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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28984900/borrowing-trouble
#1
Sean Price
Education debt is a growing problem that heavily influences which students choose the medical field and discourages many low-income and minority students.
October 1, 2017: Texas Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28984899/the-problems-of-parental-leave
#2
Sean Price
The United States is the only major industrialized country in the world to not require paid parental leave. Numerous studies have shown that allowing parents time with a newborn makes the child and the parents healthier, both physically and mentally. Many physicians, especially those who work in practices with five or fewer doctors, worry about how to pay for parental leave for themselves and their staff.
October 1, 2017: Texas Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28984898/qpp-made-simple-r
#3
Joey Berlin
The Physicians Advocacy Institute is helping doctors understand the MACRA Quality Payment Program (QPP) by launching an online resource center with the help of the Texas Medical Association, other state medical societies, and health care consulting firm Healthsperien.
October 1, 2017: Texas Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28984897/don-39-t-get-waste-deep
#4
Joey Berlin
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality both have roles in regulating waste that physician practices generate, and it's not all about proper handling and disposal. Registration and paperwork negligence can land practices in big trouble as well.
October 1, 2017: Texas Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28984896/marketing-is-not-a-luxury-marketing-is-a-necessity
#5
Sean Price
Physicians who work in small practices constantly face a basic marketing question: What's the best way to sell myself and my business to the community? Because few physicians studied business principles, many won't know the answer. That's why the Texas Medical Association is publishing a book titled Marketing Smart: A Guide for Medical Practices.
October 1, 2017: Texas Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28984895/new-balance-new-beginning
#6
Joey Berlin
Following the passage of TMA-supported legislation to loosen maintenance of certification (MOC) requirements, Texas is now a national leader in reducing the onerousness of MOC on physicians. What will the new law do once it takes effect at the beginning of 2018, and what could it do to keep more physicians in practice?
October 1, 2017: Texas Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783844/thinking-big
#7
Sean Price
Most public health measures languished in the 85th Texas Legislature, but those for mental health care stood out as a giant exception. Lawmakers passed more than a dozen bills aimed at improving mental health care. And at a time when most state budgets were slashed, funding for mental health care rose - by a lot.
August 1, 2017: Texas Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783843/public-health-39-s-lean-year
#8
Sean Price
Medicine's agenda advanced on many fronts in the 2017 Texas Legislature, but it made only modest gains in public health. The most significant came in a package of reforms and budget increases for mental health care. Other victories included the passage of House Bill 62, a statewide ban on texting while driving, and House Bill 3576, which provides resources to the Texas Department of State Health Services to track, study, and prevent the spread of Zika. Medicine kept several bad public health bills bottled up in committee...
August 1, 2017: Texas Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783842/building-better-policies
#9
Joey Berlin
Balances left on medical bills and unwarranted changes to medication: Those are just two of the ways in which health insurers can and do make life difficult for patients and physicians throughout Texas. Two bills that TMA backed in the 85th Texas legislative session - and that earned Gov. Greg Abbott's signature - won't eradicate those problems in Texas. But they should create some relief from the headaches that those two issues have caused throughout the years.
August 1, 2017: Texas Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783841/clearer-and-simpler
#10
Joey Berlin
Over the past several years, static has clouded the screen displaying telemedicine's proper role in health care as musings, arguments, and litigation created a need for real clarity. Now that TMA and other stakeholders put their collective heads together, the picture should clear up significantly. On May 27, Gov. Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 1107, which allows telemedicine practitioners in Texas to know their requirements when they serve patients via telephone or other audiovisual means.
August 1, 2017: Texas Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783840/cranial-asymmetry-versus-microcephaly-implications-for-practice-during-the-zika-virus-epidemic
#11
Sophia Tsakiri, Nikolaos Zacharias, Jose Garcia, Lynnette Mazur
Congenital microcephaly can be the result of genetic, teratogenic, mechanical, infectious, and other factors affecting the fetal brain. Transient craniofacial asymmetries and cranial molding can mimic congenital microcephaly caused by brain abnormalities or neurotropic infectious pathogens, including Zika. We present two neonates who were born with head circumference at or below the 3rd percentile for gestational age, and had improving head measurements at discharge from the nursery and resolution of the microcephaly by the second month of life...
August 1, 2017: Texas Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708195/build-your-own-payment-model
#12
Joey Berlin
Physicians participating in MACRA have a unique opportunity to create and submit their own alternative payment models to the government and take command of their own future payments. At least one Texas physician is taking a crack at developing his own model.
July 1, 2017: Texas Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708194/getting-into-urgent-care
#13
Sean Price
Many primary care physicians opt to open "urgent care" facilities or add urgent care services to their practices. Although there are advantages - such as billing and appointment scheduling flexibility - there are headaches as well.
July 1, 2017: Texas Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708193/drawing-the-line
#14
Joey Berlin
Politicians have long touted giving consumers the ability to buy health insurance across state lines as part of health care reform. Several states have passed laws of their own allowing interstate sales, but health plan action on those has been minimal. What is the potential impact in Texas if interstate health plan sales were to become more of a reality?
July 1, 2017: Texas Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708192/can-texas-39-physicians-be-as-diverse-as-texas
#15
Sean Price
The United States and Texas have a chronic shortage of doctors, but the shortage of minority physicians is even more acute. To address this, and the health disparities that come with it, Texas medical schools are working to increase minority enrollment, but challenges remain.
July 1, 2017: Texas Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539006/dell-39-s-different-direction
#16
Sean Price
The unique curriculum at The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School practically does away with traditional lectures and focuses instead on solving problems and working together with other health care professionals.
May 1, 2017: Texas Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539005/temporary-remedy
#17
Sean Price
The nationwide shortage of doctors shapes the health care landscape in many ways, mostly through staffing headaches and gaps in care. But the shortage has been a blessing for at least one group of health care practitioners - locum tenens physicians. More and more, locum tenens doctors are taking the places of permanent physicians.
May 1, 2017: Texas Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539004/building-better-medicaid-care
#18
Joey Berlin
The trend away from fee-for-service and toward value-based payment models in the Texas Medicaid program shows some early promise.
May 1, 2017: Texas Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539003/unwelcome-diversions
#19
Joey Berlin
Encouraging technological progress the state has made on prescription monitoring is at the center of TMA's recommendations to the legislature to address doctor-shopping and opioid diversion.
May 1, 2017: Texas Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402580/change-around-the-block
#20
Joey Berlin
Proponents of a block grant or per-capita cap trumpet them as vehicles for the federal government to give the states a capped amount of funding for Medicaid that legislatures would effectively distribute how they see fit. Questions abound as to what capped Medicaid funding would look like, and what effect it would have on the current Medicaid-eligible population, covered services, and physician payments.
April 1, 2017: Texas Medicine
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