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A

Abbreviations
don't use these abbreviations, Oct p 26

Abnormalities
humble hero: Mexico honors El Paso physician, Jacob Heydemann, for humanitarian efforts (Trusted Leader), Jan pp 49-50 (photo)

Abortion
prosecutors say some abortions could mean execution of physicians, Sep p 32

Academic Medical Centers
old red in the red: layoffs first step in UTMB plan to erase budget deficit, Nov pp 51-53

Access to Health Care . See Health Services Accessibility

Accidents
TVs can be dangerous-literally (Capsules), Aug p 15

Accutane . See Isotretinoin

Acne
FDA restricts Accutane (Managing Your Practice), Mar p 11
a pox on your practice: iPLEDGE program scars dermatologists, May pp 29-31

Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome . See HIV Infections

Adipose Tissue
big butts block shots (Capsules), Feb p 15
hedgehog protein blocks fat production, produces more bone (Capsules), Mar pp 14-15

Adolescents
Boostrix on the market for adolescents, Jan p 46
consent may not matter: law requires reporting suspected sexual abuse, Jun pp 41-43
smoking habits of young Latinos examined, Jun p 34
teens find kicks in family medicine cabinet (Capsules), Jul p 15
text messaging gives teens sore hands (Capsules), Jun p 15
TMA committee battles youth drinking, May p 37
too young: El Paso ordinance curbs underage drinking, May pp 35-38

Aerobic Exercise . See Exercise

Aetna Inc.
Aetna agrees to pay mammography, myocardial services (Rounds), Jun p 18
Aetna changes modifier 25 policy (Managing Your Practice), Jul p 13
Aetna makes coding changes, Jan p 44
Aetna modifier 57 claims resubmission begins Jan. 1 (Rounds), Dec p 11
agreement ends Aetna EKG payment dispute (Rounds), Oct p 15
keep your guard up: compliance disputes make RICO settlements successful, Apr pp 45-46
plaintiffs 7, defendants 2: judge dismisses claims against two defendants, Aug pp 37-39
read the addendum: physicians need to keep the pressure on Aetna, Feb pp 29-31

Africa
a surgeon's tale [Brian Camazine]: back to West Africa (Trusted Leader), Mar pp 47-51

African Americans
a deadly combination [smoking and obesity] (Capsules), Jul pp 17-17

Aged
don't forget the medical directors (Letter), Jun p 5
flu shots: don't forget senior citizens (Managing Your Practice), Oct p 13
state Medicaid program to cover drug costs for low-income seniors, Mar p 42
Texas seniors take advantage of Medicare drug plan, Sep p 34

Aging
aging on the Web (MedBytes), Feb p 64
consequences of living: does longevity cost too much?, Feb pp 24-28

Alcohol Drinking
the economy of prevention: mental health and alcohol and substance abuse, Aug p 29
TMA committee battles youth drinking, May p 37
too young: El Paso ordinance curbs underage drinking, May pp 35-38

Allen, Bohn D.
honored by Medical Student Section with C. Frank Webber Award (Rounds), Jul p 22
speaks at TMA's Winter Conference, Apr p 19 (photo)

Allergens
cat dander effects long lasting (Capsules), Feb p 16

Allied Health Personnel. See Health Personnel

Alperin, Jack B. (Newsmakers), Dec p 43 (photo)

Ambulatory Care
leaving campus: medical student training moving to the community, Mar pp 37-39

American Academy of Pediatrics
retail clinics bad idea for kids' health, AAP says (Rounds), Dec p 12

American College of Physicians
ACP warns of primary care disaster (Capsules), May p 14

American Heart Association
Heart Association changes CPR recommendations (Capsules), Feb p 15

American Medical Association
AMA to lobby Congress for clinical quality measures (Capsules), Apr pp 15-16
the art of progress (The AMA View), Jul pp 65-66
the challenge of Medicare and AMA (The AMA View), Dec pp 43-44
Delegates say, "fix Medicare-but not at any cost" (Rounds), Jan pp 17-18
focusing on 2006 (The AMA View), Apr pp 52-53
Hornaday, Jon, receives AMA 2005 Medical Executive Achievement Award (Rounds), Jan p 18
Maslow's hierarchy and the medical profession (The AMA View), Jan pp 51-52

Officers
Annis, Joseph P., newly elected to Board of Trustees (Rounds), Aug pp 17-18 (photo)
the delegate's delegate: William G. Gamel (Trusted Leader), Feb pp 41-43 (photo)

physicians sign up for AMA prescription data program, Dec p 29
sets sights on Medicare fix (Rounds), Jul p 25
Texans putting their boot print on AMA (Rounds), Aug pp 17-19
Texas Delegation in action (Rounds), Jan p 18
Texas students make an impact at the 2006 AME annual meeting (Medical Student Report), Aug p 7

Ameripath
fee frenzy: low Blue Cross payments prompt pathologists' revolt, Apr pp 22-26

Anesthesia
TMB begins regulating office-based anesthesia services, Nov p 35

Annis, Joseph P.
newly elected to AMA Board of Trustees (Rounds), Aug pp 17-18 (photo)
seeks spot on AMA Board of Trustees (photo), Jan p 18

Anthem/WellPoint
plaintiffs 7, defendants 2: judge dismisses claims against two defendants, Aug pp 37-39

Anti-IgE
UT Southwestern tests new asthma medicine for inner-city children, Dec pp 33-35

Antisepsis
clip, don't nick: physicians target hair removal to cut surgical infections, Apr pp 33-36

Arens, James F. (Newsmakers), Dec p 44

Arnett, Frank C., Jr. (Newsmakers), Sep p 46 (photo)

Arredondo, Rudy
receives special commendation from Board of Trustees (Rounds), Jul p 23

Art
physicians enter artwork in TexMed 2006 Physician Art Exhibit, Jul p 24 (photo)

Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)
AAMC calls for 30-percent hike in medical school enrollment, Sep pp 41-43
A&M receives AAMC grant for diabetes project, Oct p 28
TMA urges restoration of GME funds, Sep p 40

Asthma
cat dander effects long lasting (Capsules), Feb p 16
UT Southwestern tests new asthma medicine for inner-city children, Dec pp 33-35

Athletics. See Sports

Austin Heart Hospital
pride of ownership: hospitals, physicians wrangling over who owns the shop, Jun pp 37-40

Autistic Disorder
UT scientists make progress in autism study, Jul pp 17-18

Automobile Driving
reporting dangerous drivers okay with regulators, Mar p 35

Awards and Prizes
Allen, Bohn D., honored by Medical Student Section with C. Frank Webber Award (Rounds), Jul p 22
Arredondo, Rudy, receives special commendation from Board of Trustees (Rounds), Jul p 23
Be Wise-Immunize wins IABC Bronze Quill Award (Rounds), Jul pp 25-26
Bour, Robert, named Student of Year (Rounds), Jul pp 22-23
Cigarroa, Francisco G., receives Hispanic Health Leadership Award, May p 42
Factor, Fredye, receives TMAF Heart of Gold Award, Nov p 14 (photo)
Hornaday, John, receives AMA 2005 Medical Executive Achievement Award (Rounds), Jan p 18
Kubala, Mark J., receives TMA Distinguished Service Award, Jul pp 23 (photo)
Lamensdorf, Hugh, wins Young at Heart Award from Young Physician Section (Rounds), Jul p 23
McKenna, Robert, awarded J.T. "Lamar" McNew Award by TMA Resident and Fellow Section (Rounds), Jul p 23
Mendelsohn, John, M.D. Anderson president receives international award for cancer research, Apr p 36
Nguyen-Trong, Jessica, receives AMA Foundation's Leadership Award, Jun p 49 (photo)
physicians honored (Rounds), Jul pp 22-23
TMAF Champion of Health Award presented, Nov p 14 (photo)

 

B

Back
factors associated with reported parental knowledge of children's school backpack contents in Central Texas, Dec pp 48-52

Bailes, Joseph S. (Newsmakers), Sep p 46

Balance Billing. See Insurance, Health, Reimbursement

Bankruptcy
don't collect from a bankrupt patient (Managing Your Practice), Feb p 12

Baylor College of Medicine, Houston
Baylor identifies people at risk for West Nile virus (Capsules), Jan p 15
stem cell research to be expanded (Capsules), Feb p 17
UNICEF joins Baylor in pediatric AIDS battle, Apr p 36

Be Wise - Immunize. See Immunization

Benitez, Enjoli , Jul p 23 (photo)

Bergstresser, Paul (Newsmakers), Oct p 44

Bill Collecting . See Patient Credit and Collection

Blood-Borne Pathogens
keeping OSHA happy (Managing Your Practice), Jan p 11

Bloom, Steven (Newsmakers), Jun p 46

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas
fee frenzy: low Blue Cross payments prompt pathologists' revolt, Apr pp 22-26

Bone Development
hedgehog protein blocks fat production, produces more bone (Capsules), Mar pp 14-15

Boniva. See Ibandronic Acid

Bonner, Jack W. (Newsmakers), Jul p 64

Boone, Timothy B. (Newsmakers), Jan p 50 (photo)

Bour, Robert
named Student of Year (Rounds), Jul pp 22-23

Bowers, William T. (Newsmakers), Feb p 42

Breast Neoplasms
M.D. Anderson establishes first inflammatory breast cancer clinic, Dec p 35

Buckingham, Dawn (Newsmakers), Sep p 46

Burgess, Michael
Texas congressman seeks Medicare payment fix, Oct pp 35-36

Burns, Dianna
another first for Dr. Dianna Burns: San Antonio pediatrician blazes trails (Trusted Leader), Jun pp 45-47 (photo)

Buttocks
big butts block shots (Capsules), Feb p 15

 

C

Camazine, Brian
a surgeon's tale: back to West Africa (Trusted Leader), Mar pp 47-51

Canada
government allows small Canadian drug shipments, Dec p 29

Capital Punishment
is it ethical for a physician to be involved in executions, even if it is only to pronounce death? (Back Talk), May pp 47-48
prosecutors say some abortions could mean execution of physicians, Sep p 32

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
Heart Association changes CPR recommendations (Capsules), Feb p 15
UT Southwestern selected for cardiac study (Rounds), Sep p 15

Cardiovascular Diseases
consequences of living: does longevity cost too much?, Feb pp 24-28
impotence could warn of heart disease (Capsules), Feb p 17
living fat or fit, Aug pp 46-48
targeting heart disease: Medicaid aims to improve cardiovascular disease care, Aug pp 45-46
UT Southwestern selected for cardiac study (Rounds), Sep p 15

Carson, Sandra (Newsmakers), Jul p 64

Carter, Harvey , Sep p 14 (photo)

Cash and Carry Medicine . See Concierge Medicine ; RediClinics

Casscells, Lt. Col. Ward (Newsmakers), Feb pp 42-43

Catchment Area (Health)
indigent health care in Texas: the health services district approach, Nov pp 56-58

Cats
cat dander effects long lasting (Capsules), Feb p 16

CDC . See United States Centers for Disease Control

Cellular Phones
text messaging gives teens sore hands (Capsules), Jun p 15

Centers for Disease Control . See United States Centers for Disease Control

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). See United States Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

Charity Care . See Uncompensated Care

Chemical Terrorism
investigation of Texas poison center calls regarding a chlorine gas release: implications for terrorist attack toxicosurveillance, May pp 52-57

Children See also Adolescents
ACIP recommendations for the 2006-2007 influenza season, Dec p 22
Be Wise-Immunize helps improve kids' immunization rates, Dec p 21
CDC says more Texas kids vaccinated last year (Rounds), Dec p 11
comfort for kids: program helps children cope with hurricanes, Jan pp 45-48
dealing with divorced parents (Managing Your Practice), Jul p 14
decrease the increase: more ESRD patients could collapse existing system, Jun pp 31-34
factors associated with reported parental knowledge of children's school backpack contents in Central Texas, Dec pp 48-52
pediatric obesity in Texas: does the Texas Public School Nutrition Policy affect child nutrition?, Oct pp 48-57
retail clinics bad idea for kids' health, AAP says (Rounds), Dec p 12
a SWIFT way to end obesity (Rounds), Nov p 15
in Texas, who can consent to the immunization of minors? (Ask the TMA Knowledge Center), Dec p 13
TMAF Champion of Health Award presented to SWIFT team members, Nov p 14 (photo)
TVs can be dangerous-literally (Capsules), Aug p 15
UNICEF joins Baylor in pediatric AIDS battle, Apr p 36
UT Southwestern tests new asthma medicine for inner-city children, Dec pp 33-35

Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
enrollment rebounds despite continued operational issues, Sep p 21
hurricane victims lose Louisiana health coverage, Jun p 40
where did the CHIP kids go? (Rounds), May p 21

CHIP. See Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

Chiropractic
House of Delegates oppose chiropractors' scope expansion (Rounds), Jul pp 21-22
TMA sues chiropractic board in scope-of-practice fight, Nov pp 34-35

Chlorine
investigation of Texas poison center calls regarding a chlorine gas release: implications for terrorist attack toxicosurveillance, May pp 52-57

Chumley, Delbert L. (Newsmakers), Jan p 50

Cigarettes. See Smoking

Cigarroa, Francisco G.
receives Hispanic Health Leadership Award, May p 42

CIGNA HealthCare
6s, the "new" CIGNA: quality program strives to get it right the first time, Oct pp 39-41
keep your guard up: compliance disputes make RICO settlements successful, Apr pp 45-46
plaintiffs 7, defendants 2: judge dismisses claims against two defendants, Aug pp 37-39

Ciudad Juárez, Mexico
providers of herbal products in the largest US-Mexico border community, Jan pp 56-60

Clothing
should physicians dress professionally, as opposed to casually, when they see  patients? (Back Talk), Jan p 53

Clowe, John L., Feb p 42 (photo)

Cluck, Robert
physician candidates foster healthy political debate (Trusted Leader), Sep pp 45-48 (photo)

CMS. See United States Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

Coding for Insurance Reimbursement . See Insurance Claim Reporting

Coggins, James R. (Newsmakers), Oct p 44

Colonoscopy
legislative success yields benefits for patients (Commentary), Mar pp 5-6

Colorado-Fayette County Medical Society
donates automatic external defibrillator to school, Jun p 49 (photo)

Colorectal Neoplasms
legislative success yields benefits for patients (Commentary), Mar pp 5-6

Communication
the art of listening: UT Houston uses music to enhance students' skills, Sep pp 39-41
tips for small practices [with multicultural patients], Mar p 27
understanding your [multicultural] patients, Mar pp 23-27

Communities, TMA. See Texas Medical Association--TMA Communities

Community Health Centers
family funding fight: appropriations change affects women's health programs, Apr pp 27-30

Concentra, Inc.
TMA, AMA oppose Concentra settlement, Sep p 31

Concierge Medicine
all cash, no hassle (Letter), Oct p 5
concierge medicine avoids insurance hassles, Aug pp 34-35

