2012 Texas Medicine Index of Subjects

 Texas Medicine Logo

Volume 108 – 2012 

 Subjects 

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | Y | Z  

A

Abandonment. See Refusal to Treat
Abbott, Greg

false hope? health system reform may not really help anyone, Sep pp 14–15
free advice: AG offers guidance on buying drugs, devices, Jun pp 43–45

Abortion, Legal

sonogram law enforcement begins, Apr pp 34–35
TMA condemns women's health rules (Rounds), Nov p 8
TMA: women have right to know the facts, Aug p 50
women's health program gag rule defeated (Rounds), Dec p 12

Access to Health Care. See Health Services Accessibility
Accidents

child unintentional injury death rates drop, Aug pp 29–30
preventing injury: physicians counsel young patients about safety, Oct pp 35–39

Accountable Care Organizations

better, yet flawed: CMS releases improved ACO rules, Jan pp 45–48
cost control: state employee health plan sparks debate, Nov pp 25–28
six Texas ACOs join Medicare pilot project, Sep pp 47–48

Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) launches outcomes-based GME accreditation, Aug pp 51–54
Accreditation, poison control centers save lives, money, Sep pp 27–32
ACOs. See Accountable Care Organizations
Acupuncture, chiropractors shelve acupuncture rule, Jul p 45
Adkins, Linda Swan

takes oath of office as president of TMA Alliance, Jul p 13 (photo)
TEXPAC celebrates its golden anniversary, May pp 25, 26

Adolescents

primary care update: childhood cancer survivorship, Jul [insert]
sign up 18-year-olds for ImmTrac, Apr p 13

Aetna

Aetna deselecting 130 Texas physicians, Jun pp 40–41
Aetna offers BTE program in Austin, Dec p 30
making Aetna responsible: TMA backs hospitals' claims for millions, Aug pp 47–49

Affordable Care Act. See Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
Africa, outreach in Aukot: a journey to serve Uganda's poorest (Essay), Oct pp 51–53
Aging

the aging physician population, Jun p 18
CDC: test baby boomers for hepatitis C, Dec p 51
not ready to quit: aging physicians put off retirement, Jun pp 15–21
percent of physicians older than 60, Jun p 5

Air Pollution, airborne toxins take a toll, Apr pp 16–22
Aird, Pamela (Portrait), Jan p 56
Alexander, John, Jun p 20
Alexander, Troy

safety concerns: TMA opposes chiropractors performing sports exams, Jul p 44
TEXPAC celebrates its golden anniversary, May pp 21, 22

All-Terrain Vehicles. See Off-Road Motor Vehicles
Allen, Bohn D.

Ashbel Smith Distinguished Alumni Award presented to Bohn D. Allen and John D. Oswalt (Newsmakers), Aug p 14 (photo)
term ends with Texas Delegation to AMA (Rounds), Jan p 9

Allied Health Personnel. See Health Personnel
Allison, Joel, appointed to Texas Institute of Health Care Quality and Efficiency Board of Directors, Jun p 9
Alverson, Mike, Jun pp 34, 35
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends HPV vaccine for boys, May pp 33–34
American Cancer Society, and TMA join cancer study (Rounds), Mar pp 11–12
American Medical Association

AMA, AAMC support Tavenner nomination, Jan p 48
House of Delegates

advocacy, public health issues dominate AMA meeting (Rounds), Aug pp 11–13
backs Texas plan to combat ICD-10 (Rounds), Jan pp 7–8
Medicare private contracting resurrected (Rounds), Jan p 8
Susan Bailey takes place as vice speaker (Rounds), Jan p 8

medicine: use war money for Medicare, Mar p 38
other issues merit action (Rounds), Jan pp 9–10
Texans take charge (Rounds), Jan pp 8–9
toolkit helps improve patient lifestyles, health, May p 57

American University of the Caribbean: offshore medical school threatens Texas training, Jun pp 49–51
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, prevalence in Texas (Abstract), May p 63
Analgesia, informed consent for anesthesia, Apr p 48
Analgesics, Opioid

drug formulary reducing workers' comp narcotics costs, Aug p 44
prescription painkiller overdoses at epidemic levels, Feb p 46

Anderson, Lauren, Feb pp 55, 59 (photo)
Androphy, Joel, Sep pp 54–57
Anesthesia

court backs TMA in chiropractor suit, Jun p 46
informed consent for anesthesia, other procedures, Apr p 48

Annis, Joseph

doctors targeted: FTC aims at scope limits, Aug pp 21
to run for AMA President-Elect next year (Rounds), Aug p 12

Annor, Stephanie, receives minority medical student scholarship, Jul p 15 (photo)
Anti-Infective Agents

CDC tracks antibiotic use in hospitals, Mar p 54
oral drug [cefixime] no longer recommended for gonorrhea, Dec p 50

Applications. See Software
Argenbright, Keith, Dec pp 47–48 (photo)
Artalejo, Leo, III, Sep pp 29, 32
Association of American Medical Colleges

AAMC backs GME reform bill, Aug p 54
AMA, AAMC support Tavenner nomination, Jan p 48

Athletes, TMA opposes chiropractors performing sports exams, Jul pp 43–45
Atwood, Missy K., Apr p 33
Audits. See Medical Audit
Austin, Sara, Oct pp 16–18 (photo), 21
Automatic Data Processing, HHS rule simplifies health plan payments, Oct pp 29–30
Awards and Prizes

Anson Jones Awards has a category for you (Rounds), Jan p 12
Ashbel Smith Distinguished Alumni Award presented to Bohn D. Allen and John D. Oswalt (Newsmakers), Aug p 14
Brenner, Malcolm, receives 2011 American Society of Hematology Mentor Award (Newsmakers), Jan p 9
Connally, Virginia H., receives Distinguished Service Award, Jul pp 16–17 (photo)
Ernest and Sarah Butler Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching winners congratulated by TMA President Speer, Jul p 14 (photo)
Foxhall, Lewis, receives Presidential Award of Merit from Texas Academy of Family Physicians (Newsmakers), Sep p 8
Goertz, Roland, receives 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award from University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (Newsmakers), Jan p 9
Griggs, Jackson, receives J. T. "Lamar" McNew Award for support of graduate education (Rounds), Jul p 12
Iacob, Alexandra, receives Student of the Year Award (Rounds), Jul p 12
Kubala, Mark, nominated for AMA Distinguished Service Award (Rounds), Aug p 12
Robinson, Steve, receives C. Frank Webber Award (Rounds), Jul p 12
Sestak, Kaitlyn, receives Michael O'Malley, MD Memorial Scholarship (Rounds), Jul p 12
Texas Tech University HSC chapter wins Chapter of Year Award (Rounds), Jul p 12
TMA Award for Excellence in Academic Medicine

academic physicians: get the credit you're due (Rounds), Oct pp 11–12
academic physicians: reward yourself (Rounds), Nov pp 10–11

Varma, Surendra K., receives Doctor of Science Honoris Causa Award (Newsmakers), Dec p 13
Williams, Josie, presented with Young at Heart Award (Rounds), Jul p 12

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B

Bagwell, Paula, receives Ernest and Sarah Butler Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching, Jul p 14 (photo)
Bailes, Joseph S.

lifesavers: CPRIT funds research, prevention, Dec p 49
Newsmakers, May p 12

Bailey, Charles W., term ends with Texas Delegation to AMA (Rounds), Jan p 9
Bailey, Susan Rudd

reelected Vice Speaker of AMA House of Delegates, Aug pp 11 (photo), 12
sonogram law enforcement begins, Apr p 35
takes place as vice speaker of AMA House of Delegates (Rounds), Jan p 8
TMA quality experts: council helps physicians be better doctors, Jan pp 49, 50 (photo)

Baptiste, Reginald (Newsmakers), Mar p 12
Bartos, Sara, Jan pp 23 (photo), 24, 26–27
Baylor College of Medicine, Houston: medical students develop class for making healthier food choices, Feb pp 51–60
Baylor Health Care System, Dallas, Texas institutions spread quality improvement, Sep pp 45–47
Behavior, avoiding the courthouse (tips to stay out of legal trouble), Aug pp 33–36
Bell, Jerry, May p 51
Berenzweig, Harold (Newsmakers), Jun p 10
Berk, Steven (Portrait), Apr p 56
Berkowitz, Steven, appointed to Texas Institute of Health Care Quality and Efficiency Board of Directors, Jun p 9
Berry, Connie, Dec pp 54–55
Berry, Tiffany, May pp 44, 45
Berthelsen, Spencer, May p 45
Bhuchar, Sonal

candidates with a cure, Nov pp 19, 20
electing to serve, Mar pp 36, 37

Bicycle Helmets. See Head Protective Devices
Billings, Adrian, Jul p 63 (photo)
Blackwell, Thomas, Aug pp 52, 53
Blogging

calling all medbloggers, Jan p 17
electronic communications and the law, Jan p 21
social media connects physicians and patients: Jason Terk, MD, uses TMA's blog, MeAndMyDoctor, to communicate with patients and peers, Jan pp 14–20

Bonnen, Greg

candidates with a cure, Nov pp 15 (photo), 19, 20
electing to serve, Mar pp 35, 36–37
TEXPAC celebrates its golden anniversary, May p 25

Boone, Timothy B. (Newsmakers), Apr p 13
Bourgeois, Keith A. (Newsmakers), Mar p 12
Brady, Kevin, May p 22
Bragg, David

free advice: AG offers guidance on buying drugs, devices, Jun pp 44, 45
scope whac-a-mole: expansion attempts keep popping up, Oct pp 19, 21, 22

Brain Concussion

concussion education resources, Oct pp 39–40
preventing injury: physicians counsel young patients about safety, Oct pp 37–38

Brain Injuries, healing the heroes: Texas group seeks better care for military veterans, Mar pp 20–25
Branch, Dan, TMA honors state lawmakers (Rounds), Feb p 12
Bratcher, June, May p 21
Breast Milk Expression, TMA, TPS back woman in lactation dispute, Sep pp 58–59
Breast Neoplasms, CPRIT funds research, prevention, Dec pp 47–48
Brenner, Malcolm (Newsmakers), Jan p 9
Brock, Arthur and Myrna, Oct p 12 (photo)
Brody, Howard, Dec p 25
Brotherton, Stephen L.

chosen TMA president-elect (Rounds), Jul p 14
presides over House of Delegates, Jul p 11 (photo)

Brown, Stuart (Newsmakers), Jun p 10
Buckingham, Ed, serves on AMA reference committee (Rounds), Jan p 8
Buckwold, Fred (Newsmakers), Jan p 9
Budgets

cost control: state employee health plan sparks debate, Nov pp 25–28
false hope? health system reform may not really help anyone, Sep pp 13–17
preserving health services: cost must be reduced (Commentary), Feb pp 47–48
the price of health: keeping Texas healthy is costly, Feb pp 41–45
state already $10 billion in debt (Rounds), Feb pp 11–12
TMA testifies against additional Medicaid, CHIP budget cuts, Dec pp 45–46

Burgess, Michael C.

candidates with a cure, Nov pp 18 (photo), 22
Congress punts on SGR fix, Apr p 52 (photo)
doctors targeted: FTC aims at scope limits, Aug p 23
electing to serve, Mar p 35, 36 (photo)
physicians get preview of upcoming congressional and Texas legislative sessions, Dec p 12 (photo)
stabilizing Medicare fees: Burgess seeks one-year extension, Sep pp 37–39
TEXPAC celebrates its golden anniversary, May p 20

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C

Callas, G. Ray

elected alternate delegate to AMA (Rounds), Jul p 12
Newsmakers, Dec p 13

Camacho, José, Jul pp 21–24
Campbell, Donna

candidates with a cure, Nov pp 18 (photo), 19
electing to serve, Mar p 37

Cancer. See Neoplasms
Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas

CPRIT showcases latest cancer news (Rounds), Sep p 9
lifesavers: CPRIT funds research, prevention, Dec pp 47–50

Cárdenas, Carlos, Jun pp 38 (photo), 39, 40
Carlo, John, Nov pp 35–36
Carmel, Peter, Mar pp 10–11; Aug p 21
Carpenter, Su Zan, Jul pp 27, 28–30
Carter, Kimberly

medicine stands up for women's health, Jul p 25
Newsmakers, Mar p 12
a steep price: physicians worry about women's access to care, Jul pp 21, 22

Carter, Patrick

appointed to Texas Institute of Health Care Quality and Efficiency Board of Directors, Jun p 9
federal fat fighters: Medicare pays for obesity counseling, May p 57

Carter, Ryan, Feb pp 55, 56 (photo)
Case Management, NQF endorses care coordination measures, Dec p 30
Cassel, Christine K., Dec pp 26, 27, 29
CDC. See United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Cefixime, oral drug no longer recommended for gonorrhea, Dec p 50
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. See United States Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
Charities, Physicians Benevolent Fund (PBF) helps physician families of all ages (Rounds), Dec pp 12–13
Chase, Ralph, Texas medicine lost a legend (Letter), May p 8
Chekuru, Naidu, Jan pp 40, 41
Chen, Chris, Feb pp 55, 56, 58 (photo)
Chenven, Norman

federal fat fighters: Medicare pays for obesity counseling, May pp 57–58
too much change: TMA, other societies urge CMS to keep TrailBlazer, Mar pp 45, 46 (photo)

ChildrenSee also Adolescents

AAP recommends HPV vaccine for boys, May pp 33–34
child unintentional injury death rates drop, Aug pp 29–30
combating childhood obesity with multiprong attack (Abstract), Jun p 55
hard hats save heads, Oct p 37
nutrition mission: feasibility of a health promotion and education intervention in a Houston, Texas, elementary school (with review of the literature) [Abstract], Apr p 55
our last legislative session was a disaster for Texas children (Letter), May pp 7–8
preventing injury: physicians counsel young patients about safety, Oct pp 35–39; Oct pp 37–38
primary care update: childhood cancer survivorship, Jul [insert]

Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

our last legislative session was a disaster for Texas children (Letter), May pp 7–8
TMA testifies against additional Medicaid, CHIP budget cuts, Dec pp 45–46

Chiropractic

chiropractic board withdraws scope rules, Apr pp 33–34
chiropractors shelve acupuncture rule, Jul p 45
court backs TMA in chiropractor suit, Jun p 46
judge backs TMA on patient safety, Mar pp 43–44
judge backs TMA on patient safety issue (Rounds), Feb p 13
safety concerns: TMA opposes chiropractors performing sports exams, Jul pp 43–45
scope whac-a-mole: expansion attempts keep popping up, Oct pp 18–20

Choosing Wisely Campaign. See Diagnosis, Laboratory
Chouteau, Mark, Dec pp 20–21, 22 (photo)
Christensen, Juanema, keeping Lubbock healthy, Jan pp 39–40, 41, 42
Christus Health Gulf Coast, TMA backs hospitals' claims for millions, Aug pp 47–49
Chung, Wendy

local epidemiologists fight disease, Mar pp 51–52 (photo)
medical crisis response: West Nile outbreak mobilizes physicians, Nov pp 35 (photo), 36–37

