Table of Contents -- March 2002

Texas Medicine Logo

  Vol. 98 No. 3

COVER STORY

Sick Doctors
What happens when doctors become patients?  Do they follow their doctors' instructions? Not always. Does their medical training help? Not really. Does it make them better doctors because they know what their patients are going through? Absolutely. One doctor says he learned how comforting a simple touch can be. These and other physicians talk about what it's like when the exam tables are turned.

By Larry BeSaw

SCIENCE

Heartier Heart Care
TMA efforts such as the HeartCare Partnership, Project WATCH, and the Stroke Project are helping Texas physicians improve how they treat heart attack and stroke. That's great news because a federal government report ranked Texas near the bottom in many quality indicators.

By Ken Ortolon

LAW

Fanning the Flames
The fines and restitution the state imposed on major insurance companies for violating the prompt pay law have done little to satisfy physicians stiffed by the insurers' failure to pay on time. In fact, the controversy is as hot as ever.

By Walt Borges

MEDICAL ECONOMICS

Thinking Inside the Box
Four boxes on the forms physicians submit to get their claims paid are causing headaches for doctors. Some wonder if insurers are scheming to increase scrutiny of claims.

By Walt Borges

MEDICAL EDUCATION

More Medical Schools?
There's a push on in Texas to create new medical schools or expand some that already exist, particularly in the underserved areas along the border. However, there are some real concerns about whether we need any new schools.

By Ken Ortolon

LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS

Redistricting Fallout
There are going to be lot of new faces and a steep learning curve when the Texas Legislature convenes in 2003, thanks to a redistricting plan that prompted a scramble for seats and caused several veteran lawmakers to retire. The question is, how will the turnover affect medicine's agenda in the next session?

By Ken Ortolon

TMA 2001 Annual Report: "America's Best Medical Society"

THE JOURNAL

A Citywide Evaluation of Identification of Risk Factors for Cardiovascular Disease in Emergency Department Patients Complaining of Chest Pain

By H.X. Nguyen, MD; T.E. Tenner, PhD; L.A. Jenkins, MD; H. Andrew Hansen II, MD; and L.O. Lutherer, MD, PhD

ROUNDS

April in Dallas * Foundation Gala * Electronic Library Resources *  Dr. Homer Honored * Healthier Kids * MedBytes * Colon Cancer Screening * In Case You Missed It * Contract Clause of the Month

DEPARTMENTS

Editor's Note
Commentary
Letters
The AMA View
People
Information for Authors
Physicians' Referral Directory
Classified Directory
Healthy Ending            

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