Confidentiality
reporting dangerous drivers okay with regulators, Mar p 35
why do you want to know? (Capsules), Jan p 13

Congenital, Hereditary, and Neonatal Diseases and Abnormalities
humble hero: Mexico honors El Paso physician, Jacob Heydemann, for humanitarian efforts (Trusted Leader), Jan pp 49-50 (photo)

Consultation. See Referral and Consultation

Contracts
managed care contract evaluation services available, Aug p 32
negotiating workers' comp managed care contracts, May pp 31-32
reimbursement shell game: physicians should beware of "rental networks," Aug pp 31-33

Controlled Substances . See Drug and Narcotic Control

Cooper, Kenneth H.
the father of aerobics is still at it (Trusted Leader), Dec pp 41-42

Cost of Health Care . See Health Care Costs

Counts, Donald (Newsmakers), Feb p 43

Coventry Health Care Inc .
plaintiffs 7, defendants 2: judge dismisses claims against two defendents, Aug pp 37-39

Cox, Rody P. (Newsmakers), Apr p 50 (photo)

Cravey, Russell S. (Newsmakers), Jan p 51

Credentialing
Medicare asked to let medical schools handle credentialing, Sep pp 36-37
standardized chaos: new credentialing form prompts physician complaints, Sep pp 33-36

Critical Care
UT Southwestern selected for cardiac study (Rounds), Sep p 15

Cultural Diversity
case studies in cultural competency, Mar p 28
cultural competency on the Web (MedBytes), Mar p 68
cultural humility in medicine: beyond the K-20 pipeline (Medical Student Report), Apr p 7
tips for small practices [with multicultural patients], Mar p 27
TMA helps boost diversity (Letter), Apr p 5
understanding your [multicultural] patients, Mar pp 23-27

Cumulative Trauma Disorders
text messaging gives teens sore hands (Capsules), Jun p 15

 

D

Davidson, Jaime (Newsmakers), Jun p 47

Davis, Milton V.
death claims former TMA presidents, Milton V. Davis and Betty Stephenson (Rounds), Nov pp 18-19

Death
consequences of living: does longevity cost too much?, Feb pp 24-28

Death Certificates
DSHS begins online death certificates (Capsules), Aug p 16

DeBakey, Michael (Newsmakers), Mar p 48

Decision Support Systems, Clinical
health information technology's potential to improve care: what is the reality?, Jul pp 37-44

Delivery of Health Care
Bush stresses need for HSAs, tort reform, Apr pp 42-43
cash-and-carry medicine: grocery stores add health to sundries and notions, Jan pp 41-43
"Hello, doctor?" Dallas company TelaDoc causes a stir, Mar pp 33-35
Houston physicians' concerns prompt RediClinic changes, Mar p 30
stretching Medicaid: Texas hopes to do more with less, Sep pp 19-23
Texas Medical Association's Healthy Vision 2010: Diagnosis & Treatment, Jan pp 23-26
unsung heroes in state's health care system (Commentary), Sep p 5

DeMonte, Franco (Newsmakers), Oct p 44

Dengue
dengue and South Texas: information for clinicians, Aug pp 56-58

Dermatology
a pox on your practice: iPLEDGE program scars dermatologists, May pp 29-31

Development. See Growth and Development

DeVere, Ronald (Newsmakers), Feb p 43

Diabetes Mellitus
diabetes, cancer help available to TMA members, Feb p 36
hedgehog protein blocks fat production, produces more bone (Capsules), Mar pp 14-15
UT researchers link type 2 diabetes acidity to higher risk for kidney stones, Jun p 32

Diehl, Andrew K. (Newsmakers), Dec p 43

Dietary Fats
living fat or fit, Aug pp 46-48
tongue blamed for fat cravings (Capsules), Jan p 14

Disasters See also Hurricanes Katrina and Rita
disasters and the World Wide Web (MedBytes), May p 64
getting ready for the next one [readying list of volunteer physicians], Dec p 28
iHealthRecords can help in disasters (Rounds), Aug p 22
learning from disaster (Rounds), Jan p 18
volunteers protected: good Samaritan law helpful during disasters, Dec pp 27-28
what if it happens here? preparation is the key to surviving catastrophes, May pp 23-28

Disease Management
consequences of living: does longevity cost too much?, Feb pp 24-28
health information technology's potential to improve care: what is the reality?, Jul pp 37-44

Divorce
dealing with divorced parents (Managing Your Practice), Jul p 14

DocSite, LLC
Physicians' Foundations signs HIT deal with DocSite (Rounds), Oct pp 16-17

Driver, Larry C. (Newsmakers), Dec p 42

Driving. See Automobile Driving

Drug and Narcotic Control
controlled substances and you (Managing Your Practice), Mar p 11
DEA proposes new Schedule II drug rule, Dec p 32
painful marks: Texas gets bad grades for pain treatment, Dec pp 31-33

Drug Industry
attorney general joins suit against drug companies, Feb p 31
physicians sign up for AMA prescription data program, Dec p 29

Drugs. See Drug and Narcotic Control ; Pharmaceutical Preparations ; Prescriptions, Drug

DSHS. See Texas Department of State Health Services

Duchicela, Jorge
receives TMAF Champion of Health Award, Nov p 14 (photo)

Duchicela, Olga
receives TMAF Champion of Health Award, Nov p 14 (photo)

Duncan, Robert
speaker at TMA's Winter Conference, Apr p 19 (photo)
where they stand: TMA talks to key lawmakers about the issues, Oct pp 36-37

 

E

E-Mail. See Electronic Mail

Eating
living fat or fit, Aug pp 46-48
tongue blamed for fat cravings (Capsules), Jan p 14

Economics, Medical See also Insurance Claim Reporting ; Insurance, Health, Reimbursement ;
See also Medicaid ; See also Medicare
cash-and-carry medicine: grocery stores add health to sundries and notions, Jan pp 41-43
concierge medicine avoids insurance hassles, Aug pp 34-35
new Medicare policy could impact consultation billing, Mar pp 31-32
old red in the red: layoffs first step in UTMB plan to erase budget deficit, Nov pp 51-53
a pox on your practice: iPLEDGE program scars dermatologists, May pp 29-31
providing muscle: TMA takes on insurers for you, Jun pp 22-26
someone's watching: mystery shoppers help physicians improve customer service, Dec pp 37-38
spreading the burden: some physicians face new taxes under property tax plan, Aug pp 41-43
standardized chaos: new credentialing form prompts physician complaints, Sep pp 33-36
Texas Medicare payment error rate plummets, May p 30
who's worth more? gender bias in reimbursement, Oct pp 20-24
work in progress: new workers' comp system still under construction, Nov pp 27-31

Education
T-STEM launches effort to improve math and science skills (Capsules), Mar p 15
winners of drug education grants announced, Jun p 43

Education, Medical See also Schools, Medical ; Students, Medical
AAMC calls for 30-percent hike in medical school enrollment, Sep pp 41-43
the art of listening: UT Houston uses music to enhance students' skills, Sep pp 39-41
cultural humility in medicine: beyond the K-20 pipeline (Medical Student Report), Apr p 7
leaving campus: medical student training moving to the community, Mar pp 37-39
lessening the burden: TMA loan programs keep student debt low, Feb pp 37-39
old red in the red: layoffs first step in UTMB plan to erase budget deficit, Nov pp 51-53
PELRP offers loan repayment aid (Rounds), Aug p 20
scholarships available for Houston medical students (Rounds), Aug pp 20-21
supply versus  demand: number of Texas primary care physicians jumps, May pp 39-42
teaching patient safety: TMA-developed course focuses on preventing medical errors, Oct pp 25-27
TMA offers wide array of loan, scholarship programs, Feb p 38
TMA Trustee Carolyn Evans presents $5,000 scholarships to five Texas students, Jul p 23 (photo)
UT regents approve $2.56 billion for science initiatives, Oct pp 27-28
when students become teachers (Medical Student Report), Mar pp 7-8
work hours don't concern Texas students, Mar p 39

Education, Medical, Continuing
HIT: the future of medicine ( Texas Medicine  Continuing Medical Education Program), Jul pp 31-58
TMA answers your medical records questions, Feb pp 20-21
TMA Physician Services offers on-site coding class with CME (Rounds), Oct p 17
what is the difference between formal and informal CME credit? (Ask the TMA Knowledge Center), May p 19

Education, Medical, Graduate
SETON, UTMB to expand graduate medical education in Austin, Feb p 40
TMA urges restoration of GME funds, Sep p 40

Education, Nursing
paging Dr. Nurse: nursing degree program raises red flag with physicians, Jun pp 27-29

Edwards, Albert O. (Newsmakers), Apr p 50

El Paso, Texas
guide for herbal product use by Mexican Americans in the largest Texas-Mexico border community, Feb pp 46-57
humble hero: Mexico honors El Paso physician, Jacob Heydemann, for humanitarian efforts (Trusted Leader), Jan pp 49-50 (photo)
providers of herbal products in the largest US-Mexico border community, Jan pp 56-60
too young: El Paso ordinance curbs underage drinking, May pp 35-38

Elderly. See Aged

Elections. See Politics

Electricity Providers
how to comparison shop electricity prices for your home (Rounds), Jun p 18
new TMA member service helps battle high power prices (Rounds), Feb p 19
Tara offers TMA members cheaper electricity (Rounds), Nov p 18

Electronic Mail
the next exponential leap, Jul pp 35-36

Electronic Medical Records (EMRs). See Medical Records Systems, Computerized

Embezzlement. See Theft

Emergency Medical Services
ED staffing study misses the point (Letter), Nov p 5
emergency medicine in Texas, Sep p 58
physician staffing in emergency departments: results of a Texas survey, Sep pp 52-57
Texas emergency care mediocre, national group says (Capsules), Mar p 13
UT Southwestern selected for cardiac study (Rounds), Sep p 15
volunteers protected: good Samaritan law helpful during disasters, Dec pp 27-28

Emergency Preparedness. See Disasters

Emigration and Immigration
government strengthens Medicaid citizenship documentation rules (Capsules), Aug pp 15-16

Employment See also Health Personnel
DSHS toolkit can help improve programs for employee wellness, Jan p 48
locum tenens physicians demand increases (Rounds), Dec pp 12-13

EMRs. See Medical Records Systems, Computerized

Enard, April , Jul p 23 (photo)

End-Stage Renal Disease. See Kidney Failure, Chronic

Erectile Dysfunction . See Impotence

ESRD . See Kidney Failure, Chronic

Ethics, Medical
case studies in cultural competency, Mar p 28
"Hello, doctor?" Dallas company TelaDoc causes a stir, Mar pp 33-35
is it ethical for a physician to be involved in executions, even if it is only to pronounce death? (Back Talk), May pp 47-48
reporting dangerous drivers okay with regulators, Mar p 35
when hope fades: debate rages over who should decide when treatment stops, Oct pp 33-35

Evans, Carolyn
TMA Trustee presents $5,000 scholarships to five Texas students, Jul p 23 (photo)

Executions. See Capital Punishment

Exercise
Cooper, Kenneth H.: the father of aerobics is still at it (Trusted Leader), Dec pp 41-42
living fat or fit, Aug pp 46-48
women more likely than men to injure knees (Capsules), Apr p 15

 

F

Factor, Fredye
receives TMAF Heart of Gold Award, Nov p 14 (photo)

Falcon, Tony (Newsmakers), May p 44

Family Planning
family funding fight: appropriations change affects women's health programs, Apr pp 27-30

Fats, Dietary . See Dietary Fats

Fearon, Jeffrey A. (Newsmakers), Sep p 46 (photo)

Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs). See Community Health Centers

Fees, Medical
begging for shekels: physicians again urge Congress to stop Medicare pay cuts, Dec pp 23-25
fee frenzy: low Blue Cross payments prompt pathologists' revolt, Apr pp 22-26
Medicare announces physician fee cut for January (Rounds), Oct p 15
Medicare fee cut put in deep freeze, Apr p 40
Texas IPA settles price-fixing charges, Apr pp 46-47
Texas Medicare fees posted (Capsules), Apr p 15
TMA urges lawmakers to boost Medicaid physician fees, Dec p 24

Fellowships and Scholarships
lessening the burden: TMA loan programs keep student debt low, Feb pp 37-39
scholarships available for Houston medical students (Rounds), Aug pp 20-21
TMA offers wide array of loan, scholarship programs, Feb p 38
TMA Trustee Carolyn Evans presents $5,000 scholarships to five Texas students, Jul p 23 (photo)

Ferrendelli, James A. (Newsmakers), Sep p 47

Films. See Motion Pictures

Financing, Government
family funding fight: appropriations change affects women's health programs, Apr pp 27-30
NIH to reduce research funding (Capsules), Mar p 14

Financing, Organized
A&M receives AAMC grant for diabetes project, Oct p 28
Texas gets mental health grant, Apr p 30
TMA gets grant to improve patient safety through technology (Rounds), Jan pp 20-21

Fite, Diana L. (Newsmakers), Apr p 50

Ford, Linda B., Jun p 49 (photo)

Foreign Languages . See Language

Foxhall, Lewis E. (Newsmakers), Apr pp 50-51 (photo)

Fraud
Medicaid fraud team arrests clinic owner, Apr p 47
state, feds crack down on Medicaid cons, Mar p 35

Friedberg, Errol (Newsmakers), Oct p 44

Funding, Government Financed . See Financing, Government

 

G

Gamel, William G.
the delegate's delegate (Trusted Leader), Feb pp 41-43 (photo)

Garcia, A. Tomas, III, Jan p 19 (photo)

Garza, Jaime R. (Newsmakers), Sep pp 46-47

Gender. See Sex

Geriatrics
consequences of living: does longevity cost too much?, Feb pp 24-28
don't forget the medical directors (Letter), Jun p 5

Giam, Patrick Y. (Newsmakers), Dec p 44

Gill, John T.
in fundraiser for Gov. Perry, Sep p 14 (photo)
Newsmaker, Jun p 46 (photo)

Gilmore, Jim E. (Newsmakers), Apr p 51

Gloves, Protective
keeping OSHA happy (Managing Your Practice), Jan p 11

Gordon, Donald
the angel of EMS: San Antonio physician teaches those who help others (Trusted Leader), Jul pp 63-64 (photo)

Government Agencies
state agencies eyeing budget cuts, Aug p 43

Grabois, Martin (Newsmakers), Dec p 42 (photo)

Grants. See Financing, Organized

Greifenkamp, John (Newsmakers), Oct pp 44-45

Gross, Sheldon , Aug p 18 (photo)

Grotta, James C. (Newsmakers), Jun p 46, Sep p 47

Growth and Development
hedgehog protein blocks fat production, produces more bone (Capsules), Mar pp 14-15

Grundy, Scott (Newsmakers), Jan pp 50-51

Gunby, Robert T., Jr.
gives check to Dr. Helen Turner, president of Mississippi State Medical Association (photo), Jan p 19
pins presidential pin on Ladon Homer, Jul p 22 (photo)
TMA President and Mrs. Gunby, Jr. attend Indian Doctor Association of Houston (photo), Jan p 18

