Stories from Texas Medicine, June 2015

Saving 1 Million Lives - 04/19/2018

The Million Hearts initiative aims to get physicians, health systems, patients, and public and private partners on board to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017.

R.I.P. SGR - 04/17/2018

Medicine's united voice was instrumental in successfully repealing the flawed Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula — a payment design enacted in 1997 to sustain Medicare with lower costs but that instead threatened physicians with unsustainable payment cuts every year since 2003. Doctors say the elimination of SGR frees medicine to advocate for other lingering issues affecting Medicare. 

Commercial Tanning Bed Use as a Medical Therapy - 05/25/2016

An anonymous 9-question survey was composed and distributed to members of the Texas Dermatological Society to evaluate dermatologists' prescription of commercial tanning beds for treatment of certain dermatologic and other medical conditions and to seek opinions on whether commercial tanning beds are a legitimate medical therapy. Results show that although dermatologists agree recreational tanning should always be discouraged, some Texas dermatologists do occasionally recommend commercial tanning bed use for some conditions in patients who cannot afford traditional in-office phototherapy because they lack insurance or have high copays or for those patients who live in regions with limited access to in-office phototherapy or have significant barriers to coming into the clinic. Conditions for which patients are referred to commercial tanning beds include psoriasis, renal prurigo, atopic dermatitis, and mycosis fungoides.

Who Really Owns Knapp Medical Center? - 05/13/2016

The sale of Knapp Medical Center in Weslaco to California-based Prime Healthcare Foundation raised questions regarding the validity of the transaction and prompted the City of Weslaco to sue Prime and other parties.

Read the Fine Print - 05/13/2016

Physicians in private practice must negotiate contracts with vendors for various services. Many contracts often come with fine print that's worth taking some time to examine.