April 15, 2020
An Open Letter to TPS Members
At TPS, we want our members to know that we are here to support you. As your professional home, what gets you up in the morning, gets us up in the morning and inspires us every day. We appreciate all that you do to keep our communities healthy today and every day. The COVID-19 pandemic has created worldwide illness, devastating loss of life, and unique challenges to physician practices and healthcare systems that will be ongoing for some time.
Over the past few weeks as you provided for the health of Texas’ children on the front lines, we worked furiously to help you with emerging issues as your time and resources reached the point of exhaustion. We asked for your needs, you answered, and we got to work aiming to deliver the information and resources you so desperately need. Below are just some of the ways, we’ve been able to help move the needle for you, with many more initiatives in progress.
- Developed comprehensive TPS Coronavirus webpage for physicians with resources from a number of sources.
- Developed webpage for TPS Coronavirus resources for parents.
- Ongoing participation in TMA PPE Workgroup to fight for equitable PPE distribution for primary care pediatricians.
- Called on Texas Medicaid to ensure well visits are able to be paid via telemedicine and for Medicaid to grant physicians extra flexibility and relieve them of burdensome administrative hassles during the epidemic.
- Joined with TMA and specialty societies to call on the Governor to invest in primary care and ease burdensome regulations to keep physician practices viable during the COVID-19 crisis.
- Ongoing participation in DSHS and Texas Medicaid calls monitoring the status of COVID-19 and state related issues.
- Responding to member COVID-19 questions as issues arise.
- Promoting the latest and most useful webinar information in response to COVID-19 (see “upcoming events” section of Coronavirus webpage).
- Ongoing collaboration with the AAP and other chapters to share best practices and innovative approaches.
- Surveyed all members, synthesized results and responded in an open letter with resources to top concerns.
- Monitoring (and providing comments on) federal legislation, emergency rulemaking, and agency guidance regarding Coronavirus and analyzing impacts on Texas physicians.
- Created Medical Student Section collaboration site for brainstorming volunteer efforts to support physicians on the front line.
And, yet, we feel we have only been able to move the needle slightly. We know from the areas where COVID hit first that the coming weeks will be our toughest yet. Rest assured we will be with you every step of the way. You are heroes. We are in awe of the work you are doing on behalf of children and their families often at the expense of seeing your own families. Whatever you need, whenever you need it, we will not stop until we have the answers you seek. Let us hear from you if we can support you more fully, and we will do our absolute best to assist you as you dedicate yourself to easing this pandemic. We are in this together.
Tricia Hall and the Staff of the TPS
Amy, Angelica, Anslee, Clayton, Crystal, and Kellie
March 18, 2020
Dear TPS Members,
As the coronavirus pandemic evolves, we want to ensure the safety of our members, staff, and the community at large. We make updates to the TPS website daily in order to keep you informed about COVID-19 resources and the status of our upcoming events. Our goal is to keep you informed during this very challenging and unpredictable time.
Website for Resources
You may access current postings and updated messages and resources regarding COVID-19 here.We are committed to following all recommendations from the CDC and state and local public health departments and will be monitoring accordingly. TPS staff is on a daily call with DSHS and will continue to provide updates via our website.
TPS Annual Leadership Planning Summit (ALPS)
The TPS ALPS scheduled for April 18-19 at the Westin Riverwalk Hotel in San Antonio will now be hosted virtually. We will reformat our committee meetings to a virtual platform on Saturday, April 18th. This is the day originally scheduled for all committee meetings, so please continue to hold that date. Once the logistics are in place for the virtual meetings, members will receive an email about how to participate. The calendar for committee meetings will remain the same, which you can access here.
We are working on managing, reformatting, or rescheduling other TPS events as needed and will send out notices as those plans unfold. Please continue to watch for emails from TPS for updates.
TPS Office Staff
Starting this week, TPS staff is working from home. It is business as usual, and you can reach us by email or by phone anytime during the day. We remain dedicated to serving our members and can do so safely by tele-commuting. We do ask for your patience when returning emails and phone calls.
TPS President Dr. Tammy Camp and I are in touch daily, and we will continue to keep our members updated on TPS activities, including the ever-changing status of COVID-19.
As we all navigate this very difficult and challenging situation, please be safe and keep your families safe. Thank you for all you are doing for children, families and communities. The TPS team will continue to stay in touch.
Tricia Hall, CAE, CMP