Table of Contents: July 2009

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Vol. 105, Issue No. 7 - July 2009  


COVER STORY (pages 16-21)  

Swine Flu: Rehearsal for Disaster?
This year's outbreak of the H1N1 flu, or swine flu, sent public health officials in Texas and the rest of the nation scrambling. Physicians warn it could be worse in the fall when swine flu possibly mixes with the annual flu outbreak.  By Crystal Conde  

RELATED STORY (pages 21-26)  

Review of School Closure as a Pandemic Mitigation Strategy
A review of available literature by two Dallas public health officials shows that authorities should not expect school closings alone to contain an influenza epidemic in a community.  By John T. Carlo, MD, MSE, and Wendy Chung, MD, MSPH   

LAW (pages 29-34)  

Dr. Aldridge's Nightmare
Milissa Aldridge, MD, had no idea her decision to end her pharmacy career to become a physician would lead to the state demanding almost $1 million in back Medicaid payments. She's the latest target of the state's Office of Inspector General. By Crystal Conde   


SGR Still Standing
The chances of Congress finally repealing the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate formula and establishing a fair payment system for physicians appear bleak. By Ken Ortolon   


Flagging Identity Theft
Unless the Federal Trade Commission changes its mind before Aug. 1, medical practices will have to develop programs to detect and prevent theft of a patient's identity. By Crystal Conde   

SCIENCE (pages 47-50)  

Blood Feud
Controversy over indefinitely storing blood samples taken for newborn screening could jeopardize research into the role genetics plays in children born with conditions such as cleft palate. ByKen Ortolon   

MEDICAL ECONOMICS (pages 51-54)  

Bundling Payments
A San Antonio hospital system is taking part in a study to find out if cheaper health care equals better health care. By Ken Ortolon   

ROUNDS (pages 9-14)  

First Tuesdays Program Sets Record
Make Insurers Keep Their Promises
Toolkit Improves Patient Health
Starting a New Practice?
TMA Foundation Elects New Board Officers
Research Roundup
Ask the TMA Knowledge Center


Commentary (pages 5-6)
Deaths (page 55)
MedBytes(page 56)  

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