Gynecology
who's worth more? gender bias in reimbursement, Oct pp 20-24

 

H

Hair
clip, don't nick: physicians target hair removal to cut surgical infections, Apr pp 33-36

Hall, Harry E. (Newsmakers), Jan p 51, Dec p 42

Hamilton, Carlos R. (Newsmakers), Dec p 44

Hancher, Tom
unrolling the sidewalks, Sep pp 46-48 (photo)

Hand Injuries
text messaging gives teens sore hands (Capsules), Jun p 15

Handal, Gilbert (Newsmakers), Mar p 48

Hard Hats for Little Tots. See Head Protective Devices

Hassle Factor Log. See Insurance, Health, Reimbursement

Hawkins, Michael (Newsmakers), Jun p 47

Hazardous Substances
investigation of Texas poison center calls regarding a chlorine gas release: implications for terrorist attack toxicosurveillance, May pp 52-57

Head Protective Devices
preventing head injury one helmet at a time (Rounds), Mar p 19

Health Care Costs
Bush stresses need for HSAs, tort reform, Apr pp 42-43
consequences of living: does longevity cost too much?, Feb pp 24-28
decrease the increase: more ESRD patients could collapse existing system, Jun pp 31-34
health care spending ballooning, experts say (Capsules), May p 13

Health Care Delivery. See Delivery of Health Care

Health Information Technology (HIT). See Medical Informatics Applications

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
avoid a HIPAA surprise (Managing Your Practice), Dec p 9

Health Maintenance Organizations
Humana deadline almost here, Feb p 30
keep your guard up: compliance disputes make RICO settlements successful, Apr pp 45-46
plaintiffs 7, defendants 2: judge dismisses claims against two defendants, Aug pp 37-39

Health Net, Inc.
plaintiffs 7, defendants 2: judge dismisses claims against two defendants, Aug pp 37-39

Health Personnel See also Physicians
billing Medicare for nonphysician practitioners (Ask the TMA Knowledge Center), Oct p 18
court says physician assistants and nurse practitioners deserve overtime pay, Jun p 42
doc, stick out your arm [for flu vaccination], Dec p 19
JCAHO to require flu shots for health care workers (Rounds), Sep p 14
keep an eye on them: physicians must supervise nonphysician practitioners, Nov pp 33-34
the limits of limited licensed practitioners (Rounds), Jan p 17
locum tenens physicians demand increases (Rounds), Dec pp 12-13
TMA Physician Services can help recruit office staff (Rounds), Jun p 19
workers' compensation reimbursement for nurse practitioners and physician assistants (Ask the TMA Knowledge Center), Sep p 16

Health Policy
ACP warns of primary care disaster (Capsules), May p 14
driving the information train: feds put HIT adoption on fast track, Jul pp 51-54
new job, new challenge: Dr. Eduardo Sanchez leaves DSHS and looks to the future (Trusted Leader), Oct pp 43-45
pediatric obesity in Texas: does the Texas Public School Nutrition Policy affect child nutrition?, Oct pp 48-57
Texas Medical Association's Healthy Vision 2010: Diagnosis & Treatment, Jan pp 23-26

Health Promotion
Texas Medical Association's Healthy Vision 2010: Diagnosis & Treatment, Jan pp 23-26

Health Savings Accounts. See   Medical Savings Accounts

Health Service Area. See Catchment Area (Health)

Health Services Accessibility
access granted: Project Access programs help disadvantaged Texans, Feb pp 33-35
indigent health care in Texas: the health services district approach, Nov pp 56-58
tort reform lowers premiums, improves patients' access (Rounds), Nov pp 15-18

Heart Arrest
UT Southwestern selected for cardiac study (Rounds), Sep p 15

Heart Diseases See also Cardiovascular Diseases
impotence could warn of heart disease (Capsules), Feb p 17 targeting heart disease: Medicaid aims to improve cardiovascular disease care, Aug pp 45-46

Heart Transplantation
uninsured [donated] hearts keep beating (Capsules), Mar p 14

Hedgehog Protein
hedgehog protein blocks fat production, produces more bone (Capsules), Mar pp 14-15

Henrich, William L.
San Antonio medical school names new dean, Feb pp 39-40

Hepatitis C
hepatitis C seroprevalence: selected health care settings in Texas, Mar pp 56-61

Herbal Medicine . See Medicine, Herbal

Hernandez, Adriana , Jul p 23 (photo)

Heydemann, Jacob
humble hero: Mexico honors El Paso physician for humanitarian efforts (Trusted Leader), Jan pp 49-50 (photo)

Hill, J. Edward , Jun p 49 (photo)

Hinchey, William W.
on deck as TMA president elect (Rounds), Jul pp 23-24
leaving medicine better than we found it (Trusted Leader), Feb pp 43-44

Hispanic Americans
five Texas medical schools rated tops for Hispanics, Nov pp 53-54
guide for herbal product use by Mexican Americans in the largest Texas-Mexico border community, Feb pp 46-57
providers of herbal products in the largest US-Mexico border community, Jan pp 56-60
smoking habits of young Latinos examined, Jun p 34

History of Medicine
history of medicine exhibit opens (Rounds), Apr p 20

HIV Infections
guide for herbal product use by Mexican Americans in the largest Texas-Mexico border community, Feb pp 46-57
hepatitis C seroprevalence: selected health care settings in Texas, Mar pp 56-61
UNICEF joins Baylor in pediatric AIDS battle, Apr p 36

Hobbs, Helen (Newsmakers), Jan pp 51-52 (photo)

Homer, Ladon W.
Dr. Homer becomes 141st president of TMA (Rounds), Jul pp 23-24
meet the new president: Dr. Homer hopes to improve medicine's professionalism (Trusted Leader), May pp 45-47
receives presidential pin from Robert T. Gunby, Jr., Jul p 22 (photo)
we can take back the profession, Sep pp 48-49

Hornaday, Jon
receives AMA 2005 Medical Executive Achievement Award (Rounds), Jan p 18

Hospital Medical Staff . See Medical Staff, Hospital

Hospital-Physician Joint Ventures
CMS does not extend physician-owned hospital moratorium (Rounds), Oct pp 15-16
CMS unlikely to extend specialty hospital moratorium, Aug p 43
Medicare to require more disclosure by specialty hospitals, Oct pp 41-42
pride of ownership: hospitals, physicians wrangling over who owns the shop, Jun pp 37-40

Hospitals
100,000 Lives Campaign is paying off (Rounds), Aug pp 19-20
nurse-friendly hospitals promote patient safety, Aug p 48
patient safety: is your hospital on board?, Mar pp 51-52
TMA's three steps to improve outcomes of Texas patients, Apr p 34

Hospitals, Special
CMS does not extend physician-owned hospital moratorium (Rounds), Oct pp 15-16
CMS unlikely to extend specialty hospital moratorium, Aug p 43
DSHS launches specialty hospital study, Jun p 38
Medicare to require more disclosure by specialty hospitals, Oct pp 41-42
pride of ownership: hospitals, physicians wrangling over who owns the shop, Jun pp 37-40
who's worth more? gender bias in reimbursement, Oct pp 20-24

Hospitals, Teaching
leaving campus: medical student training moving to the community, Mar pp 37-39

Howe, John P., III (Newsmakers), Apr p 51

Humana, Inc.
19 seconds: new Humana system cuts claims-processing time, Nov pp 39-41
Humana deadline almost here, Feb p 30
plaintiffs 7, defendants 2: judge dismisses claims against two defendants, Aug pp 37-39

Hunsaker, Keely
Corpus Christi dentist becomes 89th president of TMA Alliance, Jul p 22 (photo)

Hurley, Mary (Newsmakers), Jul p 64

Hurricanes Katrina and Rita See also Disasters
comfort for kids: program helps children cope with hurricanes, Jan pp 45-48
disasters bring out the best (Letter), Feb p 5
hurricane victims lose Louisiana health coverage, Jun p 40
iHealthRecords can help in disasters (Rounds), Aug p 22
"Texans are everywhere!" (Letter), Feb p 5
Texas medical schools lauded for Katrina service, Jun p 28
TMA helps Katrina-ravaged physicians (Rounds), Jan p 19
what if it happens here? preparation is the key to surviving catastrophes, May pp 23-28

Hyer, Pat , Jul p 22 (photo)

Hypertension
decrease the increase: more ESRD patients could collapse existing system, Jun pp 31-34

 

I

Ibandronic Acid
Medicare may pay for IV Boniva (Managing Your Practice), Oct p 13

iHealthRecord
iHealthRecords can help in disasters (Rounds), Aug p 22

Immigrants . See Emigration and Immigration


Immunization See also Vaccines and Vaccination
Be Wise - Immunize
be a Be Wise - Immunize advocate, Feb pp 21-22
helps improve kids' immunization rates, Dec p 21
wins IABC Bronze Quill Award (Rounds), Jul pp 25-26

CDC says more Texas kids vaccinated last year (Rounds), Dec p 11
in Texas, who can consent to the immunization of minors? (Ask the TMA Knowledge Center), Dec p 13

Impotence
impotence could warn of heart disease (Capsules), Feb p 17

Independent Practice Associations
Texas IPA settles price-fixing charges, Apr pp 46-47

Infants
TVs can be dangerous-literally (Capsules), Aug p 15

Infection Control
clip, don't nick: physicians target hair removal to cut surgical infections, Apr pp 33-36
keeping OSHA happy (Managing Your Practice), Jan p 11

Influenza
ACIP recommendations for the 2006-2007 influenza season, Dec p 22
ACIP recommends expanded flu shots for children, Apr p 28
the day the flu vaccine ran out!, Dec pp 16-21
doc, stick out your arm [for flu vaccination], Dec p 19
flu shots: don't forget senior citizens (Managing Your Practice), Oct p 13
influenza (MedBytes), Dec p 60
JCAHO to require flu shots for health care workers (Rounds), Sep p 14
order flu vaccine for next year (Rounds), Mar p 20
our influenza policy needs a cure (Commentary), Feb pp 7-8
physicians to get priority for some flu vaccine doses (Rounds), Sep pp 13-14
planning for a pandemic (Rounds), Nov pp 14-15
state law requires vaccination, Dec p 20

Information Systems . See Medical Informatics Applications

Injections, Intramuscular
big butts block shots (Capsules), Feb p 15
injection reimbursement rules tightened, Mar p 32

Injuries . See Wounds and Injuries

Insurance Carriers See also Aetna Inc. ; UnitedHealthcare
6s, the "new" CIGNA: quality program strives to get it right the first time, Oct pp 39-41
Humana deadline almost here, Feb p 30
keep your guard up: compliance disputes make RICO settlements successful, Apr pp 45-46
LabCorp replaces Quest Diagnostics (Managing Your Practice), Dec p 9
overpayment and refunds to insurance carriers (Ask the TMA Knowledge Center), Mar p 21
plaintiffs 7, defendants 2: judge dismisses claims against two defendants, Aug pp 37-39
providing muscle: TMA takes on insurers for you, Jun pp 22-26
read the addendum: physicians need to keep the pressure on Aetna, Feb pp 29-31
standardized chaos: new credentialing form prompts physician complaints, Sep pp 33-36
TDI ruling lets UnitedHealthcare avoid paying for pathology services, Oct p 40
TMA, AMA oppose Concentra settlement, Sep p 31
what is your biggest hassle with health insurance companies? (Back Talk), Jun p 50
work in progress: new workers' comp system still under construction, Nov pp 27-31

Insurance Claim Reporting See also Insurance, Health, Reimbursement
19 seconds: new Humana system cuts claims-processing time, Nov pp 39-41
1500 claim form revised (Managing Your Practice), Feb p 11
Aetna changes modifier 25 policy (Managing Your Practice), Jul p 13
Aetna makes coding changes, Jan p 44
Aetna modifier 57 claims resubmission begins Jan. 1 (Rounds), Dec p 11
billing for verified services (Managing Your Practice), Feb p 11
coding know-how a must for accurate reimbursement (Rounds), Jul pp 26-27
correct Medicare coding (Managing Your Practice), Jan p 12
CPT codes already public (Letter), Oct p 5
CPT codes: watch out for patients with checklists and stopwatches (Letter), Nov p 5
free CCI codes (Managing Your Practice), Mar p 11
good reasons to go electronic (Managing Your Practice), Apr p 13
how to reduce claims hassles (Managing Your Practice), Jan p 12
injection reimbursement rules tightened, Mar p 32
make CPT codes public (Letter), Aug p 5
Medicare's top five billing errors (Managing Your Practice), May p 9
modifier 52 and you (Managing Your Practice), Dec p 9
new Medicare policy could impact consultation billing, Mar pp 31-32
PacifiCare dodges RICO for now, Mar p 34

TMA Physician Services offers on-site coding class with CME
(Managing Your Practice), Jan p 11
(Rounds), Oct p 17

what triggers a coding audit? (Managing Your Practice), Jan p 12

Insurance, Health See also Managed Care Programs ; Medicaid ; Medically Uninsured ; Medicare
avoid a HIPAA surprise (Managing Your Practice), Dec p 9
Bush stresses need for HSAs, tort reform, Apr pp 42-43
legislators may tinker with tax reform, senator tells TMA conference (Rounds), Nov pp 13-14
Massachusetts insurance plan gets mixed review from Texas doctors (Rounds), Jul pp 24-25
read the addendum: physicians need to keep the pressure on Aetna, Feb pp 29-31
stretching Medicaid: Texas hopes to do more with less, Sep pp 19-23
where did the CHIP kids go? (Rounds), May p 21

Insurance, Health, Reimbursement See also Insurance Claim Reporting
6s, the "new" CIGNA: quality program strives to get it right the first time, Oct pp 39-41
19 seconds: new Humana system cuts claims-processing time, Nov pp 39-41
Aetna agrees to pay mammography, myocardial services (Rounds), Jun p 18
agreement ends Aetna EKG payment dispute (Rounds), Oct p 15
avoid a HIPAA surprise (Managing Your Practice), Dec p 9
balance billing battle to be fought again in 2007 (Rounds), Apr pp 18-19
coding know-how a must for accurate reimbursement (Rounds), Jul pp 26-27
ESRD calculator (Managing Your Practice), May p 9
future physicians dissuaded by hassles (Letter), Jun p 5
Hassle Factor Log first step in resolving health plan disputes, Jun p 25
how to apply for an NPI (Managing Your Practice), May p 9
injection reimbursement rules tightened, Mar p 32
overpayment and refunds to insurance carriers (Ask the TMA Knowledge Center), Mar p 21
PacifiCare dodges RICO for now, Mar p 34
providing muscle: TMA takes on insurers for you, Jun pp 22-26
reimbursement shell game: physicians should beware of "rental networks," Aug pp 31-33
the right way to complain [for denied payment] (Managing Your Practice), Jan p 11
squeak and shine for better reimbursement (Managing Your Practice), Apr p 13
TDI ruling lets UnitedHealthcare avoid paying for pathology services, Oct p 40
Texas Medical Board sides with physicians over pathology billing, Aug pp 33-34
Texas Medicare payment error rate plummets, May p 30
TMA, AMA oppose Concentra settlement, Sep p 31
TMA, TSP seek state review of UnitedHealthcare pathology payments (Rounds), Feb pp 19-20
UnitedHealthcare begins mandatory electronic payments, Nov p 40
UnitedHealthcare: slow pay, big fine, Mar pp 29-31
what is your biggest hassle with health insurance companies? (Back Talk), Jun p 50
who's worth more? gender bias in reimbursement, Oct pp 20-24

