Table of Contents: August 2010

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Volume 106, Issue No. 8 - August 2010


COVER STORY (pages 16-21)

If You Like the SGR …
Physicians hoped the health system reform law would eliminate the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula that drives down Medicare fees. The SGR, however, remains in place, and the law created a new board with the authority to cut fees even further, possibly on top of cuts under the SGR. By Ken Ortolon


LAW (pages 23-27)

Closing the "Pill Mills"
New law requires pain clinic certification. By Crystal Conde


MEDICAL ECONOMICS (pages 29-33)

Quashing Ownership
Reform law bans new physician-owned hospitals. By Ken Ortolon


PUBLIC HEALTH (pages 35-40)

Move Into a SHAC
Physicians make school health councils better. By Crystal Conde


MEDICAL EDUCATION (pages 43-47)

Losing the Match Game
Few residency slots mean unmatched graduates. By Ken Ortolon


PRACTICE MANAGEMENT (pages 49-53)

Mum's the Word
Feds serious about protecting patients' privacy. By Crystal Conde


ROUNDS (pages 7-15)

AMA Ponders Its Future
Susan Todd Takes the Helm of the AMA Alliance
Healthier Life Steps in the Spotlight
TMA Encourages Flu Shots for Health Care Workers
TMA Hosts Preterm Birth Summit
TMA Exhibit Traces History of Texas African-American Physicians
HCMSA Awards Medical Student Scholarships
Ask the TMA Knowledge Center
Give Kids Helmets During Brain Injury Awareness Month
Law Requires Balance-Bill Mediation


DEPARTMENTS

Newsmakers (page 14)
Deaths (page 15)
Information for Authors (page 54)
Portrait (page 56)


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