Stories from Texas Medicine, April 2013

Preparing for the Worst: Planning for Untimely Death Is Vital - 05/25/2017

Unexpected deaths profoundly impact those left behind. And in the case of physicians, their deaths have financial and business implications they must address in advance. Professional planning allows physicians to address call coverage, management, and administration of the medical practice and helps ensure the orderly continuation of practice operations.

Pill Mills - 05/13/2016

Authorities have stepped up their efforts to close so-called "pill mills" and punish those who operate them. That means physicians should perform due diligence to ensure the business is legitimate and financially solvent before buying, serving as medical director of, or joining a pain management clinic, or any medical practice for that matter.

Fix It First - 05/13/2016

Reform recommendations by the Texas Medical Association Medicaid Congress are a critical component of a TMA Board of Trustees resolution offering support for a bipartisan, flexible approach to expanding Medicaid coverage to more of the state's uninsured, namely low-income parents and childless adults. Finding a way for Texas to expand Medicaid coverage is among more than 100 different recommendations the Medicaid Congress researched and developed with input from diverse physician specialties and geographic regions across Texas. Doctors hope the recommendations will factor into the many Medicaid discussions expected to take center stage this legislative session and beyond. The program already is the subject of several bills that aim to save money by expanding Medicaid managed care, adding quality-based payment initiatives, and fighting fraud.

Deadly Distractions - 05/13/2016

In 2011, the National Transportation Safety Board urged all states to ban the use of portable electronic devices while driving, including hand-held and hands-free devices. Texting while driving concerns several Texas legislators, who have filed bills, backed by the Texas Medical Association, to ban the practice. TMA physicians recognize that the use of hand-held and hands-free devices and other factors associated with distracted driving affect their patients' safety.