Insurance, Liability
careful consideration: research needed in buying liability insurance, Sep pp 29-31
chronology of rate cuts by Texas liability insurers since Proposition 12 (Rounds), Nov p 16
insurance help on the Web, Sep p 30
learning from the mistakes of others (Commentary), Jan pp 33-34
Proposition 12 benefits continue for physicians, patients, Dec p 29
Proposition 12 was a really good idea (Rounds), Jun pp 18-19
tail coverage [for liability insurance] a must (Managing Your Practice), Sep p 9
tort reform lowers premiums, improves patients' access (Rounds), Nov pp 15-18
tort reform makes good medicine, Jan pp 28-33
what Texas Alliance for Patient Access (TAPA) wants, Sep p 30

Internet and World Wide Web
aging on the Web (MedBytes), Feb p 64
CPT codes: watch out for patients with checklists and stopwatches (Letter), Nov p 5
cultural competency on the Web (MedBytes), Mar p 68
directing your patients to [your Web site] (Managing Your Practice), Jul p 14
disasters and the World Wide Web (MedBytes), May p 64
health information technology (MedBytes), Jul p 72
influenza (MedBytes), Dec p 60
insurance help on the Web, Sep p 30
it's June! take a break (MedBytes), Jun p 56
mental health (MedBytes), Aug p 64
patient safety on the Web (MedBytes), Apr p 68
smoking cessation (MedBytes), Nov p 64
Texas festivals on the Web (MedBytes), Sep p 64

TMA Web Site
questions? check out TMA's Web site (Managing Your Practice), Sep p 9
TMA provides end-of-life care assistance, Oct p 34

tort reform on the Web (MedBytes), Jan p 68
women's health (MedBytes), Oct p 64

Internship and Residency
SETON, UTMB to expand graduate medical education in Austin, Feb p 40
work hours don't concern Texas students, Mar p 39

iPLEDGE Program
FDA restricts Accutane (Managing Your Practice), Mar p 11
a pox on your practice: iPLEDGE program scars dermatologists, May pp 29-31

Ipson, Merle A. (Newsmakers), Mar p 48

Isotretinoin
FDA restricts Accutane (Managing Your Practice), Mar p 11
a pox on your practice: iPLEDGE program scars dermatologists, May pp 29-31

 

J

Jackson, Richard A. (Newsmakers), Dec p 44 (photo)

Janjan, Nora (Newsmakers), Sep p 47

Jarquin, Armando (Newsmakers), Feb p 43

Jekot, Jeffrey M. (Newsmakers), Dec p 44

Jesurun, C. Antonio (Newsmakers), Mar p 48

Jogging
women more likely than men to injure knees (Capsules), Apr p 15

Johnson, Jessica , Jul p 23 (photo)

Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations
JCAHO to require flu shots for health care workers (Rounds), Sep p 14

Jordan, Carey, Jr. (Newsmakers), May p 46

Jurisprudence
attorney general joins suit against drug companies, Feb p 31
attorney general settles Medicaid fraud case, Aug p 38
careful consideration: research needed in buying liability insurance, Sep pp 29-31
consent may not matter: law requires reporting suspected sexual abuse, Jun pp 41-43
court says physician assistants and nurse practitioners deserve overtime pay, Jun p 42
Florida company pays $10 million for Stark Law violations, Aug p 39
"Hello, doctor?" Dallas company TelaDoc causes a stir, Mar pp 33-35
Humana deadline almost here, Feb p 30
keep an eye on them: physicians must supervise nonphysician practitioners, Nov pp 33-34
keep your guard up: compliance disputes make RICO settlements successful, Apr pp 45-46
Medicaid fraud team arrests clinic owner, Apr p 47
PacifiCare dodges RICO for now, Mar p 34
plaintiffs 7, defendants 2: judge dismisses claims against two [HMO] defendants, Aug pp 37-39
pride of ownership: hospitals, physicians wrangling over who owns the shop, Jun pp 37-40
prosecutors say some abortions could mean execution of physicians, Sep p 32
read the addendum: physicians need to keep the pressure on Aetna, Feb pp 29-31
reporting dangerous drivers okay with regulators, Mar p 35
state, feds crack down on Medicaid cons, Mar p 35
Texas IPA settles price-fixing charges, Apr pp 46-47
TMA, AMA oppose Concentra settlement, Sep p 31
TMA sues chiropractic board in scope-of-practice fight, Nov pp 34-35
TMB begins regulating office-based anesthesia services, Nov p 35
volunteers protected: good Samaritan law helpful during disasters, Dec pp 27-28
when hope fades: debate rages over who should decide when treatment stops, Oct pp 33-35

 

K

Key, James E. (Newsmakers), Jul p 64

Kidney Calculi
UT researchers link type 2 diabetes acidity to higher risk for kidney stones, Jun p 32

Kidney Failure, Chronic
decrease the increase: more ESRD patients could collapse existing system, Jun pp 31-33
ESRD calculator (Managing Your Practice), May p 9

Kiel, Frank W. (Newsmakers), May p 44

King, Susan , Oct p 45 (photo)

Kirk, Lynne (Newsmakers), Jun pp 46-47

Knee Injuries
women more likely than men to injure knees (Capsules), Apr p 15

Kraemer, Susan , Jun p 49 (photo)

Kubala, Mark J.
receives TMA Distinguished Service Award, Jul pp 23 (photo)

Kusy, Peggy , Jun p 49 (photo)

 

L

Laboratories
CMS delays new MUE policy (Capsules), May p 14
LabCorp replaces Quest Diagnostics (Managing Your Practice), Dec p 9

Lamensdorf, Hugh
wins Young at Heart Award from Young Physician Section (Rounds), Jul p 23

Language
tips for small practices [with multicultural patients], Mar p 27
understanding your [multicultural] patients, Mar pp 23-27

Latin Americans . See Hispanic Americans

Law(s). See Jurisprudence ; Legislation, Medical ; Tort Reform

Leadership
Burns, Dianna: San Antonio pediatrician blazes trails (Trusted Leader), Jun pp 45-47 (photo)
Camazine, Brian: a surgeon's tale: back to West Africa (Trusted Leader), Mar pp 47-51
Cigarroa, Francisco G.: receives Hispanic Health Leadership Award, May p 42
Cluck, Robert: physician candidates foster healthy political debate (Trusted Leader), Sep pp 45-48 (photo)
Douglas MacArthur's rules of leadership, Jan p 52
Dr. Politician: physician candidates foster healthy political debate (Trusted Leader), Sep pp 45-48
Gamel, William G.: the delegate's delegate (Trusted Leader), Feb pp 41-43 (photo)
Gordon, Donald: the angel of EMS (Trusted Leader), Jul pp 63-64 (photo)
Hancher, Tom: unrolling the sidewalks, Sep pp 46-48 (photo)
Heydemann, Jacob: humble hero; Mexico honors El Paso physician for humanitarian efforts (Trusted Leader), Jan pp 49-50 (photo)

Homer, Ladon W.
meet the new president: Dr. Homer hopes to improve medicine's professionalism (Trusted Leader), May pp 45-47
we can take back the profession, Sep pp 48-49

leaving medicine better than we found it, Feb p 43
Nguyen-Trong, Jessica: receives AMA Foundation's Leadership Award, Jun p 49 (photo)
Rivera-Alsina, Manuel: returns home after duty in Iraq (Trusted Leader), May pp 43-45 (photo)
Sanchez, Eduardo: new job, new challenge: Dr. Sanchez leaves DSHS and looks to the future (Trusted Leader), Oct pp 43-45
Sekula-Gibbs, Shelley: carrying on, Sep p 47 (photo)
Stanbaugh, Glen: pitfalls and joy, my life as a doctor (Trusted Leader), Apr pp 49-52 (photo)
what if it happens here? preparation is the key to surviving catastrophes, May pp 23-28

Leeman, Daniel J. (Newsmakers), May pp 44-45

Legal Issues . See Jurisprudence

Legislation, Medical See also Tort Reform
balance billing battle to be fought again in 2007 (Rounds), Apr pp 18-19
begging for shekels: physicians again urge Congress to stop Medicare pay cuts, Dec pp 23-25
family funding fight: appropriations change affects women's health programs, Apr pp 27-30
legislative success [on colon cancer screening] yields benefits for patients (Commentary), Mar pp 5-6
Medicare fee cut put in deep freeze, Apr p 40
smoke-free ordinances increasing; database now available, Nov p 48
spreading the burden: some physicians face new taxes under property tax plan, Aug pp 41-43
stretching Medicaid: Texas hopes to do more with less, Sep pp 19-23
Texas congressman seeks Medicare payment fix, Oct pp 35-36
Texas liability reform an example for the nation (Commentary), Jul pp 5-6
Texas senators join call for Medicare rate hike (Rounds), Sep p 13
TMA urges lawmakers to boost Medicaid physician fees, Dec p 24
when hope fades: debate rages over who should decide when treatment stops, Oct pp 33-35
where they stand: TMA talks to key lawmakers about the issues, Oct pp 36-37

Legislature, Texas
2006 TMA Fall Conference sets the stage for 2007 legislative session (Rounds), Sep p 13
balance billing battle to be fought again in 2007 (Rounds), Apr pp 18-19
the best deal possible [on school tax reform] (Special Report) Jun pp 7-8
coming up short: hurricane, budget veto create Medicaid shortfall, Jan pp 37-40
family funding fight: appropriations change affects women's health programs, Apr pp 27-30
under the gun: June 1 deadline looms over [school] tax debate, Apr pp 39-42
house call on Capitol Hill (Medical Student Report), May p 5
legislators may tinker with tax reform, senator tells TMA conference (Rounds), Nov pp 13-14
looking for change: retirements, election challenges could alter legislature, Mar pp 41-43
medical students wrap up a successful fall conference (Medical Student Report), Dec p 5
physicians, alliance members endorsed by TEXPAC, Mar p 44
Supreme Court decision sets stage for special tax session, Jan p 38
TMA thinking about [school-finance] taxes again (Rounds), Feb p 19
where they stand: TMA talks to key lawmakers about the issues, Oct pp 36-37

Levy, Steven J . (Newsmakers), Dec p 42

Liability, Legal
keep an eye on them: physicians must supervise nonphysician practitioners, Nov pp 33-34
Texas liability reform an example for the nation (Commentary), Jul pp 5-6
volunteers protected: good Samaritan law helpful during disasters, Dec pp 27-28
what not to include in a medical record (Managing Your Practice), Feb p 12

Licensure, Medical
new physician license applications soaring, May p 40
Texas sets record for medical license applications, Nov p 52

Licensure, Nursing
paging Dr. Nurse: nursing degree program raises red flag with physicians, Jun pp 27-29

Light, Robert A. (Newsmakers), Dec p 42

Lipodystrophy
hedgehog protein blocks fat production, produces more bone (Capsules), Mar pp 14-15

Listening. See Communication

Loans, Student . See Students, Medical

Locum Tenens . See Employment

Long-Term Care
aging on the Web (MedBytes), Feb p 64
consequences of living: does longevity cost too much?, Feb pp 24-28
don't forget the medical directors (Letter), Jun p 5

Longevity
aging on the Web (MedBytes), Feb p 64
consequences of living: does longevity cost too much?, Feb pp 24-28

Louisiana
hurricane victims lose Louisiana health coverage, Jun p 40

Lung Neoplasms
tobacco: who is winning the war?, Nov pp 48-49

 

M

MacInnis, Joseph , Apr p 17 (photo)

Magee, Kevin P. (Newsmakers), Jan p 51

Magee, Mike , Jun p 49 (photo)

Malone, C. Bruce
elected chairman of TMA Board of Trustees (Rounds), Jul p 23

Malpractice See also Insurance, Liability ; Liability, Legal
learning from the mistakes of others (Commentary), Jan pp 33-34

Managed Care Programs
managed care contract evaluation services available, Aug p 32
negotiating workers' comp managed care contracts, May pp 31-32
reimbursement shell game: physicians should beware of "rental networks," Aug pp 31-33
standardized chaos: new credentialing form prompts physician complaints, Sep pp 33-36

Mangal, Rakesh (Newsmakers), Sep p 49

Mangelsdorf, David J. (Newsmakers), May p 45

Margraf, Linda R. (Newsmakers), Sep p 47

Mathematics
T-STEM launches effort to improve math and science skills (Capsules), Mar p 15

Mayol-Sharp, Rebeca , May p 48 (photo)

McCarthy, Charles T., Jr. (Newsmakers), May p 45

McCoy, Dan (Newsmakers), Jul p 64

McKenna, Robert
awarded J.T. "Lamar" McNew Award by TMA Resident and Fellow Section (Rounds), Jul p 23

McNeese, Margaret Carter (Newsmakers), Sep p 47

M.D. Anderson Cancer Center . See University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

Medicaid
attorney general settles Medicaid fraud case, Aug p 38
coming up short: hurricane, budget veto create Medicaid shortfall, Jan pp 37-40
government strengthens Medicaid citizenship documentation rules (Capsules), Aug pp 15-16
hurricane victims lose Louisiana health coverage, Jun p 40
legislators may tinker with tax reform, senator tells TMA conference (Rounds), Nov pp 13-14
Medicaid fraud team arrests clinic owner, Apr p 47
PCCM ends in urban areas in September (Rounds), Aug pp 21-22
state, feds crack down on Medicaid cons, Mar p 35
state Medicaid program to cover drug costs for low-income seniors, Mar p 42
stretching Medicaid: Texas hopes to do more with less, Sep pp 19-23
targeting heart disease: Medicaid aims to improve cardiovascular disease care, Aug pp 45-46
TMA urges lawmakers to boost Medicaid physician fees, Dec p 24

Medical Directors . See Physician Executives

Medical Errors See also Safety
health information technology's potential to improve care: what is the reality?, Jul pp 37-44
teaching patient safety: TMA-developed course focuses on preventing medical errors, Oct pp 25-27
tell the patient if you make a mistake (Capsules), Jul p 15

Medical Futility
when hope fades: debate rages over who should decide when treatment stops, Oct pp 33-35

