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A

Abnormalities
are birth defects more prevalent along the Texas-Mexico border?, Nov pp 54-59

Abortion
physicians cannot face death penalty for abortions, Mar p 27

Accidental Falls
Texas A&M to evaluate fall prevention program, Sep p 42

Achievement
Dr. Nancy W. Dickey elected to Institute of Medicine, Dec pp 54-55

Acosta, Manuel
TEXPAC's endorsement formula, Nov pp 20, 22 (photo)

Admission. See Patient Admission

Adolescents
estimated prevalence of hyperinsulinemia among Mexican-American adolescents in South Texas, Feb pp 38-40
infectious disease and the adolescent immigrant, Feb pp 41-42

Aetna Inc.
keeping Aetna's feet to the settlement fire, Jul p 42
resolution of Aetna RICO lawsuit settlement compliance issues (Rounds), Jan pp 13, 15

Aged
random thoughts on wisdom in old age (Commentary), Jun pp 5-6

Albumins
subnormal prealbumin levels and wound healing, Aug pp 66-68

Alcoholism
the elephant in the exam room (Commentary), Jul p 9

Allen, Bohn, Dec pp 42 (photo)

Allied Health Personnel See also Health Personnel
billing Medicare for joint services (Managing Your Practice), Jul p 13
a new game plan: TMA switches to offense for 2007 legislative session, Jan pp 19-23
set parameters for nonphysician practitioners (Managing Your Practice), Dec p 5

Ambulatory Care Facilities
patients satisfied with retail health clinics, Jun p 38
retail health clinics targeted by AMA House of Delegates (Rounds), Sep p 15

American Academy of Emergency Medicine
AAEM files suit to block ED takeover by Houston Memorial Hermann Healthcare System, Nov pp 44-45

American Medical Association
House of Delegates
AMA votes to take on rank ranking plans (Rounds), Sep pp 14-16
delegates struggle with Medicare cuts ... again (Rounds), Jan pp 11-12
Dr. Russ Kridel wins election to Council on Science and Public Health (Rounds), Sep pp 15
health care leadership, Texas-style (Rounds), Jan p 12
Medicare and CHIP increases supported (Rounds), Sep pp 14-15
retail health clinics targeted (Rounds), Sep pp 15
three Texas resolutions advance (Rounds), Sep p 16
TMA leaders in action (Rounds), Sep p 16

medicine's national voice grows louder on uninsured (From the AMA), Nov p 15
Presidential Citation for Service to the Public, given to Harris County Medical Society for Katrina efforts (Rounds), Jan p 12
"sure doc, whatever you say" (The AMA View), Apr p 50
TEXPAC, AMPAC at odds over contributions (Rounds), Jun pp 16-17

Anderson, Garland D. (Newsmakers), Aug p 59

Anemia|
FDA issues anemia drug warning (Managing Your Practice), Jun p 12

Annis, Joe, Dec p 10 (photo)

Anti-Bacterial Agents
Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP) Module 1: Infection Prevention, Mar p 33 [16 pages]

Arambula, Michael (Newsmakers), Sep p 49

Armstrong, Lance, Aug p 47 (photo), Dec p 13 (photo)

Askew, Robert E., Sr. (Newsmakers), Aug p 59

Awards and Prizes
C. Frank Webber Award presented to William W. Hinchey (Rounds), Jul p 18
Distinguished Service Award presented to D. Clifford Burross, Jul p 21 (photo)
Ernest and Sarah Butler Awards for Excellence in Science and Teaching awarded, Jul p 18 (photo)
former Texas Medicine associate editor wins Jordan award (Rounds), May p 16
Harris County Medical Society receives AMA award for Katrina efforts (Rounds), Jan p 12

John P. McGovern Champion of Health Award
awarded by Texas Medical Association Foundation (Foundation Spotlight), Nov p 12
presented to Dallas County Medical Society (Rounds), Dec p 12 (photo)

Medical Student Section awards presented during House of Delegates session (Rounds), Jul p 18
Patel, Chirag, receives Student of Year Award (Rounds), Jul p 18
physician reporters: enter TMA's Anson Jones, MD, Awards (Rounds), Nov pp 11-12
Plano family practice wins national award [for use of Web site], Jan p 40
TMA honors 10 lawmakers as Texas Medicine's Best (Rounds), Dec pp 11-12
Young at Heart Award presented to Lyle Thorstenson (Rounds), Jul p 18

Aylor, Arden
physician testimony plays key role in legislative victories, Aug pp 31-32

B

Badillo, Ricardo
receives TMA minority scholarship, Jul p 17 (photo)

Baldwin, John C.
Texas Tech names new president, Amarillo dean, Aug p 57

Barron, Elaine M. (Newsmakers), Sep p 48

Bates, Jeffrey C. (Newsmakers), Aug p 60

Baycol
Bayer Corporation's disclosure of drug risk required, Mar p 27

Baylor College of Medicine, Houston
Baylor to break ground on new hospital, Jul p 46

Be Wise-Immunize. See Immunization

Bell, Charles E., Mar pp 41 (photo)

Benavides, Luis, Aug p 29 (photo)

Bergstresser, Paul R. (Newsmakers), Aug p 60

Bicycle Helmets. See Head Protective Devices

Bill Collecting. See Patient Credit and Collection

Birth Defects. See Abnormalities

Blood Transfusion
Chagas disease: an update for Texas physicians, May pp 45-46
TRALI: rare but deadly, May pp 46-47

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas
don't forget to appeal Blue Cross [network] decision (Managing Your Practice), Dec p 6
Oct. 19 is Blue Cross [antiracketeering lawsuit] claims-filing deadline (Rounds), Sep pp 11-12
physicians win again: Blue Cross settlement latest in RICO victories, Jul pp 39-42
TMA, Blue Cross agree on BlueCompare modifications (Rounds), May p 13
what TMA did-and continues to do-about BlueCompare (Rounds), May pp 13-15

Border Health
are birth defects more prevalent along the Texas-Mexico border?, Nov pp 54-59
border health (MedBytes), Feb p 64
border pandemic influenza planning and response efforts, Feb pp 35-37
commentary: missed opportunities and lessons learned, Feb pp 46-47
defusing a time bomb: TMA leadership impacts border health, Feb pp 28-29
establishment of the United States-Mexico Border Health Commission, Feb pp 30-31
estimated prevalence of hyperinsulinemia among Mexican-American adolescents in South Texas, Feb pp 38-40
exotic disease in the migrant patient, Feb pp 43-45
infectious disease and the adolescent immigrant, Feb pp 41-42
Symposium on Border Health, Feb pp 23-52
telemedicine demonstration projects along the Texas-Mexico border, Feb pp 48-50
"they deserve nothing less," Feb p 27
traveling care (Trusted Leader), Feb pp 55-56
tuberculosis among Mexican-American immigrants, Feb pp 32-34

Botsford, Lindsay K. (Newsmakers), Jun p 42

Bradley, Richard N. (Newsmakers), Jun p 42

Brain Injuries
CDC updates concussion guidelines, Aug p 48
Hard Hats perfect for Brain Injury Awareness Month (Rounds), Sep p 16

Brazosport Regional Health System
mediate, don't litigate: hospital, physicians avoid courthouse showdown, Nov pp 41-45

Brown, Fred, Dec p 32 (photo)

Buchanan, George (Newsmakers), Feb p 56 (photo)

Burgess, Michael
Burgess says SGR [Sustainable Growth Rate] fix not likely this year (Rounds), Dec pp 10-11 (photo)
discusses Medicare physician payment formula, Feb p 11 (photo)
files bill to cut adults from CHIP rolls, Apr p 45
legislation addresses Medicare, physician workforce issues, Sep p 30 (photo)

Burross, D. Clifford
receives TMA Distinguished Service Award, Jul p 21 (photo)

Burson, Dusty
receives Young Physicians Section Michael O'Malley Rural Scholarship Award (Rounds), Jul p 18

Butler, Max
presents Distinguished Service Award to D. Clifford Burross, Jul p 21 (photo)

Byars, Marisa
receives TMA minority scholarship, Jul p 17 (photo)

C

Callender, David L.
Dr. Callender named UTMB president, Jul p 47

Camarillo, Randal Matthew (Newsmakers), Apr p 48

Cancer. See Neoplasms

Cantu, David
Prop 12 payoff: tort reform saves medical practices, Sep pp 18-23

Cardiovascular Surgical Procedures
Cooley, Denton: sixty years of cardiovascular surgery (Trusted Leader), Sep pp 47-49 (photo)

Care Focused Purchasing (CFP)
Mercer, employers launch nationwide claims database, Jul p 29

Carona, John
TMA honors 10 lawmakers as Texas Medicine's Best (Rounds), Dec pp 11, 12

Casscells, S. Ward (Newsmakers), Apr p 48

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)

Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology
seal of approval: CCHIT aims to minimize HIT hassles, Jan pp 37-39

Cervical Neoplasms
the HPV controversy: trying to prevent a killer creates concerns, Apr pp 29-33
HPV vaccine and cervical cancer, Apr p 32Apr pp 33

Chagas Disease
Chagas disease: an update for Texas physicians, May pp 45-46

Charities
Physicians Benevolent Fund (PBF) helps us take care of our own (Rounds), Nov pp 10-11

Charity Care. See Uncompensated Care

Children. See also Adolescents ; Head Protective Devices ; Immunization
eating ourselves to death: the cost of obesity, Jun pp 20-26
one doctor's mission [to prevent obesity], Jun p 23
pandemic influenza planning in Texas: the pediatric perspective, Oct pp 48-53
physicians to help state spend Medicaid funds for children, Nov pp 50-51
POEP helps battle childhood cancer (Foundation Spotlight), Sep p 17
state to launch managed care plan for foster children, Dec pp 48-49
TMA physician's guide to child mental health, Nov p 30

Children's Health and Medicare Protection (CHAMP) Act
Medicare bill not perfect; TMA supports CHAMP, but works for change, Sep pp 27-31

Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
AMA House of Delegates supports Medicare and CHIP increases (Rounds), Sep pp 14-15
Burgess files bill to cut adults from CHIP rolls, Apr p 45
[funding of SCHIP] Burgess says SGR [Sustainable Growth Rate] fix not likely this year (Rounds), Dec p 11
HHSC cancels troubled social services contract, May p 43
lawmakers approve Medicaid reforms, restore CHIP funding, Jul p 36
NBS3 test card allowed in newborn screening (Rounds), Jun p 18
a new game plan: TMA switches to offense for 2007 legislative session, Jan pp 19-23
state begins new CHIP perinatal program (Rounds), Jan pp 12-13

Chiropractic
a new game plan: TMA switches to offense for 2007 legislative session, Jan pp 19-23
pet peeves [about legislation] (Commentary), May pp 5-6

Chisum, Warren
TMA honors 10 lawmakers as Texas Medicine's Best (Rounds), Dec pp 11, 12

Chlamydia Infections
CDC guidelines for expedited partner therapy (EPT), Jan p 28

Cigarettes. See Tobacco

CIGNA HealthCare
impact of the CIGNA settlement expiration, Dec pp 42-43

Claims. See Insurance Claim Reporting

Clinical Competence
reentry problems: returning to practice after a break not easy, Nov pp 33-37

Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment
CLIA meets HIPAA (Managing Your Practice), Nov p 6

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

Coding for Insurance Reimbursement. See Insurance Claim Reporting

Collection of Accounts. See Patient Credit and Collection

Communicable Disease Control
pandemic influenza: a primer, Oct pp 31-34
pandemic planning for office-based practices, Oct pp 45-47
practical challenges in a hospital pandemic influenza preparedness plan, Oct pp 38-41
the role of nonpharmaceutical interventions during a pandemic, Oct pp 42-44

Communicable Diseases
Chagas disease: an update for Texas physicians, May pp 45-46
infectious disease and the adolescent immigrant, Feb pp 41-42

Communication
health literacy (MedBytes), Apr p 64
insurers offer tips on communicating with patients, Apr p 25
"sure doc, whatever you say" (The AMA View), Apr p 50
TMA practice e-Tips can help, too [with communication], Apr p 26
toolkits ensure patients understand medication, Apr p 24
what?!? when patients just don't understand you, Apr pp 20-26

Community Health Centers
development of a federally qualified health center in Houston, Texas, Jul pp 56-59

Concussion. See Brain Injuries

Confidentiality
TMA denounces feds' NPI Internet posting decision (Managing Your Practice), Aug p 10

Congenital, Hereditary, and Neonatal Disease and Abnormalities
are birth defects more prevalent along the Texas-Mexico border?, Nov pp 54-59

Consultants
be wary of consultants (Managing Your Practice), Apr p 11

Consultation. See Remote Consultations

Consumer Participation
economic survival: consumer-directed health plans pose financial challenges, Jun pp 35-37
transparency lacking in consumer-driven health care (Rounds), Dec p 10

Contraceptive Agents
Women's Health Program (WHP) contraceptives (Managing Your Practice), Apr p 11

Cook, Byron
TMA honors 10 lawmakers as Texas Medicine's Best (Rounds), Dec p 11

Cooley, Denton A.
Newsmakers, Mar p 42
sixty years of cardiovascular surgery (Trusted Leader), Sep pp 47-49 (photo)

Cooper, Bettina, Aug p 23 (photo)

Cost-Benefit Analysis
measuring the measurement: physicians wary of performance-rating schemes, Jul pp 24-30
Mercer, employers launch nationwide claims database, Jul p 29

Cost of Health Care. See Health Care Costs

Costs and Cost Analysis
avoid bankruptcy: monitor your costs closely (Managing Your Practice), Nov p 5

Coventry Health Care, Inc.
appeals court upholds dismissal of United, Coventry from RICO lawsuit, Aug p 37

Credentialing
TDI changes standardized credentialing application (Rounds), Mar p 13

Cultural Diversity
diversity is subject of Dallas conference (Rounds), May p 17

D

Darbepoetin Alfa
FDA issues anemia drug warning (Managing Your Practice), Jun p 12

Darby, Drew, Dec p 32 (photo)

Darrouzet, Michael
TMA refines its advocacy process, Oct p 11 (photo)

Davis, Genevieve
free advice: TMA's mini-consults offer one-on-one help, Nov pp 47-50 (photo)

Death
random thoughts on wisdom in old age (Commentary), Jun pp 5-6

Death Certificates
online death registration is available (Rounds), May pp 17-18
state wants electronic death certificates (Managing Your Practice), Sep p 9

Debridement
Medicare to scrutinize surgical debridement (Managing Your Practice), Aug p 9

Decubitus Ulcer. See Pressure Ulcer

Delisi, Dianne White
speaker at TMA Winter Conference, Apr p 16 (photo)
TMA honors 10 lawmakers as Texas Medicine's Best (Rounds), Dec p 11

Delivery of Health Care
patients satisfied with retail health clinics, Jun p 38
perseverance and reward (Reflections on Medicine), Dec pp 16-17
traveling care (Trusted Leader), Feb pp 55-56

Delmer, Merle W., Dec p 13 (photo)

