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What Do Opioids, MOC, and Lawsuits Have in Common?

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Texas’ new opioid prescribing rules, board certification, and lawsuits top the list of popular topics that Texas Medicine Today covered this year.

Want to know what else intrigued Texas physicians in 2018? Here’s a list of our top 10 most read stories for our inaugural year. Drumroll please…

1.    Are You Ready for Changes to Opioid Prescribing in Texas? Changes to the state’s prescription process for certain controlled substances are taking place. Here’s what you need to know. 

2.    Could Your Board Certification Be Threatened? A Texas subspecialist in an underserved area lost his board certification without warning or a chance to plead his case. His is a cautionary tale. 

3.    Hospital System Sued Again Over Alleged Peer Review Misconduct. Texas’ largest not-for-profit hospital system again faces allegations of mishandling the peer review process. This time, it’s accused of trying to funnel peer review information to people who shouldn’t see it. 

4.    Physician Assistants to Explore Changing Title. Physician assistants may go by a different name in the future under a resolution the American Academy of PAs passed during its annual conference in May. 

5.    Health Advisory: Be on the Lookout for Cyclosporiasis. Illnesses caused by the parasite Cyclospora rose in 2018. Large clusters were reported in Bexar, Harris, and Travis counties. 

6.    Proposed Medicare Fee Overhaul Could Box In Doctors. In July, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed a dramatic fee overhaul. This immediately sounded alarms for Texas physicians, especially those who oversee complex office visits. 

7.    Medicine Mourns Death of Revered Cardiologist. Texas physicians remember Mark Hausknecht, MD, an esteemed interventional cardiologist who was fatally shot July 20 in the parking lot of Houston Methodist Hospital. 

8.    Hospital Employee Fired After Refusing to Reveal Peer-Review Info, Lawsuit Claims. A former peer review coordinator at Memorial Hermann Health System in Houston sued her old employer this year, claiming she was fired after refusing to illegally reveal confidential peer-review information to a non-peer-review committee. 

9.    For End-of-Life Care, Fresh Challenges Begin.  The logistics of entering a valid in-hospital do-not-resuscitate order became more complex in April when a law — the product of Senate Bill 11 from the 2017 special session of the Texas Legislature — laid out new requirements affecting physicians in hospitals or health care facilities. 

10.    The Top Five Things That Get Physicians Sued. In this video, our colleagues at Texas Medical Liability Trust share the top five issues that could leave you open to a medical liability lawsuit. 

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