Medical Indigency See also Medically Uninsured
indigent health care in Texas: the health services district approach, Nov pp 56-58

Medical Informatics Applications See also Medical Records Systems, Computerized
the art of progress (The AMA View), Jul pp 65-66
driving the information train: feds put HIT adoption on fast track, Jul pp 51-54
health information technology (MedBytes), Jul p 72
health information technology's potential to improve care: what is the reality?, Jul pp 37-44
HIT: the future of medicine ( Texas Medicine  Continuing Medical Education Program), Jul pp 31-58

ignoring technology: Texas doctors not as wired as they should be
(Rounds), May pp 17-19
[reprint], Jul pp 47-48

the next exponential leap, Jul pp 35-36
Physicians' Foundations signs HIT deal with DocSite (Rounds), Oct pp 16-17
TMA endorses Gov. Perry's HIT partnership (Rounds), Dec p 11
TMA Office Technologies Community taking off like wildfire (Rounds), Aug p 22

Medical Missions, Official
a surgeon's tale [Brian Camazine]: back to West Africa (Trusted Leader), Mar pp 47-51
volunteer project aids those in need [Project C.U.R.E.] (Capsules), Jun p 16

Medical Records
be careful with records templates (Managing Your Practice), Mar p 12
how much can we charge for copying medical records? (Ask the TMA Knowledge Center), Apr p 21
Medicare cuts response time for CERT documentation, Dec pp 38-39
TMA answers your medical records questions, Feb pp 20-21
well, duh! [what not to include in a medical record] (Letter), Apr p 5
what not to include in a medical record (Managing Your Practice), Feb p 12
when charts disappear (Managing Your Practice), Jul p 13
why do you want to know? (Capsules), Jan p 13

Medical Records Systems, Computerized
choosing the right electronic health record consulting service for your practice (Rounds), Jan p 20
do you use an electronic medical record system? why or why not? (Back Talk), Jul pp 66-67
embracing EMRs: physicians who have done so say change is worth the cost, Jul pp 45-48
EMR means more productivity (Managing Your Practice), Nov p 11
a few tips on avoiding EMR pitfalls, Jul pp 55-56
health information technology's potential to improve care: what is the reality?, Jul pp 37-44
ignoring technology: Texas doctors not as wired as they should be (Rounds), May pp 17-19
iHealthRecords can help in disasters (Rounds), Aug p 22
the next exponential leap, Jul pp 35-36
TMA and TMF services, Jul p 46
TMA can help you go electronic (Managing Your Practice), Aug p 13
at your fingertips: EMRs can help comply with pay for performance, Jul pp 49-50

Medical Savings Accounts
Bush stresses need for HSAs, tort reform, Apr pp 42-43

Medical Staff, Hospital
ED staffing study misses the point (Letter), Nov p 5
emergency medicine in Texas, Sep p 58
physician staffing in emergency departments: results of a Texas survey, Sep pp 52-57

Medical Student Section, TMA See also Students, Medical
Allen, Bohn D., honored with C. Frank Webber Award (Rounds), Jul p 22
Bour, Robert, named Student of Year (Rounds), Jul pp 22-23
house call on Capitol Hill, May p 5
make an impact at the 2006 AME annual meeting (Medical Student Report), Aug p 7
medical students wrap up a successful fall conference (Medical Student Report), Dec p 5
show the way at 2005 AMA Interim Meeting, Jan p 7
students gear up for another year (Medical Student Report), Oct p 7
students wrap up another exciting year at TexMed, Jul p 7
when students become teachers (Medical Student Report), Mar pp 7-8

Medically Uninsured
access granted: Project Access programs help disadvantaged Texans, Feb pp 33-35
indigent health care in Texas: the health services district approach, Nov pp 56-58
internist, Rebeca Mayol-Sharp treats a young patient, May p 48 (photo)
medical schools recommend health districts to solve uninsured patients crisis (Capsules), Jun p 16
only two-thirds of U.S. physicians providing charity care, May p 38
stretching Medicaid: Texas hopes to do more with less, Sep pp 19-23
uninsured [donated] hearts keep beating (Capsules), Mar p 14

Medicare
4.6-percent cut Medicare cut planned; higher services to patients blamed (Capsules), Jun p 15
AMA Delegates say, "fix Medicare-but not at any cost" (Rounds), Jan p 17
AMA sets sights on Medicare fix (Rounds), Jul p 25
AMA to lobby Congress for clinical quality measures (Capsules), Apr pp 15-16
announces physician fee cut for January (Rounds), Oct p 15
begging for shekels: physicians again urge Congress to stop Medicare pay cuts, Dec pp 23-25
billing Medicare for nonphysician practitioners (Ask the TMA Knowledge Center), Oct p 18
the challenge of Medicare and AMA (The AMA View), Dec pp 43-44
CMS begins voluntary physician reporting program, Jan pp 43-44
CMS delays new MUE policy (Capsules), May p 14
correct Medicare coding (Managing Your Practice), Jan p 12
cuts response time for CERT documentation, Dec pp 38-39
feds make voluntary Medicare reporting easier (Managing Your Practice), Apr p 14
fee cut for Medicare put in deep freeze, Apr p 40
free CCI codes (Managing Your Practice), Mar p 11
good reasons to go electronic (Managing Your Practice), Apr p 13
injection reimbursement rules tightened, Mar p 32
may pay for IV Boniva (Managing Your Practice), Oct p 13
Medicare Advantage Plan offerings expanding in Texas, Dec p 39
Medicare application: do it right the first time (Capsules), Apr p 16
Medicare asked to let medical schools handle credentialing, Sep pp 36-37
Medicare info at your fingertips [from TrailBlazer] (Managing Your Practice), Aug p 13
modifier 52 and you (Managing Your Practice), Dec p 9
new Medicare policy could impact consultation billing, Mar pp 31-32
no Internet access? Trailblazer can provide hardcopy, Nov p 11
nuclear medicine added to self-referral prohibition (Managing Your Practice), Apr p 14
OIG plans Medicare investigations (Capsules), Feb pp 17-18
patient eligibility may be released over phone by TrailBlazer (Managing Your Practice), Jul p 14
to require more disclosure by specialty hospitals, Oct pp 41-42
Texas congressman seeks Medicare payment fix, Oct pp 35-36
Texas Medicare fees posted (Capsules), Apr p 15
Texas Medicare payment error rate plummets, May p 30
Texas senators join call for Medicare rate hike (Rounds), Sep p 13
therapy cap exceptions (Managing Your Practice), Jun p 11
top five Medicare billing errors (Managing Your Practice), May p 9
will you be seeing Medicare patients this time next year? (Back Talk), Dec pp 44-45

Medicare Part D
clawback time, Jan pp 39-40
five Part D resources you can't do without (Managing Your Practice), Mar p 12
Medicare Part D help on the Web (Managing Your Practice), Jun p 11
no changes needed for most Medicare Part D beneficiaries (Rounds), Dec p 13
state Medicaid program to cover drug costs for low-income seniors, Mar p 42
Texas seniors take advantage of Medicare drug plan, Sep p 34

Medicine See also Societies, Medical
leaving medicine better than we found it, Feb p 43
Maslow's hierarchy and the medical profession (The AMA View), Jan pp 51-52

Medicine, Herbal
guide for herbal product use by Mexican Americans in the largest Texas-Mexico border community, Feb pp 46-57
providers of herbal products in the largest US-Mexico border community, Jan pp 56-60

Mendelsohn, John
M.D. Anderson president receives international award for cancer research, Apr p 36

Mental Disorders
diagnosing mental illness: primary care physicians are on the front line of mental health care, Aug pp 24-29
the economy of prevention: mental health and alcohol and substance abuse, Aug p 29
mental health (MedBytes), Aug p 64
screening for PTSD in a primary care setting, Aug p 28
warning signs and symptoms, Aug p 26

Mental Health Services
diagnosing mental illness: primary care physicians are on the front line of mental health care, Aug pp 24-29
Freedom Commission seeks changes in mental health system, Aug p 27
mental health (MedBytes), Aug p 64
Texas gets a C for mental health care system, May p 38
Texas gets mental health grant, Apr p 30

Methicillin Resistance
high school athletic departments as sentinel surveillance sites for community-associated methicillin-resistant staphylococcal infections, Apr pp 56-61

Mexican Americans . See Hispanic Americans

Mexico
guide for herbal product use by Mexican Americans in the largest Texas-Mexico border community, Feb pp 46-57
humble hero: Mexico honors El Paso physician, Jacob Heydemann, for humanitarian efforts (Trusted Leader), Jan pp 49-50 (photo)
providers of herbal products in the largest US-Mexico border community, Jan pp 56-60

Military Medicine
medicine on the front lines: Dr. Manuel Rivera-Alsina returns home after duty in Iraq (Trusted Leader), May pp 43-45 (photo)

Miner, Adam S.
wins TMA Folio contest (Rounds), Mar p 18

Mitchell, Charles D. (Newsmakers), Jun p 47

Motion Pictures
lights! camera! cigarettes! (Capsules), Jan p 14

Music
the art of listening: UT Houston uses music to enhance students' skills, Sep pp 39-41

N

Narcotics
DEA proposes new Schedule II drug rule, Dec p 32
painful marks: Texas gets bad grades for pain treatment, Dec pp 31-33

National Institutes of Health
NIH to reduce research funding (Capsules), Mar p 14

National Provider Identifier
how to apply for an NPI (Managing Your Practice), May p 9

Neonatal Screening
DSHS raises newborn screening fee, Nov p 42

Neoplasms
diabetes, cancer help available to TMA members, Feb p 36
legislative success [on colon cancer screening] yields benefits for patients (Commentary), Mar pp 5-6
M.D. Anderson establishes first inflammatory breast cancer clinic, Dec p 35
Mendelsohn, John, M.D. Anderson president receives international award for cancer research, Apr p 36
tobacco: who is winning the war?, Nov pp 48-49

Nerve Degeneration
protein may prevent neurodegeneration (Capsules), Jan p 13-14

Newton, Dennis E., III (Newsmakers), Jul pp 64-65

Nguyen-Trong, Jessica
medical student receives AMA Foundation's Leadership Award, Jun p 49 (photo)

Nickey, Laurence N. (Newsmakers), Jun p 47

Nicotine
a cost-effectiveness evaluation of single and combined smoking cessation interventions in Texas, Aug pp 50-55

Nigeria
a surgeon's tale [Brian Camazine]: back to West Africa (Trusted Leader), Mar pp 47-51

Nonphysician Practitioners . See Health Personnel

Nuclear Medicine . See Radionuclide Imaging

Nurse Practitioners
billing Medicare for nonphysician practitioners (Ask the TMA Knowledge Center), Oct p 18
court says physician assistants and nurse practitioners deserve overtime pay, Jun p 42
keep an eye on them: physicians must supervise nonphysician practitioners, Nov pp 33-34
paging Dr. Nurse: nursing degree program raises red flag with physicians, Jun pp 27-29
workers' compensation reimbursement for nurse practitioners and physician assistants (Ask the TMA Knowledge Center), Sep p 16

Nursing
nurse-friendly hospitals promote patient safety, Aug p 48
paging Dr. Nurse: nursing degree program raises red flag with physicians, Jun pp 27-29
UTMB establishes nursing research center, Apr pp 35-36

Nutrition
Pediatric obesity in Texas: does the Texas Public School Nutrition Policy affect child nutrition?, Oct pp 48-57

 

O

Obesity
big butts block shots (Capsules), Feb p 15
a deadly combination [smoking and obesity] (Capsules), Jul pp 17-17
hedgehog protein blocks fat production, produces more bone (Capsules), Mar pp 14-15
pediatric obesity in Texas: does the Texas Public School Nutrition Policy affect child nutrition?, Oct pp 48-57
a SWIFT way to end obesity (Rounds), Nov p 15
TMAF Champion of Health Award presented to SWIFT team members, Nov p 14 (photo)

Obstetrics
who's worth more? gender bias in reimbursement, Oct pp 20-24

Occupational Health Services
DSHS toolkit can help improve programs for employee wellness, Jan p 48

Occupational Safety and Health Administration . See United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Office of the Inspector General (OIG). See United States Department of Health and Human Services

Omalizumab
UT Southwestern tests new asthma medicine for inner-city children, Dec pp 33-35

O'Neal, Barry L. (Newsmakers), Dec p 42

Organ Donors . See Tissue Donors

Organized Medicine . See American Medical Association ; Societies, Medical ; Texas Medical Association

OSHA . See United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Osteoporosis
hedgehog protein blocks fat production, produces more bone (Capsules), Mar pp 14-15

Oswalt, Charles E., III (Newsmakers), Jun p 47

Outcome of Treatment . See Treatment Outcome

Outpatient Care . See Ambulatory Care

P

PacifiCare
PacifiCare dodges RICO for now, Mar p 34

Pain
painful marks: Texas gets bad grades for pain treatment, Dec pp 31-33

Parents
dealing with divorced parents (Managing Your Practice), Jul p 14
factors associated with reported parental knowledge of children's school backpack contents in Central Texas, Dec pp 48-52

Parker, Robert W. (Newsmakers), Dec p 42

Pate, David (Newsmakers), Mar p 49

Pathology
CMS delays new MUE policy (Capsules), May p 14
fee frenzy: low Blue Cross payments prompt pathologists' revolt, Apr pp 22-26
TDI ruling lets UnitedHealthcare avoid paying for pathology services, Oct p 40
Texas Medical Board sides with physicians over pathology billing, Aug pp 33-34
TMA, TSP seek state review of UnitedHealthcare pathology payments (Rounds), Feb pp 19-20

Patient Care
leaving campus: medical student training moving to the community, Mar pp 37-39<br /> TMA's three steps to improve outcomes of Texas patients, Apr p 34

Patient Credit and Collection
19 seconds: new Humana system cuts claims-processing time, Nov pp 39-41
can I give discounts to patients who pay cash or pay promptly? (Ask the TMA Knowledge Center), Jul p 28
collection protocols (Rounds), May p 18
concierge medicine avoids insurance hassles, Aug pp 34-35
don't collect from a bankrupt patient (Managing Your Practice), Feb p 12
how to collect delinquent bills (Managing Your Practice), Nov p 11
new Medicare policy could impact consultation billing, Mar pp 31-32

Patient-Physician Relations . See Physician-Patient Relations

Patient Safety . See Safety

Patient Satisfaction
do your patients like you? (Managing Your Practice), Feb p 11
how to please your patients (Managing Your Practice), Aug p 13
someone's watching: mystery shoppers help physicians improve customer service, Dec pp 37-38

Patients
CPT codes: watch out for patients with checklists and stopwatches (Letter), Nov p 5
how to deal with no-shows (Managing Your Practice), Feb p 12

Perone, Nicola (Newsmakers), Apr pp 51-52

Perry, Anita , Sep p 14 (photo)

