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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27829118/a-preemptive-weapon
#1
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
#2
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
#3
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
#4
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
#5
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
#6
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
#7
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
#8
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
#9
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
#10
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27775771/enrollment-in-health-insurance-through-the-marketplace-after-implementation-of-the-affordable-care-act-in-texas
#11
Gordon Gong, Cassandra C Huey, Coleman Johnson, Debra Curti, Billy U Philips
One of the goals of the Affordable Care Act aims to provide affordable health insurance through the health insurance exchange marketplace (the Marketplace). This study explores enrollments in the Marketplace in Texas and in rural vs urban areas in the East, South, and West regions of the state. Data are derived from the US Census Bureau and the Department of Health and Human Services. A total of 92.7% of eligible non-elderly adult Texans (NEATs) had enrolled in Marketplace insurance as of February 2015. Rural residents were less likely than urban residents to use the Marketplace...
October 1, 2016: Texas Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27049914/quality-made-easier
#12
Amy Lynn Sorrel
Medicare and private payers' unveiling of the first set of standardized quality measures could be a sign they are finally following through on their promise to simplify what physicians describe as a deluge of redundant quality metrics in the complex web woven by today's pay-for-performance programs.
April 2016: Texas Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27049913/seeking-invalidation
#13
Joey Berlin
Teladoc's lawsuit against the Texas Medical Board claims TMB rules that require telemedicine physicians to conduct a physical patient examination to establish a proper patient-physician relationship are not immune from an antitrust challenge.
April 2016: Texas Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27049912/transparency-disruptive-innovation
#14
Amy Lynn Sorrel
Get to know the two prestigious speakers TMA has secured to headline the TexMed 2016 General Session: Marty A. Makary, MD, and Mark G. Dotzour, PhD.
April 2016: Texas Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27049911/putting-the-meaning-in-meaningful-use
#15
Joey Berlin
Physicians and groups have begun mining their electronic health record data to improve patient care and to predict which patients will need certain types of health care services in the future.
April 2016: Texas Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27049910/life-after-residency
#16
Amy Lynn Sorrel
Many residents don't receive any formal business training. The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School created a crash course to teach residents some of the business and job-hunting basics they'll need.
April 2016: Texas Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27049909/playing-catch-up
#17
Joey Berlin
Physicians say new funding and a streamlined state approach to women's health could improve access to screenings and family planning services for low-income women and girls. But attracting private practice physicians to the programs could be challenging.
April 2016: Texas Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26928820/pqrs-mess
#18
Amy Lynn Sorrel
One-quarter of physicians who participate in the Physician Quality Reporting System and the value modifier program risked payment cuts stemming from difficulties the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services had with collecting and analyzing 2014 quality data.
March 2016: Texas Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26928819/strengthening-the-fight-against-hcc
#19
Joey Berlin
Primary care physicians have the resources they need to screen for a cancer that's growing in prevalence and hitting Texas harder than almost any other state. What's missing is awareness of what physicians can do to facilitate early detection of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), the most common form of primary liver cancer. That's what a TMA Foundation-funded workgroup, Texas HepCA, is trying to change as HCC rates in the state continue to rise, particularly among the Hispanic population in South Texas...
March 2016: Texas Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26928818/a-needling-controversy
#20
Joey Berlin
Acupuncture licensing requires thousands of hours of training, but the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners' (TBCE's) rules allow chiropractors to perform the procedure and to do so with considerably less training. The Texas Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (TAAOM) is challenging those rules in a lawsuit, saying acupuncture is beyond the chiropractic scope of practice, and TBCE's inclusion of it constitutes a public health risk. The Texas Medical Association filed an amicus curiae brief to support TAAOM's case, citing the limitations on acupuncture practice in the Texas Occupations Code and the large disparity in required training hours between licensed acupuncturists and chiropractors who perform the technique...
March 2016: Texas Medicine
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