Stories from Texas Medicine, December 2018

Talk to Patients About: Rubella - 07/02/2019

The virus that causes rubella often appears deceptively mild — so mild in fact that one-quarter to half of people infected with it will have no symptoms at all, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Vaccination is the best protection.


Rural Residencies: Texas Tech’s Rural Training Track Brings More Physicians to Small Towns - 03/26/2019

In all his dreams about becoming a doctor, Ivan Becerra, MD, never imagined he’d lead a cesarean section delivery during just his second year of residency. Yet last August, that’s exactly what he was doing at Pecos County Memorial


The Right to Fight: Attorney-Client Protections for Physicians and Other Professionals Under Threat - 03/05/2019

The Texas Medical Association is asking the Texas Supreme Court to make sure physicians can maintain the right to keep attorney-client communications private when doctors testify as experts in their own cases.


Marriage Material: Independent Practices Find Success in Commitment to Accountable Care Organizations - 01/02/2019

TMA PracticeEdge joins together independent physician practices in accountable care organizations. Their commitment to pool resources and to improve patient care is paying off in the Medicare Shared Savings Program and other value-based care contracts.


Capital Gains: Attracting Investors Without Losing Independence - 01/02/2019

Can physicians line up venture capital without letting go of their independence? It’s not so easy.


A Stronger Voice for Women: Forums Aim to Improve Standing of Female Physicians in TMA - 12/07/2018

TMA Fall Conference event brings together leaders to improve the standing of female physicians in TMA.


A Different Direction: Pediatrician’s Practice Unexpectedly Turns Toward Suicide Prevention - 12/07/2018

Last August, Uchenna Umeh, MD, made a career pivot and left her multispecialty practice to focus as much as possible on suicide prevention.


Opioid Overreach? State, Retail Pharmacy Policies Prompt Scope-of-Practice Concerns - 12/07/2018

Worries over what’s been termed a national opioid epidemic is leading to new state and corporate pharmacy policies that could blur the line between the practice of pharmacy and the practice of medicine.


Q&A: Thomas Kim, MD, Internist, Psychiatrist, Telehealth Advocate - 12/07/2018

Thomas Kim, MD, is an avid user and advocate of telehealth, and the Austinite regularly shares his expertise and experience with fellow physicians and state lawmakers. “If you recognize telehealth as a skill to be mastered, you can apply it to most any population you want,” he said.