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Here’s what we’re working on for the November issue of Texas Medicine.
A new inspector general at the Texas Health and Human
Services Commission and a new law aimed at addressing HHSC's controversial
Medicaid fraud audits are generating hope that the Office of the Inspector
General (OIG) will hold fewer physicians' feet to the fire for honest errors
and clean up the OIG's inspection and audit processes. We'll take an
in-depth look at the attempt to clean up the agency in Burton's first six
months and tie in the potential impact of SB 207, which takes effect at the
beginning of September.
The University of Texas' School of Biomedical Informatics at
Houston (SBMI) was one of seven grantees to receive funding from ONC for a
two-year program to train health care workers on new health information
technology. Under the Workforce Training Program, health care professionals
will learn to use HIT in a number of settings, including hospitals, clinics,
long-term care facilities, and ACOs. SBMI began the program on June 29; we'll talk to the project team about
what kind of methods they'll use to get health care workers to learn and use
the most updated HIT, and talk to physicians about the challenges in doing so.
Now in its third year in existence, the TMA
Foundation-funded Walk With a Doc Texas program has progressed significantly,
and survey data shows Walk With a Doc events have made a positive impact on the
walkers who participate. This story will promote and examine the growth of WWAD and look at
metrics for obesity and other health markers in Texas that the program strives
At a time when obesity and diabetes are on the rise, the
topic of nutrition still is not necessarily commonplace in medical school
curricula. Yet some physicians and educators say that's exactly where such
education should begin for physicians-in-training who will increasingly
encounter such lifestyle-related diseases. We'll talk to Texas medical schools
about how they are addressing this public health meets medical education issue And while the Association of American Medical
Colleges recognizes the importance of some form of nutrition education,
accreditation rules leave the "how" up to individual schools..
As more health plans use "virtual credit cards,"
unwitting physicians are paying hidden fees just to get paid for their
services. But unlike other situations where the system imposes costs on
physician practices, this is one physicians have control over. T We'll also talk to medical society leaders in Alabama who
faced similar legislative opposition, and feature education resources from the
AMA and others about what practices and their staff can do to avoid paying to
Physicians say health care transformation should be
physician-led. This story will feature a group of doctors who walking the talk
as they prepare to graduate from TMA's ACO Leadership Program, a partnership
with UT Dallas. We'll also highlight
TMA PracticeEdge, which received a grant from UnitedHealthcare to continue the
program, and promote upcoming recruitment.
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