Dengue
exotic disease in the migrant patient, Feb pp 43-45

Dermatoglyphics
TMB now requires physicians' fingerprints for licenses (Rounds), Sep p 11

Deuell, Robert
TEXPAC's endorsement formula, Nov p 20 (photo)

Diabetes Mellitus
diabetes risk factors and testing in a Texas family medicine clinic, Mar pp 46-50
estimated prevalence of hyperinsulinemia among Mexican-American adolescents in South Texas, Feb pp 38-40
Medicare expands diabetes care (Managing Your Practice), Feb p 9
random thoughts on wisdom in old age (Commentary), Jun pp 5-6
TAFP Foundation receives HIT grant for rural diabetes care, Jan p 39

Diagnosis, Laboratory
pathology services billing (Rounds), Sep pp 13-14

Dickey, Nancy W.
Dr. Dickey elected to Institute of Medicine, Dec pp 54-55

Disease Management
online disease management adherence programs available to TMA members (Managing Your Practice), Jun p 12

Diversity. See Cultural Diversity

Doctors Company
Doctors Company approves dividend for policyholders (Rounds), May p 16
insurers offer tips on communicating with patients, Apr p 25

Domestic Violence
interpersonal violence in Texas: a physician's role, Jan pp 44-50
providing information to victims of family violence, Jan p 48

Dove, Dennis, Dec p 51 (photo)

Dragoo, Daniell, Aug p 21 (photo)

Drug and Narcotic Control
DEA is watching (Managing Your Practice), Nov p 6

Drug Industry
Bayer Corporation's disclosure of drug risk required, Mar p 27
medical ethics and the pharmaceutical industry (Medical Student Report), Mar p 5
Oxycontin lawsuit settled, Jul p 43
pharma companies charged in Medicaid fraud scheme, Nov p 44

Drug Interactions
potential effects of over-the-counter sales on omeprazole calls to Texas poison centers, Jun pp 48-51

Drugs. See Pharmaceutical Preparations ; Prescriptions, Drug

DSHS. See Texas Department of State Health Services

Duke, Penelope, Nov p 48 (photo)

Duncan, Robert, Aug p 41 (photo)

Dunnington, Joel
up in smoke: Texas' smoking prevention efforts not enough, Dec pp 21, 22, 26

E

Economics, Medical. See also Insurance Claim Reporting ; Insurance, Health, Reimbursement . See also Medicaid . See also Medicare
are you missing out on your [unclaimed] money? (Managing Your Practice), Sep p 9
a "clear" win: TMA-backed bill makes health care more transparent, Aug pp 41-44
economic survival: consumer-directed health plans pose financial challenges, Jun pp 35-37
economic survival tops Texas physicians' concerns (Rounds), Apr p 14
going online: Texas health plans may pay for online patient consultations, Mar pp 35-37
keeping a tight rein: health plans clamp down on out-of-network referrals, Apr p 37
marketing of seven Medicare Advantage plans suspended, Aug pp 44-45
the Medicare disadvantage: new Medicare managed care plans create confusion, May pp 41-42
Medicare pay cuts: it's time to change the world (Commentary), Jun pp 43-44
new Web site allows consumers to compare hospital charges, Aug p 44
OIG's hammer: Medicaid fraud zealots could nail unsuspecting physicians, Oct pp 17-23 (photo)
patients satisfied with retail health clinics, Jun p 38
physicians generate $1.5 million annually for affiliated hospitals, Jun p 38
seeking common ground: TMA helps cultivate relationships with employers, Sep pp 43-46
take a number: NPI to be required for all electronic transfers, Jan pp 33-35
TDI adopts new clean claim definition, Sep p 46
TDI assists physicians with workers' compensation disputes, Apr p 40
Texas still tops in uninsured, Sep p 44
TMA urges physicians to follow online consultation guidelines, Mar pp 38-39
too little, too late: Medicaid ICM may have limited impact, Dec pp 45-48
transparency lacking in consumer-driven health care (Rounds), Dec p 10
what RelayHealth offers, Mar p 37

Education, Medical. See also Schools, Medical ; Students, Medical
getting back to the country: new TCOM program prepares physicians for rural practice, Jul pp 45-47
legislation addresses Medicare, physician workforce issues, Sep p 30
medical education priorities, Mar p 23
medical school entering class for 2007 largest ever, Dec p 52
reentry problems: returning to practice after a break not easy, Nov pp 33-37
Texas will run out of doctors...over the next few decades, Mar pp 19-24
where'd the scientists go? grant shortage jeopardizes Texas biomedical research, Dec pp 51-54

Education, Medical, Continuing
audio conferences to examine POA [present on admission] initiative, Sep p 34
cruise to Alaska and earn PHR CME (Rounds), Jan p 16
Internet CME: click and learn (Managing Your Practice), Dec p 6
introducing TMA's new risk management audio seminar series (Rounds), Aug p 14
new TMA course explains workers' compensation changes (Rounds), Mar p 14
physician education key to TMA's cancer battle, Aug p 49
self-study course focuses on infection prevention (Rounds), Mar p 16
Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP) Module 1: Infection Prevention, Mar p 33 [16 pages]
Symposium on Border Health, Feb pp 23-52
Symposium on Pandemic Influenza, Oct pp 25-57

Education, Medical, Graduate
keeping them home: TMA, partners win GME funding restoration, Aug pp 55-57
Texas will run out of doctors...over the next few decades, Mar pp 19-24

Educational Status
health literacy (MedBytes), Apr p 64
"sure doc, whatever you say" (The AMA View), Apr p 50
what?!? when patients just don't understand you, Apr pp 20-26

Elderly. See Aged

Elections. See Politics

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

Electronic Preventive Services Selector (ePSS)
create custom preventive care reports (Managing Your Practice), Jan p 9

Embezzlement. See Theft

Emergency Medical Services
AAEM files suit to block ED takeover by Houston Memorial Hermann Healthcare System, Nov pp 44-45
broken minds, broken system: DSHS tries to improve Texas mental health care, Nov pp 27-31
getting paid for emergency care (Managing Your Practice), Jul p 13
tort reform protected: TMA stops challenge to emergency care standard, Aug pp 35-37
uninsured often go to ERs, CDC says, Sep p 42

Emigration and Immigration
care for immigrants with end-stage renal disease in Houston: a comparison of two practices, Apr pp 54-58
exotic disease in the migrant patient, Feb pp 43-45
infectious disease and the adolescent immigrant, Feb pp 41-42
tuberculosis among Mexican-American immigrants, Feb pp 32-34

Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA)
ERISA third-party administration (Managing Your Practice), Mar p 10

Employer Health Costs
seeking common ground: TMA helps cultivate relationships with employers, Sep pp 43-46

Employment. See Health Personnel

EMRs. See Medical Records Systems, Computerized

End-Stage Renal Disease. See Kidney Failure, Chronic

Epocrates
Medicaid PDL available through Epocrates (Rounds), Jun pp 18-19

Epoetin Alfa
FDA issues anemia drug warning (Managing Your Practice), Jun p 12

Eppstein, Bryan
TEXPAC's endorsement formula, Nov pp 21, 22

Erythropoietin
FDA issues anemia drug warning (Managing Your Practice), Jun p 12

Espada, Rafael
touching 14 million hearts: heart surgeon becomes vice-president of Guatemala (Trusted Leader), Jun pp 41-43 (photo)

Ethics, Medical
medical ethics and the pharmaceutical industry (Medical Student Report), Mar p 5

Evans, Carolyn
TMA awards eight minority scholarships at TexMed 2007, Jul p 17 (photo)

Expert Testimony
fraudulent expert testimony harms medicine, survey finds (Rounds), Jun p 15
physician testimony plays key role in legislative victories, Aug pp 31-32

F

Factor, Dennis J.
TMA Foundation names new officers, Aug p 15

Falls. See Accidental Falls

Family
go ahead, charge your brother-in-law (Managing Your Practice), Nov p 5

Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
the medical leave act and you (Managing Your Practice), Feb p 9

Family Medical Specialists of Texas
Plano family practice wins national award [for use of Web site], Jan p 40

Family Violence. See Domestic Violence

Fee-For-Service Plans
marketing of seven Medicare Advantage plans suspended, Aug pp 44-45

Fees, Medical. See also Insurance, Health, Reimbursement
Burgess says SGR [Sustainable Growth Rate] fix not likely this year (Rounds), Dec pp 10-11 (photo)
completing disability income claim forms and other forms (Ask the TMA Knowledge Center), Mar p 15
a historic increase: lawmakers boost Medicaid physician payments, Jul pp 33-36
lawmakers approve Medicaid reforms, restore CHIP funding, Jul p 36
Medicare improves radiology, pathology payments (Managing Your Practice), Dec p 5
Medicare pay cuts: it's time to change the world (Commentary), Jun pp 43-44
new law strengthens physicians' billing disclosure requirements (Rounds), Sep pp 12-14
new Web site allows consumers to compare hospital charges, Aug p 44
TMA House of Delegates call for Medicare fee reform, more physicians (Rounds), Jul pp 17-18

Feigin, Ralph D. (Newsmakers), Apr p 48, Aug p 59

Feldman, Mark (Newsmakers), Mar p 42

Fellowships and Scholarships
Burson, Dusty, receives Young Physicians Section Michael O'Malley Rural Scholarship Award (Rounds), Jul p 18
TMA awards eight minority scholarships at TexMed 2007, Jul p 17 (photo)
TMA awards record number of minority scholarships (Foundation Spotlight), Aug p 16

Fields, Bob R.
Fields takes the helm of TMLT, Aug p 38

Fields, Karen, Aug p 47 (photo)

Financial Management
are lockboxes for you? (Managing Your Practice), Mar p 10
are you missing out on your [unclaimed] money? (Managing Your Practice), Sep p 9
avoid bankruptcy: monitor your costs closely (Managing Your Practice), Nov p 5
economic survival tops Texas physicians' concerns (Rounds), Apr p 14

Financing, Government
DSHS to fund ESRD [end-stage renal disease] program (Rounds), Dec pp 12-13
the evolution of tobacco settlement funding, Dec p 27
M.D. Anderson wins $8.3 million grant, Jul p 52
TMA takes on cancer: association, allies pass bill to create research institute, Aug pp 47-50
tobacco settlement funds aid health care, Jul pp 42-43
where'd the scientists go? grant shortage jeopardizes Texas biomedical research, Dec pp 51-54

Fingerprints. See Dermatoglyphics

Firearms
reducing contraband in a psychiatric hospital through the use of a metal detector, May pp 52-56

Fite, Diana
talks to a patient in the emergency room, Nov p 27 (photo)
victory! TMA preserves patient care, Aug p 28 (photo)

Fonseca, Vincent
a new breed: DSHS's Dr. Fonseca looks at behavioral issues, Sep pp 39-42
up in smoke: Texas' smoking prevention efforts not enough, Dec p 26

Foreign Medical Graduates
match participation by IMGs rises 9 percent, Jul p 47

Forensic Sciences
Tech opens facility to house forensic science institute, May p 32

Foster Home Care
state to launch managed care plan for foster children, Dec pp 48-49

Fraud
AG: Dr. Lewis did nothing wrong, Dec p 41
fraudulent expert testimony harms medicine, survey finds (Rounds), Jun p 15
go ahead, charge your brother-in-law (Managing Your Practice), Nov p 5
Medicaid fraudsters get fines, probation, Aug pp 37-38
OIG's hammer: Medicaid fraud zealots could nail unsuspecting physicians, Oct pp 17-23 (photo)
pharma companies charged in Medicaid fraud scheme, Nov p 44

Fred, Herbert L. (Newsmakers), Aug p 59

Frew v. Hawkins. See Jurisprudence

Funding, Government Financed. See Financing, Government

G

Gambling
lottery for sale: governor wants proceeds for education, health care, Apr pp 43-45

GAO. See United States Government Accountability Office

Garcia, Marlene
receives TMA minority scholarship, Jul p 17 (photo)

Garcia, Tomas, III
TMB's Austin showdown: TMA wants strong, but fair board, Dec pp 31-32 (photo)

Garmon, Blake, Aug p 29 (photo)

Geographic Practice Cost Index
GAO recommends revised GPCIs, Sep pp 31-32

Gifts
honor someone you love [with a charitable donation to the TMA Foundation] (Foundation Spotlight), Dec p 15

Gill, John T. (Newsmakers), Aug p 59

Gong, Alice
receives J. T. "Lamar" McNew Award, Jul p 18

Gonorrhea
CDC guidelines for expedited partner therapy (EPT), Jan p 28

Government Accountability Office. See United States Government Accountability Office

Government Financing. See Financing, Government

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

Gracia, Daisy
receives TMA minority scholarship, Jul p 17 (photo)

Graham, James M., Dec p 13 (photo)

Grants. See Financing, Government

Gros, Albert
TMA honors 10 lawmakers as Texas Medicine's Best (Rounds), Dec pp 11, 12 (photo)
TMA refines its advocacy process, Oct p 10 (photo)

Guidelines
CDC updates concussion guidelines, Aug p 48
cookbook comp? physicians skeptical about workers' comp guidelines, May pp 35-38
TMA offers training on new workers' compensation guidelines, May p 36
TMA urges physicians to follow online consultation guidelines, Mar pp 38-39

Gunby, Robert, Aug p 25 (photo)

Guns. See Firearms

Gunter, Patricia A.
measuring the measurement: physicians wary of performance-rating schemes, Jul pp 24-30

H

Ha, Chul Soo (Newsmakers), Apr p 49

Hard Hats for Little Heads . See Head Protective Devices

Harris County Medical Society
receives AMA award for Katrina efforts (Rounds), Jan p 12

Hartmann, A. Chad (Newsmakers), Aug p 60

Haug, Yvonne
Prop 12 payoff: tort reform saves medical practices, Sep pp 18-23

Head Protective Devices
a hard hat for a little head (Foundation Spotlight), May p 18
Hard Hats perfect for Brain Injury Awareness Month (Rounds), Sep p 16
media blitz planned for Hard Hats for Little Heads (Rounds), Jun p 19
new poster prompts helmet use (Rounds), Feb p 18
TMA blankets state with helmets during Bicycle Month (Rounds), Aug p 13

Health
seeking common ground: TMA helps cultivate relationships with employers, Sep pp 43-46
TMA scores big on public health [legislative issues], Aug pp 50-51
wellness across Texas, Jun p 32
wellness, not sickness: wellness programs improve health, save money, Jun pp 29-33

Health Benefit Plans, Employee
economic survival: consumer-directed health plans pose financial challenges, Jun pp 35-37
seeking common ground: TMA helps cultivate relationships with employers, Sep pp 43-46

Health Care Costs
health care quality: physicians still know best (From the EVP), Sep pp 5-6
tobacco prevention spending, by state, Dec p 22
tobacco related monetary costs in Texas, Dec p 23

Health Care Delivery. See Delivery of Health Care

Health Care Reform
health care quality: physicians still know best (From the EVP), Sep pp 5-6

Health Centers. See Community Health Centers

Health Facilities, Proprietary
a new game plan: TMA switches to offense for 2007 legislative session, Jan pp 19-23