Church, Phillip (Portrait), Mar p 56
Cigarroa, Francisco: UT proceeds with Austin, South Texas medical schools, Jun pp 51, 52
Civil Rights: avoiding the courthouse (tips to stay out of legal trouble), Aug pp 33–36
Claims. See Insurance Claim Reporting
Clanton, Mark, Mar p 11 (photo)
Clearman, Scott, Aug pp 47, 48
Clinical Competence, ACGME launches outcomes-based GME accreditation, Aug pp 51–54
Cloud Computing. See Information Storage and Retrieval
CME. See Education, Medical, Continuing
CMS. See United States Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
Cobb, Amy, cooking up a healthy lifestyle, Feb pp 50 (photo), 51–53 (photo)
Cobos, Antonio A. "Tony," Apr p 33
Coding. See Documentation; Insurance Claim Reporting; International Classification of Disease
Colon Neoplasms: stopping colon cancer (Commentary), Mar p 55
Columbus, Christi, DocbookMD enhances patient care, Nov pp 54 (photo), 55
Communicable Diseases, new law requires health workers' vaccination, Aug pp 25–29
Communication

an apt app: DocbookMD enhances patient care, Nov pp 53–56
electronic communications and the law, Jan p 21
firing patients: terminating the relationship requires care, May pp 37–40
how to get DocbookMD, Nov p 55
preventing injury: physicians counsel young patients about safety, Oct pp 35–39
social media connects physicians and patients: Jason Terk, MD, uses TMA's blog, MeAndMyDoctor, to communicate with patients and peers, Jan pp 14–20
TMA teaches communication skills, Jul p 39

Community Mental Health Services, Healthy Vision 2020, Sep pp 69–70
Competency-Based Education, ACGME launches outcomes-based GME accreditation, Aug pp 51–54
Computer Communication Networks

client-server vs. cloud-based systems: benefits and risks, Jan p 25
gathering clouds: cloud computing offers benefits, risks, Jan pp 23–27
questions to ask cloud vendors, Jan p 26

Computer Security

cyber liability: TMLT offers data protection coverage, Apr pp 43–48
electronic communications and the law, Jan p 21
encrypt patient data, Oct pp 48–49
get covered [for cyber liability], Apr p 46
HIPAA compliance help from TMA, Apr p 45
Texas raises the privacy stakes, Jul pp 36–37
TMA webinar outlines cyber security, Jul p 37
TMLT's cyber liability coverage, Jul p 37

Concussion. See Brain Concussion
Confidentiality

cyber liability: TMLT offers data protection coverage, Apr pp 43–48
electronic communications and the law, Jan p 21
encrypt patient data, Oct pp 48–49
HIPAA compliance help from TMA, Apr p 45
HIPAA-compliant HIE forms coming (Rounds), Jan pp 10–11
Texas raises the privacy stakes, Jul pp 36–37
zip it! feds, state strengthen privacy protection, Jul pp 33–36

Connally, Virginia H., receives Distinguished Service Award, Jul pp 16–17 (photo)
Continuing Medical Education. See Education, Medical, Continuing
Contraception, Texas joins challenge to contraception rule, Apr pp 28–29
Contracts: avoiding the courthouse (tips to stay out of legal trouble), Aug pp 33–36
Controlled Substances. TMA proposes a red-tape reduction bill, Dec pp 41–44
Cooking, Baylor medical students develop class for making healthier food choices, Feb pp 51–60
Cooley, Denton A., Oct p 14 (photo)
Coordination of Care. See Patient Care Management
Coppedge, John, May p 22
Cortese, Jack L. (Newsmakers), Dec p 13
Cost Control See also Budgets

cost control: state employee health plan sparks debate, Nov pp 25–28
false hope? health system reform may not really help anyone, Sep pp 13–17
preserving health services: cost must be reduced (Commentary), Feb pp 47–48

Costanzi, John, Mar pp 22, 25
Couch, Carl, Jan p 46
Council on Health Care Quality helps physicians be better doctors, Jan pp 49–52
Cousins, Mark, Jul pp 43, 44–45
Covenants Not to Compete. See Contracts
Cowan, Ana

cyber liability: TMLT offers data protection coverage, Apr pp 46
HIPAA compliance help from TMA, Apr p 45
Texas raises the privacy stakes, Jul p 36
zip it! feds, state strengthen privacy protection, Jul pp 33–36

CPRIT. See Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas
Credentialing, NPP partners, Mar pp 28–29
Crow, Christopher

are they satisfied? physicians urged to measure patient satisfaction, May pp 44, 45
cost control: state employee health plan sparks debate, Nov pp 26 (photo), 27–28
paying for care, not overhead: HHS rejects Texas MLR [medical loss ratio] request, Apr pp 37 (photo), 38
a physician's story: health information technology, Sep p 67 (photo)

Curran, Douglas, Mar pp 45, 46 (photo)

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D

Dallas County, medical crisis response: West Nile outbreak mobilizes physicians, Nov pp 35–40
Dambro, Nancy, Apr pp 18 (photo), 20
Data Protection. See Computer Security
Davila, David (Newsmakers), May p 12
Davis, Genevieve

federal fat fighters: Medicare pays for obesity counseling, May pp 56, 57
keep insurers honest. TMA: appeal your health plan rankings, Aug p 43
a tough call: leaving Medicare tempting, but possibly costly, Jul pp 27, 28, 29

Davis, John, TMA honors state lawmakers (Rounds), Feb p 12
Davis, Milton V., May p 21
Davis, Sarah, TMA honors state lawmakers (Rounds), Feb p 12
de Forster, Estrella, heads 50-Year Club (Rounds), Aug pp 14–15
de la Garza Grahm, Margarita (Newsmakers), Apr p 13
Deas, Thomas, Oct pp 43–45 (photo), 48
Death

CDC: gastroenteritis deaths double, Aug p 30
child unintentional injury death rates drop, Aug pp 29–30
study: hospital reporting has little impact on quality, May pp 46–47

Death Certificates: tell DSHS what killed a patient, Nov pp 45–47
Death Rate. See Mortality
DeBakey, Michael E., Oct p 14 (photo)
Delegation, Professional

NPP partners: they can improve care and the bottom line, Mar pp 29–31
NPPs are part of the team, Oct p 20
study group looks at [physician] NPP delegation, Oct p 19

Delivery, Obstetric: TMA protests proposed Medicaid midwife payments, Nov pp 29–30
Delivery of Health Care

cost control: state employee health plan sparks debate, Nov pp 25–28
Dr. Tenery explores medicine's soul in new book (Rounds), Mar pp 15–16
false hope? health system reform may not really help anyone, Sep pp 13–17
friends or foes? (Letter), Dec pp 7–8
Healthy Vision 2020: promote efficient and effective new models of care, Sep pp 64–70
keeping Lubbock healthy: medicine rallies to save public health system, Jan pp 39–43
NPP partners: they can improve care and the bottom line, Mar pp 27–32
outreach in Aukot: a journey to serve Uganda's poorest (Essay), Oct pp 51–53
physicians [compared with] pilots (Letter), Aug pp 7–8
Physicians Foundation

identifies 2012 key issues (Rounds), Feb pp 13–15
survey gauges physician dissatisfaction (Rounds), Nov pp 7–8

the price of health: keeping Texas healthy is costly, Feb pp 41–45
still a noble profession (Commentary), Feb pp 61–62
Texas needs more realistic solutions, Sep pp 18–19
there has to be a better way, Sep p 20
TMA's post-PPACA agenda, Sep pp 21–22

Desire, Brianna, receives minority medical student scholarship, Jul p 15 (photo)
Deuell, Bob

candidates with a cure, Nov pp 18 (photo), 22
electing to serve, Mar pp 36 (photo), 37
false hope? health system reform may not really help anyone, Sep p 15 (photo)
physicians get preview of upcoming congressional and Texas legislative sessions, Dec p 12 (photo)
TEXPAC celebrates its golden anniversary, May p 25
TMA honors state lawmakers (Rounds), Feb p 12

Devices, Medical. See Equipment and Supplies
Dewitt, Robert D., Jun pp 32 (photo), 34
Di Maio, Vincent (Newsmakers), Jun p 10
Diagnosis, Laboratory

CDC: test baby boomers for hepatitis C, Dec p 51
"choosing wisely:" more value, less waste, shared decision making, Dec pp 25–29
to do or not do do? [specialty societies join Choosing Wisely Campaign], Dec p 28
specialty societies identify overused procedures, Dec p 27

Dickey, Nancy, Jul p 57 (photo)
Disaster Planning: West Nile outbreak mobilizes physicians, Nov pp 35–40
Disasters: Katrina physician talks ethics in crisis care (Rounds), Jul pp 15–16 (photo)
Disciplinary Action. See Professional Misconduct; Texas Medical Board
Distinguished Service Award presented to Virginia H. Connally, Jul pp 16–17 (photo)
Docbook MD

an apt app: DocbookMD enhances patient care, Nov pp 53–56
how to get DocbookMD, Nov p 55

DocumentationSee also International Classification of Disease

coding anxiety? TMA can help, Dec p 21
the countdown begins [for ICD-10 conversion], Feb pp 25–28
guilty 'til proven innocent: state toughens Medicaid fraud rules, Dec p 20
TrailBlazer review causes claim denials (Rounds), Apr p 12

Doerge, Ella, Feb p 59 (photo)
Driver, Larry C., Dec pp 41 (photo), 44
Drug Abuse. See Substance-Related Disorders
Drug and Narcotic Control

DPS tracks drug shoppers, Oct p 40
small problems, big impact: TMA proposes a red-tape reduction bill, Dec pp 41–43

Drug Overdose

CME: pain medicine: accidental lethal drug overdoses, Dec [insert]
prescription painkiller overdoses at epidemic levels, Feb p 46

Drug PrescriptionsSee also Electronic Prescribing

drug formulary reducing workers' comp narcotics costs, Aug p 44
improving PAT [Prescription Access in Texas], Dec p 43
prescription painkiller overdoses at epidemic levels, Feb p 46

Drugs. See Pharmaceutical Preparations
Dryden, Charles B., former TMA president dies in Wichita Falls (Rounds), Oct p 13
DSHS. See Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)
Duncan, Robert

Caribbean showdown: offshore medical school threatens Texas training, Jun p 51
TMA honors state lawmakers (Rounds), Feb p 12

Dunkelberg, Anne, Sep p 15
Dunn, Kim, Jun pp 32 (photo), 34
Dutcher, Giselle, Feb pp 55, 56 (photo)

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E

E-Prescribing. See Electronic Prescribing
Economics, Medical

accountable care organizations. See Accountable Care Organizations
better, yet flawed: CMS releases improved ACO rules, Jan pp 45–48
braking ICD-10: feds delay costly new coding system, Apr pp 25–28
cost control: state employee health plan sparks debate, Nov pp 25–28
divided community: Weslaco battles over hospital's fate, May pp 49–52
DSHS Public Health Funding and Policy Committee members, Feb p 44
dual-eligible dilemma: Medicaid cuts for poor and elderly threaten practices, Jun pp 37–40
exploring job opportunities: hospitals pushing physician employment, Apr pp 49–52
false hope? health system reform may not really help anyone, Sep pp 13–17
federal fat fighters: Medicare pays for obesity counseling, May pp 55–58
Healthy Vision 2020

caring for patients in a time of change, Jul pp 54–55
what health care means for Texas' fiscal health, Jul pp 54–55

House of Delegates urges end to reduced "dual-eligible" payments (Rounds), Jul pp 11–12
keep insurers honest. TMA: appeal your health plan rankings, Aug pp 41–44
keeping Lubbock healthy: medicine rallies to save public health system, Jan pp 39–43
Medicaid. See Medicaid
Medicare. See Medicare
paying for care, not overhead: HHS rejects Texas MLR [medical loss ratio] request, Apr pp 37–39
preserving health services: cost must be reduced (Commentary), Feb pp 47–48
the price of health: keeping Texas healthy is costly, Feb pp 41–45
rebuilding relationships: physicians prepare to switch from TrailBlazer to Novitas, Oct pp 25–29
stabilizing Medicare fees: Burgess seeks one-year extension, Sep pp 37–39
state already $10 billion in debt (Rounds), Feb pp 11–12
state Medicare, Medicaid crisis worsens, Sep p 19
Texas needs more realistic solutions, Sep pp 18–19
there has to be a better way, Sep p 20
TMA testifies against additional Medicaid, CHIP budget cuts, Dec pp 45–46
TMA's post-PPACA agenda, Sep pp 21–22
too much change: TMA, other societies urge CMS to keep TrailBlazer, Mar pp 45–47
a tough call: leaving Medicare tempting, but possibly costly, Jul pp 27–30
transparency triumphs: judge rules for physicians, against hospital, Mar pp 41–43
U.S. physician pay among lowest, Jul p 30

Education, MedicalSee also Fellowships and Scholarships; Schools, Medical; Students, Medical

academic physicians

get the credit you're due (Rounds), Oct pp 11–12
reward yourself (Rounds), Nov pp 10–11

Caribbean showdown: offshore medical school threatens Texas training, Jun pp 49–51
good intentions: will new licensure rule help or hurt access?, Dec pp 53–55
making more doctors: Legislature to examine physician workforce, Jan pp 31–34
new rules: ACGME launches outcomes-based GME accreditation, Aug pp 51–54
the power of mentorship (Commentary), May pp 61–62
UT is on the right track (Letter), Feb pp 7–8

Education, Medical, Continuing

childhood cancer CME from POEP (Rounds), Sep p 9
CME: pain medicine: accidental lethal drug overdoses, Dec [insert]
CME the easy way (Rounds), Dec p 12
Committee on Physician Health and Rehabilitation has ethics CME (Rounds), Sep pp 8–9
concussion education resources, Oct pp 39–40
get CME easier from TMA's Education Center (Rounds), May p 16
primary care update: childhood cancer survivorship, Jul [insert]

Education, Medical, Graduate

2012 match rate hits 30-year-high, Jun pp 52–53
AAMC backs GME reform bill, Aug p 54
GME bill would create more medical residency slots, Dec p 56
new rules: ACGME launches outcomes-based GME accreditation, Aug pp 51–54
Texas suffers in GME redistribution, Apr pp 39–40

Edwards, Kimberly Avila, Nov p 69 (photo)
Edwards, Matthew, receives minority medical student scholarship, Jul p 15 (photo)
Ehrlich, Lisa, TMA council helps physicians be better doctors, Jan pp 49, 50 (photo), 51–52
EHRs. See Electronic Health Records
Elderly. See Aging
Elections. See Politics
Electromyography

court backs TMA in chiropractor suit, Jun p 46
scope whac-a-mole: expansion attempts keep popping up, Oct pp 16–18

