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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072897/building-on-success
#1
Amy Lynn Sorrel
Undaunted by what could be a challenging 2017 Texas legislative session, TMA is poised to build on significant successes medicine achieved over the past two legislative sessions, including reforming the state's Medicaid program and expanding graduate medical education opportunities. TMA will defend the patient-physician relationship against a backdrop of some potentially big shifts for Texas, such as a major review of the state's health professions licensing boards.
January 1, 2017: Texas Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072896/the-medical-home-machine
#2
Joey Berlin
Practices that achieve patient-centered medical home (PCMH) status could realize reduced costs and incentive payments from insurance payers if they see the value in contracting with a PCMH.
January 1, 2017: Texas Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072895/standing-up-for-scope
#3
Joey Berlin
The Texas Medical Association triumphed when a Travis County district court sided with medicine in a lawsuit against the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners over its granting chiropractors the authority to perform certain diagnostic tests.
January 1, 2017: Texas Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072894/macra-easing-the-pain
#4
Amy Lynn Sorrel
Medicare's final MACRA regulations acquiesce to medicine's call for more flexibility for small practices in the first year but moves full speed ahead with the transition to value-based payment.
January 1, 2017: Texas Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072893/a-pediatric-application-of-the-strac-regional-hospital-trauma-registry-database-pediatric-trauma-deaths-in-south-central-texas-during-2004-2013
#5
Michelle Buehner, Jay Aden, Mathew Borgman, Preston Love, Brandi Wright, Mary Edwards
The purpose of this study was to define the demographics of pediatric traumatic injuries and to understand the predictive value of injury type, prehospital, and emergency department (ED) data regarding the mortality of pediatric trauma patients (<14 years of age) in South Central Texas. We report a retrospective review of pediatric trauma patients presenting to Trauma Service Area P in South Central Texas during 2004-2013. The primary outcome was mortality; secondary outcomes were ventilator days, hospital days, and intensive care unit stay...
January 1, 2017: Texas Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922718/costly-and-unnecessary
#6
Kate Harrington
Many U.S. medical students, residents, and physicians want to see the elimination of the U.S. Medical Licensing Exam Step 2 Clinical Skills exam, saying it has a high price tag and an even higher first-attempt pass rate.
December 1, 2016: Texas Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922717/a-disturbing-trend
#7
Joey Berlin
The Texas Department of State Health Services' Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force is attempting to find out why Texas' maternal mortality rate is on the rise.
December 1, 2016: Texas Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922716/cost-in-translation
#8
Joey Berlin
In October, federal language access requirements for patients with limited English proficiency took effect. The new rules raise financial concerns for some physicians and their practices.
December 1, 2016: Texas Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922715/refugee-care-left-behind
#9
Amy Sorrel
Until recently, Texas participated in the federally funded refugee resettlement program, which helps refugees relocate to the United States with services to help them find jobs, learn English, and get basic health and social services. Since Texas withdrew from the federal resettlement program in September, some physicians and resettlement organizations worry those services could be disrupted; others say the shift, while not ideal, could present opportunities to improve refugee care.
December 1, 2016: Texas Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27295287/considering-concierge
#10
Joey Berlin
Concierge medicine, a practice model in which the patient pays an annual membership fee or retainer for services that won't be covered by insurance, is garnering more attention from physicians.
December 1, 2016: Texas Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27829118/a-preemptive-weapon
#11
Joey Berlin
In 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), which can prevent patients from getting the virus. But the news didn't reach every corner of Texas, and many at high risk for HIV don't know PrEP exists or how to access it.
November 1, 2016: Texas Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27829117/embittered-backlog
#12
Jessica Martin
The Texas Medical Association Payment Advocacy Department has received complaints from several physicians that three of the state's biggest health plans are taking up to eight months to credential them. Without successful credentialing, physician payment for medical services can be delayed and even denied.
November 1, 2016: Texas Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27829116/on-trial
#13
Joey Berlin
Defense attorneys who represent physicians at the Texas Medical Board's (TMB's) informal settlement conferences (ISCs) say that over time the format of the hearings has become similar to that of an administrative hearing, without the guaranteed accompanying protections. In scathing written comments the Texas Medical Association submitted to TMB in response to the board's proposed ISC rules, TMA said ISCs have become "more and more formal, prescriptive, and regulated," without giving physicians a fair forum to defend themselves...
November 1, 2016: Texas Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27829115/walking-the-walk
#14
Ana Leech
A Houston palliative care and hospice physician shares her family's experience caring for her father, who had a terminal illness, in this special four-part series originally published on the Texas Medical Association's MeAndMyDoctor blog.
November 1, 2016: Texas Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27829114/mental-health-services-in-texas-jails
#15
Emilie A Becker
Jails and prisons in the United States have become the places where people with mental illness go. Texas jails were surveyed in 2012 to learn how they screened inmates for mental illness. Of these jails, 13% responded. Most screened for suicidal ideation and whether or not an inmate took a medicine. About half the jails offered in-house care, and the other half referred inmates to the local mental health authority. Most jails had a formal jail diversion program, and most thought that mental health illness was increasing...
November 1, 2016: Texas Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27775776/5-steps-to-prepare-for-macra-now
#16
Jessica Martin
As the medical community awaits the release of final rules to implement the new Medicare payment system under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), physicians can take steps now to prepare for the transition.
October 1, 2016: Texas Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27775775/keeping-the-wheels-turning
#17
Joey Berlin
The Texas Medical Association's Hard Hats for Little Heads program has given away more than 235,000 helmets to Texas children in the past 22 years. A properly fitting helmet can reduce the risk of head injury by as much as 85 percent, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and can reduce the risk of brain injury by as much as 88 percent.
October 1, 2016: Texas Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27775774/the-right-standard
#18
Joey Berlin
A shoulder dystocia birth in which the baby was born with neurologic dysfunction is the focus of a negligence lawsuit with broad legal implications.
October 1, 2016: Texas Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27775773/learn-from-the-experts
#19
Kate Harrington
The Texas Quality Summit, scheduled for November 18-19 and hosted by the Texas Medical Association and the American College of Medical Quality, will give physicians the tools they need to prosper in a value-based care environment.
October 1, 2016: Texas Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27775772/complementary-treatment
#20
Joey Berlin
As the debate over complementary and alternative medicine's place in medicine continues, Texas Medical Association policy recommends physicians stay on top of evidence-based studies of complementary and alternative therapies and routinely ask patients about their use of such therapies.
October 1, 2016: Texas Medicine
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