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2004 Subject Index

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A

Abortion, Induced
new abortion brochure sparks controversy, Jan p 31, Nov p 22
Abuse
how to screen your patients for sexual assault, Oct p 30
silent victims: physicians can help detect unreported sexual assaults, Oct pp 26-30
Acamprosate
prevention of relapse to addiction: information for the practitioner, Feb pp 52-61
Access to Health Services. See Health Services Accessibility
Accidents, Traffic
motorcycle-related injuries: the high costs of riding, Oct pp 56-63
Accounting
hiring the best biller (Managing Your Practice), Dec p 15
Adolescence
adolescent suicide decreases; hanging replaces guns (Capsules), Aug p 22
ads cause teens to buckle up (Capsules), Jul p 32
high school smoking drops, middle school stays the same (Rounds), Feb p 20
House of Delegates reviews report on determining if teen sex activity constitutes abuse (Rounds), Nov pp 22-23
Advertising
are "best doctor" lists healthy? (Commentary), Jul pp 7-8
Dr. Tenery responds to "best doctor list" (Letter), Sep p 7
rules for advertising (Managing Your Practice), Dec p 15
some doctors really are better (Letter), Sep p 7
why Coke is the real thing (Capsules), Dec p 21
Aetna Inc.
an update on the HMO lawsuits, Jun p 41
class act certification given to antiracketeering lawsuit, Nov p 52
foundations of good medicine: settlement of lawsuit with Aetna and CIGNA, Aug pp 34-35
mammography codes and TRS-Care changes (Managing Your Practice), Feb p 15
Aged
exercise prevents heart failure, study shows (Capsules), Nov p 35
Agriculture
musing on health and grass (Commentary), May pp 11-13
Air Pollution
a review of the IOM report on mold, Dec pp 55-57
smoky bars worse that streets (Capsules), Nov p 33
Air Travel. See Travel
Akin, Todd
coming home (Dispatches from the Front), May p 25
medicine in a combat zone (Dispatches from the Front), Jan p 27
moving to Kuwait (Dispatches from the Front), Mar p 21
saving a child (Dispatches from the Front), Feb p 23
Alcohol Drinking
drinking increases, but alcoholism decreases (Capsules), Aug pp 21-22
interim study to examine alcohol and drug use during pregnancy, Jan p 32
when to test for drugs or alcohol (Managing Your Practice), Jun p 14
Alcoholism
prevention of relapse to addiction: information for the practitioner, Feb pp 52-61
Alexander, George
death of, Jan p 26
Alford, Bobby R.
Baylor College of Medicine selects new chancellor, Nov p 46 (photo)
Newsmakers, Mar p 11
Alfrey, Clarence P. (Newsmakers), Jul p 13
Allen, Bohn D.
confers with AMA president, John C. Nelson, Nov p 26 (photo)
new TMA president seeks to remind physicians of their value (Rounds), Jun pp 17-19 (photo)
"no profession more noble," Dr. Allen becomes TMA president, Jul pp 26-28
tort reform should mean lower insurance premiums (Rounds), Jul pp 19-20 (photo)
visits with Senator Jane Nelson and Dr. Ladon Homer, Jun p 35 (photo)
L-Alpha-acetyl-methadol (LAAM)
prevention of relapse to addiction: information for the practitioner, Feb pp 52-61
Altschuler, Kenneth (Newsmakers), Jun p 11 (photo)
Alzheimer's Disease
study hopes to find treatment for Alzheimer's disease (Capsules), Jun p 25
American Cancer Society (MedBytes), Mar p 64
American Medical Association
achieving greatness [by supporting political action committees] (The AMA View), Jul p 11
AMA focuses on tort reform-Texas style (Rounds), Feb pp 17-19
a catalyst for change: Council on Medical Education (The AMA View), Sep p 13
communication is key (The AMA View), Nov pp 13-14
the fattening of America (The AMA View), Apr p 51
House of Delegates
liability issues still dominate (Rounds), Aug pp 15-16
other issues meriting action (Rounds), Aug pp 16-17
TMA nabs policy victories (Rounds), Aug p 16
the importance of one voice (The AMA View), Jan p 49
information on liability insurance (MedBytes), Apr p 80
the poor will be with us always (The AMA View), Mar p 47
tax credits will solve Medicaid (The AMA View), Dec p 13
the Texanization of AMA (The AMA View), Jun p 9
Texans in action (Rounds), Feb p 19
Texans lasso AMA leadership spots (Rounds), Aug p 15
wei ji: violence is major public health crisis (The AMA View), Oct p 13
what's your excuse now? [for non-membership] (The AMA View), Feb p 49
you can observe a lot by watching (The AMA View), May p 45
American Medical Group Association
AMGA survey shows specialists' income grows, Oct p 48
American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (MedBytes), Jun p 72
Anderson, Lee S.
president tells conference attendees TSBME has 'better product' (Rounds), Apr pp 15-16 (photo)
a thankless job: TSBME president reflects on board's accomplishments, Feb pp 39-43 (photo)
Anderson, Ron J. (Newsmakers), May p 15, Dec p 11
Anger
Grrrrrr! (Letter), Dec p 5
what ticks you off? (editorial), Sep p 5
Ankoma-Sey, Victor (Newsmakers), Sep p 11
Annis, Joseph P.
Texans lasso AMA leadership spots (Rounds), Aug p 15
Annual Session. See Texas Medical Association-TexMed 2004
Anson Jones Award
communication provides everything (Commentary), Jan pp 13-14
Antihypertensive Agents
closer monitoring of potassium in hypertension patients urged (Capsules), Oct p 24
Antitrust Laws
got a match? lawsuit could throw residency match into chaos, Jun pp 43-46
Appel, Stanley H. (Newsmakers), Jul p 13
Archives
the Lekish Collection, Dec pp 25-32
medical collections (MedBytes), Dec p 72
Artificial Sweeteners
rats get fat on fake sugar, but scientists debate study's conclusions (Capsules), Sep p 23
Asian Americans
what we know and don't know about Asian American health in Texas, Nov pp 64-70
Asthma
flu vaccine recommended for asthmatics, Jul p 54
Audits. See Medical Audit
Autistic Disorder
autism cause may be beyond genetics (Capsules), Nov pp 33-34
Automobile Driving
doctors are the second worst drivers, Jan p 25
Awards and Prizes
Anson Jones Award (Commentary), Jan pp 13-14
Berry, Phil H., Jr.
receives Distinguished Service Award, Jul p 21 (photo)
receives Health Care Hero Award from Dallas Business Journal (Newsmakers), Nov p 11
Chaudhary, Prateek, named student of year by Medical Student Section (Rounds), Jul p 23
Ernest and Sarah Butler Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching
presented to Debra Fleming and Bobby Pierce, Jul p 20 (photo)
science teaching award nominations sought, Oct pp 18, 20
Fred, Herbert L. Fred, Houston doctor receives Distinguished Teacher Award, Jun p 47 (photo)
Gunby, Robert T., Jr., TMA president-elect, receives patient advocacy award, Sep p 57
Spitz, Margaret R., M.D. Anderson researcher, receives distinguished professor award, Aug p 46

B

Bahm, Sandy B., II (Newsmakers), Jul p 13
Bailey, Charles W., Jr.
gives presidential pin to Bohn D. Allen, Jun p 17 (photo)
meets with Tommy Thompson about border health, May p 33 (photo)
thanks Gov. Perry after winter conference speech, Apr p 13 (photo)
Bailey Charles W., Sr.
father of TMA president dies (Rounds), Apr p 18
Bailey, Susan Rudd.  See also Wynn, Susan Rudd
Texans lasso AMA leadership spots (Rounds), Aug p 15
Baker, Dudley P. (Newsmakers), Jul p 13
Bariatric Surgery. See Gastroplasty
Barnett, Jim (Newsmakers), May p 15
Bartlett, Elizabeth A. (Newsmakers), Sep p 11
Barton, Joe
committee post gives Texas congressman, Joe Barton, health care clout, Jul pp 34-38
looking at legislation like an engineer, Jul p 37
Bassichis, Benjamin (Newsmakers), Jan p 15
Baylor College of Medicine, Houston
Baylor, Texas Children's tops in NIH funding, Jul p 55
BCM to use Internet to fight childhood obesity (Rounds), Jan pp 24-25
Houston study to improve women's orgasms (Capsules), Sep pp 24-25
researchers testing prostate cancer vaccine (Capsules), Sep p 24
scholarships available for Houston medical students (Rounds), Aug p 18
selects Bobby R. Alford as new chancellor, Nov p 46 (photo)
Be Wise-Immunize. See Immunization
Becker, Philip A., Jr. (Newsmakers), Jan p 15 (photo)
Berry, Phil H., Jr.
receives Distinguished Service Award, Jul p 21 (photo)
receives Health Care Hero Award from Dallas Business Journal (Newsmakers), Nov p 11
TMA Foundation president attends benefit, Sep p 21 (photo)
Beverages
diet drinks help women avoid diabetes (Capsules), Aug p 22
why Coke is the real thing (Capsules), Dec p 21
Bicycling.  See also Head Protective Devices
impact of community efforts to promote helmet use among Central Texas children engaged in four types of wheel-related leisure activities, Aug pp 56-62
Bill Collecting. See Patient Credit and Collection
Bioterrorism
BioShield could mean dollars for Texas research, Sep p 45
Bites and Stings
epidemiology of snakebites reported to poison centers in Texas from 1998 through 2002, Sep pp 64-70
physicians urged to be alert for chickenpox in vaccinated kids, Aug pp 43-46
Blass, Casey, Jun p 51 (photo)
Blood Transfusion
ask the patients [about blood safety] (Letter), Mar p 8
overheard in the doctors' lounge: the cost of safety, Jul p 53
risk of transfusion-related infections, Jan p 44
TexMed 2004 features symposium on transfusion risks, Jan p 45
who should not donate blood?, Jan p 45
worth the cost? need for new blood safety tests is questioned, Jan pp 43-45
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas
cheap or good: physicians fear which choice insurers will make, Aug pp 24-29
economic profiling is headed your way, Aug p 29
getting paid fast (Managing Your Practice), Dec p 16
quality versus cost: TMA concerned over economic profiling of physicians, Jul pp 39-40
Blue, Susan K. (Newsmakers), Jun p 11 (photo)
Boehm, Teresa
TMA Physician Services weighs in for new practice, Jul p 41
Border Health. See United States-Mexico Border
Border Health Commission (MedBytes), May p 64
Border Health Information Network (MedBytes), May p 64
Bradshaw, Major W. (Newsmakers), Nov p 11 (photo)
Brain
prevention of relapse to addiction: information for the practitioner, Feb pp 52-61
Brain Injuries
motorcycle-related injuries: the high costs of riding, Oct pp 56-63
Brodsky, James W. (Newsmakers), Dec p 11
Brown, Jack, Sep p 21 (photo)
Buchanan, George (Newsmakers), Oct p 9 (photo)
Buja, L. Maximilian (Newsmakers), Mar p 11
Bungo, Michael W. (Newsmakers), Mar p 11
Buprenorphine
prevention of relapse to addiction: information for the practitioner, Feb pp 52-61
Burns, Chester, Dec p 18 (photo)
Burzynski, Michele A. (Newsmakers), Jul p 13 (photo)
Bush, George W.
consider Bush's actions, not words [on Patient Protection Act] (Letter), Nov p 5
Buster, Edwin R., III (Newsmakers), Dec p 11
Butler, Brad
Newsmakers, Aug p 7
Texans lasso AMA leadership spots (Rounds), Aug p 15 (photo)
Butts, Donald R. (Newsmakers), Mar p 11, Jul p 13