Health Information and Portability Act (HIPAA)
receiving electronic health information and HIPAA requirements (Managing Your Practice), Jan p 9

Health Information Technology (HIT). See Medical Informatics Applications

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
CLIA meets HIPAA (Managing Your Practice), Nov p 6

Health Insurance Premium Payment
payment help from HIPP, May p 11

Health Literacy. See Educational Status

Health Maintenance Organizations
marketing of seven Medicare Advantage plans suspended, Aug pp 44-45
physicians win again: Blue Cross settlement latest in RICO victories, Jul pp 39-42

Health Manpower
legislation addresses Medicare, physician workforce issues, Sep p 30
Texas physician workforce growing, but not enough, Mar p 21
Texas will run out of doctors...over the next few decades, Mar pp 19-24

Health Personnel. See also Allied Health Personnel ; Physicians
billing Medicare for joint services (Managing Your Practice), Jul p 13
don't hire a dud (Managing Your Practice), Nov p 6
interviewing job candidates the smart way (Rounds), Jul p 21
the medical leave act and you (Managing Your Practice), Feb p 9
a new game plan: TMA switches to offense for 2007 legislative session, Jan pp 19-23
salary information for medical office staff and physicians (Ask the TMA Knowledge Center), Nov p 10
set parameters for nonphysician practitioners (Managing Your Practice), Dec p 5

Health Planning
border pandemic influenza planning and response efforts, Feb pp 35-37
commentary: DSHS plans for an influenza pandemic, Oct pp 54-55
pandemic influenza: a primer, Oct pp 31-34
pandemic influenza planning in Texas: the pediatric perspective, Oct pp 48-53
pandemic planning for office-based practices, Oct pp 45-47
practical challenges in a hospital pandemic influenza preparedness plan, Oct pp 38-41
pre-hospital pandemic influenza triage, Oct pp 35-37

Health Policy
[health] policy on the horizon, Jun p 30
a new breed: DSHS's Dr. Fonseca looks at behavioral issues, Sep pp 39-42
summits bring healthy vision into focus, Jan p 24
TMA works to improve public health, Sep p 40

Health Promotion
[health] policy on the horizon, Jun p 30
a new breed: DSHS's Dr. Fonseca looks at behavioral issues, Sep pp 39-42
seeking common ground: TMA helps cultivate relationships with employers, Sep pp 43-46
summits bring healthy vision into focus, Jan p 24
TMA scores big on public health [legislative issues], Aug pp 50-51
TMA works to improve public health, Sep p 40
wellness across Texas, Jun p 32
wellness, not sickness: wellness programs improve health, save money, Jun pp 29–33

Health Savings Accounts. See Medical Savings Accounts

Heart Hospital of Austin
hospitals, physicians take community outreach to heart, Nov p 43

Helmets. See Head Protective Devices

Hepatitis
infectious disease and the adolescent immigrant, Feb pp 41-42
what about hepatitis B? (Letter), Jul p 6

Herpes Zoster Vaccine
herpes zoster vaccine for Medicare patients (Managing Your Practice), Jan p 9

High, Harold R.
"Medicare changed it all" (Reflections on Medicine), Nov p 13

Hill, Amy
receives Ernest and Sarah Butler Awards for Excellence in Science and Teaching, Jul p 18 (photo)

Hill, LaQuisa
receives TMA minority scholarship, Jul p 17 (photo)

Hinchey, William W.
discusses decreasing federal funding of biomedical research, Dec p 51 (photo)
exchanges presidential pins with Ladon W. Homer, Jul p 19 (photo)
president-elect discusses Medicare physician payment formula, Feb p 11 (photo)
promotes passage of cancer research amendment, Dec p 13 (photo)
receives C. Frank Webber Award (Rounds), Jul p 18
San Antonio pathologist to take over TMA leadership (Trusted Leader), Apr pp 47-49 (photo)
TMA honors 10 lawmakers as Texas Medicine's Best (Rounds), Dec pp 11, 12 (photo)
victory! TMA preserves patient care, Aug p 30 (photo)
"We are TMA" (address of president), Jul pp 19-20

Hinojosa, Juan
TMA honors 10 lawmakers as Texas Medicine's Best (Rounds), Dec p 11

HIPAA. See Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act

History of Medicine
"Stamping Out Disease" exhibit available in Spanish (Rounds), Jan p 17

HIV Infections
HIV tests for patients (Managing Your Practice), Mar p 9

Hobbs, Helen (Newsmakers), Aug p 59

Holidays
spring! (Texas festivals), Mar p 56

Homer, Ladon W.
exchanges presidential pins with William W. Hinchey, Jul p 19 (photo)
promotes passage of cancer research amendment, Dec p 13 (photo)
from your president: listening to Texas medicine (Trusted Leader), Feb pp 58-59

Homicide
interpersonal violence in Texas: a physician's role, Jan pp 44-50

Honors. See Achievement ; Awards and Prizes

Hospice Care
billing for hospice services (Managing Your Practice), May p 11

Hospital-Physician Joint Ventures
physicians required to disclose hospital ownership interest, Nov p 42

Hospital Planning
practical challenges in a hospital pandemic influenza preparedness plan, Oct pp 38-41
pre-hospital pandemic influenza triage, Oct pp 35-37

Hospitalization
audio conferences to examine POA initiative, Sep p 34
confused about coding a hospital admission? (Rounds), Sep p 17
present and accounted for: Medicare initiative poses hassles for hospitals, physicians, Sep pp 33-36
voluntary readmission among schizophrenic patients in the Texas state psychiatric hospital system, Sep pp 54-59

Hospitals
Baylor to break ground on new hospital, Jul p 46
hospitals, physicians take community outreach to heart, Nov p 43
mediate, don't litigate: hospital, physicians avoid courthouse showdown, Nov pp 41-45
Medicare cracks down on hospitals where patients get sicker (Rounds), Nov p 9
new Web site allows consumers to compare hospital charges, Aug p 44
physicians generate $1.5 million annually for affiliated hospitals, Jun p 38
physicians required to disclose hospital ownership interest, Nov p 42
pre-hospital pandemic influenza triage, Oct pp 35-37
present and accounted for: Medicare initiative poses hassles for hospitals, physicians, Sep pp 33-36
supplemental Medicaid funds for Texas hospitals threatened, Dec p 48

Hospitals, Psychiatric
reducing contraband in a psychiatric hospital through the use of a metal detector, May pp 52-56
voluntary readmission among schizophrenic patients in the Texas state psychiatric hospital system, Sep pp 54-59

Hospitals, Special
hospitals, physicians take community outreach to heart, Nov p 43
a new game plan: TMA switches to offense for 2007 legislative session, Jan pp 19-23

Houston, TX
AAEM files suit to block ED takeover by Houston Memorial Hermann Healthcare System, Nov pp 44-45
care for immigrants with end-stage renal disease in Houston: a comparison of two practices, Apr pp 54-58
development of a federally qualified health center in Houston, Texas, Jul pp 56-59
Houston's smoking ban upheld, Nov p 31

Huang, Craig
Texans to serve on CCHIT panel (Rounds), Aug p 14

Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
the HPV controversy: trying to prevent a killer creates concerns, Apr pp 29-33
HPV vaccine and cervical cancer, Apr p 32Apr pp 33
survey shows HPV education needed, Apr p 30
what about hepatitis B? (Letter), Jul p 6

Hunsaker, Keely
former TMAA president gives oath of office to Mia Price, Jul p 18 (photo)

Hunt, John (Newsmakers), Aug p 59

Hurricane Katrina
Harris County Medical Society receives AMA award for Katrina efforts (Rounds), Jan p 12

Hutchison, Kay Bailey
Senator Hutchison cosponsors TB elimination act, Aug p 52

Hydroxymethylglutaryl-CoA Reductase Inhibitors
Bayer Corporation's disclosure of drug risk required, Mar p 27

Hyperinsulinism
estimated prevalence of hyperinsulinemia among Mexican-American adolescents in South Texas, Feb pp 38-40

I

Immigrants. See Emigration and Immigration

Immunization. See also Vaccines and Vaccination
Be Wise-Immunize
can help you prevent disease (Foundation Spotlight), Jul p 22
help Be Wise reach its goal of 62,000 shots (Rounds), Jun p 18
a shot in the arm: new Be Wise toolkit boosts immunization, Jul pp 49-52

immunizations (MedBytes), Jul p 64
legal immunization exemptions (Managing Your Practice), Mar p 9
Texas' immunization rate drops drastically, Nov p 31
TMA scores big on public health [legislative issues], Aug p 51
what about hepatitis B? (Letter), Jul p 6

Incentive Reimbursement. See Reimbursement Mechanisms

Income Tax
better you than the IRS [asking patients to pay balance by Dec. 31] (Managing Your Practice), Sep p 9

Infante, Ernesto (Newsmakers), Apr p 49

Infants
pandemic influenza planning in Texas: the pediatric perspective, Oct pp 48-53

Infection Control
pandemic influenza: a primer, Oct pp 31-34
pandemic planning for office-based practices, Oct pp 45-47
practical challenges in a hospital pandemic influenza preparedness plan, Oct pp 38-41
the role of nonpharmaceutical interventions during a pandemic, Oct pp 42-44
San Antonio to experiment with needle exchange program, Aug pp 51-52
self-study course focuses on infection prevention (Rounds), Mar p 16
Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP) Module 1: Infection Prevention, Mar p 33 [16 pages]

Infectious Diseases. See Communicable Diseases

Influenza
an influenza primer, Feb p 36
border pandemic influenza planning and response efforts, Feb pp 35-37
commentary: DSHS plans for an influenza pandemic, Oct pp 54-55
pandemic influenza (MedBytes), Oct p 64
pandemic influenza: a primer, Oct pp 31-34
pandemic influenza planning in Texas: the pediatric perspective, Oct pp 48-53
pandemic influenza: still a threat, Oct pp 29-30
pandemic planning for office-based practices, Oct pp 45-47
practical challenges in a hospital pandemic influenza preparedness plan, Oct pp 38-41
pre-hospital pandemic influenza triage, Oct pp 35-37
the role of nonpharmaceutical interventions during a pandemic, Oct pp 42-44
Symposium on Pandemic Influenza, Oct pp 25-57

Influenza Vaccine
be prepared: order your flu vaccine now (Rounds), Mar p 14
pandemic influenza: a primer, Oct pp 31-34
the role of nonpharmaceutical interventions during a pandemic, Oct pp 42-44
Texas physicians short-changed on flu vaccine, TMA survey shows, Jan pp 30-31
vaccine manufacturers promise more flu shots, Jun p 33

Information Systems. See Medical Informatics Applications

Insurance Carriers
AMA votes to take on rank ranking plans (Rounds), Sep pp 14-16

antiracketeering lawsuits
appeals court upholds dismissal of United, Coventry from RICO lawsuit, Aug p 37
compliance dispute procedure: settlements under the RICO lawsuit, Jul p 41
keeping Aetna's feet to the settlement fire, Jul p 42
Oct. 19 is Blue Cross [antiracketeering lawsuit] claims-filing deadline (Rounds), Sep pp 11-12
physicians win again: Blue Cross settlement latest in RICO victories, Jul pp 39-42
resolution of Aetna RICO lawsuit settlement compliance issues (Rounds), Jan pp 13, 15
RICO settlements award millions to Texas physicians, Jul p 40

a "clear" win: TMA-backed bill makes health care more transparent, Aug pp 41-44
coding, documentation first defense against physician-rating programs (Rounds), Dec pp 9-10
doctors vs. UnitedHealthcare: battle is joined over radiology, charges, Dec pp 39-43
don't forget to appeal Blue Cross [network] decision (Managing Your Practice), Dec p 6
impact of the CIGNA settlement expiration, Dec pp 42-43
judge sides with TMA, physicians against PacifiCare (Rounds), Nov p 9
keeping a tight rein: health plans clamp down on out-of-network referrals, Apr p 37
major insurers to cover highborn newborn screening fee (Rounds), Jan p 17
measuring the measurement: physicians wary of performance-rating schemes, Jul pp 24-30
poster highlights insurance hassles (Rounds), Apr p 17
spoiling for a rematch: TMA readies for fight over network adequacy, Mar pp 29-31
Three Rivers Provider Network halts solicitation, plans changes (Rounds), Jul p 21
TMA, Blue Cross agree on BlueCompare modifications (Rounds), May p 13
UnitedHealthcare to fine doctors for out-of-network lab referrals, Apr p 38
UnitedHealthcare unveils online claim estimator, Nov p 50
what TMA did-and continues to do-about BlueCompare (Rounds), May pp 13-15

Insurance Claim Reporting. See also Insurance, Health, Reimbursement
avoid mistakes: ask TMA Practice Consulting, Nov p 49
billing for hospice services (Managing Your Practice), May p 11
billing Medicare for joint services (Managing Your Practice), Jul p 13
coding and documentation review and training [from TMA Practice Consulting] (Rounds), Nov p 12
coding, documentation first defense against physician-rating programs (Rounds), Dec pp 9-10
completing disability income claim forms and other forms (Ask the TMA Knowledge Center), Mar p 15
confused about coding a hospital admission? (Rounds), Sep p 17
deadline for implementing new 1500 form extended, May p 43
don't submit duplicate Medicare claims (Managing Your Practice), Jul p 14
downcode your level of service-downsize your reimbursement, Mar pp 15-16
free advice: TMA's mini-consults offer one-on-one help, Nov pp 47-50 (photo)
"home" vs "facility" as place of service (Managing Your Practice), Feb p 9
impact of the CIGNA settlement expiration, Dec pp 42-43
is this a new patient or established patient? (Rounds), May p 18
Mercer, employers launch nationwide claims database, Jul p 29
NUCC (National Uniform Claim Committee) posts 1500 claim form changes (Managing Your Practice), Dec p 5
Oct. 19 is Blue Cross [antiracketeering lawsuit] claims-filing deadline (Rounds), Sep pp 11-12
OIG's hammer: Medicaid fraud zealots could nail unsuspecting physicians, Oct pp 17-23 (photo)
pilot program to test smart-card technology for real-time claims, Aug p 42
present and accounted for: Medicare initiative poses hassles for hospitals, physicians, Sep pp 33-36
TDI adopts new clean claim definition, Sep p 46
teamwork vital in filing good claims (Managing Your Practice), Jul p 14
telephone consultation coding (Managing Your Practice), Mar p 10
UnitedHealthcare unveils online claim estimator, Nov p 50

Insurance Coverage
going online: Texas health plans may pay for online patient consultations, Mar pp 35-37
spoiling for a rematch: TMA readies for fight over network adequacy, Mar pp 29-31