Electronic Death Certificates. See Texas Electronic Registrar (TER)
Electronic Funds Transfer. See Automatic Data Processing
Electronic Health Records

cyber liability: TMLT offers data protection coverage, Apr pp 43–48
EHR workflow analysis redesign critical, Mar p 32
gathering clouds: cloud computing offers benefits, risks, Jan pp 23–27
HIPAA-compliant HIE forms coming (Rounds), Jan pp 10–11
IOM warns of HIT risks, Jan p 52
meaningful use

avoid 2014 doom, Dec pp 36–37
CMS issues stage 2 meaningful use final rule, Nov p 56
HIT incentives top $3 billion, Apr p 53
making meaningful use meaningful (Rounds), Apr p 14
meaningful use HIPAA security analysis, Dec pp 37–38
meaningful use public health measures, Jul pp 37–38
Medicaid opens meaningful use portal, Jun p 35
Medicare and Medicaid incentives, Dec p 35
medicine protests new meaningful use rules, Jun p 35
physicians get meaningful use bonuses, Jan p 27
precocious 2-year-olds: Texas RECs did a lot in past two years, Jun pp 32–33
raised expectations: EHR rules demand controlling your patients, Dec pp 33–36
stage 2 meaningful use criteria delayed until 2014, Mar p 32
Texans tops in meaningful use, May p 40
TMA meets your HIT needs, Jun p 33

report: don't skimp on EHR training, Oct p 49
survey: EHR confidence up in small medical practices, Apr p 48
Texas raises the privacy stakes, Jul pp 36–37

Electronic Mail

an apt app: DocbookMD enhances patient care, Nov pp 53–56
electronic communications and the law, Jan p 21

Electronic Prescribing

did you get an e-prescribing penalty? (Rounds), Jun pp 10–12
penalized for not e-prescribing in 2011? (Rounds), Apr p 14

Elias, Keren, receives minority medical student scholarship, Jul p 15 (photo)
Emergencies: West Nile outbreak mobilizes physicians, Nov pp 35–40
Emergency Medical Services

poison fighters: poison control centers save lives, money, Sep pp 27–32
tired of seeing your patients in the ED? let's give parent education another look! (Abstract), Feb p 63

Emotions: embracing humanism (Commentary), Jul pp 7–8
Employee Retirement System (Texas)

cost control: state employee health plan sparks debate, Nov pp 25–28
ERS to switch to United (Rounds), May p 14

Employees. See Health Personnel
Employment

avoiding the courthouse: tips to stay out of legal trouble, Aug pp 33–36
clinical autonomy defended (TMA annual report), Jun pp 24–25
exploring job opportunities: hospitals pushing physician employment, Apr pp 49–52
HR help online, Aug p 35
number of physicians employed by Texas hospitals, Apr p 5
physicians [compared with] pilots (Letter), Aug pp 7–8

Energy-Generating Resources

air sick: airborne toxins take a toll, Apr pp 16–22
medicine supports clean energy, Apr p 21

Enriquez, Andres, Sep p 65 (photo)
Environmental Health

air sick: airborne toxins take a toll, Apr pp 16–22
environmental health resources, Apr p 19

Epidemiology

enhanced surveillance of maternal mortality in Texas (Abstract), Dec p 57
prevalence of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in Texas, 1998-2003 (Abstract), May p 63

Equipment and Supplies

education for policyholders on buying products from unlicensed distributors, Jun p 45
free advice: AG offers guidance on buying drugs, devices, Jun pp 43–45
TMLT education for policyholders on buying products from unlicensed distributors, Jun p 45

Erlinger, Thomas, Mar pp 49–51 (photo)
Esquivel, Sandra

divided community: Weslaco battles over hospital's fate, May pp 49, 50, 51, 52
transparency triumphs: judge rules for physicians, against hospital, Mar pp 41, 42 (photo)

Ethics, Professional: fee splitting opinion clarified (Rounds), Apr pp 14–15
Evans, Candy and Walter, Jul p 17 (photo)
Evans, W. Phil (Newsmakers), Jan p 9
Evenhouse, Matthew, Texas group seeks better care for military veterans, Mar pp 22–23, 24–25
Exhibits, TMA: Saving Hearts — Saving Lives, Oct p 14

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Faculty, Medical

academic physicians: get the credit you're due (Rounds), Oct pp 11–12
academic physicians: reward yourself (Rounds), Nov pp 10–11

Fall Conference. See Texas Medical Association, Fall Conference
Family Planning

medicine stands up for women's health, Jul p 25
a steep price: physicians worry about women's access to care, Jul pp 19–25
women's health program gag rule defeated (Rounds), Dec p 12

Family Therapy, scope whac-a-mole, Oct p 20
Farr, Kim, Feb p 56 (photo)
FDA. See United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Federal Trade Commission. See United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
Fees and Charges: fee splitting opinion clarified (Rounds), Apr pp 14–15
Fellowships and Scholarships

Harris County Medical Society Alliance awards medical student scholarships (Rounds), Aug p 14
Michael O'Malley, MD Memorial Scholarship awarded to Kaitlyn Sestak (Rounds), Jul p 12
scholarship funds honors late student, Natalie Ashton Kjar (Rounds), Jun p 12
TMA Board of Trustees awards nine scholarship to minority medical students, Jul p 15 (photo)

Fernandez, Miguel, Sep pp 29, 32
Financial Management, Hospital

divided community: Weslaco battles over hospital's fate, May pp 49–52
transparency triumphs: judge rules for physicians, against hospital, Mar pp 41–43

Financing, Government

DSHS Public Health Funding and Policy Committee members, Feb p 44
keeping Lubbock healthy: medicine rallies to save public health system, Jan pp 39–43
lifesavers: CPRIT funds research, prevention, Dec pp 47–50
the price of health: keeping Texas healthy is costly, Feb pp 41–45
Texas suffers in GME redistribution, Apr pp 39–40

Finch, Dan

doctors targeted: FTC aims at scope limits, Aug pp 21, 23
exploring job opportunities: hospitals pushing physician employment, Apr p 51
small problems, big impact: TMA proposes a red-tape reduction bill, Dec p 42

Fitz, Juan, Oct p 61 (photo)
Fleeger, David (Newsmakers), Jan p 9
Fleming, Neil, Sep pp 46–47
Fleming, R. Y. Declan, May p 30 (photo)
Flint, Dennis

braking ICD-10: feds delay costly new coding system, Apr pp 26, 27
ICD-10 will change your practice, expert warns, Mar pp 9–10 (photo)

Floyd, Gary

exploring job opportunities: hospitals pushing physician employment, Apr pp 49, 50 (photo), 52
false hope? health system reform may not really help anyone, Sep pp 14, 15 (photo), 17
making more doctors: Legislature to examine physician workforce, Jan pp 32 (photo), 34
a physician's story: taking care of patients, Aug p 63 (photo)
serves on AMA reference committee (Rounds), Jan p 8
study group looks at [physician] NPP delegation, Oct p 19

Food and Drug Administration. See United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Foreign Medical Graduates

good intentions: will new licensure rule help or hurt access?, Dec pp 53–55
new licensures hit all-time high, Dec p 56

Formularies, reducing workers' comp narcotics costs, Aug p 44
Foxhall, Lewis

cost control: state employee health plan sparks debate, Nov pp 26 (photo), 29
elected to TMA Board of Trustees (Rounds), Jul p 12
lifesavers: CPRIT funds research, prevention, Dec pp 48–49, 50
receives Presidential Award of Merit from Texas Academy of Family Physicians (Newsmakers), Sep p 8
revised Texas Cancer Plan available, Sep p 33

Fracking. See Gas, Natural
Fraud

fraud, upcoding drive Medicare increases, Jul pp 30–31
guilty 'til proven innocent: state toughens Medicaid fraud rules, Dec pp 16–22
OIG questions antifraud efforts, Sep p 40
Texas physician charged in health fraud scheme, May pp 52–53
TMLT has you covered [with Medefense Endorsement], Dec p 19
wrongfully accused: physician innocent of billing fraud charge, Sep pp 53–57

Frederick, John Kurt, May pp 55–56 (photo)
FTC. See United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
Fuentes, Hunter, receives minority medical student scholarship, Jul p 15 (photo)
Fuller, Deborah A., Jul p 15 (photo)
Fullerton, Cliff, Sep p 45
Funding, Government Financed. See Financing, Government

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Galveston, Texas: health insurance coverage in the Houston-Galveston area under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Abstract), Nov p 61
Garber, Alan J. (Newsmakers), Aug p 14
Garcia, A. Tomas, III

an appropriate remedy: TMB offers remedial plan for minor violations, Apr pp 31, 32 (photo)
specifics, please: tell DSHS what killed a patient, Nov pp 45–47 (photo)

Garcia, Becky, Dec pp 48, 49
Garcia, Rogelio, receives minority medical student scholarship, Jul p 15 (photo)
Garretson, Melissa, serves on AMA reference committee (Rounds), Jan p 8
Garza Grahm, Margarita de la (Newsmakers), Apr p 13
Garza, Martin, Jul pp 33 (photo), 34
Gas, Natural: airborne toxins take a toll, Apr pp 19–20
Gastroenteritis deaths double, Aug p 30
Gave, Joseph

are they satisfied? physicians urged to measure patient satisfaction, May pp 43, 44, 45
federal fat fighters: Medicare pays for obesity counseling, May p 56

Gerber, Bernard M. (Newsmakers), Dec p 13
Gift Giving: Physicians Benevolent Fund (PBF) helps physician families of all ages (Rounds), Dec pp 12–13
Gilbert, Don, Feb p 11 (photo)
Gill, John, serves on AMA reference committee (Rounds), Aug p 12
Gilman, Tony, Oct pp 43, 47–48
Goertz, Roland, receives 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award from University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (Newsmakers), Jan p 9
Goldsmith, Jeff, Jun p 16
Gong, Alice: aging physicians put off retirement, Jun pp 16–19 (photo)
Gonorrhea, oral drug [cefixime] no longer recommended for gonorrhea, Dec p 50
Gonzalez, Victor, Jun p 38
Goodman, Louis J.

Physicians Foundation identifies 2012 key issues (Rounds), Feb pp 13 (photo), 15
Physicians Foundation survey gauges physician dissatisfaction (Rounds), Nov p 7

Goodman, Stephanie

false hope? health system reform may not really help anyone, Sep p 17
guilty 'til proven innocent: state toughens Medicaid fraud rules, Dec pp 18, 19
a steep price: physicians worry about women's access to care, Jul pp 22–24

Gordon, Donald Joseph (Newsmakers), Apr p 13
Government AgenciesSee also name of specific agency

cost control: state employee health plan sparks debate, Nov pp 25–28

Government Regulation

calendar helps avoid doom, meet quality mandates, Jan p 51
doctors targeted: FTC aims at scope limits, Aug pp 19–23
friends or foes? (Letter), Dec pp 7–8
government's ulterior motive? (Letter), Dec p 8
guilty 'til proven innocent: state toughens Medicaid fraud rules, Dec pp 16–22
Healthy Vision 2020: repeal harmful and onerous state and federal regulations, Oct pp 58–62
red-tape hotline, Dec p 43
small problems, big impact: TMA proposes a red-tape reduction bill, Dec pp 41–44
zip it! feds, state strengthen privacy protection, Jul pp 33–36

Grants. See Financing, Government
Grass, Jeffrey, Mar pp 41, 42, 43
Green, Alexia, appointed to Texas Institute of Health Care Quality and Efficiency Board of Directors, Jun pp 9–10
Griggs, Jackson, receives J. T. "Lamar" McNew Award for support of graduate education (Rounds), Jul p 12
Gueramy, Tim: DocbookMD enhances patient care, Nov pp 54–56 (photo)
Guiberteau, Milton (Newsmakers), Apr p 13
Guidry, Mark: keeping Texas healthy is costly, Feb p 42 (photo), 43, 44–45
Guillory, Charleta: aging physicians put off retirement, Jun pp 14 (photo), 15–16
Gupta, Arti, Nov pp 53–54

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Haas, Tracey: DocbookMD enhances patient care, Nov pp 54–56 (photo)
Haley, John M., Oct pp 25 (photo), 29
Haley, Robert, Apr pp 18, 19, 20
Hard Hats for Little Heads. See Head Protective Devices
Harris County Medical Society Alliance awards medical student scholarships (Rounds), Aug p 14
Harris, Geraldine, Nov p 45
Haynes, Michael "Ted," appointed to Texas Institute of Health Care Quality and Efficiency Board of Directors, Jun p 10
Head Protective Devices

hard hats save heads, Oct p 37
preventing injury: physicians counsel young patients about safety, Oct pp 37–38
study: motorcycle helmet laws increase use, save money, Sep p 33

Health Benefit Plans, Employee: state employee health plan sparks debate, Nov pp 25–28
Health Care Delivery. See Delivery of Health Care
Health Care Fraud. See Fraud
Health Care ReformSee also Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

false hope? health system reform may not really help anyone, Sep pp 13–17
physicians in the lead (Rounds), Mar p 10
PPACA adds new rules physicians must follow, Sep pp 23–24
Texas needs more realistic solutions, Sep pp 18–19
there has to be a better way, Sep p 20
TMA brochure answers health system reform questions, Sep p 16
TMA's post-PPACA agenda, Sep pp 21–22

Health Education

nutrition mission: feasibility of a health promotion and education intervention in a Houston, Texas, elementary school (with review of the literature) [Abstract], Apr p 55
social media connects physicians and patients: Jason Terk, MD, uses TMA's blog, MeAndMyDoctor, to communicate with patients and peers, Jan pp 14–20
Texas family physicians join Hispanic health campaign, Jan pp 52–53

Health Facilities: new law requires health workers' vaccination, Aug pp 25–29
Health Home. See Patient-Centered Care
Health Information Exchanges. See Information Systems
Health Information Technology. See Medical Informatics
Health Insurance. See Insurance, Health
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

cyber liability: TMLT offers data protection coverage, Apr p 45
[electronic health record] meaningful use HIPAA security analysis, Dec pp 37–38
HIPAA compliance help from TMA, Apr p 45
HIPAA-compliant HIE forms coming (Rounds), Jan pp 10–11
Texas raises the privacy stakes, Jul pp 36–37
zip it! feds, state strengthen privacy protection, Jul pp 33–36