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C

Calverley, John (Newsmakers), Jun p 11
Canada
federal officials warn against fake Canadian drugs, Sep p 44
just say no to helping patients get Canadian drugs, Feb pp 31-33
Cannabis
lighting up a controversy: debate over medical marijuana heats up, Sep pp 41-45
TMA Delegates back stem cell research, medical marijuana (Rounds), Jul p 20
Capper, Robert S. (Newsmakers), Dec p 11 (photo)
Carbonated Beverages
diet drinks help women avoid diabetes (Capsules), Aug p 22
why Coke is the real thing (Capsules), Dec p 21
Cardiovascular Diseases
what we know and don't know about Asian American health in Texas, Nov pp 64-70
Cascells, S. Ward, III (Newsmakers), Jul p 13
Center for Women's Sexual Health
Houston study to improve women's orgasms (Capsules), Sep pp 24-25
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
announces draft policy for monitoring erythropoietin (Capsules), Sep p 23
'incident-to' rules clarified in Medicare Claims Processing Manual (Managing Your Practice), Nov p 18
launches Chronic Care Improvement Program to improve Medicare, Sep p 51
mammogram codes clarified, Oct p 16
Medicare changes the overpayment rules (Managing Your Practice), Oct p 15
Medicare discount drug cards (MedBytes), Jun p 72
Medicare information on the Web (MedBytes), Feb p 68
national physician identifier rules set by CMS (Rounds), Mar p 17
raises payments for Medicare Advantage (Rounds), Mar pp 18-19
Certification
rules for advertising (Managing Your Practice), Dec p 15
Chaudhary, Prateek
named student of year by Medical Student Section (Rounds), Jul p 23
serves on AMA reference committee (Rounds), Aug p 16
Chickenpox
physicians urged to be alert for chickenpox in vaccinated kids, Aug pp 43-46
Child Abuse
Web site helps report child abuse and neglect (Rounds), Jan p 24
Child Nutrition
state, feds try to trim the fat (Rounds), May pp 22-23
Children.  See also Adolescence
Baylor College of Medicine to use Internet to fight childhood obesity (Rounds), Jan pp 24-25
being proactive [against obesity and inactivity] (Commentary), Feb p 9
immunization information (MedBytes), Sep p 80
impact of community efforts to promote helmet use among Central Texas children engaged in four types of wheel-related leisure activities, Aug pp 56-62
kids make parents fat, Duke study shows (Rounds), May p 22
physicians urged to be alert for chickenpox in vaccinated kids, Aug pp 43-46
putting a price on fat: cost of obesity-related illness could overwhelm health care delivery, Apr pp 45-49
saving a child (Dispatches from the Front), Feb p 23
small steps not enough to reverse obesity in children (Rounds), Mar p 19
state, feds try to trim the fat (Rounds), May pp 22-23
Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
Legislative Budget Board shores up CHIP, Medicaid funding, Oct p 50
Lt. Gov. Dewhurst asks for physicians' help to change health care delivery (Rounds), Nov p 23
retroactive payments for CHIP mental health and substance abuse services (Managing Your Practice), Feb p 16
Chinese Medicine. See Medicine, Chinese Traditional
CHIP. See Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
Cholesterol
the medical cost of high serum cholesterol in Harris County, Texas, May pp 50-53
Christopherson, M. Bruce
cheap or good: physicians fear which choice insurers will make, Aug pp 24-29
Chronic Disease.  See also Diabetes Mellitus
CMS launches Chronic Care Improvement Program to improve Medicare, Sep p 51
disease management project looks to improve patients' health, Apr pp 33-36
XLHealth disease management program honored, Dec p 44
Chumley, D.L. (Newsmakers), Dec p 12
Ciarochi, Fred F. (Newsmakers), Dec p 11
CIGNA HealthCare
an update on the HMO lawsuits, Jun p 41
class act certification given to antiracketeering lawsuit, Nov p 52
foundations of good medicine: settlement of lawsuit with Aetna and CIGNA, Aug pp 34-35
settlement claims
choose or lose: physicians must be careful in filing CIGNA settlement claims, Sep pp 33-38
companies offer help to recover CIGNA claims, Jun p 39
how to get a CIGNA claims facilitation list, Dec p 36
TMA arranges discount to help recover CIGNA claims, Sep p 34, Oct p 19, Nov p 28, Dec p 18
understanding the CIGNA settlement, Sep p 35
worth the effort: CIGNA list has much-needed claims information, Dec pp 35-38
Clagett, G. Patrick (Newsmakers), Oct p 9
Claims. See Insurance Claim Reporting
Clanton, Mark (Newsmakers), Apr p 9
Clinical Competence
clinical skills testing center opens in Houston, Nov p 48
let's play doctor: new exam measures students' clinical skills, Nov pp 45-48
Clinical Trials
attitudes of primary care physicians and specialists about cancer clinical trials: a survey of Texas physicians, Apr pp 66-72
Cloning, Organism
hope or horror? Texas physicians choose hope in backing therapeutic cloning, Jul pp 51-52
Clothing
your tie may 'knot' be healthy for your or your patients (Capsules), Aug p 21
CMS. See Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
Coca-Cola. See Carbonated Beverages
Coccidioides immitis
UT-San Antonio to study desert fever (Rounds), Jan p 25
Cochran, Jerry (Newsmakers), May p 15
Coding for Insurance Reimbursement. See Insurance Claim Reporting
Cohan, Caryn M. (Newsmakers), Sep p 11
Colenda, Christopher
Texans lasso AMA leadership spots (Rounds), Aug p 15
Collection of Accounts. See Patient Credit and Collection
Collections, Medical. See Archives
Colon
AG stops colon therapy without physician approval (Rounds), Feb p 21
Colonoscopy
too many patients scheduling procedures (Capsules), Oct p 23
Colorectal Neoplasms
cancer information on the Web (MedBytes), Mar p 64
poster educates patients about colorectal cancer (Rounds), Mar p 19
Communication
access, attitudes, and concerns of physicians and patients toward e-mail use in health-related communication, Mar pp 50-57
better communication with patients (Managing Your Practice), Nov p 17
communication is key (The AMA View), Nov pp 13-14
communication provides everything (Commentary), Jan pp 13-14
the health disparities gap, May pp 28-32
let's play doctor: new exam measures students' clinical skills, Nov pp 45-48
you can observe a lot by watching (The AMA View), May p 45
Competence. See Clinical Competence
Computers
medicine meets the digital revolution (Commentary), Dec pp 7-8
wired: political pressure accelerating shift to electronic health record, Nov pp 55-58
Conferences. See Texas Medical Association--Conferences; Texas Medical Association--TexMed2004
Consumers Union (MedBytes), Jan p 96
Contracts
review your RVUs (Managing Your Practice), Jul p 15
Cost Sharing. See Medicare--Drug Discount Cards
Costs and Cost Analysis See also Fees, Pharmaceutical ; Health Care Costs
cheap or good: physicians fear which choice insurers will make, Aug pp 24-29
county hospitals and regional medical care in Texas: an analysis of out-of-county costs, Jun pp 56-59
quality versus cost: TMA concerned over economic profiling of physicians, Jul pp 39-40
review your RVUs (Managing Your Practice), Jul p 15
wasteful tasks raise doctors' administrative costs (Capsules), Dec p 21
wired: political pressure accelerating shift to electronic health record, Nov pp 55-58
Cough
steroids can help kids with croup (Capsules), Nov p 34
Court Decisions.  See .Jurisprudence
Croup
steroids can help kids with croup (Capsules), Nov p 34
Cultural Diversity  See also Minority Groups
panel says more diversity needed in health care, Nov pp 59-60
what we know and don't know about Asian American health in Texas, Nov pp 64-70
Culture
the health disparities gap, May pp 28-32
you can observe a lot by watching (The AMA View), May p 45

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D

Dampness. See Humidity
Data Processing. See Information Systems
Davidson, Ingemar (Newsmakers), Sep p 11
Davis, Bert E. (Newsmakers), Jul p 13
Davis, Ron (Newsmakers), Sep p 11 (photo)
Death
from collecting ducts to collecting ducks (Commentary), Nov pp 7-8
Delclos, Luis (Newsmakers), Mar p 11
Delgado, Abraham (Newsmakers), Dec p 12
Delivery of Health Care
Gingrich group explores transformation of health care systems, Aug p 40
heal the law, then health care (Commentary), May p 9
health agency changes worry EMS, Medicaid advocates, Aug pp 37-39
Lt. Gov. Dewhurst asks for physicians' help to change health care delivery (Rounds), Nov p 23
more "good" news on American health front (Capsules), Jul p 32
panel to study health care, Dec p 48
putting a price on fat: cost of obesity-related illness could overwhelm health care delivery, Apr pp 45-49
DeMarco, Dan (Newsmakers), Dec p 12
Dennis, Hilary
TMA expands lobby staff (Rounds), Aug p 17 (photo)
Depression, Postpartum
baby blues: new law focuses attention on postpartum depression, Jan pp 33-36
overview of postpartum mood disorders, Jan pp 34-35
pediatricians can help, too (Letter), Mar p 7
Depressive Disorders, Major
MDD improves when UT Southwestern guidelines used (Capsules), Sep p 25
Desert Fever
UT-San Antonio to study desert fever (Rounds), Jan p 25
Deur, Charles J. (Newsmakers), Mar p 11
Dewhurst, David
Lt. Gov. Dewhurst asks for physicians' help to change health care delivery (Rounds), Nov p 23 (photo)
Diabetes Mellitus
connection found between diabetes, kidney disease (Rounds), May pp 24-25
diet drinks help women avoid diabetes (Capsules), Aug p 22
disease management project looks to improve patients' health, Apr pp 33-36
dueling with diabetes: lawmakers look to rein in illness and costs from diabetes, Oct pp 49-52
what we know and don't know about Asian American health in Texas, Nov pp 64-70
Dickey, Stephen H. (Newsmakers), May p 15
Diet.  See also Food
changing old habits: new research center investigates Hispanic nutrition, Apr pp 39-42
Dietary Supplements
Texas doctors applaud ban on ephedra, Jun p 52
Disciplinary Action. See Professional Misconduct ; Texas State Board of Medical Examiners
Disease Management
CMS launches Chronic Care Improvement Program to improve Medicare, Sep p 51
disease management project looks to improve patients' health, Apr pp 33-36
XLHealth disease management program honored, Dec p 44
Domestic Violence.  See also Sex Offenses
wei ji: violence is major public health crisis (The AMA View), Oct p 13
Drug and Narcotic Control
DEA narcotics license renewal form online, Jul p 16
Drug Contamination
bacterium behind flu vaccine shortage, Dec p 53
federal officials warn against fake Canadian drugs, Sep p 44
flu vaccine shortage challenges public health officials, Dec pp 51-53
Drug Costs. See Fees, Pharmaceutical
Drug Discount Cards. See Medicare--Drug Discount Cards
Drug Industry
let spouses eat, too (Letter), Feb p 7
Drugs. See Pharmaceutical Preparations ; Prescriptions, Drug
Duke University
information on religion in medicine (MedBytes), Nov p 80
Dunn, Carl A. (Tony) (Newsmakers), Jul p 13
Dupont, Amanda Moore
TMA Physician Services weighs in for new practice, Jul p 41

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Eckert, E. Randy
Texans lasso AMA leadership spots (Rounds), Aug p 15
Economic Profiling
cheap or good: physicians fear which choice insurers will make, Aug pp 24-29
economic profiling is headed your way, Aug p 29
TMA Delegates oppose economic credentialing (Rounds), Jul p 22
Economics, Medical.  See also Insurance, Health, Reimbursement ; Insurance, Liability ; Practice Management, Medical
AMGA survey shows specialists' income grows, Oct p 48
battling the backlog: new Medicaid provider struggles to clear payment problems, Dec pp 41-43
cheap or good: physicians fear which choice insurers will make, Aug pp 24-29
consumers' choice: TMA wants to prevent new law from hurting patients, Mar pp 37-39
dueling with diabetes: lawmakers look to rein in illness and costs from diabetes, Oct pp 49-52
easing the burden: federal funds to help offset undocumented residents' care, Oct pp 45-47
good-bye, Robin Hood? Texas physicians keep wary eye on school finance debate, Feb pp 35-37
McKesson moves to satisfy critics of claims-processing software, Jul p 42
Medicaid HMOs or PCCM?, May pp 37-39
quality versus cost: TMA concerned over economic profiling of physicians, Jul pp 39-40
TMA Delegates oppose economic credentialing (Rounds), Jul p 22
Education, Medical
a catalyst for change: AMA Council on Medical Education (The AMA View), Sep p 13
clinical skills testing center opens in Houston, Nov p 48
Houston doctor, Herbert L. Fred, receives Distinguished Teacher Award, Jun p 47 (photo)
let's play doctor: new exam measures students' clinical skills, Nov pp 45-48
Texas A&M to use race in admissions, Aug p 52
TMA awards four minority scholarships (Rounds), Jul pp 23-24
Education, Medical, Continuing
Texas CME conference this month in Austin (Rounds), Jun p 19
TexMed 2004 CME: something for everyone, Jul pp 24-25
TMA rewards innovative CME programs (Rounds), Dec p 19
Education, Medical, Graduate
got a match? lawsuit could throw residency match into chaos, Jun pp 43-46
Harvard to offer joint MD, MBA degree (Capsules), Jul p 31
lawmakers are rethinking cuts in graduate medical education, Aug pp 49-52
record number participate in 2004 resident match, Jun p 44
Educational Status
clearing the confusion: physicians turn attention to low health literacy concerns, Jun pp 49-51
seminar to focus on health literacy, May p 32
Edwards, Betty Jo (Newsmakers), Mar p 11, Jul p 13
Elections. See Politics
Electronic Claims. See Insurance Claim Reporting
Electronic Mail
access, attitudes, and concerns of physicians and patients toward e-mail use in health-related communication, Mar pp 50-57
Electronics, Medical
FDA okays chip implants [for medical history] (Capsules), Dec p 21
Emergency Medical Services
easing the burden: federal funds to help offset undocumented residents' care, Oct pp 45-47
EMTALA's exceptions for not responding to hospital emergency department (Managing Your Practice), Jan p 18
health agency changes worry EMS, Medicaid advocates, Aug pp 37-39
HMOs often back down when ER appeals filed (Rounds), Mar p 20
taking calls: EMTALA changes allow simultaneous on-call status, May pp 41-43
Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA)
easing the burden: federal funds to help offset undocumented residents' care, Oct pp 45-47
EMTALA's exceptions for not responding to hospital emergency department (Managing Your Practice), Jan p 18
feds to help defray EMTALA costs, Jun p 13
taking calls: EMTALA changes allow simultaneous on-call status, May pp 41-43
Emigration and Immigration
easing the burden: federal funds to help offset undocumented residents' care, Oct pp 45-47
feds to help defray EMTALA costs (Managing Your Practice), Jun p 13
Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)
court ruling adds ammo to prompt pay battles, Dec pp 38-39
the ERISA roadblock: Supreme Court rules against state HMO lawsuits, Aug pp 31-33
the importance of one voice (The AMA View), Jan p 49
in their laps: Supreme Court agrees to decide whether patients can sue HMOs, Jan pp 39-42
Employment.  See also Health Personnel
dealing with unemployment compensation (Managing Your Practice), Aug p 11
EMTALA. See Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA)
Encephalopathy, Bovine Spongiform
mad cow mania: despite hype, Americans have no beef with food supply, Mar pp 41-44
Ephedra
Texas doctors applaud ban on ephedra, Jun p 52
Equipment and Supplies
three firms sued for alleged Medicaid scheme, Jul p 49
ERISA. See Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)
Erythropoietin
CMS announces draft policy for monitoring erythropoietin (Capsules), Sep p 23
Ethics, Medical
ethics of treating family (Managing Your Practice), Dec p 16
hope or horror? Texas physicians choose hope in backing therapeutic cloning, Jul pp 51-52
"no profession more noble," Dr. Allen becomes TMA president, Jul pp 26-28
Ethnic Groups
the health disparities gap, May pp 28-32
panel says more diversity needed in health care, Nov pp 59-60
predicting risk for disciplinary action by a state medical board, Jan pp 84-90
Texas A&M to use race in admissions, Aug p 52
what we know and don' 64-70
Etiracetam
study shows seizure drug helps MS patients (Rounds), Feb p 22
Evans, Carolyn
Texans lasso AMA leadership spots (Rounds), Aug p 15 (photo)
Evans, Randolph (Newsmakers), Jun p 11
Exercise
being proactive [against obesity and inactivity] (Commentary), Feb p 9
exercise prevents heart failure, study shows (Capsules), Nov p 35
Governor Perry launches fitness round-up, Apr p 46
impact of community efforts to promote helmet use among Central Texas children engaged in four types of wheel-related leisure activities, Aug pp 56-62
Expert Witnesses
House of Delegates sets policy (Rounds), Nov pp 21-22
TMA Delegates refer resolution to TSBME (Rounds), Jul pp 20-21
TMA studying Ohio expert witness law, Aug p 32
Eye Injuries
spectrum of ocular trauma at an urban county hospital, Dec pp 60-63

