Table of Contents -- April 2002

Texas Medicine Logo

Vol. 98 No. 4

COVER STORY

The Sad State of Children's Mental Health
There's no way to sugarcoat this. Texas is doing a lousy job of providing services to children with mental health problems. In some cases, parents run out of options and become so desperate they turn their kids over to the juvenile justice or child protective services systems in hopes they'll get help.

By Ken Ortolon

LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS

Policing Physicians
Some people think the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners is letting some bad apples in the medical profession get away with only a slap on the wrist. But the board says it's doing what it can with limited resources.

By Ken Ortolon

LAW

See You in Court
PacifiCare and several bankrupt independent practice associations are to be hauled into court by physicians irate over mounting stacks of unpaid claims. TMA and the Texas attorney general have joined the fight.

By Walt Borges

MEDICAL ECONOMICS

Dumping Insurance
Tired of insurance hassles? An Austin physician was, so he decided to stop taking insurance and establish what's called an annual-fee practice. It was either that or hang up his stethoscope.

By Walt Borges

QUALITY

Look Before You Leap
A group of large employers who call themselves the Leapfrog Group have come up with a plan they say will save lives by reducing medical errors. But some physicians wonder if it won't make the situation worse.

By Ken Ortolon

JOURNAL

Management of Traumatic Hyphema in Texas

By Joan L. Kelly, MD; and Preston H. Blomquist, MD

ROUNDS

Politics, Money, and Bioterrorism * MedBytes * TexMed 2002 Preview * License To Kill Cancer *Contract Clause of the Month

DEPARTMENTS

Editor's Note
From Your President
The AMA View
People
Profile
Information for Authors
Physicians' Referral Directory
Classified Directory
Healthy Ending           

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