Health Manpower. See Health Personnel; Physicians, supply and distribution
Health PersonnelSee also Physicians

avoiding the courthouse: tips to stay out of legal trouble, Aug pp 33–36
doctors targeted: FTC aims at scope limits, Aug pp 19–23
Healthy Vision 2020: ensure an adequate health care workforce, Jul pp 56–63
HR help online, Aug p 35
lifesaving shots: new law requires health workers' vaccination, Aug pp 25–29
NPP partners: they can improve care and the bottom line, Mar pp 27–32
NPPs are part of the team, Oct p 20
pitfalls to avoid when employing an NPP, May p 40
PPACA adds new rules physicians must follow, Sep pp 23–24
protect your patients, yourself, Aug p 27
scope whac-a-mole: expansion attempts keep popping up, Oct pp 16–22
study group looks at [physician] NPP delegation, Oct p 19
TMA protests proposed Medicaid midwife payments, Nov pp 29–30
TMA's NPP resources, Mar p 29
using an NPP in your practice? do it right (Rounds), May pp 15–16

Health Policy. See Healthy Vision 2020: caring for patients in a time of change
Health PromotionSee also Preventive Health Services

AMA toolkit helps improve patient lifestyles, health, May p 57
nutrition mission: feasibility of a health promotion and education intervention in a Houston, Texas, elementary school (with review of the literature) [Abstract], Apr p 55
stopping colon cancer (Commentary), Mar p 55
Texas family physicians join Hispanic health campaign, Jan pp 52–53

Health Services Accessibility

good intentions: will new licensure rule help or hurt access?, Dec pp 53–55
Physicians Foundation survey gauges physician dissatisfaction (Rounds), Nov pp 7–8
a steep price: physicians worry about women's access to care, Jul pp 19–25

Healthy Vision 2020: caring for patients in a time of change, Jul pp 51–64; Aug pp 59–64; Sep pp 63–72; Oct pp 57–63; Nov pp 63–72; Dec pp 59–63

ensuring an adequate health care workforce, Jul pp 56–63
invest in prevention, Nov pp 64–71
promote efficient and effective new models of care, Sep pp 63–72
protect and promote a fair civil justice system, Dec pp 60–62
protect physicians' independent medical judgment, Aug pp 60–63
repeal harmful and onerous state and federal regulations, Oct pp 58–62
TMA's vision for the future clears up, Jul pp 51–52
what health care means for Texas' fiscal health, Jul pp 54–55

Helmets. See Head Protective Devices
Henkes, David, elected to TMA Board of Trustees (Rounds), Jul p 12
Hepatitis C, CDC recommends testing baby boomers for hepatitis C, Dec p 51
HHS. See United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
HHSC. See Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC)
Highmark Medical Services. See also Novitas Solutions, Inc.

too much change: TMA, other societies urge CMS to keep TrailBlazer, Mar pp 45–47

Hill, Amanda, May pp 37–39
Hinchey, William W., May p 22
Hinojosa, Juan, TMA honors state lawmakers (Rounds), Feb p 13
HIPAA. See Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
Hiser, Deborah C.

cyber liability: TMLT offers data protection coverage, Apr pp 46, 47–48
encrypt patient data, Oct p 48
HIPAA compliance help from TMA, Apr p 45
Texas raises the privacy stakes, Jul p 36
zip it! feds, state strengthen privacy protection, Jul pp 34, 35, 36

Hispanic Americans, Texas family physicians join Hispanic health campaign, Jan pp 52–53
Hisse, Emilio, Jun p 39
History of Medicine: TMA Exhibit, Saving Hearts — Saving Lives, Oct p 14
Holcomb, John, Dec pp 18, 19
Holliday, Stephen, Mar pp 23, 24
Hootkins, Robert (Newsmakers), Aug p 14
Hopper, Leigh

disappearing drugs: shortage worries physicians, federal officials, May pp 31–32
firing patients: terminating the relationship requires care, May pp 39–40
how to hang up the stethoscope, Jun p 20
specifics, please: tell DSHS what killed a patient, Nov p 46

Hospitalization: stop preventable hospitalizations (Healthy Vision 2020), Sep pp 68–69
Hospitals

CDC tracks antibiotic use in hospitals, Mar p 54
divided community: Weslaco battles over hospital's fate, May pp 49–52
exploring job opportunities: hospitals pushing physician employment, Apr pp 49–52
lifesaving shots: new law requires health workers' vaccination, Aug pp 25–29
making Aetna responsible: TMA backs hospitals' claims for millions, Aug pp 47–49
number of physicians employed by Texas hospitals, Apr p 5
TrailBlazer review causes claim denials (Rounds), Apr p 12
transparency triumphs: judge rules for physicians, against hospital, Mar pp 41–43

Hospitals, Proprietary

court upholds PPACA limits on physician-owned hospitals, Oct pp 31–32
Healthy Vision 2020: support responsible ownership of hospitals, Oct p 62

Houston, Texas

health insurance coverage in the Houston-Galveston area under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Abstract), Nov p 61
the past and present of malaria in Houston (Abstract), Jul p 47

Huang, Philip

medical crisis response: West Nile outbreak mobilizes physicians, Nov p 37
Newsmakers, Dec p 13

Huff, Sharon, Oct pp 36 (photo), 38
Huffman, John, TMA honors state lawmakers (Rounds), Feb p 13
Human Papillomavirus

AAP recommends HPV vaccine for boys, May pp 33–34
clinical service characteristics and initiation of the human papillomavirus vaccination series in an academic clinic setting (Abstract), Oct p 55

Humanism: embracing humanism (Commentary), Jul pp 7–8
Hunsaker, Jerry

candidates with a cure, Nov pp 18 (photo), 19
TEXPAC celebrates its golden anniversary, May p 26

Hunsaker, Keely, TEXPAC celebrates its golden anniversary, May pp 23 (photo), 25
Hunter, Todd, TMA honors state lawmakers (Rounds), Feb p 12
Hurricane Katrina physician (Anna Pou) talks ethics in crisis care (Rounds), Jul pp 15–16 (photo)
Hyer, Pat, former TMA Alliance president becomes president of AMA Alliance (Rounds), Aug p 12

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I SUPPORT VETS (ISV), Texas group seeks better care for military veterans, Mar pp 22, 24–25
Iacob, Alexandra, receives Student of the Year Award (Rounds), Jul p 12
Ibe, Armstrong, receives minority medical student scholarship, Jul p 15 (photo)
ICD-10. See International Classification of Disease
Identity Theft: encrypt patient data, Oct pp 48–49
Immunization. See also Vaccines and Vaccination

Healthy Vision 2020: increase immunization by reducing barriers, Nov pp 66–67
more than 1 in 10 parents use alternative vaccination schedule, Jan p 43
sign up 18-year-olds for ImmTrac, Apr p 13

Impaired Physicians. See Physician Impairment
In Search of Medicine's Moral Compass (Robert M. Tenery), Mar pp 15–16
Income, U.S. physician pay among lowest, Jul p 30
Independent Contractors. See Contracts
Infant Care: tired of seeing your patients in the ED? (Abstract), Feb p 63
Influenza

how to get flu vaccine (Rounds), Nov p 11
lifesaving shots: new law requires health workers' vaccination, Aug pp 25–29
protect your patients, yourself, Aug p 27

Information Storage and Retrieval

client-server vs. cloud-based systems: benefits and risks, Jan p 25
gathering clouds: cloud computing offers benefits, risks, Jan pp 23–27
questions to ask cloud vendors, Jan p 26

Information SystemsSee also Medical Informatics

10 questions to ask HIEs, Oct p 45
Healthy Vision 2020: provide significant investment in health information technology, Sep p 66–68
THSA-funded HIEs, Oct p 46
vital connections: HIEs improve patient care, Oct pp 43–48

Informed Consent, for anesthesia and other procedures, Apr p 48
Institute of Medicine (IOM) warns of HIT risks, Jan p 52
Insurance Carriers

Aetna. See Aetna
Employee Retirement System (ERS) to switch to United (Rounds), May p 14
insurers prepare for ICD-10, Feb pp 34–36
keep insurers honest. TMA: appeal your health plan rankings, Aug pp 41–44
payers provide ICD-10 transition resources, Feb p 36
RICO suits bring physicians more than $2 billion, Aug pp 49–50
six grounds to appeal a ranking (Rounds), Sep pp 7–8
study: 2010 rebates would have topped $2 billion, Jun p 41
TMA, PAI offer ranking, RAC help, May p 52
TMA toolkit helps you challenge adverse health plan rankings, Aug p 43
United UCR lawsuit payments coming (Rounds), Apr pp 12–13

Insurance Claim ReportingSee also International Classification of Disease

CMS again delays 5010 enforcement, May p 59
coding anxiety? TMA can help, Dec p 21
the countdown begins [for ICD-10 conversion], Feb pp 25–28
fraud, upcoding drive Medicare increases, Jul pp 30–31
guilty 'til proven innocent: state toughens Medicaid fraud rules, Dec p 20
how to avoid a 496 edit (Rounds), May pp 14–15
insurers prepare for ICD-10, Feb pp 34–36
MGMA calls for delay in transaction standards, Apr p 28
Novitas Solutions (new Medicare payer). See Novitas Solutions, Inc.
NPP partners: they can improve care and the bottom line, Mar pp 28–29
payers provide ICD-10 transition resources, Feb p 36
take the mystery out of coding, Aug p 38
TMA's coding resources, Sep p 55
TrailBlazer loses Medicare contract (Rounds), May pp 13–14
TrailBlazer review causes claim denials (Rounds), Apr p 12
wrongfully accused: physician innocent of billing fraud charge, Sep pp 53–57

Insurance, Health

Affordable Care Act. See Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
CHIP. See Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
cost control: state employee health plan sparks debate, Nov pp 25–28
health insurance coverage in the Houston-Galveston area under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Abstract), Nov p 61
HHS rule simplifies health plan payments, Oct pp 29–30
Medicaid and Medicare. See Medicaid; Medicare
paying for care, not overhead: HHS rejects Texas MLR [medical loss ratio] request, Apr pp 37–39
reform of. See Health Care Reform
study: 2010 rebates would have topped $2 billion, Jun p 41
Texas joins challenge to contraception rule, Apr pp 28–29
TMA, PAI offer ranking, RAC help, May p 52

Insurance, Liability. See Texas Medical Liability Trust (TMLT)
International Classification of Disease

AMA backs Texas plan to combat ICD-10 (Rounds), Jan pp 7–8
braking ICD-10: feds delay costly new coding system, Apr pp 25–28
the countdown begins, Feb pp 25–28
Healthy Vision 2020: put ICD-10 on permanent hold, Oct pp 59–60
ICD-10 conversion, Feb p 24
ICD-10 conversion: now is not the time to implement, now is the time to learn (Commentary), Sep pp 41–42
ICD-10 myths debunked, Feb p 37
ICD-10 primer, Feb pp 29–31
ICD-10 will change your practice, expert warns (Rounds), Mar pp 9–10
insurers prepare for ICD-10, Feb pp 34–36
it's official: ICD-10 starts in 2014, Oct p 32
payers provide ICD-10 transition resources, Feb p 36
Symposium on ICD-10 conversion, Feb pp 21–39
TMA can help your practice switch to ICD-10, Feb pp 32–33
TMA has AMA pushing Congress on ICD-10, Mar pp 47–48
TMA helps with ICD-10 transition, Sep p 42
TMA prepares you for ICD-10 in 2014 (Rounds), Jun p 12

International Medical Graduates. See Foreign Medical Graduates
Internship and Residency

2012 match rate hits 30-year-high, Jun pp 52–53
Baylor medical students develop class for making healthier food choices, Feb pp 51–60
GME bill would create more medical residency slots, Dec p 56
new rules: ACGME launches outcomes-based GME accreditation, Aug pp 51–54
TMB approves internal "moonlighting" rule, Jun p 53

ISV. See I SUPPORT VETS (ISV)

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Jabboury, Khaled, physician innocent of billing fraud charge, Sep pp 53–57 (photo)
Jacobson, Robyn M., appointed to Texas Institute of Health Care Quality and Efficiency Board of Directors, Jun p 10
Janek, Kyle

Dr. Janek to head HHSC (Rounds), Oct p 13
TEXPAC celebrates its golden anniversary, May p 25

Joe, John C., appointed to Texas Institute of Health Care Quality and Efficiency Board of Directors, Jun p 10
Johnson, Ken, Aug pp 48–49
Jones, Elizabeth Ames, May pp 21–22
Jones, Matthew, May p 50
Joseph, David (Newsmakers), Jun p 10
Juno, Russell J. (Newsmakers), Mar p 12
Jurisprudence

an appropriate remedy: TMB offers remedial plan for minor violations, Apr pp 31–33
avoiding the courthouse: tips to stay out of legal trouble, Aug pp 33–36
chiropractic board withdraws scope rules, Apr pp 33–34
chiropractors shelve acupuncture rule, Jul p 45
court backs TMA in chiropractor suit, Jun p 46
court upholds PPACA limits on physician-owned hospitals, Oct pp 31–32
create guidelines for dismissing patients, Nov p 48
divided community: Weslaco battles over hospital's fate, May pp 49–52
education for policyholders on buying products from unlicensed distributors, Jun p 45
electronic communications and the law, Jan p 21
false hope? health system reform may not really help anyone, Sep pp 13–17
free advice: AG offers guidance on buying drugs, devices, Jun pp 43–45
guilty 'til proven innocent: state toughens Medicaid fraud rules, Dec pp 16–22
Healthy Vision 2020: protect and promote a fair civil justice system, Dec pp 60–62
how to hang up the stethoscope, Jun pp 20–12
informed consent for anesthesia, other procedures, Apr p 48
judge backs TMA on patient safety, Mar pp 43–44
judge backs TMA on patient safety issue (Rounds), Feb p 13
judge upholds Prop 12 tort reform caps (Rounds), May p 12
keep insurers honest. TMA: appeal your health plan rankings, Aug pp 41–44
making Aetna responsible: TMA backs hospitals' claims for millions, Aug pp 47–49
notifying patients of practice transitions, Aug pp 36–37
NPP partners: they can improve care and the bottom line, Mar pp 27–32
the physician-patient relationship, Nov pp 48–50
RICO suits bring physicians more than $2 billion, Aug pp 49–50
scope whac-a-mole: expansion attempts keep popping up, Oct pp 16–22
sonogram law enforcement begins, Apr pp 34–35
specifics, please: tell DSHS what killed a patient, Nov pp 45–47
Texas joins challenge to contraception rule, Apr pp 28–29
Texas physician charged in health fraud scheme, May pp 52–53
Texas raises the privacy stakes, Jul pp 36–37
TMA to Congress: no sneak torts, Sep pp 57–58
TMA, TPS back woman in lactation dispute, Sep pp 58–59
TMLT education for policyholders on buying products from unlicensed distributors, Jun p 45
TMLT has you covered [with Medefense Endorsement], Dec p 19
tort reform safe for now (Commentary), Aug pp 55–56
transparency triumphs: judge rules for physicians, against hospital, Mar pp 41–43
United UCR lawsuit payments coming (Rounds), Apr pp 12–13
wrongfully accused: physician innocent of billing fraud charge, Sep pp 53–57
zip it! feds, state strengthen privacy protection, Jul pp 33–36