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F

Facility Regulation and Control
change is difficult, but necessary (Commentary), Jun p 7
Factor, Dennis, Apr p 57 (photo), Dec p 18 (photo)
Family
"Building Healthy Families" aims at obesity in Texas, Oct pp 5-6
how to have a healthy family (Rounds), Dec p 18
Farmer, Alfred R. (Newsmakers), Sep p 11
Fathers
kids make parents fat, Duke study shows (Rounds), May p 22
Fees, Medical
2005 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule CD is on the way (Managing Your Practice), Nov p 18
how Medicare reform affects you, Feb pp 25-29
Fees, Pharmaceutical
demonstration program lowers drug costs (Managing Your Practice), Sep p 16
just say no to helping patients get Canadian drugs, Feb pp 31-33
Medicare drug discount cards (Managing Your Practice), Mar p 16
Medicare reform bill leads to reduced drug reimbursement for physicians, Sep p 56
take a card: Medicare drug cards, Jun pp 27-30
three firms sued for alleged Medicaid scheme, Jul p 49
why we need a PDL [for Medicaid] and how it works (Commentary), Apr p 7
Felger, Charles E. (Newsmakers), Dec p 12
Fellowships and Scholarships
scholarships available for Houston medical students (Rounds), Aug p 18
TMA awards four minority scholarships (Rounds), Jul pp 23-24
TMA provides funds for medical school scholarships, Jan p 26
Filis, Johna, Nov p 45 (photo)
Financing, Organized
Baylor, Texas Children's tops in NIH funding, Jul p 55
Fite, Diana (Newsmakers), Mar p 11, Sep p 11 (photo)
FixTWCC! Coalition (MedBytes), Jul p 72
Fleming, William H., III
applauds as Dr. Phil Berry receives Distinguished Service Award, Jul p 21 (photo)
Newsmakers, Apr p 9
Food
airport food getting healthier (Rounds), Feb p 21
changing old habits: new research center investigates Hispanic nutrition, Apr pp 39-42
mad cow mania: despite hype, Americans have no beef with food supply, Mar pp 41-44
rats get fat on fake sugar, but scientists debate study's conclusions (Capsules), Sep p 23
Food, Genetically Modified
scientists recommend study of genetic food's health impact (Capsules), Oct p 23
Foreign Medical Graduates
predicting risk for disciplinary action by a state medical board, Jan pp 84-90
Foundations
McGovern Foundation endows UT-Houston center (Capsules), Dec p 22
Physicians' Foundation for Health Systems Excellence funded by insurer settlements, Aug pp 34-35
Foxhall, Lewis E. (Newsmakers), Mar p 11
Fractures
broken bones often lead to stress disorder (Capsules), Aug p 21
Franchise Tax. See Taxes
Frank, Joyce, Nov pp 45, 48 (photo)
Fraud
fraud crackdown: TMA fights against fraud, for due process, Mar pp 29-32
'lick and stick' scheme costs drug companies (Rounds), Mar p 17
state cracks down on Medicaid fraud, Nov p 53
three firms sued for alleged Medicaid scheme, Jul p 49
Fred, Herbert L.
Houston doctor receives Distinguished Teacher Award, Jun p 47 (photo)
Freedom From Religion Foundation (MedBytes), Nov p 80
Fungi
a review of the IOM report on mold, Dec pp 55-57

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Galveston, Texas
sunburn risk factors at Galveston beaches, Jul pp 62-65
Gamel, William G.
Texans lasso AMA leadership spots (Rounds), Aug p 15
Garcia, A. Tomas, III (Newsmakers), Mar p 11
Garner, Lisa (Newsmakers), Sep p 11 (photo)
Gastroplasty
cover bariatric surgery [with insurance] (Letter), Mar pp 7-8
Geda, Mary
serves on AMA reference committee (Rounds), Aug p 16 (photo)
Genetic Engineering
scientists recommend study of genetic food's health impact (Capsules), Oct p 23
George Washington University
information on religion in medicine (MedBytes), Nov p 80
Gifts
let spouses eat, too (Letter), Feb p 7
Gill, John T.
discusses liability reform with Newt Gingrich, Aug p 40 (photo)
Gilmer, William S. (Newsmakers), Mar p 11
Gingrich, Newt
Gingrich group explores transformation of health care systems, Aug p 40 (photo)
Goldman, Stanford (Newsmakers), Jul p 13
Golf
fore! golf and tennis resorts on the Web (MedBytes), Aug p 72
Gonzales, Adelnery (Newsmakers), Sep p 11
Goodman, Louis J., Aug p 34 (photo)
Gordon, William W. (Newsmakers), Dec p 11
Government Agencies.  See also Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) ; specific agency names starting with Texas
health agency changes worry EMS, Medicaid advocates, Aug pp 37-39
will the sun set? legislative review of licensing boards, Jun pp 33-35
Government Regulation
change is difficult, but necessary (Commentary), Jun p 7
Grants. See Financing, Organized
Grasses
cheers from a fellow grass fan (Letter), Aug p 5
grass commentary is a relief (Letter), Aug p 5
musing on health and grass (Commentary), May pp 11-13
Green, Andrea (Newsmakers), Sep p 11 (photo)
Groff, Geoffrey A., Mar p 11
Gross, Sheldon
achieving greatness [by supporting political action committees] (The AMA View), Jul p 11
Texans lasso AMA leadership spots (Rounds), Aug p 15
Guidelines
MDD improves when UT Southwestern guidelines used (Capsules), Sep p 25
Gunby, Robert T., Jr.
named TMA president-elect, Jul p 23 (photo)
TMA president-elect receives patient advocacy award, Sep p 57
Gunn, Sheila (Newsmakers), Aug p 7

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Haley, Robert (Newsmakers), Aug p 7
Hamilton, Carols R., Jr. (Newsmakers), Aug p 7 (photo)
Hampton, R. Moss (Newsmakers), Jul p 13
Hand
video games may save lives [by improving coordination] (Capsules), Jun p 24
Hard Hats for Little Tots. See Head Protective Devices
Harris County, Texas
the medical cost of high serum cholesterol in Harris County, Texas, May pp 50-53
Harrison, Preston, Jr. (Newsmakers), Jun p 11
Harvard University
to offer joint MD, MBA degree (Capsules), Jul p 31
Hauser, Harris (Newsmakers), Jun p 11
Head Protective Devices
Hard Hats program generates goodwill (Rounds), Apr p 18
Hard Hats save little heads (Rounds), Jun p 20
helmet giveaways promote safety, prevention (Rounds), Sep p 20
impact of community efforts to promote helmet use among Central Texas children engaged in four types of wheel-related leisure activities, Aug pp 56-62
motorcycle-related injuries: the high costs of riding, Oct pp 56-63
ride along on successful Hard Hats program (Rounds), Aug p 16
Health and Human Services Commission. See Texas Health and Human Services Commission
Health Care Costs
county hospitals and regional medical care in Texas: an analysis of out-of-county costs, Jun pp 56-59
dueling with diabetes: lawmakers look to rein in illness and costs from diabetes, Oct pp 49-52
just say no to helping patients get Canadian drugs, Feb pp 31-33
the medical cost of high serum cholesterol in Harris County, Texas, May pp 50-53
putting a price on fat: cost of obesity-related illness could overwhelm health care delivery, Apr pp 45-49
quality versus cost: TMA concerned over economic profiling of physicians, Jul pp 39-40
wasteful tasks raise doctors' administrative costs (Capsules), Dec p 21
Health Care Delivery. See Delivery of Health Care
Health Care Reform.  See also Legislation, Medical--Liability Reform
AMA delegates debate new approach for Medicare, Medicaid (Rounds), Feb p 18
Gingrich group explores transformation of health care systems, Aug p 40
heal the law, then health care (Commentary), May p 9
health agency changes worry EMS, Medicaid advocates, Aug pp 37-39
how Medicare reform affects you, Feb pp 25-29
how Texas Medicaid (allegedly) works, May p 38
how TMA helped reform Medicare, Feb p 27
Medicare reform bill leads to reduced drug reimbursement for physicians, Sep p 56
state leadership turning spotlight on Medicaid reform, Mar pp 23-27
TMA lays out Medicaid transformation principles, Mar p 25
understanding Medicare Modernization Act (Managing Your Practice), Oct p 15
Health Care Surveys
attitudes of primary care physicians and specialists about cancer clinical trials: a survey of Texas physicians, Apr pp 66-72
Health Disparities. See Health Services Accessibility
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
doctor to doctor transfer of patient records: the HIPAA glitch, Jun pp 39-40
information on TMA Web site, Jan p 5
the Medicare carrot and the HIPAA stick [HIPAA-compliant claims] (Managing Your Practice), May p 17
new elements for HIPAA Medicare claims (Managing Your Practice), Apr p 12
privacy violator facing jail time, Oct p 36
security standards, Jan pp 51-78
action plan checklist, Jan p 81
additional resources, Jan p 78
administrative policies, Jan pp 57-63
CME information, Jan p 53
collection-of-information requirements, Jan p 76
deadlines for, Jan pp 57-63
electronic (digital) signatures, Jan pp 75-76
employee termination: you can't be too careful (Managing Your Practice), Nov p 18
foreword and introduction, Jan pp 54-56
impact analysis, Jan p 76
information on TMA Web site, Mar p 5
physical safeguards, Jan pp 63-66
provisions of final security rule, Jan p 56
self-assessment form, Jan pp 79-80
technical security mechanisms, Jan pp 69-74
technical security services, Jan pp 66-69
words of advice, Jan p 77
Health Literacy. See Patient Care
Health Maintenance Organizations.  See also Insurance Carriers ; Insurance, Health, Reimbursement
an update on the HMO (Aetna and CIGNA) lawsuits, Jun p 41
class act certification given to antiracketeering lawsuit, Nov p 52
consumers' choice: TMA wants to prevent new law from hurting patients, Mar pp 37-39
cover bariatric surgery [with insurance] (Letter), Mar pp 7-8
the ERISA roadblock: Supreme Court rules against state HMO lawsuits, Aug pp 31-33
foundations of good medicine: settlement of lawsuit with Aetna and CIGNA, Aug pp 34-35
HMOs often back down when ER appeals filed (Rounds), Mar p 20
Medicaid HMOs or PCCM?, May pp 37-39
quality versus cost: TMA concerned over economic profiling of physicians, Jul pp 39-40
in their laps: Supreme Court agrees to decide whether patients can sue HMOs, Jan pp 39-42
Health Personnel.  See also Employment ; Physicians
dealing with unemployment compensation (Managing Your Practice), Aug p 11
delegating prescriptive authority without supervision (Managing Your Practice), Jun p 13
employee termination: you can't be too careful (Managing Your Practice), Nov p 18
hiring the best biller (Managing Your Practice), Dec p 15
panel says more diversity needed in health care, Nov pp 59-60
using NPPs in your practice: TMA audio home study course (Rounds), Jun p 20
vaccinate yourself: push is on to immunize health care workers against flu, Oct pp 39-43
Health Planning
county hospitals and regional medical care in Texas: an analysis of out-of-county costs, Jun pp 56-59
input sought on cancer plan update, Jul p 55
Health Promotion. See Public Health
Health Services Accessibility
health agency changes worry EMS, Medicaid advocates, Aug pp 37-39
the health disparities gap, May pp 28-32
panel to study health care, Dec p 48
Texas leads the nation in "medically unserved" (Capsules), Jun p 24
Texas ranks near the bottom in women's health (Capsules), Jul p 31
you can observe a lot by watching (The AMA View), May p 45
Health Status
what we know and don't know about Asian American health in Texas, Nov pp 64-70
Heart Diseases. See Cardiovascular Diseases
Heart Failure, Congestive
exercise prevents heart failure, study shows (Capsules), Nov p 35
Helmets. See Head Protective Devices
Hepatitis B
what we know and don't know about Asian American health in Texas, Nov pp 64-70
Heritage Physician Network (HPN)
settlement reached with unpaid physicians, Sep p 50
Herndon, John W. (Newsmakers), Jul p 13
Herne, Kelly (Newsmakers), Sep p 11 (photo)
Herzog, Greg
TMA expands lobby staff (Rounds), Aug p 17 (photo)
Herzog, Steven (Newsmakers), Jun p 11 (photo)
Hillis, David (Newsmakers), Oct p 9
HIPAA. See Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
Hispanic Americans
changing old habits: new research center investigates Hispanic nutrition, Apr pp 39-42
History of Medicine
being proactive [against obesity and inactivity] (Commentary), Feb p 9
Chester Burns receives plaque from Dennis Factor, Dec p 18 (photo)
the Lekish Collection, Dec pp 25-32
medical collections (MedBytes), Dec p 72
TMA exhibit highlights women in medicine (Rounds), May p 26
TMA History of Medicine Committee preserves and promotes the history of medicine, Dec p 34
Hoasjoe, Denis K. (Newsmakers), Mar p 11
Hollis, Leslie M. (Newsmakers), Sep p 11
Homer, Ladon, Jun p 35 (photo)
Homer, Mary Ann
Texans lasso AMA leadership spots (Rounds), Aug p 15
Hospitals
county hospitals and regional medical care in Texas: an analysis of out-of-county costs, Jun pp 56-59
psychiatric care reaching a crisis (Letter), Aug p 5
relief in sight: Proposition 12 reforms starting to pay off, Oct pp 33-36
spectrum of ocular trauma at an urban county hospital, Dec pp 60-63
House of Delegates. See American Medical Association--House of Delegates; Texas Medical Association--House of Delegates
Hoverman, Isabel
serves on AMA reference committee (Rounds), Aug p 16
Human Services Agencies. See Texas Health and Human Services Commission
Humana
drops WebMD/Envoy for electronic claims or encounters submissions (Managing Your Practice), Sep p 16
Hume, Mary Grace, Jul p 27 (photo)
Humidity
a review of the IOM report on mold, Dec pp 55-57
Humor. See Wit and Humor
Hunnicutt, Robert H.
new TMAF board member (Rounds), Apr p 16 (photo)
Hutchison, Kay Bailey, Jul p 22 (photo)
Hypercholesterolemia
the medical cost of high serum cholesterol in Harris County, Texas, May pp 50-53
Hyperhidrosis
surgery may fix sweaty palms (Rounds), Jan pp 25-26
Hyperphagia
rats get fat on fake sugar, but scientists debate study's conclusions (Capsules), Sep p 23
Hypertension
closer monitoring of potassium in hypertension patients urged (Capsules), Oct p 24

