Table of Contents -- July 2005

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Vol. 101 No. 7   

COVER STORY

100 Years and Counting
The first issue of Texas Medicine rolled off the presses 100 years ago this month, thanks to the TMA House of Delegates and a group of physicians who ignored their colleagues' advice that they were embarking on a fool's errand. The foresight of Ira Chase, MD, and others has led to a century of chronicling the changes in medicine. The magazine has changed its name and its appearance over the years, but has not strayed from its primary goal - serving the physicians of Texas.

By Marilyn Baker  

LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS

Fixing the Fatal Flaw
Two bills to fix the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate have been filed in Congress. One sets the Medicare physician payment increase for 2006 at no less than 2.7 percent and establishes a new payment formula that reflects changes in the Medicare Economic Index. The other increases reimbursements by 2.7 percent next year and 2.6 percent in 2007.

By Ken Ortolon  

PUBLIC HEALTH

Kicking Tobacco's Butts
Antismoking ordinances in Houston, Austin, and El Paso are prime examples of the power of physician involvement in public health issues. 

By Erin Prather 

SCIENCE

Ouch!
Texas gets low marks in two national surveys of how pain is treated. A proposed new TMA policy on cancer diagnosis and treatment and new clinical practice guidelines for managing cancer pain offer hope for improvement

By Larry BeSaw 

TECHNOLOGY

Choosing HIT
You have many choices when introducing electronic health records into your practice, and making the right choice can be a daunting task.

By John Lubrano 

LAW

Rx for Trouble
Unless it's an emergency and you have no other alternative, it's best not to write a prescription for a family member or friend.

By Erin Prather 

MANAGING YOUR PRACTICE

How to Use Translation Services
It's not a good idea to ask a child of a patient who can't speak English to translate for you.

Get Your NPI Now
You can't use it yet, but go ahead and apply for your National Provider Identifier from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Correct Place-of-Service Coding
The federal government has audited Part B Medicare claims and found many of them incorrectly billed for place of service. That resulted in overpayment of $1,051,477 during 2001 and 2002.

ERISA or TDI?
Your patients' health plan identification cards indicate whether the health plan is fully insured and regulated by the Texas Department of Insurance -- and thus subject to state prompt pay laws

Practice Management Help
TMA Physician Services' on-site training can help your practice with billing and collections, coding and documentation, managed care contracts, and customer service.  

TMA ROUNDS

We're the Reason Our Kids Are Fat, TexMed Obesity Experts Warn
House to TSBME: Lighten Up on Physicians Needing Help for Depression
House Honors Austin Physician for Decades of Service
Dr. Gunby Stresses Patient Safety in Inaugural Address
Dr. Spires Takes Over 50-Year Club
Not Just Another Online Job Bank
Texas Physician Gets Top AAPI Post 

JOURNAL

Estimating the Incidence of Retinoblastoma in Texas: Clinical Implications and Recommendations (abstract)

By Dan S. Gombos, MD, and Roxana Diba, MD 

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