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Kaplan, Seth

firing patients: terminating the relationship requires care, May pp 37 (photo), 38
preventing injury: physicians counsel young patients about safety, Oct pp 35, 36

Katalenas, Marta, Jan p 20
Kelley, Tom

divided community: Weslaco battles over hospital's fate, May p 51
free advice: AG offers guidance on buying drugs, devices, Jun pp 43, 44

Kent Davis, Helen, Jun pp 39, 40
Killewich, Lois, Jun p 19
Kim, Sharon, Feb p 56 (photo)
King, Austin

an apt app: DocbookMD enhances patient care, Nov pp 54 (photo), 55
candidates with a cure, Nov p 22
Foundation cites new major donors (Rounds), Mar pp 16–17
presents Distinguished Service Award to Virginia H. Connally, Jul p 16 (photo)

King, Susan

candidates with a cure, Nov pp 18 (photo), 22
electing to serve, Mar p 37
false hope? health system reform may not really help anyone, Sep pp 15, 16–17
Foundation cites new major donors (Rounds), Mar pp 16–17
physicians get preview of upcoming congressional and Texas legislative sessions, Dec p 12 (photo)
TEXPAC celebrates its golden anniversary, May pp 22, 25
TMA honors state lawmakers (Rounds), Feb p 12

Kinney, Donna, Jul p 28
Kjar, Natalie Ashton, scholarship funds honors late student (Rounds), Jun p 12
Klammer, Elizabeth, receives Ernest and Sarah Butler Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching, Jul p 14 (photo)
Klawitter, Art, serves on AMA reference committee (Rounds), Aug p 12
Knapp Medical Center, Weslaco, TX

divided community: Weslaco battles over hospital's fate, May pp 49–52
transparency triumphs: judge rules for physicians, against hospital, Mar pp 41–43

Knight, Thomas, new law requires health workers' vaccination, Aug pp 25–26 (photo)
Kolkhorst, Lois, Jan pp 32–33, 34
Kolodzey, Patricia, Apr p 38
Krenek, Lauren, Feb p 56 (photo)
Kridel, Russell

chosen chair-elect of AMA Council on Science and Public Health (Rounds), Aug p 12
Foundation cites new major donors [Cheryl and Russell Kridel] (Rounds), Mar p 17

Kubala, Mark, nominated for AMA Distinguished Service Award (Rounds), Aug p 12
Kukla, Rob, Nov pp 25–26, 28–29
Kumar, Ashok (Newsmakers), Apr p 13

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Lactation, TMA, TPS back woman in lactation dispute, Sep pp 58–59
Laitman, Andrew, Feb pp 55, 56 (photo)
Lakey, David L.

keeping Lubbock healthy: medicine rallies to save public health system, Jan p 41
the price of health: keeping Texas healthy is costly, Feb p 42 (photo)
sonogram law enforcement begins, Apr p 34 (photo)
specifics, please: tell DSHS what killed a patient, Nov pp 45, 47 (photo)
a steep price: physicians worry about women's access to care, Jul p 20 (photo)

Landeros, Joseph, Jul p 16 (photo)
Las Brisas Energy Center, LLC, medicine supports clean energy, Apr p 21
Leadership: TMA prepares young physicians to become effective leaders (Rounds), Feb p 16
Lee, Simon Craddock, Dec pp 49–50
Leffert, Jonathan, serves as teller at AMA House of Delegates meeting (Rounds), Jan p 8
Legal Issues. See Jurisprudence; Legislation, Medical; Legislature, Texas
Legislation, Medical

AAMC backs GME reform bill, Aug p 54
Congress repeals 3-percent withholding tax, Jan p 35
GME bill would create more medical residency slots, Dec p 56
good intentions: will new licensure rule help or hurt access?, Dec pp 53–55
health care reform. See Health Care Reform
HIPAA. See Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
House repeals IPAB (Independent Payment Advisory Board), May p 58
informed consent for anesthesia, other procedures, Apr p 48
lifesaving shots: new law requires health workers' vaccination, Aug pp 25–29
medicine: use war money for Medicare, Mar p 38
medicine wants better Medicare system, Dec p 46
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. See Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
physicians at Fall conference get preview of upcoming congressional and Texas legislative sessions, Dec p 12 (photo)
preventing injury: physicians counsel young patients about safety, Oct pp 35–39
scope whac-a-mole: expansion attempts keep popping up, Oct pp 16–22
small problems, big impact: TMA proposes a red-tape reduction bill, Dec pp 41–44
stabilizing Medicare fees: Burgess seeks one-year extension, Sep pp 37–39
study: motorcycle helmet laws increase use, save money, Sep p 33
TMA annual report, Jun p 25
TMA condemns women's health rules (Rounds), Nov p 8
TMA has AMA pushing Congress on ICD-10, Mar pp 47–48
TMA protests proposed Medicaid midwife payments, Nov pp 29–30
TMA testifies against additional Medicaid, CHIP budget cuts, Dec pp 45–46
TMB institutes remedial plan to replace disciplinary actions, Mar p 38
tort reform. See Tort Reform
women's health program gag rule defeated (Rounds), Dec p 12

Legislature, Texas

cost control: state employee health plan sparks debate, Nov pp 25–28
false hope? health system reform may not really help anyone, Sep pp 13–17
lifesaving shots: new law requires health workers' vaccination, Aug pp 25–29
making more doctors: Legislature to examine physician workforce, Jan pp 31–34
our last legislative session was a disaster for Texas children (Letter), May pp 7–8
safety concerns: TMA opposes chiropractors performing sports exams, Jul pp 43–45
state already $10 billion in debt (Rounds), Feb pp 11–12
Texas needs more realistic solutions, Sep pp 18–19
TMA annual report, Jun p 25
TMA honors state lawmakers (Rounds), Feb pp 12–13

Lerner, Charles J.

lifesaving shots, Aug pp 26 (photo), 27
local epidemiologists fight disease, Mar pp 53–54 (photo)

Levin, Jeffrey L.

air sick: airborne toxins take a toll, Apr pp 18, (photo), 19, 22
medicine supports clean energy, Apr p 21

Lewis, Charles Turner, guilty 'til proven innocent, Dec pp 19, 21–22
Leykum, Luci, Sep p 47
Liability, Legal. See also Tort Reform

cyber liability: TMLT offers data protection coverage, Apr pp 43–48
free advice: AG offers guidance on buying drugs, devices, Jun pp 43–45
Healthy Vision 2020: protect and promote a fair civil justice system, Dec pp 60–62
medical liability 2.0 (Letter), Aug p 8
TMA to Congress: no sneak torts, Sep pp 57–58

Licensure

chiropractic board withdraws scope rules, Apr pp 33–34
doctors targeted: FTC aims at scope limits, Aug pp 19–23
Healthy Vision 2020: no inappropriate scope of practice expansions, Jul pp 61–63
NPP partners: they can improve care and the bottom line, Mar pp 27–32
scope whac-a-mole: expansion attempts keep popping up, Oct pp 16–22
small problems, big impact: TMA proposes a red-tape reduction bill, Dec pp 41–44

Licensure, Medical

advocacy, public health issues dominate AMA meeting (Rounds), Aug p 12
good intentions: will new licensure rule help or hurt access?, Dec pp 53–55
new licensures hit all-time high, Dec p 56

Life Style, AMA toolkit helps improve patient lifestyles, health, May p 57
Light, Robert A. (Newsmakers), Mar p 12; Dec p 13
Link, Kiley, Aug p 25 (photo)
Lobbying. See TEXPAC
Lockhart, Asa

better, yet flawed: CMS releases improved ACO rules, Jan pp 45, 47–48
cost control: state employee health plan sparks debate, Nov pp 25, 26–27 (photo)

Lubbock, TX

keeping Lubbock healthy: medicine rallies to save public health system, Jan pp 39–43
preserving health services: cost must be reduced (Commentary), Feb pp 47–48
the price of health: keeping Texas healthy is costly, Feb pp 41–45

Lubrano, John, Apr pp 44–45
Luckie, Michele, May p 40
Luke, Ronald, appointed to Texas Institute of Health Care Quality and Efficiency Board of Directors, Jun p 10

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Madara, James

braking ICD-10: feds delay costly new coding system, Apr p 26
TMA has AMA pushing Congress on ICD-10, Mar p 48

Magee, Kevin P. (Newsmakers), Mar p 12; Dec p 13
Malaria

the past and present of malaria in Houston (Abstract), Jul p 47

Malone, C. Bruce

2011 a success, but more work ahead (President's Message), Jun pp 27–28
calendar helps avoid doom, meet quality mandates, Jan p 51
Congress punts on SGR fix, Apr pp 52, 53
dual-eligible dilemma: Medicaid cuts for poor and elderly threaten practices, Jun p 38 (photo)
gives oath of office to new TMA president, Michael Speer, Jul p 13 (photo)
Texas needs more realistic solutions, Sep pp 18–19 (photo)
TMA quality experts: council helps physicians be better doctors, Jan pp 49 (photo), 50, 52
a tough call: leaving Medicare tempting, but possibly costly, Jul p 28

Mammography

AMA supports mammography starting at 40 (Letter), Oct p 7
comments of Russell W. H. Kridel, Oct pp 7–8

Mangat, Jasdeep, Baylor medical students develop class for making healthier food choices, Feb pp 50, 51–52, 55, 56 (photos)
Mann, Christine

lifesaving shots: new law requires health workers' vaccination, Aug pp 28–29
specifics, please: tell DSHS what killed a patient, Nov pp 45, 46, 47

Marin, Elena, appointed to Texas Institute of Health Care Quality and Efficiency Board of Directors, Jun p 10
Marital Therapy: scope whac-a-mole, Oct p 20
Marks, David A., West Nile outbreak mobilizes physicians, Nov pp 36 (photo), 39–40
Marwitz, David, May p 26
Mass Screening. See also Mammography; Neonatal Screening

CDC: test baby boomers for hepatitis C, Dec p 51

Maternal Mortality: enhanced surveillance in Texas (Abstract), Dec p 57
May, Donald R., Jan p 40
McBride, Susan, Jun pp 33, 34
McClendon, James, Jun pp 44, 45
McConnell, Heidi, Dec p 49
McCoy, Dan

appointed to Statewide Health Coordinating Council (Newsmakers), Aug p 14 (photo)
social media connects physicians and patients, Jan pp 19–20

McKeever, Bridget

gives oath of office to new TMA Alliance president, Linda Adkins, Jul p 13 (photo)
TEXPAC celebrates its golden anniversary, May p 23 (photo)

MeAndMyDoctor (TMA Blog)

calling all medbloggers, Jan p 17
social media connects physicians and patients: Jason Terk, MD, uses TMA's blog, MeAndMyDoctor, to communicate with patients and peers, Jan pp 14–20

Mechler, Kathy, Jun p 35
Medicaid

dual-eligible dilemma: Medicaid cuts for poor and elderly threaten practices, Jun pp 37–40
false hope? health system reform may not really help anyone, Sep pp 13–17
guilty 'til proven innocent: state toughens Medicaid fraud rules, Dec pp 16–22
HHS rule simplifies health plan payments, Oct pp 29–30
HHSC picks physicians for Medicaid advice, Mar p 48
House of Delegates urges end to reduced "dual-eligible" payments (Rounds), Jul pp 11–12
initiative to reduce premature birth risk, Nov p 41
managed care

Medicaid HMO expansion: are you ready? (Rounds), Mar pp 12–13
TMA concerned about how Medicaid managed care will expand in Valley, Jan pp 34–35

meaningful use of EHR technology. See Electronic Health Records, meaningful use
state already $10 billion in debt (Rounds), Feb pp 11–12
state Medicare, Medicaid crisis worsens, Sep p 19
Texas needs more realistic solutions, Sep pp 18–19
there has to be a better way, Sep p 20
TMA opposes dual eligible cuts, Jan p 36
TMA protests proposed Medicaid midwife payments, Nov pp 29–30
TMA testifies against additional Medicaid, CHIP budget cuts, Dec pp 45–46
TMA's post-PPACA agenda, Sep pp 21–22

Medical Audit

be proactive in preparing for audits, Jan p 28
guilty 'til proven innocent: state toughens Medicaid fraud rules, Dec pp 16–22
TMA, PAI offer ranking, RAC help, May p 52

Medical Devices. See Equipment and Supplies
Medical Errors: NQF endorses complications-related patient safety measures, Sep p 48
Medical Group Management Association-American College of Medical Practice Executives (MGMA) calls for delay in transaction standards, Apr p 28
Medical Home. See Patient Care Management
Medical InformaticsSee also Information Systems

an apt app: DocbookMD enhances patient care, Nov pp 53–56
Healthy Vision 2020: provide significant investment in health information technology, Sep p 66–68
survey: EHR confidence up in small medical practices, Apr p 48
vital connections: HIEs improve patient care, Oct pp 43–48

Medical Records Systems, Computerized. See Electronic Health Records
Medical Student Section, TMA. See also Students, Medical

awards C. Frank Webber Award to Steve Robinson (Rounds), Jul p 12
Iacob, Alexandra, receives Student of the Year Award (Rounds), Jul p 12
Texas Tech University HSC chapter wins Chapter of Year Award (Rounds), Jul p 12

Medically Underserved Area

good intentions: will new licensure rule help or hurt access?, Dec pp 53–55
wanted: physician in underserved area, Dec p 54

Medicare

better, yet flawed: CMS releases improved ACO rules, Jan pp 45–48
CMS again delays 5010 enforcement, May p 59
CMS extends [physician] revalidation deadline (Rounds), Jan p 10
Congress punts on SGR (sustainable growth rate) fix, Apr pp 52–53
Congress repeals 3-percent withholding tax, Jan p 35
did you get an e-prescribing penalty? (Rounds), Jun pp 10–12
dual-eligible dilemma: Medicaid cuts for poor and elderly threaten practices, Jun pp 37–40
federal fat fighters: Medicare pays for obesity counseling, May pp 55–58
fraud, upcoding drive Medicare increases, Jul pp 30–31
hear all about it: TMA Medicare seminars under way, Nov p 30
HHS rule simplifies health plan payments, Oct pp 29–30
House of Delegates urges end to reduced "dual-eligible" payments (Rounds), Jul pp 11–12
House repeals IPAB (Independent Payment Advisory Board), May p 58
how to avoid a 496 edit (Rounds), May pp 14–15
letters: Congress must stop Medicare cuts (Rounds), Nov pp 9–10
meaningful use of EHR technology. See Electronic Health Records, meaningful use
medicine: use war money for Medicare, Mar p 38
medicine wants better Medicare system, Dec p 46
MGMA calls for delay in transaction standards, Apr p 28
Novitas (Medicare contractor). See Novitas Solutions, Inc.
OIG questions antifraud efforts, Sep p 40
Opt-out Calculator tool available from TMA, Jul p 29
to pay for obesity counseling, Jan p 48
penalized for not e-prescribing in 2011? (Rounds), Apr p 14
prepare for a new Medicare payer, Sep pp 39–40
private contracting resurrected (Rounds), Jan p 8
rebuilding relationships: physicians prepare to switch from TrailBlazer to Novitas, Oct pp 25–29
six Texas ACOs join Medicare pilot project, Sep pp 47–48
stabilizing Medicare fees: Burgess seeks one-year extension, Sep pp 37–39
state Medicare, Medicaid crisis worsens, Sep p 19
study: hospital reporting has little impact on quality, May pp 46–47
Texas physician charged in health fraud scheme, May pp 52–53
Texas physicians who will accept all new Medicare patients, Jul p 28
TMA opposes dual eligible cuts, Jan p 36
TMA's post-PPACA agenda, Sep pp 21–22
too much change: TMA, other societies urge CMS to keep TrailBlazer, Mar pp 45–47
a tough call: leaving Medicare tempting, but possibly costly, Jul pp 27–30
TrailBlazer loses Medicare contract (Rounds), May pp 13–14
TrailBlazer review causes claim denials (Rounds), Apr p 12

Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP), Jan p 45
Medicine

choice of specialties, Jun p 21
doctors targeted: FTC aims at scope limits, Aug pp 19–23
Dr. Tenery explores medicine's soul in new book (Rounds), Mar pp 15–16
medicine: use war money for Medicare, Mar p 38
medicine wants better Medicare system, Dec p 46
Physicians Foundation survey gauges physician dissatisfaction (Rounds), Nov pp 7–8
still a noble profession (Commentary), Feb pp 61–62

Mehkri, Imtiaz, Jun p 40
Mentors: the power of mentorship (Commentary), May pp 61–62
Meyer, Denise, Dec p 55
Mickey, Robert G., 50 years of advocacy: TEXPAC celebrates its golden anniversary, May p 21
Midwifery: TMA protests proposed Medicaid midwife payments, Nov pp 29–30
Milk

raw milk not all bad (Letter), Feb p 7
TMA raw milk opposition justified (Letter), Apr p 7

Miller, Thomas P., Fall conference keynote speaker dissects what's next for PPACA (Rounds), Dec pp 11–12 (photo)
Milwee, Billy

dual-eligible dilemma: Medicaid cuts for poor and elderly threaten practices, Jun pp 39, 40
Suehs, Milwee to retire from Texas Health and Human Services Commission, Aug p 44

Mitchell, Charles Dale, Mar p 11
Moles, Stephanie, Mar pp 22, 23, 24
Moore, Shannon, Jul p 29
Moral Obligations, Dr. Tenery explores medicine's soul in new book (Rounds), Mar pp 15–16
Morgan, James, Feb pp 41–45
Morris, Scot, poison control centers save lives, money, Sep pp 27 (photo), 28
Mortality

CDC: gastroenteritis deaths double, Aug p 30
child unintentional injury death rates drop, Aug pp 29–30
enhanced surveillance of maternal mortality in Texas (Abstract), Dec p 57
study: hospital reporting has little impact on quality, May pp 46–47

Mosquera, German, Baylor medical students develop class for making healthier food choices, Feb pp 53, 54–56 (photo)
Mosquito Control, West Nile outbreak mobilizes physicians, Nov pp 35–40
Moss, Jesse, Jr. (Newsmakers), Apr p 13
Motorcycles, helmet laws increase use, save money, Sep p 33
Moy, Clifford K.

presides over House of Delegates, Jul p 11 (photo)
promoted to Speaker of the House (Rounds), Jul p 12

Murray, Matthew M.

avoid 2014 doom [EHR meaningful use], Dec p 37
gathering clouds: cloud computing offers benefits, risks, Jan pp 24–25, 26
raised expectations: EHR rules demand controlling your patients, Dec pp 34, (photo) 36
Texas raises the privacy stakes, Jul pp 36–37

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Naishtat, Elliot, TMA honors state lawmakers (Rounds), Feb p 12
Narcotics

drug formulary reducing workers' comp narcotics costs, Aug p 44
prescription painkiller overdoses at epidemic levels, Feb p 46

Nasca, Thomas, Aug p 52
National Quality Forum (NQF)

endorses care coordination measures, Dec p 30
endorses complications-related patient safety measures, Sep p 48

Neavel, Celia

a steep price: physicians worry about women's access to care, Jul pp 18 (photo), 19–21
TMA condemns women's health rules (Rounds), Nov p 8

Nehad, Feb pp 56, 59 (photo)
Nelson, Jane

false hope? health system reform may not really help anyone, Sep pp 15 (photo), 16
lifesaving shots: new law requires health workers' vaccination, Aug p 26
a steep price: physicians worry about women's access to care, Jul pp 22, 23
TMA honors state lawmakers (Rounds), Feb p 13

Neonatal Screening

DSHSH to begin SCID screening (Rounds), Jun p 12
newborn screening changes start June 1, May p 34

Neoplasms

childhood cancer CME from POEP (Rounds), Sep p 9
CPRIT showcases latest cancer news (Rounds), Sep p 9
lifesavers: CPRIT funds research, prevention, Dec pp 47–50
podcast fights tobacco, Jan p 44
POEP annual cancer symposium is April 27 (Rounds), Apr p 14
primary care update: childhood cancer survivorship, Jul [insert]
revised Texas Cancer Plan available, Sep pp 32–33
TMA, ACS join cancer study (Rounds), Mar pp 11–12

Newborn screening. See Neonatal Screening
Newman, Richard (Newsmakers), May p 12
Nielsen, Nancy, Mar p 10 (photo)
Nixon-Lewis, Beverly, Jun p 33
Non-compete Clauses. See Contracts
Nonphysician Practitioners. See Health Personnel
Novitas Solutions, Inc.

hear all about it: TMA Medicare seminars under way, Nov p 30
Novitas to become Texas Medicare contractor, Jul p 31
prepare for a new Medicare payer, Sep pp 39–40
rebuilding relationships: physicians prepare to switch from TrailBlazer to Novitas, Oct pp 25–29
too much change: TMA, other societies urge CMS to keep TrailBlazer, Mar pp 45–47
where to get help, Oct p 27
your implementation checklist, Oct p 28

Noyes, Chris, Jul pp 27, 29, 30
Nuckols, Beverly

appointed to Texas Institute of Health Care Quality and Efficiency Board of Directors, Jun p 10
medicine stands up for women's health, Jul p 25

Nunez, Victoria, receives minority medical student scholarship, Jul p 15 (photo)
Nurse practitioners. See also Health Personnel

making more doctors: Legislature to examine physician workforce, Jan pp 31–34
scope whac-a-mole: expansion attempts keep popping up, Oct p 21

Nutrition mission: feasibility of a health promotion and education intervention in a Houston, Texas, elementary school (with review of the literature) [Abstract], Apr p 55

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Obesity

AMA toolkit helps improve patient lifestyles, health, May p 57
combating childhood obesity with multiprong attack (Abstract), Jun p 55
federal fat fighters: Medicare pays for obesity counseling, May pp 55–58
Healthy Vision 2020: invest in obesity control, Nov pp 67–69
Medicare to pay for obesity counseling, Jan p 48
nutrition mission: feasibility of a health promotion and education intervention in a Houston, Texas, elementary school (with review of the literature) [Abstract], Apr p 55
percentage of Texans the state health department says is obese, May p 5
report forecasts 2030 adult obesity rates, Nov pp 40–41

O'Brien, Rebecca, Feb pp 54, 56 (photo)
O'Donnell, Megan, May pp 43–44
Off-Road Motor Vehicles

ATV-related injuries in East Texas, Oct p 38
preventing injury: physicians counsel young patients about safety, Oct pp 38–39

Office for Civil Rights (OCR): zip it! feds, state strengthen privacy protection, Jul pp 34–36
Office ManagementSee also Practice Management, Medical

avoiding the courthouse: tips to stay out of legal trouble, Aug pp 33–36
firing patients: terminating the relationship requires care, May pp 37–40
PPACA adds new rules physicians must follow, Sep pp 23–24
TMA offers policies, procedures guide, Jan p 12; Feb pp 15–16; Aug p 34; Sep p 24
zip it! feds, state strengthen privacy protection, Jul pp 33–36

OIG (Office of Inspector General). See Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC); United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
Olivares, Leo, May pp 49, 50, 51, 52
Opioid Analgesics. See Analgesics, Opioid
Ortiz, Gabriel (Newsmakers), Apr p 13
Osterman, Debra, Mar pp 10 (photo), 11
Oswalt, John D., receives Ashbel Smith Distinguished Alumni Award (Newsmakers), Aug p 14
Otto, Randal, Sep p 47

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Paddie, Christopher, Nov p 22
Pain Medications. See Analgesics, Opioid
Palacio, Herminia (Newsmakers), Mar p 12
Papillomavirus Vaccines: clinical service characteristics and initiation of the human papillomavirus vaccination series in an academic clinic setting (Abstract), Oct p 55
Patient Care Management

Healthy Vision 2020: promote patient-centered medical home, Sep pp 64–65
NQF endorses care coordination measures, Dec p 30

Patient Care Team

Healthy Vision 2020: promote physician-led team care, Sep pp 65–66
NPPs are part of the team, Oct p 20

Patient Compliance

create guidelines for dismissing patients, Nov p 48
firing patients: terminating the relationship requires care, May pp 37–40

Patient Data Privacy. See Confidentiality
Patient Education

social media connects physicians and patients: Jason Terk, MD, uses TMA's blog, MeAndMyDoctor, to communicate with patients and peers, Jan pp 14–20
Texas family physicians join Hispanic health campaign, Jan pp 52–53
tired of seeing your patients in the ED? let's give parent education another look! (Abstract), Feb p 63

Patient Participation

raised expectations: EHR rules demand controlling your patients, Dec pp 33–36
social media connects physicians and patients: Jason Terk, MD, uses TMA's blog, MeAndMyDoctor, to communicate with patients and peers, Jan pp 14–20

Patient-Physician Relations. See Physician-Patient Relations
Patient Privacy. See Confidentiality; Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)

adds new rules physicians must follow, Sep pp 23–24
advocacy, public health issues dominate AMA meeting (Rounds), Aug p 12
court upholds PPACA limits on physician-owned hospitals, Oct pp 31–32
Fall conference keynote speaker dissects what's next for PPACA (Rounds), Dec pp 11–12
health insurance coverage in the Houston-Galveston area under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Abstract), Nov p 61
paying for care, not overhead: HHS rejects Texas MLR [medical loss ratio] request, Apr pp 37–39
PPACA doesn't change physicians' commitment to patients (Rounds), Aug p 13
PPACA tops fall conference agenda (Rounds), Oct p 11
TMA protests proposed Medicaid midwife payments, Nov p 30
TMA's post-PPACA agenda, Sep pp 21–22

Patient Safety. See Safety
Patient Satisfaction

are they satisfied? physicians urged to measure patient satisfaction, May pp 43–45
physician rating sites challenge doctors, May p 46
TMA teaches communication skills, Jul p 39

Patients, notifying of practice transitions, Aug pp 36–37
Patt, Debra, May pp 29–32 (photo)
Patterson, Debra, Oct pp 26–27
Patterson, Jan, Sep pp 46, 47
Performance Ratings. See Quality Indicators, Health Care
Permits. See Licensure
Perry, Rick, Sep p 14
Peska, Don N., Jun pp 50, 51
Pharmaceutical Preparations

CME: pain medicine: accidental lethal drug overdoses, Dec [insert]
disappearing drugs: shortage worries physicians, federal officials, May pp 29–33
DPS tracks drug shoppers, Oct p 40
drug formulary reducing workers' comp narcotics costs, Aug p 44
drug prices skyrocket, May p 31
free advice: AG offers guidance on buying drugs, devices, Jun pp 43–45
improving PAT [Prescription Access in Texas], Dec p 43
prescription painkiller overdoses at epidemic levels, Feb p 46
TMLT education for policyholders on buying products from unlicensed distributors, Jun p 45

Phuoc, Vania, Feb pp 56, 58 (photo)
Physical Examination, TMA opposes chiropractors performing sports exams, Jul pp 43–45
Physician AssistantsSee also Health Personnel

making more doctors: Legislature to examine physician workforce, Jan pp 31–34
scope whac-a-mole: expansion attempts keep popping up, Oct p 21

Physician Impairment

Committee on Physician Health and Rehabilitation has ethics CME (Rounds), Sep pp 8–9
PHR conference to address physician welfare (Rounds), Feb pp 16–17
top 10 physician stressors, Jun p 20

Physician Incentive Plans, Aetna offers BTE program in Austin, Dec p 30
Physician Oncology Education Program (POEP)

annual cancer symposium is April 27 (Rounds), Apr p 14
childhood cancer CME from POEP (Rounds), Sep p 9
POEP podcast fights tobacco, Jan p 44
POEP receives CPRIT funds, Dec pp 48, 49

Physician-Owned Hospitals. See Hospitals, Proprietary
Physician-Patient Relations

create guidelines for dismissing patients, Nov p 48
embracing humanism (Commentary), Jul pp 7–8
firing patients: terminating the relationship requires care, May pp 37–40
Healthy Vision 2020: protect physicians' independent medical judgment, Aug pp 60–63
the physician-patient relationship, Nov pp 48–50
physician rating sites challenge doctors, May p 46
PPACA doesn't change physicians' commitment to patients (Rounds), Aug p 13
preventing injury: physicians counsel young patients about safety, Oct pp 35–39
social media connects physicians and patients: Jason Terk, MD, uses TMA's blog, MeAndMyDoctor, to communicate with patients and peers, Jan pp 14–20
TMA condemns women's health rules (Rounds), Nov p 8
TMA teaches communication skills, Jul p 39

Physician Ranking. See Quality Indicators, Health Care
Physician Shortage Area. See Medically Underserved Area
PhysiciansSee also Practice Management, Medical; Professional Practice

academic physicians. See Faculty, Medical
Aetna deselecting 130 Texas physicians, Jun pp 40–41
the aging physician population, Jun p 18
Dr. Tenery explores medicine's soul in new book (Rounds), Mar pp 15–16
electing to serve: physicians, alliance members seek political office, Mar pp 35–37
employment. See Employment
exploring job opportunities: hospitals pushing physician employment, Apr pp 49–52
licensure. See Licensure, Medical
number of physicians employed by Texas hospitals, Apr p 5
Physicians Benevolent Fund (PBF) helps physician families of all ages (Rounds), Dec pp 12–13
physicians [compared with] pilots (Letter), Aug pp 7–8
portraits

