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November 15, 2017
What could a TMA Membership mean for you, your practice, and your patients
Appeals court denies “free speech” challenge to cancer center’s debt-collection suit. Read More
The Texas Medical Association has some suggestions for the Texas Medical Board on how to implement the state’s new 10-day limit on opioid prescriptions for acute pain. A letter to the board says it should be up to the physician’s judgment whether a non-initial 10-day prescription for acute pain requires seeing a patient in-person. Read More
Does a court have full discretion to decide how much of an award for future medical expenses is paid in periodic payments versus a lump sum? The 4th Court of Appeals said yes, allowing a patient to collect the majority of a $3 million award up front. Medicine is concerned the ruling goes against a tort reform protection requiring periodic payments to be based on evidence the jury used to determine the future-medical award. That ensures patients get the compensation they are due for their future medical expenses but only when they need it. Read More
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Meet incoming TMA president Diana Fite, MD, who lives up to her last name when it comes to her dedication to easing the long list of frustrations plaguing today’s physicians: quality measures, electronic health records, prior authorizations, and low Medicaid pay, among others.
Plus ... Renowned vaccine researcher Peter Hotez, MD, discusses the re-emergence of preventable diseases. And a look back at past health crises like H1N1, West Nile virus, and Ebola reveals how prepared Texas is for novel diseases like COVID-19.
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