Stories from Texas Medicine, December 2016

A Disturbing Trend - 09/26/2017

The Texas Department of State Health Services' Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force is attempting to find out why Texas' maternal mortality rate is on the rise.


Refugee Care: Left Behind - 12/08/2016

Until recently, Texas participated in the federally funded refugee resettlement program, which helps refugees relocate to the United States with services to help them find jobs, learn English, and get basic health and social services. Since Texas withdrew from the federal resettlement program in September, some physicians and resettlement organizations worry those services could be disrupted; others say the shift, while not ideal, could present opportunities to improve refugee care.


Cost in Translation - 12/01/2016

In October, federal language access requirements for patients with limited English proficiency took effect. The new rules raise financial concerns for some physicians and their practices.


Costly and Unnecessary? - 12/01/2016

Many U.S. medical students, residents, and physicians want to see the elimination of the U.S. Medical Licensing Exam Step 2 Clinical Skills exam, saying it has a high price tag and an even higher first-attempt pass rate.