Aird, Pamela, Jan p 56
Berk, Steven, Apr p 56
Church, Phillip, Mar p 56

rating systems. See Quality Indicators, Health Care
retirement. See Retirement
still a noble profession (Commentary), Feb pp 61–62
study group looks at [physician] NPP delegation, Oct p 19
supply and distribution

the aging physician population, Jun p 18
Healthy Vision 2020: ensure an adequate health care workforce, Jul pp 56–63
making more doctors: Legislature to examine physician workforce, Jan pp 31–34

surveys

are they satisfied? physicians urged to measure patient satisfaction, May pp 43–45
Physicians Foundation identifies 2012 key issues (Rounds), Feb pp 13–15
Physicians Foundation survey gauges physician dissatisfaction (Rounds), Nov pp 7–8
survey: EHR confidence up in small medical practices, Apr p 48
TMA, ACS join cancer study (Rounds), Mar pp 11–12

Texas family physicians join Hispanic health campaign, Jan pp 52–53
TMA prepares young physicians to become effective leaders (Rounds), Feb p 16
top 10 physician stressors, Jun p 20
U.S. physician pay among lowest, Jul p 30

Physicians Advocacy Institute, Inc. (PAI), and TMA offer ranking, RAC help, May p 52
The Physicians Foundation

identifies 2012 key issues (Rounds), Feb pp 13–15
Physicians Foundation survey gauges physician dissatisfaction (Rounds), Nov pp 7–8

Pierce, George, TEXPAC celebrates its golden anniversary, May p 21
Podiatry: scope whac-a-mole, Oct p 21
POEP. See Physician Oncology Education Program (POEP)
Poison Control Centers, Sep pp 27–32
Policy and Procedures. See Office Management
Politics. See also TEXPAC

candidates with a cure, Nov pp 14–22
electing to serve, Mar pp 35–37
TEXPAC endorsements, Apr p 40; Nov p 21
TMA honors state lawmakers (Rounds), Feb pp 12–13

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. See Stress Disorder, Post-Traumatic
Potter, Pam, May p 45
Potts, John, Aug pp 52, 53
Pou, Anna, Katrina physician talks ethics in crisis care (Rounds), Jul pp 15–16 (photo)
Practice Management, Medical. See also Professional Practice

an apt app: DocbookMD enhances patient care, Nov pp 53–56
avoiding the courthouse: tips to stay out of legal trouble, Aug pp 33–36
be proactive in preparing for audits, Jan p 28
coding. See Documentation; International Classification of Disease
create guidelines for dismissing patients, Nov p 48
cyber liability: TMLT offers data protection coverage, Apr pp 43–48
EHR workflow analysis redesign critical, Mar p 32
electronic health records. See Electronic Health Records
firing patients: terminating the relationship requires care, May pp 37–40
gathering clouds: cloud computing offers benefits, risks, Jan pp 23–27
how to avoid a 496 edit (Rounds), May pp 14–15
ICD-10. See International Classification of Disease
leaders plan breakthrough strategies to help practices survive (Rounds), Oct p 12
MGMA calls for delay in transaction standards, Apr p 28
notifying patients of practice transitions, Aug pp 36–37
NPP partners: they can improve care and the bottom line, Mar pp 27–32
physician-patient relationship. See Physician-Patient Relations
pitfalls to avoid when employing an NPP, May p 40
PPACA adds new rules physicians must follow, Sep pp 23–24
precocious 2-year-olds: Texas RECs did a lot in past two years, Jun pp 31–35
raised expectations: EHR rules demand controlling your patients, Dec pp 33–36
survey: EHR confidence up in small medical practices, Apr p 48
TMA offers policies, procedures guide, Jan p 12; Feb pp 15–16; Aug p 34; Sep p 24
a tough call: leaving Medicare tempting, but possibly costly, Jul pp 27–30
U.S. physician pay among lowest, Jul p 30
using an NPP in your practice? do it right (Rounds), May pp 15–16
vital connections: HIEs improve patient care, Oct pp 43–48
zip it! feds, state strengthen privacy protection, Jul pp 33–36

Pregnancy, enhanced surveillance of maternal mortality in Texas (Abstract), Dec p 57
Prejudice, avoiding the courthouse: tips to stay out of legal trouble, Aug pp 33–36
Premature Birth, Medicaid initiative to reduce risk of, Nov p 41
Prescription Access in Texas (PAT), Dec p 43
Prescriptions. See Drug Prescriptions; Electronic Prescribing
Prevalence, of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in Texas, 1998-2003 (Abstract), May p 63
Preventive Health Services. See also Health Promotion; Healthy Vision 2020: caring for patients in a time of change

advocacy, public health issues dominate AMA meeting (Rounds), Aug pp 11–12
lifesavers: CPRIT funds research, prevention, Dec pp 47–50
preventing injury: physicians counsel young patients about safety, Oct pp 35–39
a steep price: physicians worry about women's access to care, Jul pp 19–25

Privacy of Patient Data. See Confidentiality; Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
Professional Misconduct, TMB institutes remedial plan to replace disciplinary actions, Mar p 38
Professional Practice. See also Practice Management, Medical

"choosing wisely:" more value, less waste, shared decision making, Dec pp 25–29
Dr. Tenery explores medicine's soul in new book (Rounds), Mar pp 15–16
exploring job opportunities: hospitals pushing physician employment, Apr pp 49–52
friends or foes? (Letter), Dec pp 7–8
government's ulterior motive? (Letter), Dec p 8
Healthy Vision 2020: protect physicians' independent medical judgment, Aug pp 60–63
physicians [compared with] pilots (Letter), Aug pp 7–8
Physicians Foundation identifies 2012 key issues (Rounds), Feb pp 13–15
Physicians Foundation survey gauges physician dissatisfaction (Rounds), Nov pp 7–8
still a noble profession (Commentary), Feb pp 61–62
survey: EHR confidence up in small medical practices, Apr p 48

PTSD. See Stress Disorder, Post-Traumatic
Public HealthSee also Healthy Vision 2020: caring for patients in a time of change

10 essential public health services, Feb p 43
advocacy, public health issues dominate AMA meeting (Rounds), Aug pp 11–12
disappearing drugs: shortage worries physicians, federal officials, May pp 29–33
DSHS Public Health Funding and Policy Committee members, Feb p 44
immunization. See Immunization; Vaccines and Vaccination
keeping Lubbock healthy: medicine rallies to save public health system, Jan pp 39–43
lifesavers: CPRIT funds research, prevention, Dec pp 47–50
lifesaving shots: new law requires health workers' vaccination, Aug pp 25–29
local epidemiologists fight disease, Mar pp 51–54
medical crisis response: West Nile outbreak mobilizes physicians, Nov pp 35–40
medicine stands up for women's health, Jul p 25
obesity. See Obesity
poison fighters: poison control centers save lives, money, Sep pp 27–32
preserving health services: cost must be reduced (Commentary), Feb pp 47–48
preventing injury: physicians counsel young patients about safety, Oct pp 35–39
the price of health: keeping Texas healthy is costly, Feb pp 41–45
report forecasts 2030 adult obesity rates, Nov pp 40–41
specifics, please: tell DSHS what killed a patient, Nov pp 45–47
a steep price: physicians worry about women's access to care, Jul pp 19–25
TMA raw milk opposition justified (Letter), Apr p 7
"us versus disease:" new state epidemiologist takes office, Mar pp 49–54

Public Health Practice

10 essential public health services, Feb p 43
the price of health: keeping Texas healthy is costly, Feb pp 41–45

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Quality Improvement

better quality: Texas institutions spread quality improvement, Sep pp 45–47
learn more about quality improvement, Sep p 46

Quality Incentives. See Physician Incentive Plans
Quality Indicators, Health Care

calendar helps avoid doom, meet quality mandates, Jan p 51
keep insurers honest. TMA: appeal your health plan rankings, Aug pp 41–44
six grounds to appeal a ranking (Rounds), Sep pp 7–8
TMA, PAI offer ranking, RAC help, May p 52
TMA quality experts: council helps physicians be better doctors, Jan pp 49–52
TMA toolkit helps you challenge adverse health plan rankings, Aug p 43

Quality of Health Care

Aetna offers BTE program in Austin, Dec p 30
are they satisfied? physicians urged to measure patient satisfaction, May pp 43–45
"choosing wisely:" more value, less waste, shared decision making, Dec pp 25–29
NQF endorses care coordination measures, Dec p 30
NQF endorses complications-related patient safety measures, Sep p 48
study: hospital reporting has little impact on quality, May pp 46–47

Quirk, Thomas, appointed to Texas Institute of Health Care Quality and Efficiency Board of Directors, Jun p 10

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Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act, RICO suits bring physicians more than $2 billion, Aug pp 49–50
RACS. See Medical Audit
Raimer, Ben, leads Texas Institute of Health Care Quality (Rounds), Jun pp 9–10
Rais, Mehdi, Jun p 34
Ram, C. Venkata S. (Newsmakers), Jun p 10
Ramon, Israel, May pp 51, 52
Ramsey, Ross, Dec p 12 (photo)
Rating Systems. See Quality Indicators, Health Care
Ratliff, Bennett, Nov p 22
Read, Don R.

elected to TMA Board of Trustees (Rounds), Jul p 12
medical crisis response: West Nile outbreak mobilizes physicians, Nov p 37
West Nile virus: it could happen to you, Nov p 38 (photo)

Realini, Janet

medicine stands up for women's health, Jul p 25
a steep price: physicians worry about women's access to care, Jul pp 20–25 (photo)
TMA condemns women's health rules (Rounds), Nov p 8

RECs. See Regional Medical Programs
Red Tape. See Government Regulation
Refusal to Treat

create guidelines for dismissing patients, Nov p 48
firing patients: terminating the relationship requires care, May pp 37–40
notifying patients of practice transitions, Aug pp 36–37

Regional Medical Programs

avoid 2014 doom [EHR meaningful use], Dec p 37
gathering clouds: cloud computing offers benefits, risks, Jan pp 26–27
precocious 2-year-olds: Texas RECs did a lot in past two years, Jun pp 31–35

Residency. See Internship and Residency
Restrepo, Jorge, receives minority medical student scholarship, Jul p 15 (photo)
Retirement

how to hang up the stethoscope, Jun pp 20–12
not ready to quit: aging physicians put off retirement, Jun pp 15–21
notifying patients of practice transitions, Aug pp 36–37
percent of physicians older than 60, Jun p 5
when a gold watch isn't enough, Jun p 19

Reynolds, David

candidates with a cure, Nov pp 20, 22
electing to serve, Mar p 37
TEXPAC celebrates its golden anniversary, May p 25

Richards, Elliott, alternate delegate to AMA Medical Student Section (Rounds), Jan p 8
RICO. See Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act
Riggins, W. S. "Chip," Jr., Feb pp 41–44
Riskind, Patty

are they satisfied? physicians urged to measure patient satisfaction, May pp 44, 45
physician rating sites challenge doctors, May p 46

Rivera, Julian

an appropriate remedy: TMB offers remedial plan for minor violations, Apr pp 32–33
NPP partners: they can improve care and the bottom line, Mar pp 28, 31–32

Robin, Lisa, Aug pp 21, 23
Robinson, Eldon Stevens, Jan pp 40, 42, 43
Robinson, Mari

an appropriate remedy: TMB offers remedial plan for minor violations, Apr pp 31, 32
doctors targeted: FTC aims at scope limits, Aug pp 21–22
good intentions: will new licensure rule help or hurt access?, Dec pp 54, 55
NPP partners: they can improve care and the bottom line, Mar pp 30–31
specifics, please: tell DSHS what killed a patient, Nov p 46

Robinson, Steve, receives C. Frank Webber Award (Rounds), Jul p 12
Rogers, Robert J.

candidates with a cure, Nov p 20
receives commemorative certificate for TEXPAC, Jul p 16 (photo)

Rohack, Jim, Apr pp 38 (photo), 39
Rosales, Brittany, Mar p 10 (photo)
Roy, Jacques, Texas physician charged in health fraud scheme, May pp 52–53
Rutledge, John N. (Newsmakers), Aug p 14

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Sabharwal, Jasdeep, Feb p 56 (photo)
Saenz, Javier, Jun pp 37, 39
SafetySee also Head Protective Devices

cyber liability: TMLT offers data protection coverage, Apr pp 43–48
disappearing drugs: shortage worries physicians, federal officials, May pp 29–33
doctors targeted: FTC aims at scope limits, Aug pp 19–23
encrypt patient data, Oct pp 48–49
IOM warns of HIT risks, Jan p 52
judge backs TMA on patient safety, Mar pp 43–44
judge backs TMA on patient safety issue (Rounds), Feb p 13
NQF endorses complications-related patient safety measures, Sep p 48
patient safety protected (TMA annual report), Jun p 26
preventing injury: physicians counsel young patients about safety, Oct pp 35–39

San Martin, Roberto (Newsmakers), Dec p 13
Sarino-Roy, Maria Carmen, Dec pp 53, 55
Savage, David

elected Speaker of AMA Medical Student Section Assembly (Rounds), Aug p 12
new Region 3 representative to AMA Medical Student Section (Rounds), Jan p 8

Sawyer, James, Jun pp 31–32 (photo)
Schade, C. M., Dec p 43
Schams, Scott (Newsmakers), Sep p 8
Schneider, Joseph H.

avoid 2014 doom [EHR meaningful use], Dec p 37
braking ICD-10: feds delay costly new coding system, Apr pp 26–27 (photo)
precocious 2-year-olds: Texas RECs did a lot in past two years, Jun pp 32 (photo), 33
raised expectations: EHR rules demand controlling your patients, Dec pp 34–35 (photo), 36
vital connections: HIEs improve patient care, Oct pp 43–44 (photo)

Scholarships. See Fellowships and Scholarships
Schools: feasibility of a health promotion and education intervention in a Houston, Texas, elementary school (with review of the literature) [Abstract], Apr p 55
Schools, Medical. See also Education, Medical; Students, Medical

Caribbean showdown: offshore medical school threatens Texas training, Jun pp 49–51
Tech regents want health sciences university in El Paso, Aug p 54
Texas medical schools join effort to stress veterans' health needs, Mar p 23
UT is on the right track (Letter), Feb pp 7–8
UT proceeds with Austin, South Texas medical schools, Jun pp 51–52

Schwertner, Charles

candidates with a cure, Nov pp 18 (photo), 22
electing to serve, Mar pp 36 (photo), 37
false hope? health system reform may not really help anyone, Sep p 15 (photo)
physicians get preview of upcoming congressional and Texas legislative sessions, Dec p 12 (photo)
TEXPAC celebrates its golden anniversary, May p 25
TMA honors state lawmakers (Rounds), Feb p 12
TMB offers remedial plan for minor violations, Apr pp 31, 32 (photo)