Perry, Gov. Rick
physicians raise funds for reelection, Sep p 14 (photo)
responds to standing ovation from physicians, Nov p 13 (photo)
TMA endorses Gov. Perry's HIT partnership (Rounds), Dec p 11
TMA gives Gov. Perry, Attorney General Abbott a thumbs up (Rounds), May p 21

Pertussis . See Whooping Cough

Peterson, Mary Dale (Newsmakers), Dec p 44

Pevoto, Patrick S. (Newsmakers), Jan p 51, Dec p 42

Pharmaceutical Industry . See Drug Industry

Pharmaceutical Preparations See also Medicare Part D ; Prescriptions, Drug
attorney general joins suit against drug companies, Feb p 31
FDA restricts Accutane (Managing Your Practice), Mar p 11
health information technology's potential to improve care: what is the reality?, Jul pp 37-44
keeping track of sample medications (Managing Your Practice), Sep p 9
teens find kicks in family medicine cabinet (Capsules), Jul p 15
winners of drug education grants announced, Jun p 43
worse than cocaine? prescription and OTC drugs send people to emergency room (Capsules), Jul p 17

Pharmacies
government allows small Canadian drug shipments, Dec p 29

Physical Fitness
Cooper, Kenneth H.: the father of aerobics is still at it (Trusted Leader), Dec pp 41-42
living fat or fit, Aug pp 46-48

Physician Assistants
billing Medicare for nonphysician practitioners (Ask the TMA Knowledge Center), Oct p 18
court says physician assistants and nurse practitioners deserve overtime pay, Jun p 42
keep an eye on them: physicians must supervise nonphysician practitioners, Nov pp 33-34
workers' compensation reimbursement for nurse practitioners and physician assistants (Ask the TMA Knowledge Center), Sep p 16

Physician Executives
don't forget the medical directors (Letter), Jun p 5

Physician-Patient Relations
case studies in cultural competency, Mar p 28
do your patients like you? (Managing Your Practice), Feb p 11
don't collect from a bankrupt patient (Managing Your Practice), Feb p 12
how to please your patients (Managing Your Practice), Aug p 13
should physicians dress professionally, as opposed to casually, when they see patients? (Back Talk), Jan p 53
tell the patient if you make a mistake (Capsules), Jul p 15
tips for small practices [with multicultural patients], Mar p 27
understanding your [multicultural] patients, Mar pp 23-27

Physician Self-Referral
Florida company pays $10 million for Stark Law violations, Aug p 39
nuclear medicine added to self-referral prohibition (Managing Your Practice), Apr p 14

Physicians
Back Talk (column)
do you use an electronic medical record system? why or why not?, Jul pp 66-67
is it ethical for a physician to be involved in executions, even if it is only to pronounce death?, May pp 47-48
should physicians dress professionally, as opposed to casually, when they see patients?, Jan p 53
what is your biggest hassle with health insurance companies?, Jun p 50
will you be seeing Medicare patients this time next year?, Dec pp 44-45
would you run for office?, Sep p 49
would you support a state income tax to fund public schools?, Mar pp 53-54

Burns, Dianna: San Antonio pediatrician blazes trails (Trusted Leader), Jun pp 45-47 (photo)
Camazine, Brian: a surgeon's tale, back to West Africa (Trusted Leader), Mar pp 47-51
Cooper, Kenneth H.: the father of aerobics is still at it (Trusted Leader), Dec pp 41-42
doc, stick out your arm [for flu vaccination], Dec p 19
Dr. Politician: physician candidates foster healthy political debate (Trusted Leader), Sep pp 45-48
ED staffing study misses the point (Letter), Nov p 5
future physicians dissuaded by hassles (Letter), Jun p 5
Gunby, Robert T., Jr. See Gunby, Robert T., Jr.
Hancher, Tom: unrolling the sidewalks, Sep pp 46-48 (photo)
Heydemann, Jacob: humble hero, Mexico honors El Paso physician for humanitarian efforts (Trusted Leader), Jan pp 49-50 (photo)
Homer, Ladon W. See Homer, Ladon W.
ignoring technology: Texas doctors not as wired as they should be (Rounds), May pp 17-19
locum tenens physicians demand increases (Rounds), Dec pp 12-13
Maslow's hierarchy and the medical profession (The AMA View), Jan pp 51-52
new physician license applications soaring, May p 40
only two-thirds of U.S. physicians providing charity care, May p 38
physician staffing in emergency departments: results of a Texas survey, Sep pp 52-57
pride of ownership: hospitals, physicians wrangling over who owns the shop, Jun pp 37-40
Rivera-Alsina, Manuel: returns home after duty in Iraq (Trusted Leader), May pp 43-45 (photo)
Sanchez, Eduardo: new job, new challenge; Dr. Sanchez leaves DSHS and looks to the future (Trusted Leader), Oct pp 43-45
Sekula-Gibbs, Shelley: carrying on, Sep p 47 (photo)
Stanbaugh, Glen: pitfalls and joy, my life as a doctor (Trusted Leader), Apr pp 49-52 (photo)
supply versus demand: number of Texas primary care physicians jumps, May pp 39-42
Texas sets record for medical license applications, Nov p 52
the TMA Council on Socioeconomics: a vision for healthy Texas physician practices, Jun pp 47-48
TMAIT identifies top 10 mistakes to avoid when planning your retirement (Rounds), Jun p 17
why you should run for office, Sep pp 47-48

Physicians Cooperative of Texas
TDI approves PCTexas network, Dec p 25

Physicians, Family
ACP warns of primary care disaster (Capsules), May p 14
diagnosing mental illness: primary care physicians are on the front line of mental health care, Aug pp 24-29
PELRP offers loan repayment aid (Rounds), Aug p 20
supply versus demand: number of Texas primary care physicians jumps, May pp 39-42
TMA urges restoration of GME funds, Sep p 40

Physicians' Foundations
signs HIT deal with DocSite (Rounds), Oct pp 16-17

Picciotto, Richard , Apr pp 17-18 (photo)

Pneumococcal Vaccines
vaccinated adults less likely to die from pneumonia (Capsules), May pp 13-14

Poison Control Centers
investigation of Texas poison center calls regarding a chlorine gas release: implications for terrorist attack toxicosurveillance, May pp 52-57

Policy, Health . See Health Policy

Politics
Dr. Politician: physician candidates foster healthy political debate (Trusted Leader), Sep pp 45-48
Hancher, Tom: unrolling the sidewalks, Sep pp 46-48 (photo)
house call on Capitol Hill (Medical Student Report), May p 5
King, Susan, runs for Texas House, Oct p 45 (photo)
looking for change: retirements, election challenges could alter legislature, Mar pp 41-43
medical students wrap up a successful fall conference (Medical Student Report), Dec p 5
physicians, alliance members endorsed by TEXPAC, Mar p 44
Sekula-Gibbs, Shelley: carrying on, Sep p 47 (photo)
tax deal not a good one (Letter), Aug pp 5-6
Texas senators join call for Medicare rate hike (Rounds), Sep p 13
TEXPAC urges unity, Jan p 40
TMA gives Gov. Perry, Attorney General Abbott a thumbs up (Rounds), May p 21
why you should run for office, Sep pp 47-48
would you run for office? (Back Talk), Sep p 49

Practice Management, Medical
all cash, no hassle (Letter), Oct p 5
can I give discounts to patients who pay cash or pay promptly? (Ask the TMA Knowledge Center), Jul p 28
collection protocols (Rounds), May p 18
ignoring technology: Texas doctors not as wired as they should be (Rounds), May pp 17-19
keep an eye on them: physicians must supervise nonphysician practitioners, Nov pp 33-34

Managing Your Practice (column)
1500 claim form revised, Feb p 11
Aetna changes modifier 25 policy, Jul p 13
avoid a HIPAA surprise, Dec p 9
be careful with records templates, Mar p 12
billing for verified services, Feb p 11
controlled substances and you, Mar p 11
correct Medicare coding, Jan p 12
dealing with divorced parents, Jul p 14
directing your patients to [your Web site], Jul p 14
do your patients like you?, Feb p 11
don't collect from a bankrupt patient, Feb p 12
EMR means more productivity, Nov p 11
ESRD calculator, May p 9
FDA restricts Accutane, Mar p 11
feds make voluntary Medicare reporting easier, Apr p 14
five Part D resources you can't do without, Mar p 12
flu shots: don't forget senior citizens, Oct p 13
free CCI codes, Mar p 11
good reasons to go electronic, Apr p 13
how to apply for an NPI, May p 9
how to collect delinquent bills, Nov p 11
how to deal with no-shows, Feb p 12
how to keep HHS happy, Mar p 12
how to please your patients, Aug p 13
how to reduce claims hassles, Jan p 12
keep your policy manual updated, Oct p 13
keeping OSHA happy, Jan p 11
keeping track of sample medications, Sep p 9
LabCorp replaces Quest, Dec p 9
learn @ lunch [for medical office staff], Jul p 13
Medicare info at your fingertips, Aug p 13
Medicare may pay for IV Boniva, Oct p 13
Medicare Part D help on the Web, Jun p 11
Medicare patient eligibility, Jul p 14
Medicare therapy cap exceptions, Jun p 11
Medicare's top five billing errors, May p 9
modifier 52 and you, Dec p 9
no Internet access? Trailblazer can provide hardcopy, Nov p 11
nuclear medicine added to self-referral prohibition, Apr p 14
questions? check out TMA's Web site, Sep p 9
the right way to complain [for denied payment], Jan p 11
squeak and shine for better reimbursement, Apr p 13
tail coverage [for liability insurance] a must, Sep p 9
TMA can help you go electronic, Aug p 13
TMA Physician Services offers on-site coding class with CME, Jan p 11
what can practice production numbers tell you?, Jun p 11
what not to include in a medical record, Feb p 12
what triggers a coding audit?, Jan p 12
when charts disappear, Jul p 13

physicians should examine their practice structure [regarding new tax legislation], Aug p 42
reimbursement shell game: physicians should beware of "rental networks," Aug pp 31-33
someone's watching: mystery shoppers help physicians improve customer service, Dec pp 37-38
the TMA Council on Socioeconomics: a vision for healthy Texas physician practices, Jun pp 47-48

TMA Physician Services
can cure your practice, Dec p 38
can help recruit office staff (Rounds), Jun p 19
can help you reduce your embezzlement risk (Rounds), Feb p 22
offers on-site coding class with CME (Managing Your Practice), Jan p 11

UnitedHealthcare begins mandatory electronic payments, Nov p 40
what is your measure of success? (Rounds), Sep p 15

Preferred Provider Organizations
reimbursement shell game: physicians should beware of "rental networks," Aug pp 31-33

Pregnancy
family funding fight: appropriations change affects women's health programs, Apr pp 27-30

Prescriptions, Drug See also Medicare Part D ; Pharmaceutical Preparations
controlled substances and you (Managing Your Practice), Mar p 11
DEA proposes new Schedule II drug rule, Dec p 32
don't use these abbreviations, Oct p 26
five Part D resources you can't do without (Managing Your Practice), Mar p 12
government allows small Canadian drug shipments, Dec p 29
painful marks: Texas gets bad grades for pain treatment, Dec pp 31-33
physicians sign up for AMA prescription data program, Dec p 29
state Medicaid program to cover drug costs for low-income seniors, Mar p 42
teaching patient safety: TMA-developed course focuses on preventing medical errors, Oct pp 25-27
winners of drug education grants announced, Jun p 43

Primary Health Care
ACP warns of primary care disaster (Capsules), May p 14
TMA urges restoration of GME funds, Sep p 40

Privacy. See Confidentiality

Professional Practice
all cash, no hassle (Letter), Oct p 5
future physicians dissuaded by hassles (Letter), Jun p 5
Homer, Ladon W.: we can take back the profession, Sep pp 48-49
should physicians dress professionally, as opposed to casually, when they see patients? (Back Talk), Jan p 53
tort reform makes good medicine, Jan pp 28-33

Project C.U.R.E.
volunteer project aids those in need [Project C.U.R.E.] (Capsules), Jun p 16

Prompt Pay . See Insurance, Health, Reimbursement

Proposition 12 . See Tort Reform

Prudential
plaintiffs 7, defendants 2: judge dismisses claims against two defendants, Aug pp 37-39

Psychiatry
diagnosing mental illness: primary care physicians are on the front line of mental health care, Aug pp 24-29

Public Health See also Influenza ; Vaccines and Vaccination
access granted: Project Access programs help disadvantaged Texans, Feb pp 33-35
America's health improving, Feb p 28
comfort for kids: program helps children cope with hurricanes, Jan pp 45-48
decrease the increase: more ESRD patients could collapse existing system, Jun pp 31-34
family funding fight: appropriations change affects women's health programs, Apr pp 27-30
our influenza policy needs a cure (Commentary), Feb pp 7-8
planning for a pandemic (Rounds), Nov pp 14-15
quitters can be winners, but it takes money and effort, Nov pp 45-47
rabies death causes panic (Capsules), Aug p 16
smoke-free ordinances increasing; database now available, Nov p 48
Texas gets a C for mental health care system, May p 38
Texas gets mental health grant, Apr p 30
Texas Medical Association's Healthy Vision 2010: Diagnosis & Treatment, Jan pp 23-26
TMA committee battles youth drinking, May p 37
tobacco: who is winning the war?, Nov pp 48-49
too young: El Paso ordinance curbs underage drinking, May pp 35-38
unsung heroes in state's health care system (Commentary), Sep p 5
vaccinated adults less likely to die from pneumonia (Capsules), May pp 13-14

 

Q

Quality Control
6s, the "new" CIGNA: quality program strives to get it right the first time, Oct pp 39-41

Quality of Health Care
AMA to lobby Congress for clinical quality measures (Capsules), Apr pp 15-16
CMS begins voluntary physician reporting program, Jan pp 43-44
feds make voluntary Medicare reporting easier (Managing Your Practice), Apr p 14
Houston physicians' concerns prompt RediClinic changes, Mar p 30
unsung heroes in state's health care system (Commentary), Sep p 5

 

R

Rabies
rabies death causes panic (Capsules), Aug p 16

Radionuclide Imaging
nuclear medicine added to self-referral prohibition (Managing Your Practice), Apr p 14

Rapini, Ronald P. (Newsmakers), Jul p 64

Recreation
it's June! take a break (MedBytes), Jun p 56
Texas festivals on the Web (MedBytes), Sep p 64

RediClinics
cash-and-carry medicine: grocery stores add health to sundries and notions, Jan pp 41-43
Houston physicians' concerns prompt RediClinic changes, Mar p 30
RediClinics at a glance, Jan p 42
retail clinics bad idea for kids' health, AAP says (Rounds), Dec p 12

Reed, Cyndy
receives TMAF Champion of Health Award, Nov p 14 (photo)

Referral and Consultation
new Medicare policy could impact consultation billing, Mar pp 31-32

Reimbursement Mechanisms See also Insurance, Health, Reimbursement
all cash, no hassle (Letter), Oct p 5
concierge medicine avoids insurance hassles, Aug pp 34-35