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Illegal Immigrants. See Emigration and Immigration ; Transients and Migrants
Immunization.  See also Vaccines and Vaccination
Be Wise-Immunize
immunization program takes flight (Rounds), Oct pp 17-18
physicians to launch immunization drive, Sep p 29
program aims to increase immunizations (Rounds), Nov pp 27-29
TMA Foundation announces gifts for (Rounds), Nov p 29
Commissioner Eduardo Sanchez urges improved immunization (Rounds), Apr pp 14-15 (photo)
information on the Web (MedBytes), Sep p 80
TMA, state health officials team up to boost immunization rates, Jun p 51
weapons of mass inoculations: immunizations are powerful tools in arms race against disease, Sep pp 26-31
Income.  See also Economics, Medical ; Insurance, Health, Reimbursement
AMGA survey shows specialists' income grows, Oct p 48
Independent Review Organizations
the ERISA roadblock: Supreme Court rules against state HMO lawsuits, Aug pp 31-33
MedBytes, Jan p 96
Infection
your tie may 'knot' be healthy for your or your patients (Capsules), Aug p 21
Influenza
flu needs more attention, Jul p 58
health department needs surveillance volunteers, Oct p 42
October surprise: why the flu bug hit Texas, United States early and hard, Feb pp 45-47
the true meaning of terror, Oct p 40
Influenza Vaccine
bacterium behind flu vaccine shortage, Dec p 53
flu shot checklist available, Dec p 52
flu vaccine not always an easy sell, Oct p 43
flu vaccine recommended for asthmatics, Jul p 54
flu vaccine shortage challenges public health officials, Dec pp 51-53
Medicare patients may seek reimbursement for flu shots, Dec pp 43-44
October surprise: why the flu bug hit Texas, United States early and hard, Feb pp 45-47
order flu vaccine now, Jul p 59
state sues flu vaccine distributors, Dec p 38
vaccinate yourself: push is on to immunize health care workers against flu, Oct pp 39-43
Information Systems
medicine meets the digital revolution (Commentary), Dec pp 7-8
wired: political pressure accelerating shift to electronic health record, Nov pp 55-58
Injuries. See Wounds and Injuries
Insect Bites and Stings
physicians urged to be alert for chickenpox in vaccinated kids, Aug pp 43-46
Institute of Medicine
a review of the IOM report on mold, Dec pp 55-57
Insurance Carriers.  See also CIGNA HealthCare ; Health Maintenance Organizations
an update on the HMO (Aetna and CIGNA) lawsuits, Jun p 41
cheap or good: physicians fear which choice insurers will make, Aug pp 24-29
class act certification given to antiracketeering lawsuit, Nov p 52
cleaning up their act: physicians' complaints about Unicare, PacifiCare drop, Sep pp 47-49
court ruling adds ammo to prompt pay battles, Dec pp 38-39
economic profiling is headed your way, Aug p 29
foundations of good medicine: settlement of lawsuit with Aetna and CIGNA, Aug pp 34-35
Heritage Physician Network (HPN) settlement reached, Sep p 50
UnitedHealthcare offers discount to physicians who apply for NCQA's Physician Recognition programs (Managing Your Practice), Aug p 12
Insurance Claim Reporting
battling the backlog: new Medicaid provider struggles to clear payment problems, Dec pp 41-43
CIGNA settlement claims. See CIGNA HealthCare
don't take any chances on insurance verification and clean claim-filing (Managing Your Practice), Jan p 18
duplicate claims filing is costly (Managing Your Practice), Aug p 12
getting paid fast (Managing Your Practice), Dec p 16
hiring the best biller (Managing Your Practice), Dec p 15
Humana drops WebMD/Envoy for electronic claims or encounters submissions (Managing Your Practice), Sep p 16
McKesson moves to satisfy critics of claims-processing software, Jul p 42
the Medicare carrot and the HIPAA stick [HIPAA-compliant claims] (Managing Your Practice), May p 17
Medicare mammogram codes clarified, Oct p 16
national physician identifier rules set by CMS (Rounds), Mar p 17
new elements for HIPAA Medicare claims (Managing Your Practice), Apr p 12
new Medicare claims submission software (Managing Your Practice), Sep p 16
online consultation billing code set for July (Managing Your Practice), Mar p 15
'pass-through' billing not allowed by UnitedHealthcare (Managing Your Practice), Mar p 16
prompt pay law: use it or lose it (Rounds), Dec p 17
TMA helps with coding compliance (Rounds), Nov p 31
TMA nabs policy victories in AMA House of Delegates (Rounds), Aug p 16
too many edits: TMA looks to simplify claims processing, Jan pp 47-48
Insurance, Health.  . See also Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) ; Health Maintenance Organizations ; Managed Care Programs ; Medicaid ; Medicare
Bush, Kerry health plans carry drastically different price tags, Nov p 59
consumers' choice: TMA wants to prevent new law from hurting patients, Mar pp 37-39
the importance of one voice (The AMA View), Jan p 49
quality versus cost: TMA concerned over economic profiling of physicians, Jul pp 39-40
in their laps: Supreme Court agrees to decide whether patients can sue HMOs, Jan pp 39-42
Insurance, Health, Reimbursement See also Insurance Claim Reporting ; Medicare
battling the backlog: new Medicaid provider struggles to clear payment problems, Dec pp 41-43
cleaning up their act: physicians' complaints about Unicare, PacifiCare drop, Sep pp 47-49
court ruling adds ammo to prompt pay battles, Dec pp 38-39
don't take any chances on insurance verification and clean claim-filing (Managing Your Practice), Jan p 18
easing the burden: federal funds to help offset undocumented residents' care, Oct pp 45-47
foundations of good medicine: settlement of lawsuit with Aetna and CIGNA, Aug pp 34-35
Heritage Physician Network (HPN) settlement reached, Sep p 50
HMOs often back down when ER appeals filed (Rounds), Mar p 20
look out for reimbursement for nursing home residents (Managing Your Practice), Sep p 15
McKesson moves to satisfy critics of claims-processing software, Jul p 42
national physician identifier rules set by CMS (Rounds), Mar p 17
online consultation billing code set for July (Managing Your Practice), Mar p 15
'pass-through' billing not allowed by UnitedHealthcare (Managing Your Practice), Mar p 16
prompt pay law: use it or lose it (Rounds), Dec p 17
review your RVUs (Managing Your Practice), Jul p 15
TMA nabs policy victories in AMA House of Delegates (Rounds), Aug p 16
too many edits: TMA looks to simplify claims processing, Jan pp 47-48
United Healthcare's 'pass-through' billing is meaningless device (Letter), May p 7
Insurance, Liability
Governor Perry says liability reforms have profoundly impacted Texas (Rounds), Apr pp 13-14 (photo)
heal the law, then health care (Commentary), May p 9
more good news: TMLT lowers liability rates again, Nov pp 51-53
premiums headed down (Rounds), Apr pp 13-14
relief in sight: Proposition 12 reforms starting to pay off, Oct pp 33-36
shelter from the storm: a guide to buying liability coverage, Apr pp 20-26
tort reform should mean lower insurance premiums, Dr. Allen says (Rounds), Jul pp 19-20 (photo)
types of medical liability insurers operating in Texas, Apr pp 24-25
Internet and World Wide Web
access, attitudes, and concerns of physicians and patients toward e-mail use in health-related communication, Mar pp 50-57
Baylor College of Medicine to use Internet to fight childhood obesity (Rounds), Jan pp 24-25
border health information (MedBytes), May p 64
cancer information (MedBytes), Mar p 64
contents of TMA's Web site (www.texmed.org), Jan p 5, Feb p 5, Mar p 5
fore! golf and tennis resorts (MedBytes), Aug p 72
immunization information (MedBytes), Sep p 80
independent review organizations (MedBytes), Jan p 96
it's time [for your office] to log on, Nov p 56
liability insurance information (MedBytes), Apr p 80
medical collections (MedBytes), Dec p 72
Medicare information (MedBytes), Feb p 68
online consultation billing code set for July (Managing Your Practice), Mar p 15
religion in medicine (MedBytes), Nov p 80
surviving sexual assault (MedBytes), Oct p 72
Web site helps report child abuse and neglect (Rounds), Jan p 24
wired: political pressure accelerating shift to electronic health record, Nov pp 55-58
workers' compensation information (MedBytes), Jul p 72
Internship and Residency
got a match? lawsuit could throw residency match into chaos, Jun pp 43-46
lawmakers are rethinking cuts in graduate medical education, Aug pp 49-52
record number participate in 2004 resident match, Jun p 44
Interprofessional Relations
ethics of treating family (Managing Your Practice), Dec p 16
professional courtesy, please [in charging for medical records] (Letter), Nov p 5
Iraqi War. See Military Medicine
IROs. See Independent Review Organizations
Irrigation
AG stops colon therapy without physician approval (Rounds), Feb p 21

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Jackson, Robert E. (Newsmakers), Dec p 12
Jarquín, José (Newsmakers), Feb p 13
John P. McGovern Foundation
endows UT-Houston center (Capsules), Dec p 22
Johnson, Craig (Newsmakers), Dec p 12
Johnson, William B. (Newsmakers), May p 15
Jones, Wendel E. (Newsmakers), Jan p 15
Jurisprudence
AG rejects claim that drug monographs are trade secrets, Jul p 48
AG stops colon therapy without physician approval (Rounds), Feb p 21
an update on the HMO lawsuits, Jun p 41
appeals court upholds workers' comp fee guidelines, Jul p 46
Chief Justice Phillips to step down from Texas Supreme Court, Jun p 36
choose or lose: physicians must be careful in filing CIGNA settlement claims, Sep pp 33-38
CIGNA claims. See CIGNA HealthCare
class act certification given to antiracketeering lawsuit, Nov p 52
court ruling adds ammo to prompt pay battles, Dec pp 38-39
doctors as cops article really helped (Letter), Mar p 7
doctors as cops: new law could force physicians to report pregnant drug abusers, Jan pp 28-32
the ERISA roadblock: Supreme Court rules against state HMO lawsuits, Aug pp 31-33
foundations of good medicine: settlement of lawsuit with Aetna and CIGNA, Aug pp 34-35
fraud crackdown: TMA fights against fraud, for due process, Mar pp 29-32
got a match? lawsuit could throw residency match into chaos, Jun pp 43-46
Heritage Physician Network (HPN) settlement reached, Sep p 50
HIPAA privacy violator facing jail time, Oct p 36
the importance of one voice (The AMA View), Jan p 49
lawmaker seeks clarification of law protecting unborn children from drugs, Sep p 38
'lick and stick' scheme costs drug companies (Rounds), Mar p 17
relief in sight: Proposition 12 reforms starting to pay off, Oct pp 33-36
some good advice when terminating patients, Apr p 29
Texas A&M to use race in admissions, Aug p 52
Texas congressman, Lamar Smith, takes on frivolous lawsuits, Aug p 41
Texas doctors applaud ban on ephedra, Jun p 52
in their laps: Supreme Court agrees to decide whether patients can sue HMOs, Jan pp 39-42
three firms sued for alleged Medicaid scheme, Jul p 49
TMA studying Ohio expert witness law, Aug p 32
workers' comp case appealed by TMA (Rounds), Mar p 20
worth the effort: CIGNA list has much-needed claims information, Dec pp 35-38
"you're fired:" terminating patients, Apr pp 27-31

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Kaiser Family Foundation (MedBytes), Jun p 72
Kaplan, Norman (Newsmakers), Jun p 11
Karnaze, Greg (Newsmakers), Jul p 13
Katz, Stephen (Newsmakers), Sep p 11
KeepKidsHealthy.com (MedBytes), Sep p 80
Kemper, Don, Aug p 34 (photo)
Kessler, Michael S. (Newsmakers), Sep p 11
Kidney, Cystic
connection found between diabetes, kidney disease (Rounds), May pp 24-25
Kidney Failure, Chronic
CMS announces draft policy for monitoring erythropoietin (Capsules), Sep p 23
KidsHealth.org (MedBytes), Sep p 80
Kimbrough, Robert C., III (Newsmakers), Nov p 11 (photo), Dec p 12
King, Austin L.
new TMAF board member (Rounds), Apr p 16 (photo)
Kirk, Lynne M. (Newsmakers), Nov p 11 (photo)
Klepper, Douglas R. (Newsmakers), Sep p 11
Knebl, Janice (Newsmakers), Jan p 15
Knight, Richard (Newsmakers), Sep p 11
Komen Foundation (MedBytes), Mar p 64
Kuhlmann, Terrence (Newsmakers), Jul p 13

