Table of Contents -- August 2005

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Vol. 101 No. 8

 

COVER STORY

Legislative Face-Off
TMA's success in this year's session of the Texas Legislature may best be characterized by what didn't pass rather than what did. TMA turned back several attempts to pass legislation that would have been bad for patients and physicians. As one physician leader put it, it was a matter of defending medicine rather than producing new legislation.

By Ken Ortolon 

LAW

Permission Required
New state regulations requiring physicians to obtain consent from a parent or legal guardian before performing an abortion on a girl younger than 18 doesn't change existing law all that much, but it could increase physicians' workload.

By Erin Prather 

PUBLIC HEALTH

Dying Too Young
Texas physicians are trying to prevent any more instances of young athletes dying from heart conditions they didn't even know they had. They're also pushing for schools and businesses to install automated external defibrillators to increase a heart attack victim's chances for survival.

By Erin Prather 

MEDICAL ECONOMICS

Psychiatrists Wanted
There's good news for you psychiatrists who are looking for a job. You're in high demand across the country as the need for mental health professionals continues to grow. The news for other specialties is pretty good as well. 

TECHNOLOGY

Avoiding Buyer's Remorse
It takes a lot of planning and forethought when buying software for your office to make sure you pick the one that best suits your needs. A TMA Physician Services consultant has some tips to help you avoid making a mistake.

By John Lubrano 

MANAGING YOUR PRACTICE

What to Tell Your Patients About Thimerosal
A recent Institute of Medicine report concluded that thimerosol-containing vaccines are not associated with autism, and reaffirmed the lack of association between measles-mumps-rubella vaccine and autism.

Correct Codes, Please
TrailBlazer Health Enterprises, the Texas Medicare carrier, says evaluation and management (E&M) services are the most common type of service billed to Medicare Part B, accounting for about 40 percent of the total services paid. The problem is E&M coding is confusing and mistakes are common. They can be avoided. 

TMA ROUNDS

AMA Adopts Pay-for-Performance Standards
Texan Takes Over AMA Alliance Presidency
Power to the Members
TMA Summit 2005 in Austin Next Month
TMF Changes Name and Expands Its Services
Scholarships Available for Houston Medical Students
Be Wise and TMA Knowledge Center Offer Traveling Banner Exhibit
Helmet Giveaway Program Spreading Prevention Message 

JOURNAL

Comparative Description of Migrant Farmworkers Versus Other Students Attending South Texas Schools: Demographic, Academic, and Health Characteristics (abstract)

By Sharon P. Cooper, PhD; Nancy F. Weller, DrPH; Erin E. Fox, MS; Sara R. Cooper, BBA; and Eva M. Shipp, MS 

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