Stories from Texas Medicine, November 2015

Foot Soldiers - 12/07/2017

Fifteen Texas physicians participate in Walk With a Doc, a fitness program that fosters relationships among physicians and their patients. Given the program's initial success, the Texas Medical Association is looking to expand it.

Dr. Lewis' 10-Year Audit - 07/06/2016

Kaufman pediatrician Charles Turner Lewis, MD, battled fraud allegations levied against him by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) from 2005 to 2008 and emerged victorious. To his dismay, he is once again on the receiving end of an OIG letter alleging Medicaid overpayment. The 2015 Texas Legislature responded to the Texas Medical Association's call for improvements in OIG Medicaid fraud investigations of physicians with passage of Senate Bill 207. Organized medicine hopes the law's safeguards will afford due process to doctors under investigation.

Border Battle - 06/16/2016

The Texas Medical Association, the Texas Alliance for Patient Access, and other organizations ask for reversal of a court ruling that allows a Texas negligence case to proceed in New Mexico. The case is sounding alarms all over Texas' medical community, conjuring fears that if the Supreme Court upholds the application of New Mexico law, it could have a significant impact on Texas doctors who operate near the state's vast borders and treat out-of-state patients.

Texas Medical Schools Beef Up Nutrition Education - 05/13/2016

With lifestyle-related diseases on the rise, some medical schools help to arm future doctors with the nutrition knowledge they'll need. Texas medical schools and residency programs are getting ahead of the curve in addressing this public-health-meets-medical-education issue, with medical students often leading the charge.

Creating Leaders - 05/13/2016

Participants in the Texas Medical Association's Accountable Care Leadership Program learn about communication skills, teamwork, and population health management. The program helps physicians adapt in a rapidly changing environment that demands more accountability and proof of value for the health care dollar. The program targets early- to mid-career practicing physicians who recognize they need new tools to survive and thrive in the new environment.