Insurance, Health. See also Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) ; Health Benefit Plans, Employee ; Medicaid ; Medically Uninsured ; Medicare
AMA votes to take on rank ranking plans (Rounds), Sep pp 14-16
a "clear" win: TMA-backed bill makes health care more transparent, Aug pp 41-44
coding, documentation first defense against physician-rating programs (Rounds), Dec pp 9-10
economic survival: consumer-directed health plans pose financial challenges, Jun pp 35-37
keeping a tight rein: health plans clamp down on out-of-network referrals, Apr p 37
lottery for sale: governor wants proceeds for education, health care, Apr pp 43-45
measuring the measurement: physicians wary of performance-rating schemes, Jul pp 24-30
Mercer, employers launch nationwide claims database, Jul p 29
a new game plan: TMA switches to offense for 2007 legislative session, Jan pp 19-23
pilot program to test smart-card technology for real-time claims, Aug p 42
poster highlights insurance hassles (Rounds), Apr p 17
seeking common ground: TMA helps cultivate relationships with employers, Sep pp 43-46
spoiling for a rematch: TMA readies for fight over network adequacy, Mar pp 29-31
support the troops: take TRICARE (Letter), Apr p 5
take care of the vets (Letter), Jul p 5
Texas still tops in uninsured, Sep p 44
victory! TMA preserves patient care, Aug pp 26-27

Insurance, Health, Reimbursement. See also Insurance Claim Reporting
AG: Dr. Lewis did nothing wrong, Dec p 41
CMS enforcement delay no excuse for no NPI (Rounds), Jun pp 17-18
economic survival tops Texas physicians' concerns (Rounds), Apr p 14
ERISA third-party administration (Managing Your Practice), Mar p 10
getting paid for emergency care (Managing Your Practice), Jul p 13
impact of the CIGNA settlement expiration, Dec pp 42-43
judge sides with TMA, physicians against PacifiCare (Rounds), Nov p 9
major insurers to cover highborn newborn screening fee (Rounds), Jan p 17

Medicaid
Frew settlement would raise some physicians' Medicaid reimbursements (Rounds), Jun p 15
a historic increase: lawmakers boost Medicaid physician payments, Jul pp 33-36
judge approves Frew settlement that led to Medicaid rate hike (Managing Your Practice), Aug p 10
OIG's hammer: Medicaid fraud zealots could nail unsuspecting physicians, Oct pp 17-23 (photo)
payment help from HIPP, May p 11
rate hike an enormous opportunity (Commentary), Aug pp 5-6

Medicare
GAO recommends revised GPCIs, Sep pp 31-32
Medicare improves radiology, pathology payments (Managing Your Practice), Dec p 5
Medicare pay cuts: it's time to change the world (Commentary), Jun pp 43-44
Medicare to scrutinize surgical debridement (Managing Your Practice), Aug p 9
tips for submitting Medicare claims (Managing Your Practice), Jan p 9

a new game plan: TMA switches to offense for 2007 legislative session, Jan pp 19-23
physicians face crisis in vaccine reimbursement, Jul p 50
pilot program to test smart-card technology for real-time claims, Aug p 42
the Quest offer: what's it worth to you? (Rounds), Mar p 14
receiving electronic health information and HIPAA requirements (Managing Your Practice), Jan p 9
take a number: NPI to be required for all electronic transfers, Jan pp 33-35
UnitedHealthcare to fine doctors for out-of-network lab referrals, Apr p 38

Insurance, Liability
Doctors Company approves dividend for policyholders (Rounds), May p 16
Fields takes the helm of TMLT, Aug p 38
Prop 12 payoff: tort reform saves medical practices, Sep pp 18-23
TMLT cuts premiums (Rounds), Nov p 9
tort reform protected: TMA stops challenge to emergency care standard, Aug pp 35-37

Integrated Care Management
too little, too late: Medicaid ICM may have limited impact, Dec pp 45-48

International Medical Graduates. See Foreign Medical Graduates

Internet and World Wide Web
American Journal of Ophthalmology and Urology available online through TMA (Rounds), Mar p 15
breaking medical news reports (Managing Your Practice), Mar p 9
Internet CME: click and learn (Managing Your Practice), Dec p 6

MedBytes
border health, Feb p 64
cancer [incorrectly titled as immunizations], Aug p 72
health information technology, May p 64
health literacy, Apr p 64
immunizations, Jul p 64
mental health, Nov p 64
obesity, Jun p 60
pandemic influenza, Oct p 64
smoking cessation, Dec p 64
spring! [Texas festivals], Mar p 56
Texas Legislature and U.S. Congress, Jan p 56
tort reform, Sep p 64

new Web site allows consumers to compare hospital charges, Aug p 44
Plano family practice wins national award [for use of Web site], Jan p 40

remote consultations
going online: Texas health plans may pay for online patient consultations, Mar pp 35-37
TMA urges physicians to follow online consultation guidelines, Mar pp 38-39

state wants electronic death certificates (Managing Your Practice), Sep p 9
TMA denounces feds' NPI Internet posting decision (Managing Your Practice), Aug p 10
UnitedHealthcare unveils online claim estimator, Nov p 50

Internship and Residency
keeping them home: TMA, partners win GME funding restoration, Aug pp 55-57
match participation by IMGs rises 9 percent, Jul p 47

Interpersonal Relations
interpersonal violence in Texas: a physician's role, Jan pp 44-50

Intestinal Diseases
infectious disease and the adolescent immigrant, Feb pp 41-42

Islam, Ebtesam Attaya (Newsmakers), Apr p 48

Isolation. See Patient Isolation

Isom, Julie
receives Ernest and Sarah Butler Awards for Excellence in Science and Teaching, Jul p 18 (photo)

J

Janek, Kyle , Aug p 41 (photo)

Jones, Dudley D. (Newsmakers), Jun p 43 (photo)

Jordan, Richard M.
Texas Tech names new president, Amarillo dean, Aug p 57

Jurisprudence
AAEM files suit to block ED takeover by Houston Memorial Hermann Healthcare System, Nov pp 44-45
acceptance of physician's electronic signature/embossing on prescriptions (Ask the TMA Knowledge Center), Sep p 15

antiracketeering lawsuits
appeals court upholds dismissal of United, Coventry from RICO lawsuit, Aug p 37
compliance dispute procedure: settlements under the RICO lawsuit, Jul p 41
impact of the CIGNA settlement expiration, Dec pp 42-43
keeping Aetna's feet to the settlement fire, Jul p 42
Oct. 19 is Blue Cross [antiracketeering lawsuit] claims-filing deadline (Rounds), Sep pp 11-12
physicians win again: Blue Cross settlement latest in RICO victories, Jul pp 39-42
resolution of Aetna RICO lawsuit settlement compliance issues (Rounds), Jan pp 13, 15
RICO settlements award millions to Texas physicians, Jul p 40

Bayer Corporation's disclosure of drug risk required, Mar p 27
CLIA meets HIPAA (Managing Your Practice), Nov p 6
doctors vs. UnitedHealthcare: battle is joined over radiology, charges, Dec pp 39-43

Frew v. Hawkins
Frew settlement would raise some physicians' Medicaid reimbursements (Rounds), Jun p 15
Frew v. Hawkins: the Medicaid battle continues, Mar pp 25-27
judge approves Frew settlement that led to Medicaid rate hike (Managing Your Practice), Aug p 10
physicians to help state spend Medicaid funds for children, Nov pp 50-51

House, Senate bills create special health courts, Jul p 37
judge sides with TMA, physicians against PacifiCare (Rounds), Nov p 9
liability study: juries sympathize with doctors (Rounds), Jun p 16
mediate, don't litigate: hospital, physicians avoid courthouse showdown, Nov pp 41-45
Medicaid fraudsters get fines, probation, Aug pp 37-38
the medical leave act and you (Managing Your Practice), Feb p 9
OIG's hammer: Medicaid fraud zealots could nail unsuspecting physicians, Oct pp 17-23 (photo)
Oxycontin lawsuit settled, Jul p 43
pharma companies charged in Medicaid fraud scheme, Nov p 44
physicians cannot face death penalty for abortions, Mar p 27
TMA helps physicians navigate Stark and anti-kickback regulations (Rounds), Jun p 18
tobacco settlement funds aid health care, Jul pp 42-43
tort reform protected: TMA stops challenge to emergency care standard, Aug pp 35-37
you sign, you're responsible (Managing Your Practice), Nov p 5

K

Kalafut, Roberta
TMB's Austin showdown: TMA wants strong, but fair board, Dec pp 32, 33, 35 (photo)

Kawasaki, Masashi
perseverance and reward (Reflections on Medicine), Dec pp 16-17 (photo)

Keffer, Jim, Aug p 47 (photo)

Kidney Failure, Chronic
care for immigrants with end-stage renal disease in Houston: a comparison of two practices, Apr pp 54-58
DSHS to fund ESRD [end-stage renal disease] program (Rounds), Dec pp 12-13

King, Austin I.
TMA Foundation names new officers, Aug p 15
TMA refines its advocacy process, Oct p 9 (photo)

King, Susan, Jul p 33 (photo)

KLAS Online
selecting an EMR system with KLAS, Jan p 38

Knowledge
random thoughts on wisdom in old age (Commentary), Jun pp 5-6

Kridel, Russ
Dr. Kridel wins election to AMA Council on Science and Public Health (Rounds), Sep pp 15

Krueger, Jennifer, Oct p 1 (photo)

Krueger, Lilah, Oct p 1 (photo)

L

Laboratories
CLIA meets HIPAA (Managing Your Practice), Nov p 6
pathology services billing (Rounds), Sep pp 13-14
the Quest offer: what's it worth to you? (Rounds), Mar p 14
UnitedHealthcare to fine doctors for out-of-network lab referrals, Apr p 38

Lakey, David L.
Dr. Lakey is new DSHS commissioner (Rounds), Feb p 12
new DSHS commissioner takes over (Trusted Leader), Mar pp 41-42 (photo)

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

Legislation, Medical
Burgess says SGR [Sustainable Growth Rate] fix not likely this year (Rounds), Dec pp 10-11 (photo)

Children's Health Insurance Program
Burgess files bill to cut adults from CHIP rolls, Apr p 45
lawmakers approve Medicaid reforms, restore CHIP funding, Jul p 36

a "clear" win: TMA-backed bill makes health care more transparent, Aug pp 41-44
CMS proposes scrapping e-prescribed faxes, Sep p 36
the evolution of tobacco settlement funding, Dec p 27
First Tuesdays return to the Capitol, Jan p 21
First Tuesdays vital to medicine's legislative success, Aug p 32
health care to top legislative agenda, lawmakers say (Rounds), Apr p 16
health IT bill clears House committee, Dec p 34
[health] policy on the horizon, Jun p 30
House, Senate bills create special health courts, Jul p 37
keeping them home: TMA, partners win GME funding restoration, Aug pp 55-57
Lance Armstrong promotes passage of cancer research amendment, Dec p 13 (photo)
law/legislative recap, Aug p 36
lawmakers approve $81 million for medical school expansion, Aug p 56
a legislative juggernaut: TMA refines its advocacy process (From the President & EVP), Oct pp 9-12
lottery for sale: governor wants proceeds for education, health care, Apr pp 43-45

Medicaid
governor to lay out Medicaid reform initiatives, Mar p 30
a historic increase: lawmakers boost Medicaid physician payments, Jul pp 33-36
lawmakers approve Medicaid reforms, restore CHIP funding, Jul p 36
Medicaid rate hike an enormous opportunity (Commentary), Aug pp 5-6
surprise! Iraq war bill requires secure pads for Medicaid prescriptions (Rounds), Aug p 12
TMA wants Medicaid prescription rule delayed, Sep p 36

Medicare
legislation addresses Medicare, physician workforce issues, Sep p 30
Medicare bill not perfect; TMA supports CHAMP, but works for change, Sep pp 27-31
Texas physicians mount last-minute campaign to halt Medicare cuts (Rounds), Feb p 11
TMA House of Delegates call for Medicare fee reform, more physicians (Rounds), Jul pp 17-18

a new game plan: TMA switches to offense for 2007 legislative session, Jan pp 19-23
new law strengthens physicians' billing disclosure requirements (Rounds), Sep pp 12-14
pathology services billing (Rounds), Sep pp 13-14
pet peeves (Commentary), May pp 5-6
physician testimony plays key role in legislative victories, Aug pp 31-32
pilot program to test smart-card technology for real-time claims, Aug p 42
Senator Hutchison cosponsors TB elimination act, Aug p 52
sign up now for the TMA Legislative Hotline, Jan p 22
smoking: nip it in the bud, Dec p 26
spoiling for a rematch: TMA readies for fight over network adequacy, Mar pp 29-31
summits bring healthy vision into focus, Jan p 24
taking HIT out of the box, May pp 20-25
tamper-resistant prescription pads delayed (Rounds), Dec p 14
TDI adopts new clean claim definition, Sep p 46
Texas Legislature and U.S. Congress (MedBytes), Jan p 56
Texas Public Health Coalition agrees on legislative priorities, Mar p 43
TMA helps physicians navigate Stark and anti-kickback regulations (Rounds), Jun p 18
TMA honors 10 lawmakers as Texas Medicine's Best (Rounds), Dec pp 11-12
TMA preserves patient care, Jul p 34
TMA scores big on public health [legislative issues], Aug pp 50-51
TMA supports obesity legislation, Jun p 26
TMA takes on cancer: association, allies pass bill to create research institute, Aug pp 47-50
TMA's top 10 wins, Aug p 21
TMB's Austin showdown: TMA wants strong, but fair board, Dec pp 31-35

tort reform
law/legislative recap, Aug p 36
Prop 12 payoff: tort reform saves medical practices, Sep pp 18-23
surrounding states' medical liability climates, Sep p 24
tort reform (MedBytes), Sep p 64
tort reform protected: TMA stops challenge to emergency care standard, Aug pp 35-37

victory! TMA preserves patient care, Aug pp 18-30

workers' compensation
cookbook comp? physicians skeptical about workers' comp guidelines, May pp 35-38
DWC delays treatment plan rules, May pp 38-39
TMA offers training on new workers' compensation guidelines, May p 36
workers' compensation bills advance, May p 39

Legislature, Texas. See Legislation, Medical

Lewis, Charles Turner
AG: Dr. Lewis did nothing wrong, Dec p 41
OIG's hammer: Medicaid fraud zealots could nail unsuspecting physicians, Oct pp 17-23 (photo)

Liability, Legal
introducing TMA's new risk management audio seminar series (Rounds), Aug p 14
liability study: juries sympathize with doctors (Rounds), Jun p 16
Prop 12 payoff: tort reform saves medical practices, Sep pp 18-23
surrounding states' medical liability climates, Sep p 24

Licensure
a new game plan: TMA switches to offense for 2007 legislative session, Jan pp 19-23
set parameters for nonphysician practitioners (Managing Your Practice), Dec p 5

Licensure, Medical
reentry problems: returning to practice after a break not easy, Nov pp 33-37
TMB now requires physicians' fingerprints for licenses (Rounds), Sep p 11

Life
random thoughts on wisdom in old age (Commentary), Jun pp 5-6

Listening. See Communication

Lobbying. See Politics

Longevity
random thoughts on wisdom in old age (Commentary), Jun pp 5-6

Lottery. See Gambling

Luke Society (Galveston)
receives grant from TMAF, Dec p 12 (photo)

Lung Injuries. See Respiratory Distress Syndrome, Adult

M

Mahar, Maggie , Dec 10 (photo)

Malone, C. Bruce
Newsmakers, Sep p 48 (photo)
TMA refines its advocacy process, Oct p 9 (photo)