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L-Alpha-acetyl-methadol (LAAM)
prevention of relapse to addiction: information for the practitioner, Feb pp 52-61
Land Management
cheers from a fellow grass fan (Letter), Aug p 5
musing on health and grass (Commentary), May pp 11-13
Language
the health disparities gap, May pp 28-32
Lanza, Frank (Newsmakers), Dec p 12
Lappin, Jacqueline (Newsmakers), Oct p 9
Law(s). See Jurisprudence ; Legislation, Medical
Lawrence, Leonard (Newsmakers), Sep p 11 (photo)
Leadership
encouraging others to act: a conversation with Heather Shipman, Sep pp 60-62
General MacArthur's principles of leadership, Sep p 62
the power of one (Letter), Dec p 5
you are the "they," Sep p 59
Legal Issues. See Jurisprudence
Legislation
good-bye, Robin Hood? Texas physicians keep wary eye on school finance debate, Feb pp 35-37
will the sun set? legislative review of licensing boards, Jun pp 33-35
Legislation, Medical
achieving greatness [by supporting political action committees] (The AMA View), Jul p 11
baby blues: new law focuses attention on postpartum depression, Jan pp 33-36
BioShield could mean dollars for Texas research, Sep p 45
change is difficult, but necessary (Commentary), Jun p 7
committee post gives Texas congressman, Joe Barton, health care clout, Jul pp 34-38
consider Bush's actions, not words [on Patient Protection Act] (Letter), Nov p 5
consumers' choice: TMA wants to prevent new law from hurting patients, Mar pp 37-39
doctors as cops: new law could force physicians to report pregnant drug abusers, Jan pp 28-32
dueling with diabetes: lawmakers look to rein in illness and costs from diabetes, Oct pp 49-52
fee schedule increased with Medicare Prescription Drug Bill, Apr p 5
HIPAA. See Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
how Medicare reform affects you, Feb pp 25-29
the importance of one voice (The AMA View), Jan p 49
lawmaker seeks clarification of law protecting unborn children from drugs, Sep p 38
lawmakers are rethinking cuts in graduate medical education, Aug pp 49-52
Liability Reform
AMA focuses on tort reform-Texas style (Rounds), Feb pp 17-19
an opposing view of Proposition 12 (Letter), Jan p 9
Governor Perry says liability reforms have profoundly impacted Texas (Rounds), Apr pp 13-14 (photo)
liability issues still dominate AMA House of Delegates (Rounds), Aug p 15-16
more good news: TMLT lowers liability rates again, Nov pp 51-53
relief in sight: Proposition 12 reforms starting to pay off, Oct pp 33-36
tort reform, scope issues top TMA 2005 legislative agenda, Jun p 35
tort reform should mean lower insurance premiums, Dr. Allen says (Rounds), Jul pp 19-20 (photo)
Medicare reform bill leads to reduced drug reimbursement for physicians, Sep p 56
new abortion brochure sparks controversy, Jan p 31
prompt pay law: use it or lose it (Rounds), Dec p 17
putting a price on fat: cost of obesity-related illness could overwhelm health care delivery, Apr pp 45-49
the Stark truth: government tries to make sense of long and complex law, Jun pp 37-38
state leadership turning spotlight on Medicaid reform, Mar pp 23-27
taking calls: EMTALA changes allow simultaneous on-call status, May pp 41-43
Texas congressman, Lamar Smith, takes on frivolous lawsuits, Aug p 41
Texas Health Care Liability Act (THCLA)
in their laps: Supreme Court agrees to decide whether patients can sue HMOs, Jan pp 39-42
TMA lays out Medicaid transformation principles, Mar p 25
understanding Medicare Modernization Act (Managing Your Practice), Oct p 15
Washington house call: physicians seek federal support to improve border health, May pp 33-35
Women's Right to Know Act
new abortion brochure sparks controversy, Jan p 31
report pushes hot buttons in House of Delegates (Rounds), Nov p 22
Legislature, Texas
dueling with diabetes: lawmakers look to rein in illness and costs from diabetes, Oct pp 49-52
Legislative Budget Board shores up CHIP, Medicaid funding, Oct p 50
political facelift: GOP looks to seize control of Texas congressional delegation, Sep pp 53-56
TMA honors legislators for their work (Rounds), Jun p 21
Leitch, A. Marilyn (Newsmakers), Feb p 13, Aug p 7
Lekisch, Kurt
biography, Dec pp 32-33
the Lekish Collection, Dec pp 25-32
Leptin
UT Southwestern study may solve obesity problem, Apr p 48
Leukocytes
overheard in the doctors' lounge: the cost of safety, Jul p 53
Levetiracetam
study shows seizure drug helps MS patients (Rounds), Feb p 22
Levy, Steven J. (Newsmakers), Mar p 11
Liability Insurance. See Insurance, Liability
Liability, Legal
future fears: medical students antsy about liability climate, Mar pp 33-35
heal the law, then health care (Commentary), May p 9
liability issues still dominate AMA House of Delegates (Rounds), Aug p 15-16
Liability Reform. See Legislation, Medical--Liability Reform
Licensure
tort reform, scope issues top TMA 2005 legislative agenda, Jun p 35
will the sun set? legislative review of licensing boards, Jun pp 33-35
Licensure, Medical.  See also Texas State Board of Medical Examiners
biennial registration of physician licenses begins in January (Rounds), Dec p 19
check [the accuracy] of your TSBME listing (Letter), Dec p 5
let's play doctor: new exam measures students' clinical skills, Nov pp 45-48
predicting risk for disciplinary action by a state medical board, Jan pp 84-90
a thankless job: TSBME president reflects on board's accomplishments, Feb pp 39-43
tort reform, scope issues top TMA 2005 legislative agenda, Jun p 35
will the sun set? legislative review of licensing boards, Jun pp 33-35
Lister, George (Newsmakers), Jun p 11
Listeria Infections
TDH issues listeriosis warning (Capsules), Jul p 32
Liver Transplantation
Medicare to cover Methodist Dallas Medical Center transplants (Capsules), Oct pp 23-24
Lobbying.  See also Politics
TMA expands lobby staff (Rounds), Aug p 17 (photo)
Washington house call: physicians seek federal support to improve border health, May pp 33-35
Lorin, Martin I. (Newsmakers), Jul p 13
Losinger, Sarah
new TMAF board member (Rounds), Apr pp 16-17 (photo)

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Mad Cow Disease. See Encephalopathy, Bovine Spongiform
Madorsky, David (Newsmakers), Sep p 11 (photo)
Magazines. See Periodicals
Malone, Bruce, Jun p 51 (photo), Sep p 21 (photo)
Malpractice. See Insurance, Liability ; Liability, Legal
Mammography
Medicare definition of annual mammogram screening (Managing Your Practice), May p 18
Medicare mammogram codes clarified, Oct p 16
Managed Care Programs.  See also Health Maintenance Organizations
consider Bush's actions, not words [on Patient Protection Act] (Letter), Nov p 5
Medicaid HMOs or PCCM?, May pp 37-39
quality versus cost: TMA concerned over economic profiling of physicians, Jul pp 39-40
Managing Your Practice (column). See Practice Management, Medical
Marijuana Smoking
lighting up a controversy: debate over medical marijuana heats up, Sep pp 41-45
TMA Delegates back stem cell research, medical marijuana (Rounds), Jul p 20
Matorin, Philip A. (Newsmakers), Mar p 11
MAXIMUS, Inc. (MedBytes), Jan p 96
McClusky, O. Edwin, Jul p 20 (photo)
McCormick, David P. (Newsmakers), Sep p 11
McCoy, Dan (Newsmakers), Sep p 11 (photo)
McGovern Foundation
endows UT-Houston center (Capsules), Dec p 22
McKesson Corp.
McKesson moves to satisfy critics of claims-processing software, Jul p 42
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. See University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Measles
measles in Mexico puts Texas on alert, Jul p 60
MedBytes. See Internet and World Wide Web
Medicaid
AG rejects claim that drug monographs are trade secrets, Jul p 48
AMA delegates debate new approach for Medicare, Medicaid (Rounds), Feb p 18
battling the backlog: new Medicaid provider struggles to clear payment problems, Dec pp 41-43
fraud crackdown: TMA fights against fraud, for due process, Mar pp 29-32
health agency changes worry EMS, Medicaid advocates, Aug pp 37-39
HHSC touts new client outreach plan [application process], Dec p 42
House of Delegates sets policy on TSBME, workers' comp, and Medicaid (Rounds), Nov pp 22, 25
how Texas Medicaid (allegedly) works, May p 38
Legislative Budget Board shores up CHIP, Medicaid funding, Oct p 50
'lick and stick' scheme costs drug companies (Rounds), Mar p 17
Lt. Gov. Dewhurst asks for physicians' help to change health care delivery (Rounds), Nov p 23
Medicaid HMOs or PCCM?, May pp 37-39
national physician identifier rules set by CMS (Rounds), Mar p 17
the poor will be with us always (The AMA View), Mar p 47
the Stark truth: government tries to make sense of long and complex law, Jun pp 37-38
state cracks down on Medicaid fraud, Nov p 53
state leadership turning spotlight on Medicaid reform, Mar pp 23-27
state officials seek $35 billion in health and human services, Dec p 50
tax credits will solve Medicaid (The AMA View), Dec p 13
Texas Medicaid and Healthcare Partnership begins administration of, Jan p 5
three firms sued for alleged Medicaid scheme, Jul p 49
TMA helps with coding compliance (Rounds), Nov p 31
TMA lays out Medicaid transformation principles, Mar p 25
why we need a PDL and how it works (Commentary), Apr p 7
Medical Audit
TMA helps with coding compliance (Rounds), Nov p 31
Medical Errors
change is difficult, but necessary (Commentary), Jun p 7
Medical Informatics
medicine meets the digital revolution (Commentary), Dec pp 7-8
wired: political pressure accelerating shift to electronic health record, Nov pp 55-58
Medical Records
billing for copies of medical records (Managing Your Practice), May p 18
doctor to doctor transfer of patient records: the HIPAA glitch, Jun pp 39-40
document, document, document (Managing Your Practice), Jan p 17
moving to another state: medical records responsibility (Managing Your Practice), Oct p 16
professional courtesy, please [in charging for medical records] (Letter), Nov p 5
retaining medical records (Managing Your Practice), Apr p 12
wired: political pressure accelerating shift to electronic health record, Nov pp 55-58
Medical Student Section, TMA
Prateek Chaudhary named student of year (Rounds), Jul p 23
Medical Students. See Students, Medical
Medically Underserved Area
Texas leads the nation in "medically unserved" (Capsules), Jun p 24
Medically Uninsured
Bush, Kerry health plans carry drastically different price tags, Nov p 59
county hospitals and regional medical care in Texas: an analysis of out-of-county costs, Jun pp 56-59
feds to help defray EMTALA costs (Managing Your Practice), Jun p 13
panel to study health care, Dec p 48
tax credits will solve Medicaid (The AMA View), Dec p 13
Medicare
AMA delegates debate new approach for Medicare, Medicaid (Rounds), Feb p 18
avoiding improper Medicare payments (Managing Your Practice), Jan p 18
billing for nursing home care, Jul p 16
CMS launches Chronic Care Improvement Program to improve Medicare, Sep p 51
CMS raises payments for Medicare Advantage (Rounds), Mar pp 18-19
computer system problems plague Medicare enrollment (Rounds), May p 25
demonstration program lowers drug costs (Managing Your Practice), Sep p 16
demonstration study of chronically ill patients, Jan p 5
diagnosis code validity being checked (Managing Your Practice), Apr p 12
don't ignore request from Comprehensive Error Rate Testing (CERT) Operations Center (Managing Your Practice), Feb p 15
Drug Discount Cards
basics of discount drug cards, Jun p 29
discount drug card sponsors, Jun p 30
drug discount cards (Managing Your Practice), Mar p 16
take a card: what to tell your patients, Jun pp 27-30
Web sites of interest (MedBytes), Jun p 72
extended repayment plan for Medicare paybacks, Jul p 16
fast-tracking appeals of Medicare HMO decisions (Managing Your Practice), Apr p 11
fee schedule increased with Medicare Prescription Drug Bill, Apr p 5
how Medicare reform affects you, Feb pp 25-29
how TMA helped reform Medicare, Feb p 27
'incident-to' rules clarified in Medicare Claims Processing Manual (Managing Your Practice), Nov p 18
look out for reimbursement for nursing home residents (Managing Your Practice), Sep p 15
mammogram codes clarified, Oct p 16
mammogram screening schedule (Managing Your Practice), May p 18
the Medicare carrot and the HIPAA stick [HIPAA-compliant claims] (Managing Your Practice), May p 17
Medicare fees on TMA's Web site, Mar p 5
Medicare information on the Web (MedBytes), Feb p 68
Medicare participation of TMA survey respondents, Feb p 28
2005 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule CD on the way (Managing Your Practice), Nov p 18
Medicare reform bill leads to reduced drug reimbursement for physicians, Sep p 56
Methodist Dallas Medical Center liver transplants to be covered (Capsules), Oct pp 23-24
national physician identifier rules set by CMS (Rounds), Mar p 17
new elements for HIPAA Medicare claims (Managing Your Practice), Apr p 12
new Medicare claims submission software (Managing Your Practice), Sep p 16
no more grace period for discontinued ICD-9 diagnosis codes (Managing Your Practice), Nov p 17
overpayment rules changed (Managing Your Practice), Oct p 15
patients may seek reimbursement for flu shots, Dec pp 43-44
signatures on orders (Managing Your Practice), Mar p 15
the Stark truth: government tries to make sense of long and complex law, Jun pp 37-38
TMA Delegates stay out of urban vs. rural pay equalization (Rounds), Jul p 22
TMA helps with coding compliance (Rounds), Nov p 31
TMA Medicare seminar: dealing with Medicare (Managing Your Practice), Feb p 16
understanding Medicare Modernization Act (Managing Your Practice), Oct p 15
warning from Medicare on charging for covered benefits (Managing Your Practice), Jun p 13
XLHealth disease management program honored, Dec p 44
Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedBytes), Feb p 68
Medicare Rights Center (MedBytes), Jun p 72
Medicine, Chinese Traditional
M.D. Anderson to study Chinese medicine's effect (Rounds), May p 23
Mental Health Services
psychiatric care reaching a crisis (Letter), Aug p 5
Methadone
prevention of relapse to addiction: information for the practitioner, Feb pp 52-61
Mexican Americans
changing old habits: new research center investigates Hispanic nutrition, Apr pp 39-42
Mexico
border health (MedBytes), May p 64
measles in Mexico puts Texas on alert, Jul p 60
Washington house call: physicians seek federal support to improve border health, May pp 33-35
Meyer, Dan (Newsmakers), Sep p 11
Meyers, Mary, Jul p 27 (photo)
Migrants. See Transients and Migrants
Military Medicine
coming home (Dispatches from the Front), May p 25
medicine in a combat zone (Dispatches from the Front), Jan p 27
moving to Kuwait (Dispatches from the Front), Mar p 21
saving a child (Dispatches from the Front), Feb p 23
Minority Groups
the health disparities gap, May pp 28-32
panel says more diversity needed in health care, Nov pp 59-60
predicting risk for disciplinary action by a state medical board, Jan pp 84-90
Texas A&M to use race in admissions, Aug p 52
TMA awards four minority scholarships (Rounds), Jul pp 23-24
what we know and don't know about Asian American health in Texas, Nov pp 64-70
women boost medical school applications (Rounds), Jan p 23
you can observe a lot by watching (The AMA View), May p 45
Mold. See Fungi
Monday, Kimberly E. (Newsmakers), Mar p 11
Montemayor, José, Apr p 14 (photo)
Morgan, David (Newsmakers), Sep p 11 (photo)
Moritz, Charles (Newsmakers), Sep p 11
Mothers
kids make parents fat, Duke study shows (Rounds), May p 22
Motor Skills
video games may save lives [by improving coordination] (Capsules), Jun p 24
Motorcycles
motorcycle-related injuries: the high costs of riding, Oct pp 56-63
Mullican, Mary Ann (Newsmakers), Jul p 13
Multiple Sclerosis
study shows seizure drug helps MS patients (Rounds), Feb p 22
Murphy, Thomas, Jr. (Newsmakers), May p 15
Muscle Spasticity
study shows seizure drug helps MS patients (Rounds), Feb p 22
Museums (MedBytes), Dec p 72
Myers, John (Newsmakers), Sep p 11 (photo)

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Naltrexone
prevention of relapse to addiction: information for the practitioner, Feb pp 52-61
Narcotic Control. See Drug and Narcotic Control
National Cancer Institute (MedBytes), Mar p 64
National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare (MedBytes), Jun p 72
National Institutes of Health (MedBytes), Oct p 72
Nauert, Beth W. (Newsmakers), Sep p 11
Neckties. See Clothing
Nelson, Jane, Jun p 35 (photo)
Nelson, John C., Nov p 26 (photo)
Neoplasms
attitudes of primary care physicians and specialists about cancer clinical trials: a survey of Texas physicians, Apr pp 66-72
Baylor researchers testing prostate cancer vaccine (Capsules), Sep p 24
cancer information on the Web (MedBytes), Mar p 64
CD-ROM helps physicians detect skin cancer, Aug p 44
input sought on cancer plan update, Jul p 55
M.D. Anderson to study Chinese medicine's effect (Rounds), May p 23
POEP funding continues (Rounds), Oct p 20
poster educates patients about colorectal cancer (Rounds), Mar p 19
what we know and don't know about Asian American health in Texas, Nov pp 64-70
Nestler, Eric (Newsmakers), Apr p 9 (photo)
Non-Physician Practitioners. See Patient Care Team
Nursing Homes
billing for nursing home care, Jul p 16
look out for reimbursement for nursing home residents (Managing Your Practice), Sep p 15
Nutrition.  See also Food
changing old habits: new research center investigates Hispanic nutrition, Apr pp 39-42
state, feds try to trim the fat (Rounds), May pp 22-23
Texans still have a lot of learn about nutrition, Jun p 50