Repetitive Strain Injury . See Cumulative Trauma Disorders

Research Funding . See Financing, Government

Retirement
tail coverage [for liability insurance] a must (Managing Your Practice), Sep p 9
TMAIT identifies top 10 mistakes to avoid when planning your retirement (Rounds), Jun p 17

Right to Life . See Value of Life

Rio Grande Valley Health Services District
indigent health care in Texas: the health services district approach, Nov pp 56-58

Rivera-Alsina, Manuel
medicine on the front lines: Dr. Rivera-Alsina returns home after duty in Iraq (Trusted Leader), May pp 43-45 (photo)

Robotics
a four-handed surgeon who never gets tired (Capsules), Apr p 16

Rodgers, George P. (Newsmakers), Mar p 49, Jun p 47

Rodriguez, Rafael A . (Newsmakers), Dec p 44 (photo)

Rohack, Jim (Newsmakers), Feb p 43

Rose, Franklin (Newsmakers), Jul p 65

Rossi, Sylvan
receives TMAF Champion of Health Award, Nov p 14 (photo)

Running
women more likely than men to injure knees (Capsules), Apr p 15

 

S

Safety
100,000 Lives Campaign is paying off (Rounds), Aug pp 19-20
clip, don't nick: physicians target hair removal to cut surgical infections, Apr pp 33-36
don't use these abbreviations, Oct p 26
factors associated with reported parental knowledge of children's school backpack contents in Central Texas, Dec pp 48-52
nurse-friendly hospitals promote patient safety, Aug p 48
patient safety: is your hospital on board?, Mar pp 51-52
patient safety on the Web (MedBytes), Apr p 68
teaching patient safety: TMA-developed course focuses on preventing medical errors, Oct pp 25-27
tell the patient if you make a mistake (Capsules), Jul p 15
Texas health care organizations join national patient safety campaign (Rounds), Jan p 21
TMA gets grant to improve patient safety through technology (Rounds), Jan pp 20-21
TMA's three steps to improve outcomes of Texas patients, Apr p 34

Sagalowsky, Arthur (Newsmakers), Feb pp 43-44

Salaries and Fringe Benefits
court says physician assistants and nurse practitioners deserve overtime pay, Jun p 42

Saltzstein, Edward (Newsmakers), Mar p 48

Sanchez, Eduardo
new job, new challenge: Dr. Sanchez leaves DSHS and looks to the future (Trusted Leader), Oct pp 43-45

Saylak, Daniel W. (Newsmakers), Sep p 48

Schmidt, David R. (Newsmakers), Jul p 65

Scholarships. See Fellowships and Scholarships

Scholl, Catherine L. (Newsmakers), Dec p 44

Schools
the best deal possible [on school tax reform] (Special Report) Jun pp 7-8
under the gun: June 1 deadline looms over [school] tax debate, Apr pp 39-42
high school athletic departments as sentinel surveillance sites for community-associated methicillin-resistant staphylococcal infections, Apr pp 56-61
legislators may tinker with tax reform, senator tells TMA conference (Rounds), Nov pp 13-14
pediatric obesity in Texas: does the Texas Public School Nutrition Policy affect child nutrition?, Oct pp 48-57
spreading the burden: some physicians face new taxes under property tax plan, Aug pp 41-43
Supreme Court decision sets stage for special tax session, Jan p 38
tax deal not a good one (Letter), Aug pp 5-6
TMA thinking about [school-finance] taxes again (Rounds), Feb p 19
would you support a state income tax to fund public schools? (Back Talk), Mar pp 53-54

Schools, Medical See also Students, Medical ; See also  specific medical school
Texas A&M University System Health Science Center College of Medicine
University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston
University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio
University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Enrollment
AAMC calls for 30-percent hike in medical school enrollment, Sep pp 41-43
Texas medical schools have record enrollment, Mar p 39

five Texas medical schools rated tops for Hispanics, Nov pp 53-54
medical schools lauded for Katrina service, Jun p 28
medical schools recommend health districts to solve uninsured patients crisis (Capsules), Jun p 16
Medicare asked to let medical schools handle credentialing, Sep pp 36-37
Texas medical schools ranked nationally for primary care, research, Jun p 29
TMA helps boost diversity (Letter), Apr p 5
UT regents approve $2.56 billion for science initiatives, Oct pp 27-28

Schuster, Jeffrey D. (Newsmakers), Mar p 48

Science
T-STEM launches effort to improve math and science skills (Capsules), Mar p 15
UT regents approve $2.56 billion for science initiatives, Oct pp 27-28

Sekula-Gibbs, Shelley
carrying on, Sep p 47 (photo)

Selden, Audrey
Selden leaves TDI ombudsman post, Nov p 42

Self-Referral . See Physician-Self Referral

Sentinel Surveillance
high school athletic departments as sentinel surveillance sites for community-associated methicillin-resistant staphylococcal infections, Apr pp 56-61

Seroepidemiologic Studies
hepatitis C seroprevalence: selected health care settings in Texas, Mar pp 56-61

SETON Healthcare Network
SETON, UTMB to expand graduate medical education in Austin, Feb p 40

Sex
who's worth more? gender bias in reimbursement, Oct pp 20-24

Sex Offenses
consent may not matter: law requires reporting suspected sexual abuse, Jun pp 41-43

Sexual Behavior
consent may not matter: law requires reporting suspected sexual abuse, Jun pp 41-43

Sexually Transmitted Diseases
hepatitis C seroprevalence: selected health care settings in Texas, Mar pp 56-61

Sharp, John , Apr p 19 (photo)

Sherman, David G. (Newsmakers), Apr p 52 (photo)

Shippy, Angela A. (Newsmakers), Oct p 45

Silverberg, Kaylen (Newsmakers), Jan p 52

Simonson, Robert (Newsmakers), Dec p 43

Smallpox
study shows few serious problems among smallpox vaccines, Feb p 36

Smith, Archie Dan (Newsmakers), Dec p 42

Smith, Barry S. (Newsmakers), Dec p 43 (photo)

Smoking
a deadly combination [smoking and obesity] (Capsules), Jul pp 17-17
lights! camera! cigarettes! (Capsules), Jan p 14
smoke-free ordinances increasing; database now available, Nov p 48
smoking habits of young Latinos examined, Jun p 34
tobacco: who is winning the war?, Nov pp 48-49

Smoking Cessation
Amarillo clears the way, Nov p 47
an antismoking campaign by the numbers, Nov p 46
a clinical toolkit for treating tobacco dependence, Nov p 46
a cost-effectiveness evaluation of single and combined smoking cessation interventions in Texas, Aug pp 50-55
quitters can be winners, but it takes money and effort, Nov pp 45-47
smoking cessation (MedBytes), Nov p 64

Snyder, Ned, III (Newsmakers), Jan p 50, Dec pp 43-44 (photo)

Snyder, Richard W. (Newsmakers), Jun pp 47-48

Soch, Kathleen R. (Newsmakers), Dec p 42

Societies, Medical See also American Medical Association ; Texas Medical Association
the delegate's delegate: William G. Gamel (Trusted Leader), Feb pp 41-43 (photo)
Maslow's hierarchy and the medical profession (The AMA View), Jan pp 51-52

Spalding, Mary (Newsmakers), Mar p 48

Spencer, Donald C. (Newsmakers), Sep p 46

Sports
high school athletic departments as sentinel surveillance sites for community-associated methicillin-resistant staphylococcal infections, Apr pp 56-61

Stanbaugh, Glen
pitfalls and joy: my life as a doctor (Trusted Leader), Apr pp 49-52 (photo)

Staphylococcal Skin Infections
high school athletic departments as sentinel surveillance sites for community-associated methicillin-resistant staphylococcal infections, Apr pp 56-61

Stem Cells
stem cell research to be expanded (Capsules), Feb p 17

Stephenson, Betty
death claims former TMA presidents, Milton V. Davis and Betty Stephenson (Rounds), Nov pp 18-19

Stokes, Eugene W. (Newsmakers), Dec p 43 (photo)

Strate, Susan
presents TMAF Heart of Gold Award to Fredye Factor, Nov p 14 (photo)

Stress Disorder, Traumatic
comfort for kids: program helps children cope with hurricanes, Jan pp 45-48
screening for PTSD in a primary care setting, Aug p 28

Students See also Children
factors associated with reported parental knowledge of children's school backpack contents in Central Texas, Dec pp 48-52
pediatric obesity in Texas: does the Texas Public School Nutrition Policy affect child nutrition?, Oct pp 48-57

Students, Medical See also Medical Student Section, TMA
the art of listening: UT Houston uses music to enhance students' skills, Sep pp 39-41
Bour, Robert, named Student of Year (Rounds), Jul pp 22-23
cultural humility in medicine: beyond the K-20 pipeline (Medical Student Report), Apr p 7
five Texas medical schools rated tops for Hispanics, Nov pp 53-54
leaving campus: medical student training moving to the community, Mar pp 37-39
lessening the burden: TMA loan programs keep student debt low, Feb pp 37-39
Nguyen-Trong, Jessica, receives AMA Foundation's Leadership Award, Jun p 49 (photo)
PELRP offers loan repayment aid (Rounds), Aug p 20
scholarships available for Houston medical students (Rounds), Aug pp 20-21
TMA helps boost diversity (Letter), Apr p 5
TMA offers wide array of loan, scholarship programs, Feb p 38
TMA Trustee Carolyn Evans presents $5,000 scholarships to five Texas students, Jul p 23 (photo)
when students become teachers (Medical Student Report), Mar pp 7-8
work hours don't concern Texas students, Mar p 39

Substance-Related Disorders
the economy of prevention: mental health and alcohol and substance abuse, Aug p 29
hepatitis C seroprevalence: selected health care settings in Texas, Mar pp 56-61
teens find kicks in family medicine cabinet (Capsules), Jul p 15
worse than cocaine? prescription and OTC drugs send people to emergency room (Capsules), Jul p 17

Sumaya, Ciro (Newsmakers), Oct p 45

Supermarket Medicine . See RediClinics

Surgical Procedures, Operative
clip, don't nick: physicians target hair removal to cut surgical infections, Apr pp 33-36
a four-handed surgeon who never gets tired (Capsules), Apr p 16
a surgeon's tale [Brian Camazine]: back to West Africa (Trusted Leader), Mar pp 47-51

Suter, Robert E. (Newsmakers), Sep p 48

Swygert, Thomas H. (Newsmakers), Dec p 44

Synucleins
protein may prevent neurodegeneration (Capsules), Jan p 13-14

 

T

T-STEM . See Texas Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Initiative

Taste
tongue blamed for fat cravings (Capsules), Jan p 14

Taxes
the best deal possible [on school tax reform] (Special Report) Jun pp 7-8
under the gun: June 1 deadline looms over [school] tax debate, Apr pp 39-42
legislators may tinker with tax reform, senator tells TMA conference (Rounds), Nov pp 13-14
physicians should examine their practice structure [regarding new tax legislation], Aug p 42
spreading the burden: some physicians face new taxes under property tax plan, Aug pp 41-43
Supreme Court decision sets stage for special tax session, Jan p 38
tax deal not a good one (Letter), Aug pp 5-6
TMA thinking about [school-finance] taxes again (Rounds), Feb p 19
would you support a state income tax to fund public schools? (Back Talk), Mar pp 53-54

Taylor, Larry
where they stand: TMA talks to key lawmakers about the issues, Oct pp 36-37

Technology See also Medical Informatics Applications
ignoring technology: Texas doctors not as wired as they should be
(Rounds), May pp 17-19
[reprint], Jul pp 47-48

Teenagers . See Adolescents

TelaDoc
"Hello, doctor?" Dallas company TelaDoc causes a stir, Mar pp 33-35

Telerobotics. See Robotics

Television
TVs can be dangerous-literally (Capsules), Aug p 15

Terminal Care
TMA provides end-of-life care assistance, Oct p 34
when hope fades: debate rages over who should decide when treatment stops, Oct pp 33-35

Terrorism
investigation of Texas poison center calls regarding a chlorine gas release: implications for terrorist attack toxicosurveillance, May pp 52-57

Terry, Donald (Newsmakers), May p 45

Teuscher, David
Newsmaker, Jan p 52
presents Distinguished Service Award to Mark J. Kubala, Jul p 23 (photo)

Texas See also El Paso, Texas ; Legislature, Texas ; Schools, Medical ; Taxes
CDC says more Texas kids vaccinated last year (Rounds), Dec p 11
a cost-effectiveness evaluation of single and combined smoking cessation interventions in Texas, Aug pp 50-55
dengue and South Texas: information for clinicians, Aug pp 56-58
ED staffing study misses the point (Letter), Nov p 5
emergency medicine in Texas, Sep p 58
hepatitis C seroprevalence: selected health care settings in Texas, Mar pp 56-61
indigent health care in Texas: the health services district approach, Nov pp 56-58
investigation of Texas poison center calls regarding a chlorine gas release: implications for terrorist attack toxicosurveillance, May pp 52-57
new physician license applications soaring, May p 40
painful marks: Texas gets bad grades for pain treatment, Dec pp 31-33
pediatric obesity in Texas: does the Texas Public School Nutrition Policy affect child nutrition?, Oct pp 48-57
physician staffing in emergency departments: results of a Texas survey, Sep pp 52-57
smoke-free ordinances increasing; database now available, Nov p 48
state agencies eyeing budget cuts, Aug p 43
state Medicaid program to cover drug costs for low-income seniors, Mar p 42
stretching Medicaid: Texas hopes to do more with less, Sep pp 19-23
Texas emergency care mediocre, national group says (Capsules), Mar p 13
Texas festivals on the Web (MedBytes), Sep p 64
Texas gets a C for mental health care system, May p 38
Texas gets mental health grant, Apr p 30
Texas Medicare fees posted (Capsules), Apr p 15
Texas Medicare payment error rate plummets, May p 30
Texas sets record for medical license applications, Nov p 52
unsung heroes in state's health care system (Commentary), Sep p 5
winners of drug education grants announced, Jun p 43

Texas Alliance for Patient Access (TAPA)
what TAPA wants [liability insurance reform], Sep p 30

Texas A&M University System Health Science Center College of Medicine
A&M going to four years, Mar p 38
A&M receives AAMC grant for diabetes project, Oct p 28
when students become teachers (Medical Student Report), Mar pp 7-8

Texas Department of Insurance
approves PCTexas network, Dec p 25
ruling lets UnitedHealthcare avoid paying for pathology services, Oct p 40
Selden leaves TDI ombudsman post, Nov p 42
standardized chaos: new credentialing form prompts physician complaints, Sep pp 33-36
TDI orders review of workers' comp payments (Capsules), Aug p 16
work in progress: new workers' comp system still under construction, Nov pp 27-31

Texas Department of Public Safety
painful marks: Texas gets bad grades for pain treatment, Dec pp 31-33