Malpractice. See also Insurance, Liability ; Liability, Legal
House, Senate bills create special health courts, Jul p 37
liability study: juries sympathize with doctors (Rounds), Jun p 16

Managed Care
too little, too late: Medicaid ICM may have limited impact, Dec pp 45-48

Mandatory Reporting
interpersonal violence in Texas: a physician's role, Jan pp 44-50

Mangal, Rakesh (Newsmakers), Aug pp 59-60

Maniscalco, Stephen P., Nov p 47 (photo)

Mapps, Kayla
receives TMA minority scholarship, Jul p 17 (photo)

Markley, Michelle, Oct p 1 (photo)

Martin, Timothy
going online: Texas health plans may pay for online patient consultations, Mar pp 35-37

Marwitz, David, Oct p 10 (photo)

Maxwell, Mark S., Jul p 33 (photo)

McCleskey, Ralph M., Jr., Jul p 33 (photo)

McCollum, Charles H.
surgeon's gift is real, not a simulation (Trusted Leader), Feb p 57

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

McCoy, Dan K.
Newsmakers, Aug p 60
TEXPAC's endorsement formula, Nov pp 20, 22-23

McGovern, John P.
John P. McGovern Champion of Health Award
awarded by TMA Foundation (Foundation Spotlight), Nov p 12
presented to Dallas County Medical Society (Rounds), Dec p 12 (photo)

John P. McGovern Compleat Physician Award given to Ralph D. Feigin (Newsmakers), Apr p 48

McMichael, Melinda (Newsmakers), Sep p 49

McNeese, Margaret (Newsmakers), Aug p 60, Sep p 49

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

MedBytes. See Internet and World Wide Web

Mediating. See Negotiating

Medicaid
AG: Dr. Lewis did nothing wrong, Dec p 41

Frew v. Hawkins
Frew settlement would raise some physicians' Medicaid reimbursements (Rounds), Jun p 15
Frew v. Hawkins: the Medicaid battle continues, Mar pp 25-27
judge approves Frew settlement that led to Medicaid rate hike (Managing Your Practice), Aug p 10
physicians to help state spend Medicaid funds for children, Nov pp 50-51

getting paid for emergency care (Managing Your Practice), Jul p 13
governor to lay out Medicaid reform initiatives, Mar p 30
HHSC awards tentative contract for Medicaid pilot program, Mar pp 31-32
a historic increase: lawmakers boost Medicaid physician payments, Jul pp 33-36
important PCCM program updates (Rounds), May p 16
lawmakers approve Medicaid reforms, restore CHIP funding, Jul p 36
Medicaid fraudsters get fines, probation, Aug pp 37-38
Medicaid PDL available through Epocrates (Rounds), Jun pp 18-19
Medicaid rate hike an enormous opportunity (Commentary), Aug pp 5-6
NBS3 test card allowed in newborn screening (Rounds), Jun p 18
a new game plan: TMA switches to offense for 2007 legislative session, Jan pp 19-23
OIG's hammer: Medicaid fraud zealots could nail unsuspecting physicians, Oct pp 17-23
payment help from HIPP, May p 11
pharma companies charged in Medicaid fraud scheme, Nov p 44
state to launch managed care plan for foster children, Dec pp 48-49
supplemental Medicaid funds for Texas hospitals threatened, Dec p 48
surprise! Iraq war bill requires secure pads for Medicaid prescriptions (Rounds), Aug p 12
take a number: NPI to be required for all electronic transfers, Jan pp 33-35
tamper-resistant prescription pads delayed (Rounds), Dec p 14
Texas physicians taking new Medicaid patients (chart), Jan p 23
TMA lobbies for Medicaid reform, Mar p 26
TMA wants Medicaid prescription rule delayed, Sep p 36
too little, too late: Medicaid ICM may have limited impact, Dec pp 45-48
victory! TMA preserves patient care, Aug pp 25-26
Women's Health Program (WHP) contraceptives (Managing Your Practice), Apr p 11

Medical Errors
House, Senate bills create special health courts, Jul p 37
medication reconciliation prevents errors (Managing Your Practice), Dec p 6

Medical Indigency. See also Medically Uninsured
new law strengthens physicians' billing disclosure requirements (Rounds), Sep pp 12-14
tobacco settlement funds aid health care, Jul pp 42-43

Medical Informatics Applications. See also Medical Records Systems, Computerized ; Remote Consultations
e-prescribing promotes patient safety (Managing Your Practice), Apr p 11
health information technology (MedBytes), May p 64
health IT bill clears House committee, Dec p 34
new technology brings new liability exposure (Managing Your Practice), Jul p 13
pilot program to test smart-card technology for real-time claims, Aug p 42
Plano family practice wins national award [for use of Web site], Jan p 40
seal of approval: CCHIT aims to minimize HIT hassles, Jan pp 37-39
selecting an EMR system with KLAS, Jan p 38
study identifies e-prescribing barriers (Managing Your Practice), Jun p 11
TAFP Foundation receives HIT grant for rural diabetes care, Jan p 39
taking HIT out of the box, May pp 20-25
telemedicine demonstration projects along the Texas-Mexico border, Feb pp 48-50
Texans to serve on CCHIT panel (Rounds), Aug p 14
TMA provides HIT help, Jan p 39
what RelayHealth offers, Mar p 37

Medical Records
CLIA meets HIPAA (Managing Your Practice), Nov p 6
coding, documentation first defense against physician-rating programs (Rounds), Dec pp 9-10

Medical Records Systems, Computerized
Dallas-Fort Worth group launches data-sharing pilot, May p 23
health IT bill clears House committee, Dec p 34
HHS to pay for EHR adoption, Dec pp 35-36
new technology brings new liability exposure (Managing Your Practice), Jul p 13
now available: free EMR implementation guide, May p 25
seal of approval: CCHIT aims to minimize HIT hassles, Jan pp 37-39
selecting an EMR system with KLAS, Jan p 38
taking HIT out of the box, May pp 20-25
Texans to serve on CCHIT panel (Rounds), Aug p 14
TMA reviews electronic medical record certification, May p 22

Medical Savings Accounts
economic survival: consumer-directed health plans pose financial challenges, Jun pp 35-37

Medical Student Section, TMA
awards presented during House of Delegates session (Rounds), Jul p 18
medical ethics and the pharmaceutical industry (Medical Student Report), Mar p 5

Medical Students. See Students, Medical

Medically Uninsured
development of a federally qualified health center in Houston, Texas, Jul pp 56-59
lottery for sale: governor wants proceeds for education, health care, Apr pp 43-45
medicine's national voice grows louder on uninsured (From the AMA), Nov p 15
new law strengthens physicians' billing disclosure requirements (Rounds), Sep pp 12-14
Texas still tops in uninsured, Sep p 44
uninsured often go to ERs, CDC says, Sep p 42

Medicare. See also Medicare Part C ; Medicare Part D
AMA House of Delegates
struggles with Medicare cuts...again (Rounds), Jan pp 11-12
supports Medicare and CHIP increases (Rounds), Sep pp 14-15

audio conferences to examine POA [present on admission] initiative, Sep p 34
billing for hospice services (Managing Your Practice), May p 11
billing Medicare for joint services (Managing Your Practice), Jul p 13
Burgess says SGR [Sustainable Growth Rate] fix not likely this year (Rounds), Dec pp 10-11 (photo)
CMS enforcement delay no excuse for no NPI (Rounds), Jun pp 17-18
deadline for implementing new 1500 form extended, May p 43
don't submit duplicate Medicare claims (Managing Your Practice), Jul p 14
GAO recommends revised GPCIs, Sep pp 31-32
go ahead, charge your brother-in-law (Managing Your Practice), Nov p 5
herpes zoster vaccine for Medicare patients (Managing Your Practice), Jan p 9
"home" vs "facility" as place of service (Managing Your Practice), Feb p 9
legislation addresses Medicare, physician workforce issues, Sep p 30
Medicare bill not perfect; TMA supports CHAMP, but works for change, Sep pp 27-31
"Medicare changed it all" (Reflections on Medicine, by Harold R. High), Nov p 13
Medicare cracks down on hospitals where patients get sicker (Rounds), Nov p 9
Medicare expands diabetes care (Managing Your Practice), Feb p 9
Medicare improves radiology, pathology payments (Managing Your Practice), Dec p 5
Medicare pay cuts: it's time to change the world (Commentary), Jun pp 43-44
Medicare quality initiative offers bonus payment (Managing Your Practice), Jun p 11
Medicare to scrutinize surgical debridement (Managing Your Practice), Aug p 9
present and accounted for: Medicare initiative poses hassles for hospitals, physicians, Sep pp 33-36
receiving electronic health information and HIPAA requirements (Managing Your Practice), Jan p 9
take a number: NPI to be required for all electronic transfers, Jan pp 33-35
Texas physicians mount last-minute campaign to halt Medicare cuts (Rounds), Feb p 11
tips for submitting Medicare claims (Managing Your Practice), Jan p 9
TMA helps physicians navigate Stark and anti-kickback regulations (Rounds), Jun p 18
TMA House of Delegates call for Medicare fee reform, more physicians (Rounds), Jul pp 17-18
you sign, you're responsible (Managing Your Practice), Nov p 5

Medicare Part C
CMS allows Medicare Advantage marketing to resume, Nov p 50
CMS posts Medicare Advantage, Part D info on Web, May p 42
marketing of seven Medicare Advantage plans suspended, Aug pp 44-45
Medicare bill not perfect; TMA supports CHAMP, but works for change, Sep pp 27-31
the Medicare disadvantage: new Medicare managed care plans create confusion, May pp 41-42

Medicare Part D
CMS posts Medicare Advantage, Part D info on Web, May p 42

Menendez, Jose, Dec p 32 (photo)

Mental Disorders
broken minds, broken system: DSHS tries to improve Texas mental health care, Nov pp 27-31
mental health (MedBytes), Nov p 64
reducing contraband in a psychiatric hospital through the use of a metal detector, May pp 52-56
TMA physician's guide to child mental health, Nov p 30

Mercer Health & Benefits, LLC
Mercer, employers launch nationwide claims database, Jul p 29

Merck & Co.
Merck alters vaccine production, Jun p 32

Metal Detectors. See Security Measures

Mexican Americans. See also Border Health
commentary: missed opportunities and lessons learned [border health], Feb pp 46-47
estimated prevalence of hyperinsulinemia among Mexican-American adolescents in South Texas, Feb pp 38-40
; ; tuberculosis among Mexican-American immigrants, Feb pp 32-34

Military Personnel
support the troops: take TRICARE (Letter), Apr p 5
take care of the vets (Letter), Jul p 5

Minority Groups
TMA awards eight minority scholarships at TexMed 2007, Jul p 17 (photo)
TMA awards record number of minority scholarships (Foundation Spotlight), Aug p 16

Mobile Health Units
traveling care (Trusted Leader), Feb pp 55-56

Moy, Clifford
discusses federal funding of biomedical research, Dec p 51 (photo)
Newsmakers, Aug p 60

Murder. See Homicide

N

National Provider Identifier (NPI)
CMS enforcement delay no excuse for no NPI (Rounds), Jun pp 17-18
incorporated physicians, group practices may need multiple identifiers, Jan p 34
take a number: NPI to be required for all electronic transfers, Jan pp 33-35
TDI amends clean claim rules to accommodate new identifier, Jan p 35
TMA denounces feds' NPI Internet posting decision (Managing Your Practice), Aug p 10

National Uniform Claim Committee (NUCC)
deadline for implementing new 1500 form extended, May p 43
posts 1500 claim form changes (Managing Your Practice), Dec p 5

Needle-Exchange Programs
San Antonio to experiment with needle exchange program, Aug pp 51-52

Negotiating
mediate, don't litigate: hospital, physicians avoid courthouse showdown, Nov pp 41-45

Nelson, Jane
Senator Nelson is a Republican (Rounds), Dec p 14
supports cancer prevention and research institute, Aug p 47 (photo)
TEXPAC endorsement formula, Nov p 22 (photo)
TMA honors 10 lawmakers as Texas Medicine's Best (Rounds), Dec pp 11, 12
up in smoke: Texas' smoking prevention efforts not enough, Dec p 28

Neonatal Screening
major insurers to cover highborn newborn screening fee (Rounds), Jan p 17
NBS3 test card allowed in newborn screening (Rounds), Jun p 18
seven things you need to know about expanded newborn screening (Rounds), Feb p 12

Neoplasms
cancer [incorrectly titled as immunizations] (MedBytes), Aug p 72
Lance Armstrong promotes passage of cancer research amendment, Dec p 13 (photo)
physician education key to TMA's cancer battle, Aug p 49
POEP helps battle childhood cancer (Foundation Spotlight), Sep p 17
Thompson, Ian M., Jr.: UT San Antonio urologist leads effort for new prostate cancer treatment (Trusted Leader), Sep pp 49-50
TMA takes on cancer: association, allies pass bill to create research institute, Aug pp 47-50

Neurodegenerative Diseases
UT receives grants for stem cell, neurodegenerative disease research, May pp 31-32

Nixon, Joe
TEXPAC's endorsement formula, Nov p 21

Nonphysician Practitioners. See Allied Health Personnel

Norman, J. Phillip
TMA Foundation names new officers, Aug p 15

North Texas Regional Health Information Organization
Dallas-Fort Worth group launches data-sharing pilot, May p 23

Norwood, James "Tim"
accepts TMA Foundation Champion of Health Award, Dec p 12 (photo)
Newsmakers, Apr p 49
victory! TMA preserves patient care, Aug p 25 (photo)

NPI. See National Provider Identifier (NPI)

Nutrition Disorders
subnormal prealbumin levels and wound healing, Aug pp 66-68

O

Obesity
eating ourselves to death: the cost of obesity, Jun pp 20-26
obesity (MedBytes), Jun p 60
one doctor's mission [Stephen Ponder, MD], Jun p 23
TMA scores big on public health [legislative issues], Aug p 50
TMA supports obesity legislation, Jun p 26

Occupational Health Services
seeking common ground: TMA helps cultivate relationships with employers, Sep pp 43-46
TMA scores big on public health [legislative issues], Aug pp 50-51
wellness, not sickness: wellness programs improve health, save money, Jun pp 29-33

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

Olivas, Luis
receives TMA minority scholarship, Jul p 17 (photo)

Omeprazole
potential effects of over-the-counter sales on omeprazole calls to Texas poison centers, Jun pp 48-51

Online Patient Consultations. See Remote Consultations

Organ Donors. See Tissue Donors

Organ Procurement
new organ and tissue donor registry (Ask the TMA Knowledge Center), May p 15

Oswalt, Charles E., III (Newsmakers), Sep p 49

Oxycodone
Oxycontin lawsuit settled, Jul p 43

P

PacifiCare of Texas
judge sides with TMA, physicians against PacifiCare (Rounds), Nov p 9

Pandemics. See Influenza

Pandya, Amit (Newsmakers), Aug p 60

Papillomavirus Vaccines
the HPV controversy: trying to prevent a killer creates concerns, Apr pp 29-33
HPV vaccine and cervical cancer, Apr p 32Apr pp 33
survey shows HPV education needed, Apr p 30
what about hepatitis B? (Letter), Jul p 6

