Table of Contents: April 2012

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 Volume 108, Number 4 – April 2012 


 COVER STORY (pages 16-22) 

Air Sick  
The very air your patients breathe may be making them sick. Air pollution from several sources, including coal-fired power plants and diesel engines, triggers heart attacks, asthma attacks, and other lung conditions. This is prompting physicians to seek ways to restrict the amount of toxins patients breathe. By Crystal Conde 


 MEDICAL ECONOMICS (pages 25-29) 

Braking ICD-10  
Feds delay costly coding system. By Ken Ortolon 


 LAW  (pages 31-35) 

An Appropriate Remedy  
TMB offers remedial plan for minor violations. By Crystal Conde 


 LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS  (pages 37-40) 

Paying for Care, Not Overhead  
HHS rejects Texas MLR request. By Ken Ortolon 


 PRACTICE MANAGEMENT (pages 43-48) 

Cyber Liability  
TMLT protects sensitive data. By Crystal Conde 


 MEDICAL ECONOMICS  (pages 49-53) 

Exploring Job Opportunities  
Hospitals pushing physician employment. By Ken Ortolon 


 ROUNDS  (pages 11-15) 

Pack Your Bags and Head to Dallas for TexMed 2012  
TrailBlazer Review Causes Claim Denials  
United UCR Lawsuit Payments Coming 
Sign Up 18-year-olds for ImmTrac  
Penalized for Not E-prescribing in 2011?  
 Making Meaningful Use Meaningful  
POEP Annual Cancer Symposium April 27 
Fee Splitting Opinion Clarified 


 JOURNAL 

 Nutrition Mission: Feasibility of a Health Promotion and Education Intervention in a Houston, Texas, Elementary School (With Review of the Literature) (abstract) (full text)

 By Chirag B. Patel, PhD, MSE; Joshua J. Strommen, MD; Andrea M. Elliott, MD; Gaia Muallem, MD; and Mona A. Eissa, MD, MPH, PhD  


 DEPARTMENTS 

 Letters (pages 7-8)
Newsmakers (page 13)
Portrait  (page 56) 


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