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Obesity
Baylor College of Medicine to use Internet to fight childhood obesity (Rounds), Jan pp 24-25
being proactive [against obesity and inactivity] (Commentary), Feb p 9
"Building Healthy Families" aims at obesity in Texas, Oct pp 5-6
cover bariatric surgery [with insurance] (Letter), Mar pp 7-8
fat knows no borders (Capsules), Jul p 31
the fattening of America (The AMA View), Apr p 51
how to have a healthy family (Rounds), Dec p 18
kids make parents fat, Duke study shows (Rounds), May p 22
putting a price on fat: cost of obesity-related illness could overwhelm health care delivery, Apr pp 45-49
rats get fat on fake sugar, but scientists debate study's conclusions (Capsules), Sep p 23
small steps not enough to reverse obesity in children (Rounds), Mar p 19
state, feds try to trim the fat (Rounds), May pp 22-23
Texans still have a lot of learn about nutrition, Jun p 50
UT Southwestern study may solve obesity problem, Apr p 48
UT Southwestern to study causes of obesity (Capsules), Dec pp 21-22
Office Management. See Practice Management, Medical
Officers, Texas Medical Association
decision '04: House chooses officers for 2005-2006 (Rounds), Jul p 23
presidents. See Allen, Bohn D. ; Bailey, Charles W., Jr. ; Gunby, Robert T., Jr.
Ondansetron
prevention of relapse to addiction: information for the practitioner, Feb pp 52-61
Opioid-Related Disorders
prevention of relapse to addiction: information for the practitioner, Feb pp 52-61
Orgasm
Houston study to improve women's orgasms (Capsules), Sep pp 24-25
Orthopedics
orthopedists get more job offers, Oct p 46
Overeating. See Hyperphagia

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PacifiCare
cleaning up their act: physicians' complaints about Unicare, PacifiCare drop, Sep pp 47-49
HPN settlement reached with unpaid physicians, Sep p 50
Parents
kids make parents fat, Duke study shows (Rounds), May p 22
Patient Care
clearing the confusion: physicians turn attention to low health literacy concerns, Jun pp 49-51
disease management project looks to improve patients' health, Apr pp 33-36
medicine rediscovers the role of spirituality in health care, Nov pp 38-42
seminar to focus on health literacy, May p 32
you can observe a lot by watching (The AMA View), May p 45
Patient Care Team.  See also Health Personnel
delegating prescriptive authority without supervision (Managing Your Practice), Jun p 13
using NPPs in your practice: TMA audio home study course (Rounds), Jun p 20
Patient Credit and Collection
billing for nursing home care, Jul p 16
collecting overdue accounts (Managing Your Practice), Aug p 11
hiring the best biller (Managing Your Practice), Dec p 15
TMA Physician Services can help streamline billing, collections (Rounds), Sep pp 20-21
Patient Rights
consider Bush's actions, not words [on Patient Protection Act] (Letter), Nov p 5
Patient Transfer
taking calls: EMTALA changes allow simultaneous on-call status, May pp 41-43
Patient-Physician Relations. See Physician-Patient Relations
Patients
some good advice when terminating patients, Apr p 29
when a patient won't go away (Managing Your Practice), Jan p 17
where to get advice on terminating patients, Apr p 30
"you're fired:" terminating patients, Apr pp 27-31
Payne, Norris S. (Newsmakers), Sep p 11
Periodicals
are "best doctor" lists healthy? (Commentary), Jul pp 7-8
some doctors really are better (Letter), Sep p 7
Perry, Rick
Governor Perry launches fitness round-up, Apr p 46
shakes hands with Dennis Factor after signing of liability reform bill, Apr p 57 (photo)
TMA President Bailey thanks Gov. Perry after winter conference speech, Apr p 13 (photo)
Personnel, Health. See Health Personnel
Petak, Steven M. (Newsmakers), Mar p 11
Pharmaceutical Preparations
AG rejects claim that drug monographs are trade secrets, Jul p 48
demonstration program lowers drug costs (Managing Your Practice), Sep p 16
federal officials warn against fake Canadian drugs, Sep p 44
just say no to helping patients get Canadian drugs, Feb pp 31-33
'lick and stick' scheme costs drug companies (Rounds), Mar p 17
Medicare drug discount cards (Managing Your Practice), Mar p 16
Medicare reform bill leads to reduced drug reimbursement for physicians, Sep p 56
take a card: Medicare drug cards, Jun pp 27-30
three firms sued for alleged Medicaid scheme, Jul p 49
why we need a PDL [for Medicaid] and how it works (Commentary), Apr p 7
Pharo, Milam (Newsmakers), May p 15
Philately
the Lekish Collection, Dec pp 25-32
Phillips, Tom
Chief Justice Phillips to step down from Texas Supreme Court, Jun p 36
Physical Fitness.  See also Exercise
Governor Perry launches fitness round-up, Apr p 46
Physician Assistants
delegating prescriptive authority without supervision, Jun p 13
Physician Impairment
PHR fund seeks help for physicians in recovery (Rounds), May p 24
Physician Oncology Education Program
cancer information on the Web (MedBytes), Mar p 64
POEP funding continues (Rounds), Oct p 20
Physician-Patient Relations
access, attitudes, and concerns of physicians and patients toward e-mail use in health-related communication, Mar pp 50-57
better communication with patients (Managing Your Practice), Nov p 17
communication is key (The AMA View), Nov pp 13-14
ensuring a good office experience (Managing Your Practice), May p 18
the health disparities gap, May pp 28-32
let's play doctor: new exam measures students' clinical skills, Nov pp 45-48
lighting up a controversy: debate over medical marijuana heats up, Sep pp 41-45
returning to the well (From Your President), Jan pp 11-12
some good advice when terminating patients, Apr p 29
when a patient won't go away (Managing Your Practice), Jan p 17
where to get advice on terminating patients, Apr p 30
"you're fired:" terminating patients, Apr pp 27-31
Physician Self-Referral
the Stark truth: government tries to make sense of long and complex law, Jun pp 37-38
Physician Services. See Texas Medical Association--Physician Services
Physicians
attitudes of primary care physicians and specialists about cancer clinical trials: a survey of Texas physicians, Apr pp 66-72
Best Doctor Lists
are "best doctor" lists healthy? (Commentary), Jul pp 7-8
Dr. Tenery responds (Letter), Sep p 7
some doctors really are better (Letter), Sep p 7
from collecting ducts to collecting ducks (Commentary), Nov pp 7-8
competence. See Clinical competence
demographics of physician population presented at winter conference (Rounds), Apr p 16
doctors are the second worst drivers, Jan p 25
doctors as cops: new law could force physicians to report pregnant drug abusers, Jan pp 28-32
ethics of treating family (Managing Your Practice), Dec p 16
future fears: medical students antsy about liability climate, Mar pp 33-35
medicine meets the digital revolution (Commentary), Dec pp 7-8
need a doctor? don't look in the mirror (Capsules), Jun p 23
"no profession more noble," Dr. Allen becomes TMA president, Jul pp 26-28
older doctors fed up, ready to quit (Rounds), Feb pp 20-21
predicting risk for disciplinary action by a state medical board, Jan pp 84-90
returning to the well (From Your President), Jan pp 11-12
taking calls: EMTALA changes allow simultaneous on-call status, May pp 41-43
a thankless job: TSBME president reflects on board's accomplishments, Feb pp 39-43
TMA exhibit highlights women in medicine (Rounds), May p 26
women boost medical school applications (Rounds), Jan p 23
your tie may 'knot' be healthy for your or your patients (Capsules), Aug p 21
Physicians Benevolent Fund
PBF helps care for our physicians in need (Rounds), Nov pp 29-30
Physicians, Family
attitudes of primary care physicians and specialists about cancer clinical trials: a survey of Texas physicians, Apr pp 66-72
Physicians' Foundation for Health Systems Excellence, Inc.
foundations of good medicine: settlement of lawsuit with Aetna and CIGNA, Aug pp 34-35
Pneumococcal Vaccines
CDC gives go-ahead for third dose of pneumococcal vaccine (Capsules), Sep p 23
Politics.  See also Legislation, Medical
achieving greatness [by supporting political action committees] (The AMA View), Jul p 11
Bush, Kerry health plans carry drastically different price tags, Nov p 59
committee post gives Texas congressman, Joe Barton, health care clout, Jul pp 34-38
consider Bush's actions, not words [on Patient Protection Act] (Letter), Nov p 5
political facelift: GOP looks to seize control of Texas congressional delegation, Sep pp 53-56
Texas congressman, Lamar Smith, takes on frivolous lawsuits, Aug p 41
TEXPAC endorses Congressman Stenholm, Aug p 40
TEXPAC endorses two Republicans, Oct p 53
TEXPAC scores big in primary runoff elections, Jun p 36
a tough choice [in Texas congressional elections] (Letter), Nov p 5
Polycyclic Hydrocarbons, Aromatic
smoky bars worse that streets (Capsules), Nov p 33
Polycystic Kidney Disease
connection found between diabetes, kidney disease (Rounds), May pp 24-25
Postpartum Depression. See Depression, Postpartum
Potassium
closer monitoring of potassium in hypertension patients urged (Capsules), Oct p 24
Practice Guidelines
MDD improves when UT Southwestern guidelines used (Capsules), Sep p 25
Practice Management, Medical
Aetna mammography codes and TRS-Care changes (Managing Your Practice), Feb p 15
avoiding improper Medicare payments (Managing Your Practice), Jan p 18
better communication with patients (Managing Your Practice), Nov p 17
billing for copies of medical records (Managing Your Practice), May p 18
billing for nursing home care (Managing Your Practice), Jul p 16
CMS revises 'incident-to' rules (Managing Your Practice), Nov p 18
coding for claims. See Insurance Claim Reporting
collecting overdue accounts (Managing Your Practice), Aug p 11
DEA narcotics license renewal form online (Managing Your Practice), Jul p 16
dealing with unemployment compensation (Managing Your Practice), Aug p 11
delegating prescriptive authority without supervision (Managing Your Practice), Jun p 13
document, document, document (Managing Your Practice), Jan p 17
don't ignore request from Comprehensive Error Rate Testing (CERT) Operations Center (Managing Your Practice), Feb p 15
don't take any chances on insurance verification and clean claim-filing (Managing Your Practice), Jan p 18
duplicate claims filing is costly (Managing Your Practice), Aug p 12
employee termination: you can't be too careful (Managing Your Practice), Nov p 18
EMTALA's exceptions for not responding to hospital emergency department (Managing Your Practice), Jan p 18
ensuring a good office experience (Managing Your Practice), May p 18
ethics of treating family (Managing Your Practice), Dec p 16
fast-tracking appeals of Medicare HMO decisions (Managing Your Practice), Apr p 11
feds to help defray EMTALA costs (Managing Your Practice), Jun p 13
financial disclosure required for workers' compensation participation (Managing Your Practice), Oct p 15
getting paid fast (Managing Your Practice), Dec p 16
Harvard to offer joint MD, MBA degree (Capsules), Jul p 31
hiring the best biller (Managing Your Practice), Dec p 15
Humana drops WebMD/Envoy for electronic claims or encounters submissions (Managing Your Practice), Sep p 16
it's time [for your office] to log on, Nov p 56
look out for reimbursement for nursing home residents (Managing Your Practice), Sep p 15
mammogram screening schedule (Managing Your Practice), May p 18
the Medicare carrot and the HIPAA stick (Managing Your Practice), May p 17
Medicare changes the overpayment rules (Managing Your Practice), Oct p 15
Medicare demonstration program lowers drug costs (Managing Your Practice), Sep p 16
Medicare drug discount cards (Managing Your Practice), Mar p 16
Medicare is checking diagnosis code validity (Managing Your Practice), Apr p 12
Medicare paybacks: extended repayment plan (Managing Your Practice), Jul p 16
2005 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule CD is on the way (Managing Your Practice), Nov p 18
Medicare requirement for signatures on orders (Managing Your Practice), Mar p 15
moving to another state: medical records responsibility (Managing Your Practice), Oct p 16
new elements for HIPAA Medicare claims (Managing Your Practice), Apr p 12
new Medicare claims submission software (Managing Your Practice), Sep p 16
no more grace period for discontinued Medicare ICD-9 diagnosis codes (Managing Your Practice), Nov p 17
online consultation billing code set for July (Managing Your Practice), Mar p 15
'pass-through' billing not allowed by UnitedHealthcare (Managing Your Practice), Mar p 16
retaining medical records (Managing Your Practice), Apr p 12
retroactive payments for CHIP mental health and substance abuse services (Managing Your Practice), Feb p 16
review your RVUs (Managing Your Practice), Jul p 15
rules for advertising (Managing Your Practice), Dec p 15
stronger practice options with TMA Physician Services (Managing Your Practice), Feb p 16
TMA helps with coding compliance (Rounds), Nov p 31
TMA Medicare seminar: dealing with Medicare (Managing Your Practice), Feb p 16
TMA Physician Services weighs in for new practice, Jul p 41
TWCC's Approved Doctor List (Managing Your Practice), Jun p 14
understanding Medicare Modernization Act (Managing Your Practice), Oct p 15
UnitedHealthcare offers discount to physicians who apply for NCQA's Physician Recognition programs (Managing Your Practice), Aug p 12
updating office policy and procedure manual (Managing Your Practice), Nov p 17
using NPPs in your practice: TMA audio home study course (Rounds), Jun p 20
warning from Medicare on charging for covered benefits (Managing Your Practice), Jun p 13
wasteful tasks raise doctors' administrative costs (Capsules), Dec p 21
when a patient won't go away (Managing Your Practice), Jan p 17
when to test for drugs or alcohol (Managing Your Practice), Jun p 14
Preferred Provider Organizations
cheap or good: physicians fear which choice insurers will make, Aug pp 24-29
Pregnancy
baby blues: new law focuses attention on postpartum depression, Jan pp 33-36
doctors as cops article really helped (Letter), Mar p 7
doctors as cops: new law could force physicians to report pregnant drug abusers, Jan pp 28-32
interim study to examine alcohol and drug use during pregnancy, Jan p 32
lawmaker seeks clarification of law protecting unborn children from drugs, Sep p 38
pediatricians can help, too [with postpartum depression] (Letter), Mar p 7
Prejudice
the health disparities gap, May pp 28-32
Prescription Fees. See Fees, Pharmaceutical
Prescriptions, Drug.  See also Pharmaceutical Preparations
change is difficult, but necessary (Commentary), Jun p 7
DEA narcotics license renewal form online, Jul p 16
delegating prescriptive authority without supervision, Jun p 13
federal officials warn against fake Canadian drugs, Sep p 44
just say no to helping patients get Canadian drugs, Feb pp 31-33
Presidents of Texas Medical Association. See Allen, Bohn D. ; Bailey, Charles W., Jr. ; Gunby, Robert T., Jr.
Primary Case Care Management System
Medicaid HMOs or PCCM?, May pp 37-39
Primary Health Care
attitudes of primary care physicians and specialists about cancer clinical trials: a survey of Texas physicians, Apr pp 66-72
risk assessment practices of Texas private practitioners for sexually transmitted diseases, Jun pp 60-64
Professional Courtesy. See Interprofessional Relations
Professional Liability. See Liability, Legal
Professional Liability Underwriting Society (MedBytes), Apr p 80
Professional Misconduct
predicting risk for disciplinary action by a state medical board, Jan pp 84-90
Professional Practice
medicine meets the digital revolution (Commentary), Dec pp 7-8
"no profession more noble," Dr. Allen becomes TMA president, Jul pp 26-28
older doctors fed up, ready to quit (Rounds), Feb pp 20-21
returning to the well (From Your President), Jan pp 11-12
Prompt Pay. See Insurance, Health, Reimbursement
Property Taxes. See Taxes
Proposition 12. See Legislation, Medical--Liability Reform
Prostatic Neoplasms
Baylor researchers testing prostate cancer vaccine (Capsules), Sep p 24
Protective Devices.  See also Head Protective Devices
ads cause teens to buckle up (Capsules), Jul p 32
Psychiatric Care
psychiatric care reaching a crisis (Letter), Aug p 5
Psychotic Disorders
overview of postpartum mood disorders, Jan p 35
Public Health.  See also Immunization ; Vaccines and Vaccination
being proactive [against obesity and inactivity] (Commentary), Feb p 9
border health (MedBytes), May p 64
"Building Healthy Families" aims at obesity in Texas, Oct pp 5-6
clearing the confusion: physicians turn attention to low health literacy concerns, Jun pp 49-51
dueling with diabetes: lawmakers look to rein in illness and costs from diabetes, Oct pp 49-52
flu needs more attention, Jul p 58
how to have a healthy family (Rounds), Dec p 18
mad cow mania: despite hype, Americans have no beef with food supply, Mar pp 41-44
measles in Mexico puts Texas on alert, Jul p 60
more "good" news on American health front (Capsules), Jul p 32
October surprise: why the flu bug hit Texas, United States early and hard, Feb pp 45-47
physicians urged to be alert for chickenpox in vaccinated kids, Aug pp 43-46
putting a price on fat: cost of obesity-related illness could overwhelm health care delivery, Apr pp 45-49
the SARS time bomb: public health officials say it might go off again, Jul pp 57-59
state, feds try to trim the fat (Rounds), May pp 22-23
TDH issues listeriosis warning (Capsules), Jul p 32
Texans still have a lot of learn about nutrition, Jun p 50
Texas doctors applaud ban on ephedra, Jun p 52
TMA, state health officials team up to boost immunization rates, Jun p 51
vaccinate yourself: push is on to immunize health care workers against flu, Oct pp 39-43
Washington house call: physicians seek federal support to improve border health, May pp 33-35
weapons of mass inoculations: immunizations are powerful tools in arms race against disease, Sep pp 26-31

