Stories from Texas Medicine, April 2018

“The future” of pain treatment? - 08/15/2019

Some physicians, depending on the situation, are avoiding opioids to every reasonable degree, doing their part to keep patients off the drugs that killed more than 42,000 people in the United States in 2016. Fort Worth anesthesiologist Aaron Shiraz, MD, and his group, Trinity Medical Associates, are taking it to a rarely seen extreme.


Battling Burnout - 04/25/2019

The state most susceptible to burnout is Texas, which registered the lowest morale rate in the Physicians Foundation’s “2016 Survey of America’s Physicians.” Pockets of organized medicine are stepping up to address burnout, to give physicians a place to talk about their problems and grievances, and to rekindle their professional fire.


Remembering medicine's tailwinds - 02/07/2019

With all these negative things that we physicians face on a daily basis, it is very easy to forget about what is actually going quite well. For some examples, I’d like to present my “Top 5 Medicine Tailwinds.”


Dreams do come true - 02/04/2019

A group of El Paso medical students has spent the last year bringing magical moments to sick kids


The Risk of Speaking Up - 02/04/2019

Whistleblowing may be ethical, but physician protections for it could stand to improve.


Talk to Patients About: Measles - 02/04/2019

Few Americans today remember when measles was deadly. But before the measles vaccine was introduced in 1963, the disease killed about 2.6 million globally each year. By 2016, vaccination programs cut that number to about 89,000.


Giving the World a Helping Hand - 02/04/2019

Dr. Bartlett, who specializes in family practice and emergency care, has done a lot of foreign relief work in the past nine years, most of it through World Missions Alliance, an evangelical Christian organization based in Branson West, Mo.


Texas Cardiologist Recalls Boston Marathon Bombing - 02/04/2019

When two pressure-cooker bombs filled with nails, ball bearings, and black powder exploded at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon, killing three people and wounding hundreds more, Jorge Alvarez, MD, did what he believes anybody would do: Run toward the danger.


MACRA Corner: TMA Wants To Hear From You On The QPP - 05/04/2018

The TMA MACRA Resource Center receives hundreds of visits every month from physicians looking for the latest QPP information. To bring you the best education and resources, TMA wants to hear from you on the QPP.


Surprise! Balance Billing Still a Focus at the Capitol - 04/27/2018

A year after the house of medicine scored big wins on some of the state’s biggest insurance issues, the Texas Legislature is trying to dive further into what is and what isn’t working.