Monthly Archives - October 2017

Flu is back – vaccinate now!

Flu season is back and the flu vaccine continues to be the best way to protect ourselves and our patients against serious complications from the flu. The more people who get vaccinated, the more we can prevent influenza from impacting those who are most vulnerable to complications. In 2017, a study in Pediatrics was the first of its kind to show that flu vaccination also significantly reduced a child’s risk of dying from influenza. What’s new for flu in 2017-2018? Recommendation to not [...]

Save the Date! Register for the November 18 CME Session

Grand Rounds CME Series Parent Management Training Workshop: Evidence-based Therapy Guidelines for Disruptive Behaviors Speaker: Marni Axelrad, PhD – Psychologist, Baylor College of Medicine – Houston, TX Saturday, November 18, 2017 8:30 a.m. Registration & breakfast 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Workshop Location: UT Health Cooley Center 7440 Cambridge St, Houston, TX 77030 Register online now at TexasChildrensHealthPlan.org/CME Free registration for Texas Children’s Health Plan Contracted Providers

Upcoming Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) training sessions

Houston Date: November 7 & 8, 2017 The same information will be covered on both days, so providers only need to attend one session. Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm Location: Texas Children’s Hospital, The Woodlands Campus, 17580 Interstate 45 South, The Woodlands, TX 77384   Irving When: December 5 & 6, 2017 The same information will be covered on both days, so providers only need to attend one session. Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm Location: The Innovator’s Auditorium, 1660 N Westridge Drive Irving, TX 75038   Click here for more information

Antivirals and the flu: know when the time is right

Antiviral medications play a role in treating influenza, but they are not a substitute for vaccination. According to CDC recommendations, all patients at high risk for complications who appear to have influenza should be considered for early antiviral treatment, independent of laboratory confirmation or influenza vaccine status. This approach can help reduce morbidity and mortality, particularly in young children and those who have underlying co-morbidities. Clinical trials and observational data show that early antiviral treatment can shorten the duration [...]