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Quality of Health Care
cheap or good: physicians fear which choice insurers will make, Aug pp 24-29
foundations of good medicine: settlement of lawsuit with Aetna and CIGNA, Aug pp 34-35
health care reports on TMA's Web site, Feb p 5
the health disparities gap, May pp 28-32
quality versus cost: TMA concerned over economic profiling of physicians, Jul pp 39-40
speaker tells conference attendees good care equals good business (Rounds), Apr p 15
UnitedHealthcare offers discount to physicians who apply for NCQA's Physician Recognition programs (Managing Your Practice), Aug p 12

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Raimer, Sharon (Newsmakers), Sep p 11 (photo)
Ramamurthy, Rajam (Newsmakers), Apr p 9, Aug p 7
Ranching
cheers from a fellow grass fan (Letter), Aug p 5
musing on health and grass (Commentary), May pp 11-13
Rape
how to screen your patients for sexual assault, Oct p 30
sexual assault article helpful (Letter), Dec p 5
silent victims: physicians can help detect unreported sexual assaults, Oct pp 26-30
surviving sexual assault (MedBytes), Oct p 72
Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (MedBytes), Oct p 72
Recreation
fore! golf and tennis resorts on the Web (MedBytes), Aug p 72
impact of community efforts to promote helmet use among Central Texas children engaged in four types of wheel-related leisure activities, Aug pp 56-62
Reform of Health Care. See Health Care Reform
Regional Medical Programs
county hospitals and regional medical care in Texas: an analysis of out-of-county costs, Jun pp 56-59
psychiatric care reaching a crisis (Letter), Aug p 5
Reimbursement Mechanisms. See Insurance, Health, Reimbursement ; Medicaid ; Medicare
Relative Value Scales
review your RVUs (Managing Your Practice), Jul p 15
Religion and Medicine
death by religion, Nov p 43
information on the Web (MedBytes), Nov p 80
medicine rediscovers the role of spirituality in health care, Nov pp 38-42
Residency. See Internship and Residency
Respiratory Tract Diseases
a review of the IOM report on mold, Dec pp 55-57
the SARS time bomb: public health officials say it might go off again, Jul pp 57-59
Retirement
from collecting ducts to collecting ducks (Commentary), Nov pp 7-8
Reynolds, David
TMA expands lobby staff (Rounds), Aug p 17 (photo)
Riley, Wayne J. (Newsmakers), Dec p 12
Risk Assessment
the medical cost of high serum cholesterol in Harris County, Texas, May pp 50-53
predicting risk for disciplinary action by a state medical board, Jan pp 84-90
risk assessment practices of Texas private practitioners for sexually transmitted diseases, Jun pp 60-64
Risk Management
home study programs from TMA, Jan p 5
Rogers, JoAnne L. (Newsmakers), Mar p 11
Rohack, Jim
Newsmakers, May p 15
Texans lasso AMA leadership spots (Rounds), Aug p 15
Rohrich, Rod (Newsmakers), Feb p 13 (photo)
Romain, Michael (Newsmakers), May p 15
Rosenfeld, Charles R. (Newsmakers), Feb p 13 (photo)
Rural Health Services
county hospitals and regional medical care in Texas: an analysis of out-of-county costs, Jun pp 56-59
Russell, Peggy (Newsmakers), Jan p 15
Rust, Garry F. (Newsmakers), May p 15 (photo)
RVUs. See Relative Value Scales

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Safety
ads cause teens to buckle up (Capsules), Jul p 32
ask the patients [about blood safety] (Letter), Mar p 8
change is difficult, but necessary (Commentary), Jun p 7
just say no to helping patients get Canadian drugs, Feb pp 31-33
worth the cost? need for new blood safety tests is questioned, Jan pp 43-45
Salaries and Fringe Benefits
got a match? lawsuit could throw residency match into chaos, Jun pp 43-46
Salcedo, Victor M., Jr. (Newsmakers), Mar p 11
Sanchez, Eduardo
Newsmakers, Aug p 7 (photo)
urges improved immunization (Rounds), Apr pp 14-15 (photo)
Sarles, Harry (Newsmakers), Dec p 12
Sawyer, James W. (Newsmakers), Dec p 12
Scholarships. See Fellowships and Scholarships
Schools
good-bye, Robin Hood? Texas physicians keep wary eye on school finance debate, Feb pp 35-37
state, feds try to trim the fat (Rounds), May pp 22-23
Schools, Medical
Harvard to offer joint MD, MBA degree (Capsules), Jul p 31
Texas A&M to use race in admissions, Aug p 52
TMA provides funds for medical school scholarships, Jan p 26
women boost medical school applications (Rounds), Jan p 23
Schultz, Stanley G.
named dean at UT Houston, Aug p 50 (photo)
Seat Belts
ads cause teens to buckle up (Capsules), Jul p 32
Seay, Timothy (Newsmakers), Sep p 11 (photo)
Self-Care
need a doctor? don't look in the mirror (Capsules), Jun p 23
Self-Referral. See Physician Self-Referral
Serratia marescens
bacterium behind flu vaccine shortage, Dec p 53
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome
the SARS time bomb: public health officials say it might go off again, Jul pp 57-59
Sex Behavior
House of Delegates reviews report on determining if teen sex activity constitutes abuse (Rounds), Nov pp 22-23
Sex Offenses
how to screen your patients for sexual assault, Oct p 30
sexual assault article helpful (Letter), Dec p 5
silent victims: physicians can help detect unreported sexual assaults, Oct pp 26-30
surviving sexual assault (MedBytes), Oct p 72
wei ji: violence is major public health crisis (The AMA View), Oct p 13
Sexually Transmitted Diseases
risk assessment practices of Texas private practitioners for sexually transmitted diseases, Jun pp 60-64
Shabot, J. Marc (Newsmakers), Nov p 11 (photo)
Shah, Pankaj K. (Newsmakers), Mar p 11
Shine, Kenneth, Aug p 34 (photo)
Shipman, Heather
encouraging others to act: a conversation with Heather Shipman, Sep pp 60-62
the power of one (Letter), Dec p 5
Texans lasso AMA leadership spots (Rounds), Aug p 15
Shroff, Nick (Newsmakers), May p 15
Simmang, Clifford L. (Newsmakers), Feb p 13 (photo), Nov p 11 (photo)
Skating
impact of community efforts to promote helmet use among Central Texas children engaged in four types of wheel-related leisure activities, Aug pp 56-62
Skilled Nursing Facilities
billing for nursing home care, Jul p 16
look out for reimbursement for nursing home residents (Managing Your Practice), Sep p 15
Skin
sunburn risk factors at Galveston beaches, Jul pp 62-65
Skin Neoplasms
CD-ROM helps physicians detect skin cancer, Aug p 44
Smith, Alice (Newsmakers), Dec p 11 (photo)
Smoking
high school smoking drops, middle school stays the same (Rounds), Feb p 20
smoky bars worse that streets (Capsules), Nov p 33
Snake Bites
epidemiology of snakebites reported to poison centers in Texas from 1998 through 2002, Sep pp 64-70
Social Welfare
health agency changes worry EMS, Medicaid advocates, Aug pp 37-39
HHSC touts new client outreach plan [application process], Dec p 42
state officials seek $35 billion in health and human services, Dec p 50
Socioeconomic Factors
the health disparities gap, May pp 28-32
Software
McKesson moves to satisfy critics of claims-processing software, Jul p 42
South Texas Health Research Center (MedBytes), May p 64
Specialties, Medical
AMGA survey shows specialists' income grows, Oct p 48
future fears: medical students antsy about liability climate, Mar pp 33-35
orthopedists get more job offers, Oct p 46
predicting risk for disciplinary action by a state medical board, Jan pp 84-90
rules for advertising (Managing Your Practice), Dec p 15
Spirituality
medicine rediscovers the role of spirituality in health care, Nov pp 38-42
Spitz, Margaret R.
M.D. Anderson researcher receives distinguished professor award, Aug p 46
Stamp Collections. See Philately
Stark II, Phase II Interim Final Rules
the Stark truth: government tries to make sense of long and complex law, Jun pp 37-38
Stem Cells
hope or horror? Texas physicians choose hope in backing therapeutic cloning, Jul pp 51-52
stem cell numbers questioned (Letter), Nov p 5
stem cell research is unnecessary (Letter), Sep p 8
stem cell research is wrong (Letter), Sep pp 7-8
TMA Delegates back stem cell research, medical marijuana (Rounds), Jul p 20
Stokes, Eugene (Newsmakers), Jan p 15
Stokes, Kathleen D. (Newsmakers), Sep p 11
Stress Disorder, Post-Traumatic
broken bones often lead to stress disorder (Capsules), Aug p 21
Students
high school smoking drops, middle school stays the same (Rounds), Feb p 20
state, feds try to trim the fat (Rounds), May pp 22-23
Students, Medical
clinical skills testing center opens in Houston, Nov p 48
future fears: medical students antsy about liability climate, Mar pp 33-35
let's play doctor: new exam measures students' clinical skills, Nov pp 45-48
Prateek Chaudhary named student of year (Rounds), Jul p 23
returning to the well (From Your President), Jan pp 11-12
scholarships available for Houston medical students (Rounds), Aug p 18
Texas A&M to use race in admissions, Aug p 52
TMA awards four minority scholarships (Rounds), Jul pp 23-24
TMA provides funds for medical school scholarships, Jan p 26
women boost medical school applications (Rounds), Jan p 23
Substance Abuse Detection
when to test for drugs or alcohol (Managing Your Practice), Jun p 14
Substance-Related Disorders
doctors as cops article really helped (Letter), Mar p 7
doctors as cops: new law could force physicians to report pregnant drug abusers, Jan pp 28-32
interim study to examine alcohol and drug use during pregnancy, Jan p 32
lawmaker seeks clarification of law protecting unborn children from drugs, Sep p 38
prevention of relapse to addiction: information for the practitioner, Feb pp 52-61
when to test for drugs or alcohol (Managing Your Practice), Jun p 14
Sugar, artificial. See Artificial Sweeteners
Suicide
adolescent suicide decreases; hanging replaces guns (Capsules), Aug p 22
Sunburn
sunburn risk factors at Galveston beaches, Jul pp 62-65
Sunset Advisory Commission. See Texas Sunset Advisory Commission
Supreme Court Decisions
the ERISA roadblock: Supreme Court rules against state HMO lawsuits, Aug pp 31-33
in their laps: Supreme Court agrees to decide whether patients can sue HMOs, Jan pp 39-42
Surgery
video games may save lives [by improving coordination] (Capsules), Jun p 24
Surveys. See Health Care Surveys
Susan G. Komen Foundation (MedBytes), Mar p 64
Suter, Robert E. (Newsmakers), Jan p 15
Sweating
surgery may fix sweaty palms (Rounds), Jan pp 25-26