Parasitic Diseases
infectious disease and the adolescent immigrant, Feb pp 41-42

Patel, Chirag
receives Student of Year Award (Rounds), Jul p 18

Pathology Services. See Diagnosis, Laboratory

Patient Admission
audio conferences to examine POA initiative, Sep p 34
confused about coding a hospital admission? (Rounds), Sep p 17
Medicare cracks down on hospitals where patients get sicker (Rounds), Nov p 9
present and accounted for: Medicare initiative poses hassles for hospitals, physicians, Sep pp 33-36
voluntary readmission among schizophrenic patients in the Texas state psychiatric hospital system, Sep pp 54-59

Patient Communication. See Communication

Patient Compliance
online disease management adherence programs available to TMA members (Managing Your Practice), Jun p 12

Patient Credit and Collection
are lockboxes for you? (Managing Your Practice), Mar p 10
better you than the IRS [asking patients to pay balance by Dec. 31] (Managing Your Practice), Sep p 9
free advice: TMA's mini-consults offer one-on-one help, Nov pp 47-50 (photo)
getting paid for emergency care (Managing Your Practice), Jul p 13
go ahead, charge your brother-in-law (Managing Your Practice), Nov p 5
problems with front-desk collections?, Feb p 16
TMA Practice Consulting offers billing and collections assessment (Rounds), Jun p 18

Patient Information
providing information to victims of family violence, Jan p 48

Patient Isolation
pandemic planning for office-based practices, Oct pp 45-47
the role of nonpharmaceutical interventions during a pandemic, Oct pp 42-44

Patient Participation
economic survival: consumer-directed health plans pose financial challenges, Jun pp 35-37
transparency lacking in consumer-driven health care (Rounds), Dec p 10

Patient-Physician Relations. See Physician-Patient Relations

Patient Safety. See Safety

Patient Satisfaction
patients satisfied with retail health clinics, Jun p 38

Patients
health literacy (MedBytes), Apr p 64
insurers offer tips on communicating with patients, Apr p 25
is this a new patient or established patient? (Rounds), May p 18
"sure doc, whatever you say" (The AMA View), Apr p 50
Texas Medicine offers poster [on rating doctors for quality of care] for your office (Rounds), May p 16
TMA practice e-Tips can help, too [with communication], Apr p 26
toolkits ensure patients understand medication, Apr p 24
what?!? when patients just don't understand you, Apr pp 20-26

Patrick, Donald
TMB's Austin showdown: TMA wants strong, but fair board, Dec pp 32, 34, 35 (photo)

Pediatrics. See also Children
pandemic influenza planning in Texas: the pediatric perspective, Oct pp 48-53

Pena, Francisco
TMB's Austin showdown: TMA wants strong, but fair board, Dec pp 33-34

Performance Ratings. See Quality Indicators, Health Care

Perry, Gov. Rick
governor to lay out Medicaid reform initiatives, Mar p 30
the HPV controversy: trying to prevent a killer creates concerns, Apr pp 29-33
lottery for sale: governor wants proceeds for education, health care, Apr pp 43-45
TEXPAC's endorsement formula, Nov pp 21-22
TMA takes on cancer: association, allies pass bill to create research institute, Aug p 47 (photo)
victory! TMA preserves patient care, Aug p 26 (photo)

Pharmaceutical Industry. See Drug Industry

Pharmaceutical Preparations. See also Prescriptions, Drug
CMS posts Medicare Advantage, Part D info on Web, May p 42
FDA issues anemia drug warning (Managing Your Practice), Jun p 12
managing sample medications (Managing Your Practice), Jun p 11
Medicaid PDL available through Epocrates (Rounds), Jun pp 18-19
Oxycontin lawsuit settled, Jul p 43
toolkits ensure patients understand medication, Apr p 24

Physical Education and Training
victory! TMA preserves patient care, Aug p 28

Physical Fitness
wellness across Texas, Jun p 32
wellness, not sickness: wellness programs improve health, save money, Jun pp 29-33

Physician Assistants
billing Medicare for joint services (Managing Your Practice), Jul p 13

Physician Oncology Education Program (POEP)
diversity is subject of Dallas conference (Rounds), May p 17
physician education key to TMA's cancer battle, Aug p 49
POEP helps battle childhood cancer (Foundation Spotlight), Sep p 17

Physician-Patient Relations
health literacy (MedBytes), Apr p 64
insurers offer tips on communicating with patients, Apr p 25
"sure doc, whatever you say" (The AMA View), Apr p 50
TMA practice e-Tips can help, too [with communication], Apr p 26
toolkits ensure patients understand medication, Apr p 24
what?!? when patients just don't understand you, Apr pp 20-26

Physician Practice Patient Safety Assessment (PPPSA)
new assessment tool improves safety, creators say, Jan p 30

Physician Self-Referral
TMA helps physicians navigate Stark and anti-kickback regulations (Rounds), Jun p 18

Physicians
AMA votes to take on rank ranking plans (Rounds), Sep pp 14-16
are you making the most of your medical career? (Rounds), Jan pp 16-17
getting back to the country: new TCOM program prepares physicians for rural practice, Jul pp 45-47
go ahead, charge your brother-in-law (Managing Your Practice), Nov p 5
High, Harold R.: "Medicare changed it all" (Reflections on Medicine), Nov p 13
Kawasaki, Masashi: perseverance and reward (Reflections on Medicine), Dec pp 16-17 (photo)

manpower
legislation addresses Medicare, physician workforce issues, Sep p 30
Texas physician workforce growing, but not enough, Mar p 21
Texas will run out of doctors...over the next few decades, Mar pp 19-24

measuring the measurement: physicians wary of performance-rating schemes, Jul pp 24-30
mediate, don't litigate: hospital, physicians avoid courthouse showdown, Nov pp 41-45
physician reporters: enter TMA's Anson Jones, MD, Awards (Rounds), Nov pp 11-12
Physicians Benevolent Fund (PFB) helps us take care of our own (Rounds), Nov pp 10-11
physicians cannot face death penalty for abortions, Mar p 27
physicians generate $1.5 million annually for affiliated hospitals, Jun p 38
physicians required to disclose hospital ownership interest, Nov p 42
physicians to help state spend Medicaid funds for children, Nov pp 50-51
present and accounted for: Medicare initiative poses hassles for hospitals, physicians, Sep pp 33-36
reentry problems: returning to practice after a break not easy, Nov pp 33-37
salary information for medical office staff and physicians (Ask the TMA Knowledge Center), Nov p 10
seeking common ground: TMA helps cultivate relationships with employers, Sep pp 43-46
survey shows HPV education needed, Apr p 30
Texans to serve on CCHIT panel (Rounds), Aug p 14
TMA denounces feds' NPI Internet posting decision (Managing Your Practice), Aug p 10

Trusted Leader
Cooley, Denton: sixty years of cardiovascular surgery, Sep pp 47-49 (photo)
Espada, Rafael: touching 14 million hearts: heart surgeon becomes vice-president of Guatemala, Jun pp 41-43 (photo)
Hinchey, William W.: San Antonio pathologist to take over TMA leadership, Apr pp 47-49 (photo)
Homer, Ladon W.: from your president; listening to Texas medicine, Feb pp 58-59
Lakey, David L.: new DSHS commissioner takes over, Mar pp 41-42 (photo)
McCollum, Charles H.: surgeon's gift is real, not a simulation, Feb p 57
Thompson, Ian M., Jr.: UT San Antonio urologist leads effort for new prostate cancer treatment, Sep pp 49-50

victory! TMA preserves patient care, Aug pp 18-30 (photo)
you sign, you're responsible (Managing Your Practice), Nov p 5

Physicians, Family
getting back to the country: new TCOM program prepares physicians for rural practice, Jul pp 45-47
important PCCM program updates (Rounds), May p 16
Texas will run out of doctors...over the next few decades, Mar pp 19-24

Pickens, T. Boone
Pickens donates $100 million to UT Southwestern, M.D. Anderson, Jul p 47

Planning Techniques. See Health Planning ; Hospital Planning

Pneumococcal Vaccines
global effort combats vaccine-preventable killer, Jul pp 52-53

POEP. See Physician Oncology Education Program (POEP)

Poison Control Centers
potential effects of over-the-counter sales on omeprazole calls to Texas poison centers, Jun pp 48-51

Policy, Health. See Health Policy

Politics. See also Legislation, Medical
First Tuesdays return to the Capitol, Jan p 21
First Tuesdays vital to medicine's legislative success, Aug p 32
get in the race: join TEXPAC, Nov p 22
a legislative juggernaut: TMA refines its advocacy process (From the President & EVP), Oct pp 9-12
medicine's national voice grows louder on uninsured (From the AMA), Nov p 15
TEXPAC, AMPAC at odds over contributions (Rounds), Jun pp 16-17
TEXPAC candidate wins special House election, Apr p 44
TEXPAC endorses Dr. Shelton in House race, Nov p 21
TEXPAC's endorsement formula: winnability + friendly incumbent are key ingredients, Nov pp 18-23
TMA honors 10 lawmakers as Texas Medicine's Best (Rounds), Dec pp 11-12
touching 14 million hearts: heart surgeon, Rafael Espada, becomes vice-president of Guatemala, Jun pp 41-43 (photo)

Ponder, Stephen
one doctor's mission [to prevent obesity], Jun p 23

Practice Guidelines. See also Guidelines
CDC updates concussion guidelines, Aug p 48

Practice Management, Medical
are you making the most of your medical career? (Rounds), Jan pp 16-17
coding, documentation first defense against physician-rating programs (Rounds), Dec pp 9-10
confused about coding a hospital admission? (Rounds), Sep p 17
economic survival: consumer-directed health plans pose financial challenges, Jun pp 35-37
economic survival tops Texas physicians' concerns (Rounds), Apr p 14
free advice: TMA's mini-consults offer one-on-one help, Nov pp 47-50 (photo)
interviewing job candidates the smart way (Rounds), Jul p 21

Managing Your Practice (column)
ACIP changes 2007 vaccine recommendations, May p 11
are lockboxes for you?, Mar p 10
are you missing out on your [unclaimed] money?, Sep p 9
avoid bankruptcy: monitor your costs closely, Nov p 5
be wary of consultants, Apr p 11
the best of TexMed 2007 on CD or podcasts, Aug p 10
better you than the IRS [asking patients to pay balance by Dec. 31], Sep p 9
billing for hospice services, May p 11
billing Medicare for joint services, Jul p 13
breaking medical news reports, Mar p 9
CLIA meets HIPAA, Nov p 6
create custom preventive care reports, Jan p 9
DEA is watching, Nov p 6
don't forget to appeal Blue Cross decision, Dec p 6
don't hire a dud, Nov p 6
don't submit duplicate Medicare claims, Jul p 14
e-prescribing promotes patient safety, Apr p 11
ERISA third-party administration, Mar p 10
FDA issues anemia drug warning, Jun p 12
getting paid for emergency care, Jul p 13
go ahead, charge your brother-in-law, Nov p 5
herpes zoster vaccine for Medicare patients, Jan p 9
HIV tests for patients, Mar p 9
"home" vs "facility" as place of service, Feb p 9
Internet CME: click and learn, Dec p 6
judge approves Frew settlement that led to Medicaid rate hike, Aug p 10
legal immunization exemptions, Mar p 9
managing sample medications, Jun p 11
the medical leave act and you, Feb p 9
Medicare expands diabetes care, Feb p 9
Medicare improves radiology, pathology payments, Dec p 5
Medicare quality initiative offers bonus payment, Jun p 11
Medicare to scrutinize surgical debridement, Aug p 9
medication reconciliation prevents errors, Dec p 6
new technology brings new liability exposure, Jul p 13
NUCC posts 1500 claim form changes, Dec p 5
online disease management adherence programs available to TMA members, Jun p 12
payment help from HIPP, May p 11
receiving electronic health information and HIPAA requirements, Jan p 9
set parameters for nonphysician practitioners, Dec p 5
state wants electronic death certificates, Sep p 9
study identifies e-prescribing barriers, Jun p 11
teamwork vital in filing good claims, Jul p 14
telephone consultation coding, Mar p 10
tips for submitting Medicare claims, Jan p 9
TMA denounces feds' NPI Internet posting decision, Aug p 10
TMA online communities can answer your questions, Aug p 9
Women's Health Program (WHP) contraceptives, Apr p 11
workers' comp disability management requirements now in effect, Jun p 12
you sign, you're responsible, Nov p 5

new law strengthens physicians' billing disclosure requirements (Rounds), Sep pp 12-14
posting of required information for employees and patients (Ask the TMA Knowledge Center), Apr p 15
problems with front-desk collections?, Feb p 16
reentry problems: returning to practice after a break not easy, Nov pp 33-37
stop embezzlement before it starts (Rounds), Jan p 15
Texas Medicine offers poster [on rating doctors for quality of care] for your office (Rounds), May p 16
TMA helps physicians navigate Stark and anti-kickback regulations (Rounds), Jun p 18

TMA Practice Consulting
avoid mistakes: ask TMA Practice Consulting, Nov p 49
coding and documentation review and training (Rounds), Nov p 12
offers billing and collections assessment (Rounds), Jun p 18
provides financial assessments (Rounds), Apr p 15
TMA helps strengthen practice operations (Rounds), Aug pp 14-15
TMA offers consulting services, Oct p 20

Prealbumin
subnormal prealbumin levels and wound healing, Aug pp 66-68

Preferred Provider Organizations
keeping a tight rein: health plans clamp down on out-of-network referrals, Apr p37
marketing of seven Medicare Advantage plans suspended, Aug pp 44-45

Prescriptions, Drug. See also Pharmaceutical Preparations
acceptance of physician's electronic signature/embossing on prescriptions (Ask the TMA Knowledge Center), Sep p 15
CMS posts Medicare Advantage, Part D info on Web, May p 42
CMS proposes scrapping e-prescribed faxes, Sep p 36
DEA is watching (Managing Your Practice), Nov p 6
e-prescribing promotes patient safety (Managing Your Practice), Apr p 11
managing sample medications (Managing Your Practice), Jun p 11
medication reconciliation prevents errors (Managing Your Practice), Dec p 6
study identifies e-prescribing barriers (Managing Your Practice), Jun p 11
surprise! Iraq war bill requires secure pads for Medicaid prescriptions (Rounds), Aug p 12
tamper-resistant prescription pads delayed (Rounds), Dec p 14
TMA wants Medicaid prescription rule delayed, Sep p 36
toolkits ensure patients understand medication, Apr p 24

Pressure Ulcer
subnormal prealbumin levels and wound healing, Aug pp 66-68

Preventive Health Services
create custom preventive care reports (Managing Your Practice), Jan p 9
pandemic influenza: a primer, Oct pp 31-34
pandemic planning for office-based practices, Oct pp 45-47
practical challenges in a hospital pandemic influenza preparedness plan, Oct pp 38-41
the role of nonpharmaceutical interventions during a pandemic, Oct pp 42-44
Texas A&M to evaluate fall prevention program, Sep p 42
up in smoke: Texas' smoking prevention efforts not enough, Dec pp 20-28

