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Here’s what we’re working on for the October issue of Texas Medicine.
Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) has revamped the medical school
entrance exam, the MCAT, for the first time in nearly three decades. While reaction
among educators appears to be generally favorable, some critics suggest it may
unfairly screen out perfectly capable applicants with too much of a focus on
Texas is in the process of renewing its 1115 Medicaid Waiver
and there could be some major stumbling blocks ahead. TMA has supported
the waiver for its potential to improve care and support safety net hospitals,
but continues to decry the lack of physician involvement in the largely
TMA won legislation in 2015 that puts pressure on health
plans to clean up their provider directories, in the wake of widespread,
documented inaccuracies that have raised concerns over network adequacy.
TMA's Council on Science and Public Health is embarking on
an effort to educate physicians about the new prescribing authority they have
as a result of Senate Bill 1462, which goes into effect September 1. We'll look at what the physician education will entail and also
tie it to the new opioid pain policies the House of Delegates adopted in May.
HIPAA Risk Management has launched the Online HIPAA Security
Manager tool to help physicians and practices become HIPAA-compliant. With the
security tool now available to TMA members at group member discounts, we'll
take a closer look at the tool and the importance of practitioners shoring up
their security and compliance.
A Lubbock bariatric surgeon is fighting a series of
malpractice suits that plaintiffs filed in New Mexico even though he treated
each of the patients in Texas. If the suit goes forward in
New Mexico, it leaves Dr. Frezza without the protection from immunity state
employees enjoy, and without Texas tort reform protections. We'll look at the Montano
case and the implications that would result from it being allowed to go forward
in New Mexico.
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