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Tarnasky, Paul (Newsmakers), Dec p 12
Tax Exemption
tax credits will solve Medicaid (The AMA View), Dec p 13
Taxes
good-bye, Robin Hood? Texas physicians keep wary eye on school finance debate, Feb pp 35-37
Technology
FDA okays chip implants [for medical history] (Capsules), Dec p 21
medicine meets the digital revolution (Commentary), Dec pp 7-8
wired: political pressure accelerating shift to electronic health record, Nov pp 55-58
Teenagers. See Adolescence
Telemetry
FDA okays chip implants [for medical history] (Capsules), Dec p 21
Tennis
fore! golf and tennis resorts on the Web (MedBytes), Aug p 72
Texas A&M University System Health Science Center
to use race in admissions, Aug p 52
Texas Association Against Sexual Assault [TAASA] (MedBytes), Oct p 72
Texas Attorney General's Office (MedBytes), Oct p 72
Texas Cancer Council
input sought on cancer plan update, Jul p 55
Texas Cancer Registry (MedBytes), Mar p 64
Texas Children's Hospital, Houston
Baylor, Texas Children's tops in NIH funding, Jul p 55
Texas Department of Health
health agency changes worry EMS, Medicaid advocates, Aug pp 37-39
Office of Border Health (MedBytes), May p 64
Texas Department of Insurance (MedBytes), Apr p 80
Texas Health and Human Services Commission
health agency changes worry EMS, Medicaid advocates, Aug pp 37-39
HHSC touts new client outreach plan [application process], Dec p 42
state officials seek $35 billion in health and human services, Dec p 50
Texas Health Information Network (THIN)
the Medicare carrot and the HIPAA stick [HIPAA-compliant claims] (Managing Your Practice), May p 17
Texas Medicaid and Healthcare Partnership (TMHP)
battling the backlog: new Medicaid provider struggles to clear payment problems, Dec pp 41-43
begins administration of Medicaid, Jan p 5
Texas Medical Association
Annual Report: Texas, the united state of medicine, Apr pp 53-63
Conferences. See also Texas Medical Association--TexMed 2004
legislation, lawsuits, and leadership to highlight October's TMA Summit (Rounds), Sep p 19
Texas CME conference this month in Austin (Rounds), Jun p 19
TMA Winter Conference features TSBME, demographics (Rounds), Jan p 23
2005 TMA Winter Conference Feb. 5 at Austin's Hyatt (Rounds), Dec p 17
winter conference to feature prompt pay, TSBME, planning (Rounds), Feb p 19
Council on Communication (Commentary), Jan pp 13-14
History of Medicine Committee preserves and promotes the history of medicine, Dec p 34
History of Medicine exhibit highlights women in medicine (Rounds), May p 26
House of Delegates
activities during TexMed2004 (Rounds), Jul pp 20-23
policy sets on TSBME, workers' comp, and Medicaid (Rounds), Nov pp 21-25
Knowledge Center
offers electronic medical library, STAT!Ref (Rounds), Sep p 21
types of information provided (MedBytes), Dec p 72
lobby staff expanded (Rounds), Aug p 17 (photo)
Medical Student Section, TMA (Rounds), Jul p 23
Membership Dues: your dues dollars at work for you (Rounds), Jan p 24
Officers chosen for 2005-2006 (Rounds), Jul p 23
Physician Health and Rehabilitation (PHR) Assistance Fund seeks help for physicians in recovery (Rounds), May p 24
Physician Services
offers benchmarking for improvement (Rounds), Jun pp 20-21
Physician Services can help streamline billing, collections (Rounds), Sep pp 20-21
stronger practice options with TMA Physician Services (Managing Your Practice), Feb p 16
TMA helps with coding compliance (Rounds), Nov p 31
weighs in for new practice, Jul p 41
Presidents. See Allen, Bohn D. ; Bailey, Charles W., Jr. ; Gunby, Robert T., Jr.
Texas Medicine. See Texas Medicine
TexMed 2004
Austin Convention Center hosts TexMed 2004 this month (Rounds), May p 21
CME: something for everyone, Jul pp 24-25
features symposium on transfusion risks, Jan p 45
register on TMA's Web site, Apr p 5
TexMed 2004 coming in Austin in May (Rounds), Mar p 18, Apr p 17
Web Site. See Internet and World Wide Web
Texas Medical Association Foundation
announces gifts for Be Wise-Immunize program (Rounds), Nov p 29
benefit raises money for health programs (Rounds), Sep p 21
new board members appointed (Rounds), Apr pp 16-17 (photo)
Texas Medical Association Insurance Trust
thanks, TMAIT (Letter), May p 7
Texas Medical Foundation
independent review organizations (MedBytes), Jan p 96
Medicare information (MedBytes), Feb p 68
Texas Medical Liability Trust
information on liability insurance (MedBytes), Apr p 80
more good news: TMLT lowers liability rates again, Nov pp 51-53
Texas Medicine
calendar commemorates 100 years of Texas Medicine (Rounds), Jun p 21
format changes (editorial), Jun p 5
Texas-Mexico Border. See United States-Mexico Border
Texas Office of Public Insurance Counsel (MedBytes), Jan p 96
Texas Society for Gastroenterology and Endoscopy (MedBytes), Mar p 64
Texas State Board of Medical Examiners
biennial registration of physician licenses begins in January (Rounds), Dec p 19
check [the accuracy] of your TSBME listing (Letter), Dec p 5
House of Delegates sets policy on TSBME, workers' comp, and Medicaid (Rounds), Nov pp 21-22
medical examiners board shelves hearings fee proposal, Oct p 34
predicting risk for disciplinary action by a state medical board, Jan pp 84-90
President Lee Anderson tells conference attendees TSBME has 'better product' (Rounds), Apr pp 15-16 (photo)
rules for advertising (Managing Your Practice), Dec p 15
a thankless job: TSBME president reflects on board's accomplishments, Feb pp 39-43
TSBME serves physicians, public (Letter), Jan p 9
what do you think of TSBME? (Rounds), May pp 23-24
will the sun set? legislative review of licensing boards, Jun pp 33-35
Texas Sunset Advisory Commission
'pirate' physicians fire shots in workers' comp sunset debate, Jul pp 45-48
sunset commission gives TWCC bad review, Jun p 34
sunset panel recommends major workers' comp changes, Dec pp 47-49
will the sun set? legislative review of licensing boards, Jun pp 33-35
Texas Supreme Court
Chief Justice Phillips to step down, Jun p 36
Texas Workers' Compensation Commission.  See also Workers' Compensation
appeals court upholds workers' comp fee guidelines, Jul p 46
disappearing doctors: reverse the TWCC actions (Letter), Feb p 7
'pirate' physicians fire shots in workers' comp sunset debate, Jul pp 45-48
reform to turn workers' compensation into true insurance product (Rounds), Nov p 26
sunset panel recommends major workers' comp changes, Dec pp 47-49
what to do if you're not on TWCC's Approved Doctor List (Managing Your Practice), Jun p 14
workers' compensation information on the Web (MedBytes), Jul p 72
TexMed 2004. See Texas Medical Association--TexMed 2004
TEXPAC
achieving greatness [by supporting political action committees] (The AMA View), Jul p 11
endorses Congressman Stenholm, Aug p 40
a reminder to check "TEXPAC" on your 2005 dues (Rounds), Nov p 30
TEXPAC scores big in primary runoff elections, Jun p 36
training retreat set for November, Oct p 53
two Republicans endorsed, Oct p 53
Thaller, Richard M. (Newsmakers), Sep p 11
Thiele, Dwain (Newsmakers), Aug p 7
THIN (Texas Health Information Network)
the Medicare carrot and the HIPAA stick [HIPAA-compliant claims] (Managing Your Practice), May p 17
Thompson, David A. (Newsmakers), Mar p 11
Tobacco Smoke Pollution
smoky bars worse that streets (Capsules), Nov p 33
Tolia, Nalin (Newsmakers), May p 15
Torres, Elizabeth (Newsmakers), Mar p 11
Tort Reform. See Legislation, Medical--Liability Reform
TrailBlazer Health Enterprises
the Medicare carrot and the HIPAA stick [HIPAA-compliant claims] (Managing Your Practice), May p 17
Medicare information (MedBytes), Feb p 68
Transients and Migrants
feds to help defray EMTALA costs, Jun p 13
Trauma. See Wounds and Injuries
Travel
airline water may make you sick (Capsules), Nov p 33
airport food getting healthier (Rounds), Feb p 21
Troutman, Monte (Newsmakers), Feb p 13
TSBME. See Texas State Board of Medical Examiners
Tuberculosis
what we know and don't know about Asian American health in Texas, Nov pp 64-70
TWCC. See Texas Workers' Compensation Commission
Twickler, Diane M. (Newsmakers), Nov p 11 (photo)
Tynan, Ronan, Jul p 22 (photo)

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Uncompensated Care.  See also Medically Uninsured
county hospitals and regional medical care in Texas: an analysis of out-of-county costs, Jun pp 56-59
Undocumented Residents. See Emigration and Immigration
Unemployment
dealing with unemployment compensation (Managing Your Practice), Aug p 11
Unicare
cleaning up their act: physicians' complaints about Unicare, PacifiCare drop, Sep pp 47-49
Uninsured. See Medically Uninsured
United Healthcare
'pass-through' billing is meaningless device (Letter), May p 7
'pass-through' billing not allowed by UnitedHealthcare (Managing Your Practice), Mar p 16
United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (MedBytes), Sep p 80
United States Congress
committee post gives Texas congressman, Joe Barton, health care clout, Jul pp 34-38
United States Drug Enforcement Administration
DEA narcotics license renewal form online, Jul p 16
United States-Mexico Border
border health (MedBytes), May p 64
measles in Mexico puts Texas on alert, Jul p 60
Washington house call: physicians seek federal support to improve border health, May pp 33-35
United States-Mexico Border Health Association (MedBytes), May p 64
University of Texas at Austin
males: surviving sexual assault (MedBytes), Oct p 72
University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston
McGovern Foundation endows UT-Houston center (Capsules), Dec p 22
Stanley G. Schultz named dean, Aug p 50 (photo)
University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio
to study desert fever (Rounds), Jan p 25
University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
cancer information on the Web (MedBytes), Mar p 64
M.D. Anderson to study Chinese medicine's effect (Rounds), May p 23
Spitz, Margaret R., researcher receives distinguished professor award, Aug p 46
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
MDD improves when UT Southwestern guidelines used (Capsules), Sep p 25
to study causes of obesity (Capsules), Dec pp 21-22
study hopes to find treatment for Alzheimer's disease (Capsules), Jun p 25
UT Southwestern study may solve obesity problem, Apr p 48
Urban Health Services
county hospitals and regional medical care in Texas: an analysis of out-of-county costs, Jun pp 56-59

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Vaccines and Vaccination.  See also Immunization ; Influenza Vaccine
Baylor researchers testing prostate cancer vaccine (Capsules), Sep p 24
BioShield could mean dollars for Texas research, Sep p 45
CDC gives go-ahead for third dose of pneumococcal vaccine (Capsules), Sep p 23
measles in Mexico puts Texas on alert, Jul p 60
physicians urged to be alert for chickenpox in vaccinated kids, Aug pp 43-46
20th century morbidity of vaccine-preventable diseases, Sep p 31
vaccine-preventable diseases and year of vaccine development or licensure, Sep p 30
weapons of mass inoculations: immunizations are powerful tools in arms race against disease, Sep pp 26-31
Van Burkleo, Julia (Newsmakers), Aug p 7
Vanzant, Robert C. (Newsmakers), Mar p 11
Varicella. See Chickenpox
Verheyden, Floyd H. (Newsmakers), May p 15
Video Games
video games may save lives [by improving coordination] (Capsules), Jun p 24
Violence
how to screen your patients for sexual assault, Oct p 30
sexual assault article helpful (Letter), Dec p 5
silent victims: physicians can help detect unreported sexual assaults, Oct pp 26-30
surviving sexual assault (MedBytes), Oct p 72
wei ji: violence is major public health crisis (The AMA View), Oct p 13

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Washburn, Kenneth (Newsmakers), Sep p 11
Water
airline water may make you sick (Capsules), Nov p 33
WebMD/Envoy
Humana drops WebMD/Envoy for electronic claims or encounters submissions (Managing Your Practice), Sep p 16
Weiner, Bernard K. (Newsmakers), Oct p 9
Weissler, Jonathan C. (Newsmakers), Dec p 11 (photo)
Welfare. See Social Welfare
Whitehurst, Darren
TMA expands lobby staff (Rounds), Aug p 17 (photo)
Willerson, James T. (Newsmakers), Feb p 13
Williams, Sheryl L. (Newsmakers), Jan p 15
Win, Sonny (Newsmakers), Dec p 12
Winter Conference. See Texas Medical Association--Conferences
Wit and Humor
death by religion, Nov p 43
Women
diet drinks help women avoid diabetes (Capsules), Aug p 22
Houston study to improve women's orgasms (Capsules), Sep pp 24-25
predicting risk for disciplinary action by a state medical board, Jan pp 84-90
Texas ranks near the bottom in women's health (Capsules), Jul p 31
TMA exhibit highlights women in medicine (Rounds), May p 26
women boost medical school applications (Rounds), Jan p 23
Wood
from collecting ducts to collecting ducks (Commentary), Nov pp 7-8
Woods, G. William (Newsmakers), Jan p 15
Wooming, George (Newsmakers), Sep p 11 (photo)
Workers' Compensation.  See also Texas Workers' Compensation Commission
appeals court upholds workers' comp fee guidelines, Jul p 46
disappearing doctors: reverse the TWCC actions (Letter), Feb p 7
financial disclosure required for workers' compensation participation, Oct p 15
House of Delegates sets policy on TSBME, workers' comp, and Medicaid (Rounds), Nov p 22
information on the Web (MedBytes), Jul p 72
reform to turn workers' compensation into true insurance product (Rounds), Nov p 26
sunset panel recommends major workers' comp changes, Dec pp 47-49
what to do if you're not on TWCC's Approved Doctor List (Managing Your Practice), Jun p 14
workers' comp case appealed by TMA (Rounds), Mar p 20
WorkersCompensation.com (MedBytes), Jul p 72
Workload
taking calls: EMTALA changes allow simultaneous on-call status, May pp 41-43
World Wide Web. See Internet and World Wide Web
Wounds and Injuries
broken bones often lead to stress disorder (Capsules), Aug p 21
motorcycle-related injuries: the high costs of riding, Oct pp 56-63
spectrum of ocular trauma at an urban county hospital, Dec pp 60-63
Wynn, Susan Rudd.  See also Bailey, Susan Rudd
applauds as Dr. Phil Berry receives Distinguished Service Award, Jul p 21 (photo)
welcomes Senator Hutchison to House of Delegates, Jul p 22 (photo)

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XLHealth Corp.
CMS launches Chronic Care Improvement Program to improve Medicare, Sep p 51
disease management project looks to improve patients' health, Apr pp 33-36
XLHealth disease management program honored, Dec p 44

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Yancy, Clyde (Newsmakers), Sep p 11
Yawn, David H. (Newsmakers), May p 15

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Zenner, George O., III, Mar p 11
Zoghbi, Huda Y. (Newsmakers), Jun p 11

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