Price, Mia
school board president to become TMA Alliance president, Apr p 49 (photo)
takes oath of office as president of TMA Alliance (photo), Jul p 18
TMA honors 10 lawmakers as Texas Medicine's Best (Rounds), Dec pp 11, 12 (photo)
TMA refines its advocacy process, Oct p 10 (photo)

Primary Care Case Management Program
important PCCM program updates (Rounds), May p 16

Primary Health Care
pandemic planning for office-based practices, Oct pp 45-47
Texas will run out of doctors...over the next few decades, Mar pp 19-24

Privacy. See Confidentiality

Professional Practice. See also Practice Management, Medical
are you making the most of your medical career? (Rounds), Jan pp 16-17
High, Harold: "Medicare changed it all" (Reflections on Medicine), Nov p 13
Kawasaki, Masashi: perseverance and reward (Reflections on Medicine), Dec pp 16-17 (photo)
measuring the measurement: physicians wary of performance-rating schemes, Jul pp 24-30
reentry problems: returning to practice after a break not easy, Nov pp 33-37
take a number: NPI to be required for all electronic transfers, Jan pp 33-35

Proposition 12. See Tort Reform

Prostate Neoplasms
Thompson, Ian M., Jr.: UT San Antonio urologist leads effort for new prostate cancer treatment (Trusted Leader), Sep pp 49-50

Proton Pump Inhibitors
potential effects of over-the-counter sales on omeprazole calls to Texas poison centers, Jun pp 48-51

Pruitt, Spencer, Aug p 29 (photo)

Public Health. See also Border Health ; Immunization ; Influenza ; Vaccines and Vaccination
broken minds, broken system: DSHS tries to improve Texas mental health care, Nov pp 27-31
the HPV controversy: trying to prevent a killer creates concerns, Apr pp 29-33
a new breed: DSHS's Dr. Fonseca looks at behavioral issues, Sep pp 39-42
new DSHS commissioner (David L. Lakey, MD) takes over, Mar pp 41-42 (photo)
a new game plan: TMA switches to offense for 2007 legislative session, Jan pp 19-23
San Antonio to experiment with needle exchange program, Aug pp 51-52
seeking common ground: TMA helps cultivate relationships with employers, Sep pp 43-46
Senator Hutchison cosponsors TB elimination act, Aug p 52
summits bring healthy vision into focus, Jan p 24
Texas Public Health Coalition agrees on legislative priorities, Mar p 43
TMA scores big on public health [legislative issues], Aug pp 50-51
TMA takes on cancer: association, allies pass bill to create research institute, Aug pp 47-50
TMA works to improve public health, Sep p 40
up in smoke: Texas' smoking prevention efforts not enough, Dec pp 20-28
wellness, not sickness: wellness programs improve health, save money, Jun pp 29-33
when all else fails: state health officials recommend new STD therapy, Jan pp 27-30

Public Relations
seeking common ground: TMA helps cultivate relationships with employers, Sep pp 43-46

Purdue Pharma Inc.
Oxycontin lawsuit settled, Jul p 43

Q

Quality Indicators, Health Care
AMA votes to take on rank ranking plans (Rounds), Sep pp 14-16
coding, documentation first defense against physician-rating programs (Rounds), Dec pp 9-10
measuring the measurement: physicians wary of performance-rating schemes, Jul pp 24-30
Mercer, employers launch nationwide claims database, Jul p 29

Quality of Health Care
audio conferences to examine POA [present on admission] initiative, Sep p 34
health care quality: physicians still know best (From the EVP), Sep pp 5-6
Medicare quality initiative offers bonus payment (Managing Your Practice), Jun p 11
present and accounted for: Medicare initiative poses hassles for hospitals, physicians, Sep pp 33-36
Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP) Module 1: Infection Prevention, Mar p 33 [16 pages]
Texas Medicine offers poster [on rating doctors for quality of care] for your office (Rounds), May p 16
TMA, Blue Cross agree on BlueCompare modifications (Rounds), May p 13
what TMA did-and continues to do-about BlueCompare (Rounds), May pp 13-15

Quest Diagnostics
the Quest offer: what's it worth to you? (Rounds), Mar p 14

R

Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). See Jurisprudence

Raimer, Ben G. (Newsmakers), Mar p 42

Ramamurthy, Rajam (Newsmakers), Sep p 49

Rape
interpersonal violence in Texas: a physician's role, Jan pp 44-50

Raymond, Richard, Aug p 29 (photo)

Reid, Amy, Aug p 29 (photo)

Reimbursement Mechanisms. See also Insurance, Health, Reimbursement
GAO recommends revised GPCIs, Sep pp 31-32
Medicare quality initiative offers bonus payment (Managing Your Practice), Jun p 11

RelayHealth Corp.
going online: Texas health plans may pay for online patient consultations, Mar pp 35-37
what RelayHealth offers, Mar p 37

Remote Consultations
going online: Texas health plans may pay for online patient consultations, Mar pp 35-37
TMA urges physicians to follow online consultation guidelines, Mar pp 38-39
what RelayHealth offers, Mar p 37

Research
TMA takes on cancer: association, allies pass bill to create research institute, Aug pp 47-50
where'd the scientists go? grant shortage jeopardizes Texas biomedical research, Dec pp 51-54

Research Funding. See Financing, Government

Resident and Fellow Section, TMA
presents J. T. "Lamar" McNew Award to Alice Gong (Rounds), Jul p 18

Respiratory Distress Syndrome, Adult
TRALI: rare but deadly, May pp 46-47

Retail Health Clinics. See Ambulatory Care Facilities

Reynolds, David
TEXPAC's endorsement formula, Nov p 20 (photo)
victory! TMA preserves patient care, Aug p 22 (photo)

Risk Management
introducing TMA's new risk management audio seminar series (Rounds), Aug p 14

Robotics
Robot, MD: Texas physicians use robotics to improve surgical outcomes, May pp 29-30

Rosas, Alejandro (Newsmakers), Feb p 56

Rose, Patrick, Apr p 16 (photo)

Rosen, Ted (Newsmakers), Aug p 60

Rural Health
getting back to the country: new TCOM program prepares physicians for rural practice, Jul pp 45-47
TAFP Foundation receives HIT grant for rural diabetes care, Jan p 39

Ruud, Christopher
up in smoke: Texas' smoking prevention efforts not enough, Dec pp 21, 22

S

Safety. See also Head Protective Devices
medication reconciliation prevents errors (Managing Your Practice), Dec p 6
new assessment tool improves safety, creators say, Jan p 30
reducing contraband in a psychiatric hospital through the use of a metal detector, May pp 52-56

Salaries and Fringe Benefits
salary information for medical office staff and physicians (Ask the TMA Knowledge Center), Nov p 10

Saldana, Luis (Newsmakers), Aug p 60

San Antonio, TX
San Antonio to experiment with needle exchange program, Aug pp 51-52

Sanchez, Eduardo
up in smoke: Texas' smoking prevention efforts not enough, Dec pp 24, 26, 28

Schizophrenia
voluntary readmission among schizophrenic patients in the Texas state psychiatric hospital system, Sep pp 54-59

Schlotter, James (Will)
correction: speaker is Will Schlotter, Sep p 17
victory! TMA preserves patient care, Aug p 31 (photo)

Scholarships. See Fellowships and Scholarships

Schools, Medical. See also Education, Medical ; Students, Medical
Baylor College of Medicine to break ground on new hospital, Jul p 46
lawmakers approve $81 million for medical school expansion, Aug p 56
medical school entering class for 2007 largest ever, Dec p 52
Pickens, T. Boone, donates $100 million to UT Southwestern, M.D. Anderson, Jul p 47

Texas A&M University System Health Science Center College of Medicine
receives Medical Student Section Chapter of Year award (Rounds), Jul p 18
to evaluate fall prevention program, Sep p 42

Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine program prepares physicians for rural practice, Jul pp 45-47

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Dr. Suskind dismissed as founding dean of El Paso medical school, Nov pp 36-37
Tech opens facility to house forensic science institute, May p 32
Texas Tech names new president, Amarillo dean, Aug p 57

Texas will run out of doctors...over the next few decades, Mar pp 19-24
University of Houston, Cornell considering medical school partnership, Mar p 22

University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston
Dr. Willerson to leave UT-Houston, Nov p 36
traveling care (Trusted Leader), Feb pp 55-56

University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, urologist leads effort for new prostate cancer treatment (Trusted Leader), Sep pp 49-50

University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Dr. Callender named UTMB president, Jul p 47
McCollum, Charles H.: surgeon's gift is real, not a simulation (Trusted Leader), Feb p 57
UT receives grants for stem cell, neurodegenerative disease research, May pp 31-32

University of Texas School of Public Health receives grants for stem cell, neurodegenerative disease research, May pp 31-32

Schunke, Nancy
receives Ernest and Sarah Butler Awards for Excellence in Science and Teaching, Jul p 18 (photo)

Schwing, Walter E., Jr.
TMA Foundation names new officers, Aug p 15

Science
where'd the scientists go? grant shortage jeopardizes Texas biomedical research, Dec pp 51-54

Scope of Practice. See Licensure

Screening. See Neonatal Screening

Security Measures
reducing contraband in a psychiatric hospital through the use of a metal detector, May pp 52-56

Self-Referral. See Physician-Self Referral

Sexual Behavior
the HPV controversy: trying to prevent a killer creates concerns, Apr pp 29-33

Sexually Transmitted Diseases
CDC guidelines for expedited partner therapy (EPT), Jan p 28
what about hepatitis B? (Letter), Jul p 6
when all else fails: state health officials recommend new STD therapy, Jan pp 27-30

Shah, Kiran (Newsmakers), Mar p 43

Shelton, Mark
TEXPAC endorses Dr. Shelton in House race, Nov p 21

Shine, Kenneth, Aug p 47 (photo)

Signature
you sign, you're responsible (Managing Your Practice), Nov p 5

Smith, David R.
up in smoke: Texas' smoking prevention efforts not enough, Dec pp 22-23, 28

Smoking. See Tobacco Use Disorder

Social Work
HHSC cancels troubled social services contract, May p 43

Spouse Abuse
interpersonal violence in Texas: a physician's role, Jan pp 44-50

Stafford, Bobby L. (Newsmakers), Sep p 49

Stafford, Erin Prather
former Texas Medicine associate editor wins Jordan award (Rounds), May p 16

Stasney, Richard (Newsmakers), Feb p 56

Statins. See Hydroxymethylglutaryl-CoA Reductase Inhibitors

Stem Cells
UT receives grants for stem cell, neurodegenerative disease research, May pp 31-32

Strate, Susan
attends TMA Fall Conference, Dec p 10 (photo)
doctors vs. UnitedHealthcare: battle is joined over radiology, charges, Dec p 40 (photo)
TEXPAC's endorsement formula, Nov pp 20, 22 (photo)

Students, Medical. See also Schools, Medical
medical ethics and the pharmaceutical industry (Medical Student Report), Mar p 5
medical school entering class for 2007 largest ever, Dec p 52
TMA awards eight minority scholarships at TexMed 2007, Jul p 17 (photo)
TMA awards record number of minority scholarships (Foundation Spotlight), Aug p 16
TMA Medical Student Section awards presented during House of Delegates session (Rounds), Jul p 18
victory! TMA preserves patient care, Aug pp 21, 22, 25, 29 (photo)

Substance-Related Disorders
San Antonio to experiment with needle exchange program, Aug pp 51-52

Surgical Procedures, Operative
Cooley, Denton: sixty years of cardiovascular surgery (Trusted Leader), Sep pp 47-49 (photo)
McCollum, Charles H.: surgeon's gift is real, not a simulation (Trusted Leader), Feb p 57
Medicare to scrutinize surgical debridement (Managing Your Practice), Aug p 9
Robot, MD: Texas physicians use robotics to improve surgical outcomes, May pp 29-30

Surgical Wound Infection
self-study course focuses on infection prevention (Rounds), Mar p 16
Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP) Module 1: Infection Prevention, Mar p 33 [16 pages]

Suskind, Robert
Dr. Suskind dismissed as founding dean of El Paso medical school, Nov pp 36-37

Sutor, Laurie J., Jul p 18 (photo)

Swanson, Lisa, Aug p 25 (photo)

Syphilis
CDC guidelines for expedited partner therapy (EPT), Jan p 28

T

Taxes
better you than the IRS [asking patients to pay balance by Dec. 31] (Managing Your Practice), Sep p 9
a new game plan: TMA switches to offense for 2007 legislative session, Jan pp 19-23

Technology. See Medical Informatics Applications

Telemedicine
telemedicine demonstration projects along the Texas-Mexico border, Feb pp 48-50

Texas. See also Border Health
AAEM files suit to block ED takeover by Houston Memorial Hermann Healthcare System, Nov pp 44-45
broken minds, broken system: DSHS tries to improve Texas mental health care, Nov pp 27-31
care for immigrants with end-stage renal disease in Houston: a comparison of two practices, Apr pp 54-58
development of a federally qualified health center in Houston, Texas, Jul pp 56-59
diabetes risk factors and testing in a Texas family medicine clinic, Mar pp 46-50
eating ourselves to death: the cost of obesity, Jun pp 20-26
Houston's smoking ban upheld, Nov p 31
interpersonal violence in Texas: a physician's role, Jan pp 44-50
potential effects of over-the-counter sales on omeprazole calls to Texas poison centers, Jun pp 48-51
Prop 12 payoff: tort reform saves medical practices, Sep pp 18-23
reducing contraband in a psychiatric hospital through the use of a metal detector, May pp 52-56
RICO settlements award millions to Texas physicians, Jul p 40
salary information for medical office staff and physicians (Ask the TMA Knowledge Center), Nov p 10
San Antonio to experiment with needle exchange program, Aug pp 51-52
supplemental Medicaid funds for Texas hospitals threatened, Dec p 48
Texas' immunization rate drops drastically, Nov p 31
Texas still tops in uninsured, Sep p 44
Texas will run out of doctors...over the next few decades, Mar pp 19-24
too little, too late: Medicaid ICM may have limited impact, Dec pp 45-48
up in smoke: Texas' smoking prevention efforts not enough, Dec pp 20-28
voluntary readmission among schizophrenic patients in the Texas state psychiatric hospital system, Sep pp 54-59
wellness across Texas, Jun p 32
wellness, not sickness: wellness programs improve health, save money, Jun pp 29-33
where'd the scientists go? grant shortage jeopardizes Texas biomedical research, Dec pp 51-54

Texas Academy of Family Physicians
TAFP Foundation receives HIT grant for rural diabetes care, Jan p 39

Texas A&M University System Health Science Center College of Medicine
receives Medical Student Section Chapter of Year award (Rounds), Jul p 18
to evaluate fall prevention program, Sep p 42

Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
getting back to the country: new TCOM program prepares physicians for rural practice, Jul pp 45-47