Texas Department of State Health Services
begins online death certificates (Capsules), Aug p 16
hopes to lay whooping on pertussis (Rounds), Nov p 18
launches specialty hospital study, Jun p 38
new job, new challenge: Dr. Eduardo Sanchez leaves DSHS and looks to the future (Trusted Leader), Oct pp 43-45
raises newborn screening fee, Nov p 42
toolkit can help improve programs for employee wellness, Jan p 48

Texas Medical Association
Annual Report: your vision, your voice, your TMA, May [insert]
Board of Trustees: leaving medicine better than we found it, Feb p 43
Committee on Child and Adolescent Health battles youth drinking, May p 37
Council on Socioeconomics: a vision for healthy Texas physician practices, Jun pp 47-48

Delegates to AMA
the delegate's delegate: William G. Gamel (Trusted Leader), Feb pp 41-43 (photo)
Texans putting their boot print on AMA (Rounds), Aug pp 17-19

endorses Gov. Perry's HIT partnership (Rounds), Dec p 11
2006 Fall Conference sets the stage for 2007 legislative session (Rounds), Sep p 13
History of Medicine Gallery exhibit opens (Rounds), Apr p 20

House of Delegates
new leaders elected (Rounds), Jul p 23
oppose chiropractors' scope expansion (Rounds), Jul pp 21-22

Medical Student Section . See Medical Student Section, TMA

Member Services
diabetes, cancer help available to TMA members, Feb p 36
new TMA member service helps battle high power prices (Rounds), Feb p 19
Tara offers TMA members cheaper electricity (Rounds), Nov p 18

Officers
death claims former TMA presidents, Milton V. Davis and Betty Stephenson (Rounds), Nov pp 18-19
the delegate's delegate: William G. Gamel (Trusted Leader), Feb pp 41-43 (photo)
Hinchey, William W., on deck as president elect (Rounds), Jul pp 23-24

Homer, Ladon W.
Dr. Homer takes over (Rounds), Jul pp 23-24
meet the new president: Dr. Homer hopes to improve medicine's professionalism (Trusted Leader), May pp 45-47
receives presidential pin from Robert T. Gunby, Jr., Jul p 22 (photo)
we can take back the profession, Sep pp 48-49
new leaders for House of Delegates (Rounds), Jul p 23
Texas Delegation to AMA officers elected (Rounds), Jul p 23

questions? check out TMA's Web site (Managing Your Practice), Sep p 9
Special Funds Foundation (TMASFF) gets grant to improve patient safety through technology (Rounds), Jan pp 20-21

Student Loans
lessening the burden: TMA loan programs keep student debt low, Feb pp 37-39
TMA offers wide array of loan, scholarship programs, Feb p 38

TexMed 2006
physicians enter artwork in TexMed 2006 Physician Art Exhibit, Jul p 24 (photo)
TexMed 2006 draws on the art of medicine (Rounds), Mar pp 17-19
TexMed 2006 set for Houston next month (Rounds), Apr pp 17-18

TMA Communities
enter the TMA Community to connect, learn, and share (Rounds), Jul p 27
TMA Joy of Medicine Community strives to balance physicians' lives (Rounds), Sep pp 14-15
TMA Office Technologies Community taking off like wildfire (Rounds), Aug p 22

TMA Folio: we have a winner: Adam S. Miner, MD (Rounds), Mar p 18
TMA helps Katrina-ravaged physicians (Rounds), Jan p 19

TMA Knowledge Center
Ask the TMA Knowledge Center
billing Medicare for nonphysician practitioners, Oct p 18
can I give discounts to patients who pay cash or pay promptly?, Jul p 28
formal vs. informal CME credit, May p 19
how much can we charge for copying medical records?, Apr p 21
is the TMA membership directory available online?, Nov p 20
overpayment and refunds to insurance carriers, Mar p 21
in Texas, who can consent to the immunization of minors?, Dec p 13
workers' compensation reimbursement for nurse practitioners and physician assistants (Rounds), Sep p 16
get answers...online! (Rounds), Jun p 19
leaving medicine better than we found it (Trusted Leader), Feb pp 43-44

TMA Physician Services
can cure your practice, Dec p 38
can help you reduce your embezzlement risk (Rounds), Feb p 22
help with recruiting office staff (Rounds), Jun p 19
offers on-site coding class with CME (Managing Your Practice), Jan p 11; (Rounds), Oct p 17
someone's watching: mystery shoppers help physicians improve customer service, Dec pp 37-38
what can practice production numbers tell you? (Managing Your Practice), Jun p 11

TMA urges lawmakers to boost Medicaid physician fees, Dec p 24

TMA Web Site
questions? check out TMA's Web site (Managing Your Practice), Sep p 9
TMA provides end-of-life care assistance, Oct p 34

Texas Medical Association Alliance
Keely Hunsaker takes presidential oath from Pat Hyer, Jul p 22 (photo)

Texas Medical Association Foundation
2006 TMA Foundation gala presents an opportunity to make a difference (Rounds), Feb p 20
Champion of Health Award presented, Nov p 14 (photo)
gift to TMAF supports TMA programs (Rounds), May p 20

Texas Medical Association Insurance Trust
TMAIT identifies top 10 mistakes to avoid when planning your retirement (Rounds), Jun p 17

Texas Medical Board
sides with physicians over pathology billing, Aug pp 33-34
TMB begins regulating office-based anesthesia services, Nov p 35

Texas Medical Foundation
works nationwide to improve case review activities (Rounds), Jan p 21

Texas-Mexico Border . See United States-Mexico Border

Texas Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Initiative
T-STEM launches effort to improve math and science skills (Capsules), Mar p 15

Texas Society of Pathologists
TMA, TSP seek state review of UnitedHealthcare pathology payments (Rounds), Feb pp 19-20

TexMed 2006 . See Texas Medical Association--TexMed 2006

TEXPAC
house call on Capitol Hill (Medical Student Report), May p 5
physicians, alliance members endorsed by TEXPAC, Mar p 44
TEXPAC urges unity, Jan p 40

Theft
how to minimize embezzlement (Rounds), Apr p 20
TMA Physician Services can help you reduce your embezzlement risk (Rounds), Feb p 22

Thompson, James C. (Newsmakers), Apr p 52 (photo)

Tissue Donors
uninsured [donated] hearts keep beating (Capsules), Mar p 14

Tobacco Smoke Pollution
smoke-free ordinances increasing; database now available, Nov p 48

Tobacco Use Cessation . See Smoking Cessation

Todd, Joe M. (Newsmakers), Jun p 48

Tongue
tongue blamed for fat cravings (Capsules), Jan p 14

Tort Reform
chronology of rate cuts by Texas liability insurers since Proposition 12 (Rounds), Nov p 16
Proposition 12 benefits continue for physicians, patients, Dec p 29
Proposition 12 was a really good idea (Rounds), Jun pp 18-19
Texas liability reform an example for the nation (Commentary), Jul pp 5-6
tort reform lowers premiums, improves patients' access (Rounds), Nov pp 15-18
tort reform makes good medicine, Jan pp 28-33
tort reform on the Web (MedBytes), Jan p 68

Toxic Substances . See Hazardous Substances

Traumatic Stress Disorder . See Stress Disorder, Traumatic

Treatment Outcome
TMA's three steps to improve outcomes of Texas patients, Apr p 34

Treatment Withdrawal . See Withholding Treatment

Tripathy, Debu (Newsmakers), Apr pp 52-53 (photo)

Tyring, Stephen (Newsmakers), Jul p 64

 

U

Uncompensated Care
internist, Rebeca Mayol-Sharp treats a young patient, May p 48 (photo)
only two-thirds of U.S. physicians providing charity care, May p 38

Undocumented Aliens . See Emigration and Immigration

Unger, Roger (Newsmakers), Jun p 48

UNICEF
UNICEF joins Baylor in pediatric AIDS battle, Apr p 36

Uninsured . See Medically Uninsured

United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
ACIP recommends expanded flu shots for children, Apr p 28

United States Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
AMA to lobby Congress for clinical quality measures (Capsules), Apr pp 15-16
CMS does not extend physician-owned hospital moratorium (Rounds), Oct pp 15-16
delays new MUE policy (Capsules), May p 14
unlikely to extend specialty hospital moratorium, Aug p 43
voluntary physician reporting program begins, Jan pp 43-44

United States Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG)
how to keep HHS happy (Managing Your Practice), Mar p 12
OIG plans Medicare investigations (Capsules), Feb pp 17-18

United States Drug Enforcement Administration
DEA proposes new Schedule II drug rule, Dec p 32

United States Food and Drug Administration
FDA approves West Nile test to screen blood, Feb pp 35-36
FDA restricts Accutane (Managing Your Practice), Mar p 11
a pox on your practice: iPLEDGE program scars dermatologists, May pp 29-31

United States-Mexico Border
guide for herbal product use by Mexican Americans in the largest Texas-Mexico border community, Feb pp 46-57
providers of herbal products in the largest US-Mexico border community, Jan pp 56-60

United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration
keeping OSHA happy (Managing Your Practice), Jan p 11

UnitedHealthcare
LabCorp replaces Quest Diagnostics (Managing Your Practice), Dec p 9
plaintiffs 7, defendants 2: judge dismisses claims against two defendants, Aug pp 37-39
TDI ruling lets UnitedHealthcare avoid paying for pathology services, Oct p 40
Texas Medical Board sides with physicians over pathology billing, Aug pp 33-34
TMA, TSP seek state review of UnitedHealthcare pathology payments (Rounds), Feb pp 19-20
UnitedHealthcare: slow pay, big fine, Mar pp 29-31

University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston
the art of listening: UT Houston uses music to enhance students' skills, Sep pp 39-41
new job, new challenge: Dr. Eduardo Sanchez leaves DSHS and looks to the future (Trusted Leader), Oct pp 43-45

University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio
medical school names new dean, William L. Henrich, Feb pp 39-40

University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
establishes first inflammatory breast cancer clinic, Dec p 35
Mendelsohn, John, M.D. Anderson president receives international award for cancer research, Apr p 36

University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
establishes nursing research center, Apr pp 35-36
old red in the red: layoffs first step in UTMB plan to erase budget deficit, Nov pp 51-53
SETON, UTMB to expand graduate medical education in Austin, Feb p 40

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
selected for cardiac study (Rounds), Sep p 15
tests new asthma medicine for inner-city children, Dec pp 33-35
UT researchers link type 2 diabetes acidity to higher risk for kidney stones, Jun p 32
UT scientists make progress in autism study, Jul pp 17-18

University of Texas Systems Board of Regents
UT regents approve $2.56 billion for science initiatives, Oct pp 27-28

 

V

Vaccines and Vaccination See also Immunization
ACIP recommendations for the 2006-2007 influenza season, Dec p 22
ACIP recommends expanded flu shots for children, Apr p 28
Boostrix on the market for adolescents, Jan p 46
CDC says more Texas kids vaccinated last year (Rounds), Dec p 11
the day the flu vaccine ran out!, Dec pp 16-21
doc, stick out your arm [for flu vaccination], Dec p 19
DSHS hopes to lay whooping on pertussis (Rounds), Nov p 18
flu shots: don't forget senior citizens (Managing Your Practice), Oct p 13
influenza (MedBytes), Dec p 60
JCAHO to require flu shots for health care workers (Rounds), Sep p 14
order flu vaccine for next year (Rounds), Mar p 20
our influenza policy needs a cure (Commentary), Feb pp 7-8
physicians to get priority for some flu vaccine doses (Rounds), Sep pp 13-14
state law requires [influenza] vaccination, Dec p 20
study shows few serious problems among smallpox vaccines, Feb p 36
vaccinated adults less likely to die from pneumonia (Capsules), May pp 13-14

Vallbona, Carlos (Newsmakers), Jul p 66

Value of Life
when hope fades: debate rages over who should decide when treatment stops, Oct pp 33-35

Van Horn, Gage (Newsmakers), Apr p 52

Vanatta, John (Newsmakers), Sep p 48 (photo)

Varma, Surendra K ., Jan pp 52-53

Vera, Robert W. (Newsmakers), Mar p 48

Voluntary Workers
getting ready for the next one [readying list of volunteer physicians], Dec p 28
volunteer project aids those in need [Project C.U.R.E.] (Capsules), Jun p 16
volunteers protected: good Samaritan law helpful during disasters, Dec pp 27-28

 

W

Wages . See Salaries and Fringe Benefits

Wall, H. James , Jun p 49 (photo)

Web Sites . See Internet and World Wide Web

Weight-Bearing
factors associated with reported parental knowledge of children's school backpack contents in Central Texas, Dec pp 48-52

West Nile Virus
Baylor identifies people at risk for West Nile virus (Capsules), Jan p 15
FDA approves West Nile test to screen blood, Feb pp 35-36

Wheeler, Thomas (Newsmakers), Jul p 66

Whitehurst, Darren
where they stand: TMA talks to key lawmakers about the issues, Oct pp 36-37

Whitman, Jeffrey (Newsmakers), Jan p 53 (photo)

Whooping Cough
Boostrix on the market for adolescents, Jan p 46
DSHS hopes to lay whooping on pertussis (Rounds), Nov p 18

Willerson, James T. (Newsmakers), Apr p 53

Williams, Josie (Newsmakers), Sep p 48

Winter, F. David (Newsmakers), Dec pp 43-44 (photo)

Withholding Treatment
when hope fades: debate rages over who should decide when treatment stops, Oct pp 33-35

Women
another first for Dr. Dianna Burns: San Antonio pediatrician blazes trails (Trusted Leader), Jun pp 45-47 (photo)
women more likely than men to injure knees (Capsules), Apr p 15

Women's Health Services
consent may not matter: law requires reporting suspected sexual abuse, Jun pp 41-43
family funding fight: appropriations change affects women's health programs, Apr pp 27-30
who's worth more? gender bias in reimbursement, Oct pp 20-24
women's health (MedBytes), Oct p 64

Workers' Compensation
negotiating workers' comp managed care contracts, May pp 31-32
TDI approves PCTexas network, Dec p 25
TDI orders review of workers' comp payments (Capsules), Aug p 16
work in progress: new workers' comp system still under construction, Nov pp 27-31
workers' compensation reimbursement for nurse practitioners and physician assistants (Ask the TMA Knowledge Center), Sep p 16

World Wide Web . See Internet and World Wide Web

Wounds and Injuries
TVs can be dangerous-literally (Capsules), Aug p 15

 

X

Xolair. See Omalizumab

 

Y

Yates, Scott W. (Newsmakers), Dec p 43 (photo)

Yeh, Edward T. H. (Newsmakers), Oct p 45

Youens, Robert
receives TMAF Champion of Health Award, Nov p 14 (photo)

 

Z

Zeitler, Irvin E., Jr. (Newsmakers), Sep p 47

Zuckerman, Marc (Newsmakers), Mar p 48

Zweighaft, Ronald (Newsmakers), Mar p 49

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