Stories from Texas Medicine, September 2018

Talk to Patients About: Varicella - 10/19/2018

The varicella-zoster virus  does double-duty: It can cause chickenpox when you’re young and reactivate later in life as a painful, blistery rash called shingles. Well, there’s a vaccine for each disease.


The Results Are In: Physicians Finally See How They Fared in First Year of MIPS - 10/16/2018

Physicians finally see how they fared in the first year of Medicare's "MIPS" quality payment program.


Vaccines on a Shelf: Vaccines in Development Often Sit Around Untested - 10/04/2018

Vaccines in development for diseases in Texas and beyond often sit around untested.


Capitol Matters: TMA Weighs in on Medicaid MCO's, Telemedicine Before Texas Legislature - 09/20/2018

Committees in both chambers of the Texas Legislature are studying complex issues throughout this year to prepare for the next legislative session in 2019. As the year progresses, we’re periodically looking at the health care related issues


Rural Doc Hopes to Build Ties With Big Cities - 09/20/2018

Jacksonville OB-Gyn hopes rural docs and big centers can build collegiality.


What To Do When Employees Steal: Medical Practices Are a Ripe Target for Embezzlement - 09/14/2018

Medical practices are a ripe target for embezzlement.


Financial Squeeze: Low Medicaid pay has Dallas clinics turning to midlevels to cut costs - 09/14/2018

Low Medicaid pay forces some Children's Health Pediatric Group clinics in Dallas to close, others turn to midlevels to cut costs, raising quality concerns.


Coming of Age: Celebrating 15 Years of Texas Tort Reform - 09/14/2018

After 15 years, the power of Texas' tort reforms shows up in both the numbers and the attitudes of physicians across the state, with less pressure to practice defensively, and more specialists filling rural voids.