is essential to transition TMA leadership to allow our organization to move forward appropriately and deliberately. The board will soon proceed with transitioning President David C. Fleeger, MD, to immediate past president, and President-elect Diana L. Fite, MD, to president.

For the uncontested positions, the Disaster Board polled the caucus chairs, who provided no further nominations. The Disaster Board will move forward with electing these uncontested candidates by acclamation.

The uncontested positions are:

  1. E. Linda Villarreal, MD, for president-elect
  2. Arlo F. Weltge, MD, for speaker
  3. Bradford W. Holland, MD, for vice speaker
  4. Michelle A. Berger, MD, for secretary/treasurer
  5. All uncontested Texas Delegation to the AMA positions

All contested elections are postponed until the Disaster Board determines the health crisis has concluded and the House of Delegates is able to function.

To keep a steady hand at the helm of TMA during this uncertain time, the board members whose terms were set to expire after TexMed 2020 will continue to serve on the board until such time as voting through direct ballot by the full House of Delegates can occur.

This extension applies to the following board members:

  1. G. Ray Callas, MD, at-large trustee
  2. Gary W. Floyd, MD, at-large trustee
  3. Lindsay K. Botsford, MD, young physician trustee
  4. Douglas W. Curran, MD, immediate past president, will fill the vacancy created by Dr. Villarreal’s transition from at-large trustee to president-elect

Once the Disaster Board returns authority to the House of Delegates at the end of the crisis, Dr. Curran will transition off the board and elections will be held for the three at-large positions and the young physician trustee position, as well as contested elections for alternate delegate to the Texas Delegation to the AMA.

Your Disaster Board is very much aware of the many serious problems you now face, including maintaining the viability of your practice and obtaining personal protective equipment. The entire TMA family is working hard each and every day to address those issues.

Tarrant County COVID-19 Activity – 4/9/20

COVID-19 Positive cases: 637*

COVID-19 related deaths: 20

Recovered COVID-19 cases: 61

Data from Tarrant County Public Heath’s (TCPH) report of COVID-19 activity in Tarrant County, updated Thursday, April 9, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. Find more COVID-19 information from TCPH here.

* These data are provisional and are subject to change at any time.

Deaths and recovered cases are included in total COVID-19 positive cases.

Practice Viability Toolkit

The COVID-19 pandemic has critically impacted medical practices. To help you make important decisions for your practice, TMA released a Practice Viability Toolkit that provides the most up-to-date information and resources available. The toolkit addresses a number of issues:

  1. Telemedicine, with information about technology, HIPAA relaxations, prescribing, coding and billing, and policies and procedures;
  2. Cash flow, including Small Business Administration loan assistance, lines of credit, payment deferrals, loan refinancing, and loans from private banks;
  3. Payers, coding, and documentation information, including Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), commercial plans, workers’ comp, and claims submissions;
  4. Human resources, including wages and hours, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, and termination and unemployment benefits; and
  5. Advocacy, such as mass critical care guidelines, non-urgent, elective surgeries and procedures, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), payment parity for telemedicine services, liability protection, and stay-at-home guidance.