Texas Department of Insurance (TDI)
adopts new clean claim definition, Sep p 46
amends clean claim rules to accommodate new identifier, Jan p 35
assists physicians with workers' compensation disputes, Apr p 40
changes standardized credentialing application (Rounds), Mar p 13
doctors vs. UnitedHealthcare: battle is joined over radiology, charges, Dec pp 39-43

Texas Department of State Health Services
broken minds, broken system: DSHS tries to improve Texas mental health care, Nov pp 27-31
commentary: DSHS plans for an influenza pandemic, Oct pp 54-55
Dr. Lakey is new DSHS commissioner (Rounds), Feb p 12
to fund ESRD [end-stage renal disease] program (Rounds), Dec pp 12-13
a new breed: DSHS's Dr. Fonseca looks at behavioral issues, Sep pp 39-42
new DSHS commissioner [David L. Lakey] takes over (Trusted Leader), Mar pp 41-42 (photo)

Texas Electronic Registrar (TER) Death Registration
online death registration is available (Rounds), May pp 17-18
state wants electronic death certificates (Managing Your Practice), Sep p 9

Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC)
awards tentative contract for Medicaid pilot program, Mar pp 31-32
cancels troubled social services contract, May p 43
state begins new CHIP perinatal program (Rounds), Jan pp 12-13
state starts new women's health program (Rounds), Feb p 17

Texas Medical Association
Annual Report: your vision, your voice, your TMA, May [insert]
Board of Trustees reelected (Rounds), Jul p 18

conferences
summits bring healthy vision into focus, Jan p 24
Winter Conference set for first weekend in February (Rounds), Jan p 14

continuing medical education. See Education, Medical, Continuing
free advice: TMA's mini-consults offer one-on-one help, Nov pp 47-50 (photo)
headquarters building paid off (Rounds), Dec p 13 (photo)

House of Delegates
delegates call for Medicare fee reform, more physicians (Rounds), Jul pp 17-18
HOD to consider new TMA Constitution (Rounds), Feb pp 13-17

Member Services
American Journal of Ophthalmology and Urology available online through TMA (Rounds), Mar p 15
TMA online communities can answer your questions (Managing Your Practice), Aug p 9

officers
Board of Trustees reelected (Rounds), Jul p 18
Hinchey, William W. See Hinchey, William W.
Homer, Ladon W. See Homer, Ladon W.
Williams, Josie R. See Williams, Josie R.

Physicians Benevolent Fund (PBF) helps us take care of our own (Rounds), Nov pp 10-11
"Stamping Out Disease" exhibit available in Spanish (Rounds), Jan p 17

TexMed 2007
the best of TexMed 2007 on CD or podcasts (Managing Your Practice), Aug p 10
TexMed 2007: a big time in Big D (Rounds), Apr p 13
TexMed 2007 is next month in Dallas (Rounds), Mar p 13

TMA Knowledge Center (Ask the TMA Knowledge Center)
acceptance of physician's electronic signature/embossing on prescriptions, Sep p 15
completing disability income claim forms and other forms, Mar p 15
new organ and tissue donor registry, May p 15
posting of required information for employees and patients, Apr p 15
salary information for medical office staff and physicians, Nov p 10
what research services are available?, Jun p 17
who has time to read 5,000 medical journals? (Rounds), Aug p 14

TMA Practice Consulting
avoid mistakes: ask TMA, Nov p 49
coding and documentation review and training [from TMA Practice Consulting] (Rounds), Nov p 12
offers billing and collections assessment (Rounds), Jun p 18
provides financial assessments (Rounds), Apr p 15
TMA helps strengthen practice operations (Rounds), Aug pp 14-15
TMA offers consulting services, Oct p 20

"We are TMA" (address of president), Jul pp 19-20

Texas Medical Association Alliance
Mia Price takes oath of office from Keely Hunsaker (photo), Jul p 18 (photo)
school board president [Mia Price] to become TMA Alliance president, Apr p 49 (photo)

Texas Medical Association Foundation
foundation gala to support TMA health and education programs (Rounds), Apr pp 15, 17

Foundation Spotlight
Be Wise-Immunize can help you prevent disease, Jul p 22
Champion of Health Award given by TMAF, Nov p 12
a hard hat for a little head, May p 18
honor someone you love, Dec p 15
POEP helps battle childhood cancer, Sep p 17
TMA awards record number of minority scholarships, Aug p 16
TMA Foundation works to improve science literacy, Apr p 18

John P. McGovern Champion of Health Award
presented to Dallas County Medical Society, Dec p 12 (photo)
TMAF awards Champion of Health Award (Foundation Spotlight), Nov p 12

new officers named (Rounds), Aug p 15

Texas Medical Board
TMB now requires physicians' fingerprints for licenses (Rounds), Sep p 11
TMB's Austin showdown: TMA wants strong, but fair board, Dec pp 31-35

Texas Medical Liability Trust
Fields takes the helm of TMLT, Aug p 38
insurers offer tips on communicating with patients, Apr p 25
TMLT cuts premiums (Rounds), Nov p 9

Texas Medicine
former Texas Medicine associate editor wins Jordan award (Rounds), May p 16
Texas Medicine offers poster [on rating doctors for quality of care] for your office (Rounds), May p 16

<;strong></;strong> Texas-Mexico Border. See Border Health

Texas Public Health Coalition
coalition agrees on legislative priorities, Mar p 43

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Dr. Suskind dismissed as founding dean of El Paso medical school, Nov pp 36-37
Tech opens facility to house forensic science institute, May p 32
Texas Tech names new president, Amarillo dean, Aug p 57

Texas Women's Health Program
Women's Health Program (WHP) contraceptives (Managing Your Practice), Apr p 11

TexMed 2007. See Texas Medical Association--TexMed 2007

TEXPAC
endorses Dr. Shelton in House race, Nov p 21
get in the race: join TEXPAC, Nov p 22
TEXPAC, AMPAC at odds over contributions (Rounds), Jun pp 16-17
TEXPAC candidate wins special House election, Apr p 44
TEXPAC's endorsement formula: winnability + friendly incumbent are key ingredients, Nov pp 18-23

Theft
stop embezzlement before it starts (Rounds), Jan p 15

Thompson, Ian M., Jr.
UT San Antonio urologist leads effort for new prostate cancer treatment (Trusted Leader), Sep pp 49-50

Thorstenson, Lyle
doctors vs. UnitedHealthcare: battle is joined over radiology, charges, Dec pp 39-40 (photo)
receives Young at Heart Award (Rounds), Jul p 18

Three Rivers Provider Network
halts physician discount solicitation, plans changes (Rounds), Jul p 21

Tissue Donors
new organ and tissue donor registry (Ask the TMA Knowledge Center), May p 15
ten years later: organ donation still necessary (Commentary), Apr pp 9-10

Tobacco Use Disorder
the evolution of tobacco settlement funding, Dec p 27
Houston's smoking ban upheld, Nov p 31
smoking cessation (MedBytes), Dec p 64
smoking cessation counseling: it's up to you, Dec pp 24-25
smoking: nip it in the bud, Dec p 26
tobacco prevention spending, by state, Dec p 22
tobacco related monetary costs in Texas, Dec p 23
tobacco settlement funds aid health care, Jul pp 42-43
up in smoke: Texas' smoking prevention efforts not enough, Dec pp 20-28

Todd, Susan
presents TMA Foundation Champion of Health Award, Dec p 12 (photo)
TMA Foundation names new officers, Aug p 15

Tort Reform
law/legislative recap, Aug p 36
Prop 12 payoff: tort reform saves medical practices, Sep pp 18-23
surrounding states' medical liability climates, Sep p 24
tort reform (MedBytes), Sep p 64
tort reform protected: TMA stops challenge to emergency care standard, Aug pp 35-37

Travel
exotic disease in the migrant patient, Feb pp 43-45

Triage
pre-hospital pandemic influenza triage, Oct pp 35-37

Tripathy, Debu (Newsmakers), Feb p 56

Trotter, Maureen E., Jul p 33 (photo)

Tuberculosis
Senator Hutchison cosponsors TB elimination act, Aug p 52
tuberculosis among Mexican-American immigrants, Feb pp 32-34

Turner, Sylvester
TMA honors 10 lawmakers as Texas Medicine's Best (Rounds), Dec pp 11, 12

U

Uncompensated Care
hospitals, physicians take community outreach to heart, Nov p 43

Undocumented Aliens. See Emigration and Immigration

Uninsured. See Medically Uninsured

United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
uninsured often go to ERs, CDC says, Sep p 42
updates concussion guidelines, Aug p 48

United States Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
allows Medicare Advantage marketing to resume, Nov p 50
CMS enforcement delay no excuse for no NPI (Rounds), Jun pp 17-18
HHS to pay for EHR adoption, Dec pp 35-36
marketing of seven Medicare Advantage plans suspended, Aug pp 44-45
proposes scrapping e-prescribed faxes, Sep p 36
supplemental Medicaid funds for Texas hospitals threatened, Dec p 48
TMA denounces feds' NPI Internet posting decision (Managing Your Practice), Aug p 10

United States Congress
Texas Legislature and U.S. Congress (MedBytes), Jan p 56

United States Department of Health and Human Services
AG: Dr. Lewis did nothing wrong, Dec p 41
HHS to pay for EHR adoption, Dec pp 35-36
OIG's hammer: Medicaid fraud zealots could nail unsuspecting physicians, Oct pp 17-23 (photo)

United States Drug Enforcement Administration
DEA is watching (Managing Your Practice), Nov p 6

United States Government Accountability Office
GAO recommends revised GPCIs, Sep pp 31-32

United States-Mexico Border Health Commission. See also Border Health
establishment of the United States-Mexico Border Health Commission, Feb pp 30-31

UnitedHealthcare
appeals court upholds dismissal of United, Coventry from RICO lawsuit, Aug p 37
doctors vs. UnitedHealthcare: battle is joined over radiology, charges, Dec pp 39-43
the Quest offer: what's it worth to you? (Rounds), Mar p 14
UnitedHealthcare to fine doctors for out-of-network lab referrals, Apr p 38
UnitedHealthcare unveils online claim estimator, Nov p 50

University of Houston
University of Houston, Cornell considering medical school partnership, Mar p 22

University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston
Dr. Willerson to leave UT-Houston, Nov p 36
traveling care (Trusted Leader), Feb pp 55-56

University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio
Thompson, Ian M., Jr.: urologist leads effort for new prostate cancer treatment (Trusted Leader), Sep pp 49-50

University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
M.D. Anderson wins $8.3 million grant, Jul p 52
Pickens donates $100 million to UT Southwestern, M.D. Anderson, Jul p 47

University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Dr. Callender named UTMB president, Jul p 47
McCollum, Charles H.: surgeon's gift is real, not a simulation (Trusted Leader), Feb p 57
UT receives grants for stem cell, neurodegenerative disease research, May pp 31-32

University of Texas School of Public Health
UT receives grants for stem cell, neurodegenerative disease research, May pp 31-32

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Pickens donates $100 million to UT Southwestern, M.D. Anderson, Jul p 47

Uresti, Carlos
TMA honors 10 lawmakers as Texas Medicine's Best (Rounds), Dec p 11

V

Vacation. See Holidays

Vaccines and Vaccination . See also Immunization ; Influenza Vaccine
ACIP changes 2007 vaccine recommendations (Managing Your Practice), May p 11
commentary: missed opportunities and lessons learned [border health], Feb pp 46-47
global effort combats vaccine-preventable killer [pneumococcal disease], Jul pp 52-53
herpes zoster vaccine for Medicare patients (Managing Your Practice), Jan p 9
the HPV controversy: trying to prevent a killer creates concerns, Apr pp 29-33
HPV vaccine and cervical cancer, Apr p 32Apr pp 33
immunization congress wants better vaccine system, May p 46
infectious disease and the adolescent immigrant, Feb pp 41-42
legal immunization exemptions (Managing Your Practice), Mar p 9
Merck alters vaccine production, Jun p 32
physicians face crisis in vaccine reimbursement, Jul p 50
survey shows HPV education needed, Apr p 30
TMA scores big on public health [legislative issues], Aug p 51
what about hepatitis B? (Letter), Jul p 6

Violence
interpersonal violence in Texas: a physician's role, Jan pp 44-50
reducing contraband in a psychiatric hospital through the use of a metal detector, May pp 52-56

W

Ware, Drue O.D ., Dec p 13 (photo)

Ware, Elgin W., Jr., Dec p 13 (photo)

Warren, Robert
Texans to serve on CCHIT panel (Rounds), Aug p 14

Watkins, Winston (Newsmakers), Mar p 43

Watson, Alfred, Jr. (Newsmakers), Mar p 43

Weapons. See Violence

Web Sites. See Internet and World Wide Web

Wellness. See Health

Wharton, George W., Jul p 18 (photo)

Wheeler, Thomas M. (Newsmakers), Jun p 43 (photo)

White, Ryan
receives TMA minority scholarship, Jul p 17 (photo)

Whitehurst, Darren
TEXPAC's endorsement formula, Nov p 23 (photo)
TMA refines its advocacy process, Oct p 10 (photo)

Whitman, Jeffrey (Newsmakers), Jun p 44 (photo)

Wildenthal, Kern, Aug p 47 (photo)

Willerson, James T.
Dr. Willerson to leave UT-Houston, Nov p 36

Williams, Josie R.
named TMA president elect (Rounds), Jul pp 18-19 (photo)
presides at TMA Fall Conference, Dec p 10 (photo)
TMA refines its advocacy process, Oct p 9 (photo)

Wisdom. See Knowledge

Women's Health Services
state starts new women's health program (Rounds), Feb p 17
Women's Health Program (WHP) contraceptives (Managing Your Practice), Apr p 11

Workers' Compensation
another doctor leaves workers' comp (Letter), Jul p 5
cookbook comp? physicians skeptical about workers' comp guidelines, May pp 35-38
DWC delays treatment plan rules, May pp 38-39
a new game plan: TMA switches to offense for 2007 legislative session, Jan pp 19-23
new TMA course explains workers' compensation changes (Rounds), Mar p 14
not convinced new system is better (Letter), Feb p 5
pet peeves [about legislation] (Commentary), May pp 5-6
so long, workers' comp (Letter), Apr p 5
TDI assists physicians with workers' compensation disputes, Apr p 40
TMA offers training on new workers' compensation guidelines, May p 36
workers' comp disability management requirements now in effect (Managing Your Practice), Jun p 12
workers' comp: patience and collaboration needed (Letter), Feb p 5
workers' comp treatment guidelines scheduled next month (Rounds), Aug p 12
workers' compensation bills advance, May p 39

World Wide Web. See Internet and World Wide Web

Wound Healing
subnormal prealbumin levels and wound healing, Aug pp 66-68

Y

Young Physicians Section
awards presented during House of Delegates session (Rounds), Jul p 18

Z

Zaffirini, Judith
TEXPAC's endorsement formula, Nov p 20 (photo)
TMA honors 10 lawmakers as Texas Medicine's Best (Rounds), Dec pp 11, 12 (photo)

Zerwas, John
TMA honors 10 lawmakers as Texas Medicine's Best (Rounds), Dec p 11


 

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