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Record Number of Doctors Arriving to Care for Texas Patients - 02/05/2020

For every Texan seeking medical care, a record – and increasing – number of physicians is available to respond. Texas’ physician workforce is growing at a record pace, according to new data. For the first time in three decades, the ratio of patient-care physicians for every 100,000 people has increased for 10 straight years (2009-2019).


Keep Your Records Straight and HIPAA-Compliant With TMA CME - 01/21/2020

TMA’s in-depth publication, Managing Your Medical Records, will help physicians and front office staff better understand the rules of consent, release, and disclosure. Get up to speed on everything from practical, efficient methods for record organization to best practices for record storage that’s HIPAA- and HITECH-compliant.


Be Careful With Covenants Not to Compete - 09/09/2019

Almost every contract has an escape hatch — but you might have to escape to a place you don't want to be.


7 Things You Must Know Before Signing an Employment Contract - 07/02/2019

A good contract by definition is one that is fair and reasonable and is a win-win situation for everyone involved. But how do physicians ensure they are getting a good contract before agreeing to work for a hospital or group practice?


Physicians Concerned Over State’s Inaccurate Death Reporting - 06/25/2019

Some Texas physicians are concerned that the state’s death statistics are not as accurate as they should be. Like in many states, Texas’ death reporting system feeds inconsistent information into the state’s vital statistics database. As a result, distorted death statistics inaccurately portray how people are dying, which could have negative public health implications.


Each Physician Generates $2.4 Million For Hospitals, Survey Shows - 02/28/2019

According to a survey released this week, a physician generates an average of almost $2.4 million per year in net revenue on behalf of his or her affiliated hospitals. That’s an increase of almost 52 percent from 2016 figures, according to the  2019 Physician Inpatient/Outpatient Revenue Survey .


Physician Employment Continues to Grow, Survey Shows - 02/21/2019

According to a survey released this week, hospitals and health systems acquired 8,000 medical practices nationwide between July 2016 and January 2018. Also during those 18 months, 14,000 physicians left private practice for employment arrangements with hospitals, the numbers show.


Problems With Texas’ New Vital Statistics Registry Fixed, Official Says - 01/07/2019

The new TxEVER system should be operating smoothly after experiencing technical difficulties in the days after going live, an official with the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) said Friday. If you weren’t already aware, the DSHS on Jan. 1 rolled out the system for processing death and birth certificates that it says will be easier and more accurate.


A Conversation With Travis County Chief Medical Examiner J. Keith Pinckard, MD - 03/08/2018

Texas Medicine recently caught up with Dr. Pinckard, who has been the chief medical examiner at the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office since 2015.


Charging a Fee to Complete Forms - 10/19/2017

Can practices charge a fee to complete individual disability income claims forms?


Medical Records Retention for Pregnant Patients - 07/28/2017

Q. How long does an obstetrician or other physician who treats women during pregnancy need to keep patient records? Is it until age 21 of the baby, or seven years after the mother was last treated?


Take Our Medical Records Quiz - 06/14/2017

Questions abound when it comes to managing medical records because they are subject to many rules and regulations. Can you answer these commonly asked questions about medical records?


AMA, AHA Principles Guide Successful Physician-Hospital Relationships - 12/19/2016

Implementing health care delivery and payment reforms isn't easy. A recent American Medical Association study with RAND Corporation points to the need for collaboration among physician and hospital leadership in an ever-changing health care environment. The new Principles of Integrated Leadership for Hospitals and Health Systems (AMA log in required) from AMA and the American Hospital Association can help physicians "bring clinical skills and business insights together at the leadership level to foster more collaborative and cohesive decision-making at hospitals and health systems," according to the June 3 edition of AMA Wire.


Withholding Copies of Records for Failure to Pay Copy Fee - 12/07/2016

Do we have to provide a patient copies of requested medical records if the patient fails to pay the copying fee?


Requests for Records Must Be in Writing - 12/06/2016

Can we require all requests for copies of medical records be in writing, even though HIPAA says we must honor oral requests?


What’s “Hot” for Employed Physicians? - 06/17/2016

What does the medical literature say about physician employment? What are the trends, the pros, and the cons? What do these employment relationships mean for hospitals or other employers? How can prospective physician-employees drive the best professional contracts?


Have You Met the New Company Doc? - 06/17/2016

Back in the old days, way back before health insurance, the railroads and big chemical companies in Texas had their own physicians on site. The "company doctors" kept the workers on the job and at least reasonably healthy.


AMA to Study Long-Term Effects of Physician Employment - 06/17/2016

Gathering in Dallas last month for its 2014 Interim Meeting, the American Medical Association House of Delegates adopted a resolution to examine the long-term effects of physician employment.


Make Sure Novitas Can Open Your CDs - 05/18/2016

If you need to send medical records to Novitas Solutions, the Medicare payer for Texas, make sure Novitas can access the encrypted information.


Big Decision - 05/13/2016

During that Many young doctors begin their professional lives as employed physicians, then transition into full or part owners of a practice. Deciding between employment and solo practice is a big decision. Whatever the choice, it has to be done right.