Scope of Practice. See Licensure
Scott, John S., Jr. (Newsmakers), May p 12
Screening. See Mammography; Mass Screening; Neonatal Screening
Secrest, Leslie

cost control: state employee health plan sparks debate, Nov p 28
TMB offers remedial plan for minor violations, Apr p 31

Security Measures. See also Computer Security

electronic communications and the law, Jan p 21

Seelig, Deborah, Aug pp 41–42 (photo), 44
Septimus, Edward J.

lifesaving shots: new law requires health workers' vaccination, Aug pp 26 (photo), 29
local epidemiologists fight disease, Mar pp 52–53 (photo)

Sestak, Kaitlyn, awarded Michael O'Malley, MD Memorial Scholarship (Rounds), Jul p 12
Severe Combined Immunodeficiency, DSHSH to begin screening (Rounds), Jun p 12
Shah, Jayesh B. (Newsmakers), Apr p 13
Shah, Umair, Nov pp 36 (photo), 39
Sheff, Gregory, Oct p 12 (photo)
Sheffield, J. D.

candidates with a cure, Nov pp 16 (photo), 17–18, 19 (photo), 20
physicians get preview of upcoming congressional and Texas legislative sessions, Dec p 12 (photo)

Shelton, Mark

candidates with a cure, Nov pp 18 (photo), 19, 22
electing to serve, Mar pp 36 (photo), 37
false hope? health system reform may not really help anyone, Sep pp 15 (photo), 16–17
TEXPAC celebrates its golden anniversary, May p 25
TMA honors state lawmakers (Rounds), Feb p 12

Sibelius, Kathleen, Apr p 25
Sibley, David, TEXPAC celebrates its golden anniversary, May p 21
Singleton, Travis, Apr pp 50–51
Smith, Charlotte, Aug pp 42–43
Smith, David A. (Newsmakers), Mar p 12
Smith, George, Nov p 37 (photo)
Smoking Cessation. See Tobacco Use Cessation
Smythe, William "Roy" (Newsmakers), Apr p 13
Social Media

electronic communications and the law, Jan p 21
physician rating sites challenge doctors, May p 46
physicians embrace social media (Rounds), Mar p 11
selected differences in personal social media use by physician age, Jan p 19
social media connects physicians and patients: Jason Terk, MD, uses TMA's blog, MeAndMyDoctor, to communicate with patients and peers, Jan pp 14–20

Social Sciences, embracing humanism (Commentary), Jul pp 7–8
Societies, Medical

to do or not do do? [specialty societies join Choosing Wisely Campaign], Dec p 28
medicine: use war money for Medicare, Mar p 38
medicine wants better Medicare system, Dec p 46
specialty societies identify overused procedures, Dec p 27

Software

an apt app: DocbookMD enhances patient care, Nov pp 53–56
how to get DocbookMD, Nov p 55

Sonograms. See Ultrasonography
Spangler, Lee

cost control: state employee health plan sparks debate, Nov pp 25, 26
paying for care, not overhead: HHS rejects Texas MLR [medical loss ratio] request, Apr p 39
too much change: TMA, other societies urge CMS to keep TrailBlazer, Mar pp 46, 47

Sparks, Sam, Apr p 35
Specialties, Medical. See Medicine
Speer, Michael E.

congratulates winners of Ernest and Sarah Butler Excellence in Science Teaching Award, Jul p 14 (photo)
disappearing drugs: shortage worries physicians, federal officials, May p 30 (photo)
false hope? health system reform may not really help anyone, Sep p 14
goal: 50,000 members (Rounds), Oct p 11
Healthy Vision 2020, Jul p 53
it's official: ICD-10 starts in 2014, Oct p 32
new member on Department of State Health Services' Newborn Screening Advisory Committee (Newsmakers), Jan p 9
new president wants more members (Rounds), Jul pp 12–14
not ready to quit: aging physicians put off retirement, Jun p 16 (photo)
a physician's story: health care is between my patient and me, Aug p 61 (photo)
PPACA doesn't change physicians' commitment to patients (Rounds), Aug p 13
preventing injury: physicians counsel young patients about safety, Oct pp 36 (photo)
scope whac-a-mole: expansion attempts keep popping up, Oct p 19
from Swami's to medicine (Rounds), Jun pp 7–9
takes oath of office from outgoing president, C. Bruce Malone, Jul p 13 (photo)
TMA Board of Trustees awards nine scholarship to minority medical students, Jul p 15 (photo)
TMA condemns women's health rules (Rounds), Nov p 8
women's health program gag rule defeated (Rounds), Dec p 12

Spencer, Kevin, Dec p 36
Spinks, T. J., Jul p 44
Spitzer, Stuart, Mar p 37
Sports, TMA opposes chiropractors performing sports exams, Jul pp 43–45
Stafford, Wesley

air sick: airborne toxins take a toll, Apr pp 16, 17, 18, 22
medicine supports clean energy, Apr p 21

Stanley, Sharilyn, Sep pp 28, 29–32
Steinberg, Caroline, Apr p 50
Stevens, Alan, appointed to Texas Institute of Health Care Quality and Efficiency Board of Directors, Jun p 10
Strate, Susan M.

appointed to Texas Institute of Health Care Quality and Efficiency Board of Directors, Jun p 10
"choosing wisely:" more value, less waste, shared decision making, Dec pp 26, 28, 29 (photo)
elected Vice-Speaker of the House (Rounds), Jul p 12
TEXPAC celebrates its golden anniversary, May pp 20, 26

Strauss, Joe

Caribbean showdown: offshore medical school threatens Texas training, Jun p 51
making more doctors: Legislature to examine physician workforce, Jan pp 31–32

Stream, Glen R., Dec pp 27, 28
Stress Disorder, Post-Traumatic: Texas group seeks better care for military veterans, Mar pp 20–25
Stroud, Timothy, healing the heroes, Mar pp 20, 21 (photo), 22, 25
Students, MedicalSee also Education, Medical; Medical Student Section, TMA

Baylor medical students develop class for making healthier food choices, Feb pp 51–60
choice of specialties, Jun p 21
the power of mentorship (Commentary), May pp 61–62

Substance-Related Disorders

Healthy Vision 2020, Sep pp 69–70
prescription painkiller overdoses at epidemic levels, Feb p 46

Suehs, Tom

dual-eligible dilemma: Medicaid cuts for poor and elderly threaten practices, Jun pp 39, 40
false hope? health system reform may not really help anyone, Sep p 15
Suehs, Milwee to retire from Texas Health and Human Services Commission, Aug p 44

Surveys. See Physicians, surveys
Survivors, childhood cancer survivorship, Jul [insert]
Swegler, Erica, Aug p 27
Swift, Bernard T., Jr., Dec p 44

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Tavenner, Marilyn, AMA and AAMC support Tavenner nomination as new administrator of CMS, Jan p 48
Taxes, Congress repeals 3-percent withholding tax, Jan p 35
Teenagers. See Adolescents
Telemedicine: a brave new world (Letter), Apr pp 7–8
Tenery, Robert M., explores medicine's soul in new book (Rounds), Mar pp 15–16
Terk, Jason

air sick: airborne toxins take a toll, Apr pp 18 (photo), 20
firing patients: terminating the relationship requires care, May pp 38 (photo), 39
gathering clouds: cloud computing offers benefits, risks, Jan pp 25–26
Healthy Vision 2020: vaccination is the right thing to do, Nov p 65 (photo)
preventing injury: physicians counsel young patients about safety, Oct pp 36 (photo), 37
safety concerns: TMA opposes chiropractors performing sports exams, Jul pp 43, 44
social media connects physicians and patients: Jason Terk, MD, uses TMA's blog, MeAndMyDoctor, to communicate with patients and peers, Jan pp 15 (photo), 16–17
TMA: women have right to know the facts, Aug p 50

Tests, Diagnostic. See Diagnosis, Laboratory
Teuscher, David

appointed lay member of State Bar of Texas Board of Directors (Newsmakers), Aug p 14
braking ICD-10: feds delay costly new coding system, Apr pp 26 (photo), 27
Caribbean showdown: offshore medical school threatens Texas training, Jun pp 49 (photo), 50
NPPs are part of the team, Oct p 20
scope whac-a-mole: expansion attempts keep popping up, Oct pp 18, 20–22

Texas Academy of Family Physicians, joins Hispanic health campaign, Jan pp 52–53
Texas Attorney General's Office: AG offers guidance on buying drugs, devices, Jun pp 43–45
Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners

chiropractic board withdraws scope rules, Apr pp 33–34
chiropractors shelve acupuncture rule, Jul p 45
judge backs TMA on patient safety issue (Rounds), Feb p 13
scope whac-a-mole: expansion attempts keep popping up, Oct pp 18–20

Texas Cancer Plan, revised plan available, Sep pp 32–33
Texas Department of Public Safety

DPS tracks drug shoppers, Oct p 40
small problems, big impact: TMA proposes a red-tape reduction bill, Dec pp 41–43

Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)

DSHSH to begin SCID screening (Rounds), Jun p 12
keeping Lubbock healthy: medicine rallies to save public health system, Jan pp 39–43
Public Health Funding and Policy Committee members, Feb p 44
TMA condemns women's health rules (Rounds), Nov p 8
"us versus disease:" new state epidemiologist takes office, Mar pp 49–51 (photo)
wanted: physician in underserved area, Dec p 54

Texas Electronic Registrar (TER)

specifics, please: tell DSHS what killed a patient, Nov pp 45–47
TER training available, Nov p 46

Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC)

Dr. Kyle Janek to head HHSC (Rounds), Oct p 13
dual-eligible dilemma: Medicaid cuts for poor and elderly threaten practices, Jun pp 38–40
HHSC picks physicians for Medicaid advice, Mar p 48
Office of Inspector General (OIG): guilty 'til proven innocent, Dec pp 16–22
Suehs, Milwee to retire, Aug p 44

Texas Health Services Authority (THSA)-funded HIEs, Oct p 46
Texas Institute of Health Care Quality and Efficiency Board of Directors, led by Dr. Ben Raimer (Rounds), Jun pp 9–10
Texas Legislature. See Legislature, Texas
Texas Medical Association

50-Year Club headed by Estrella de Forster (Rounds), Aug pp 14–15
2011 a success, but more work ahead (President's Message), Jun pp 27–28
Annual Report 2011: winning the good fight, Jun pp 23–26
Board of Councilors clarify fee splitting opinion (Rounds), Apr pp 14–15
Board of Trustees awards nine scholarship to minority medical students, Jul p 15 (photo)
Calendar of Doom

avoid 2014 doom [EHR meaningful use], Dec pp 36–37
calendar helps avoid doom, meet quality mandates, Jan p 51

Council on Health Care Quality helps physicians be better doctors, Jan pp 49–52
DesignShop Conference: leaders plan breakthrough strategies to help practices survive (Rounds), Oct p 12
exhibits: Saving Hearts — Saving Lives, Oct p 14
Fall Conference

keynote speaker dissects what's next for PPACA (Rounds), Dec pp 11–12
physicians get preview of upcoming congressional and Texas legislative sessions, Dec p 12 (photo)
PPACA tops fall conference agenda (Rounds), Oct p 11

Healthy Vision 2020: caring for patients in a time of change. See Healthy Vision 2020: caring for patients in a time of change
hotel group discount program (Rounds), Aug p 13
House of Delegates

House to vote on amendments at TexMed 2012 (Rounds), Mar pp 14–15
urges end to reduced "dual-eligible" payments (Rounds), Jul pp 11–12

MeAndMyDoctor

calling all medbloggers, Jan p 17
social media connects physicians and patients: Jason Terk, MD, uses TMA's blog, MeAndMyDoctor, to communicate with patients and peers, Jan pp 14–20

membership

benefits of your TMA membership (Rounds), Nov p 11
get more from your TMA membership (Rounds), Sep p 7
goal: 50,000 members (Rounds), Oct p 11
TMA annual report, Jun p 23–24

officers

Brotherton, Stephen L., chosen TMA president-elect (Rounds), Jul p 14
House of Delegates elects new speaker, vice speaker (Rounds), Jul p 12
Malone, C. Bruce. See Malone, C. Bruce
Speer, Michael E. See Speer, Michael E.

Physician Oncology Education Program (POEP). See Physician Oncology Education Program (POEP)
Physicians Benevolent Fund (PBF) helps physician families of all ages (Rounds), Dec pp 12–13
Policies & Procedures: A Guide for Medical Practices

TMA offers policies, procedures guide (Rounds), Jan p 12; Feb pp 15–16; Aug p 34; Sep p 24
zip it! feds, state strengthen privacy protection, Jul p 34

Practice Consulting

coding anxiety? TMA can help, Dec p 21
TMA can help your practice switch to ICD-10, Feb pp 32–33

red-tape hotline, Dec p 43
TexMed 2012

gala to celebrate TEXPAC's 50th, May p 25
May 18-19 in Dallas (Rounds), Mar pp 13–14
pack your bags and head to Dallas (Rounds), Apr pp 11–12; May pp 11–12

TEXPAC. See TEXPAC
Winter Conference

ICD-10 will change your practice, expert warns (Rounds), Mar pp 9–10
physicians embrace social media (Rounds), Mar p 11
physicians in the lead (Rounds), Mar p 10
SGR crisis (Rounds), Mar pp 10–11

Texas Medical Association Alliance

50 years of advocacy: TEXPAC celebrates its golden anniversary, May pp 22, 23 (photo), 25, 26
Adkins, Linda, takes oath of office as president, Jul p 13 (photo)
candidates with a cure: physicians, Alliance members jump into politics, Nov pp 14–22
electing to serve: physicians, alliance members seek political office, Mar pp 35–37
former president, Pat Hyer, becomes president of AMA Alliance (Rounds), Aug p 12

Texas Medical Association Foundation

Evans, Walter, and wife Candy Evans, dance at TMA Foundation gala, Jul p 17 (photo)
Foundation cites new major donors (Rounds), Mar pp 16–17

Texas Medical Association Insurance Trust, Board of Trustees members appointed (Newsmakers), Mar p 12
Texas Medical Board

an appropriate remedy: TMB offers remedial plan for minor violations, Apr pp 31–33
approves internal "moonlighting" rule, Jun p 53
disappearing drugs: shortage worries physicians, federal officials, May pp 31–32
disciplinary actions by state medical boards rise 6.8 percent in 2011, Jul p 45
firing patients: terminating the relationship requires care, May pp 39–40
good intentions: will new licensure rule help or hurt access?, Dec pp 53–55
Healthy Vision 2020: protect and promote a fair civil justice system, Dec p 61
institutes remedial plan to replace disciplinary actions, Mar p 38
TMB fight strong but fair (TMA annual report), Jun pp 25–26
TMLT enhances Medefense coverage, Jun pp 45–46

Texas Medical Liability Trust (TMLT)

to acquire Physicians Insurance Company, Mar p 44
cyber liability: TMLT offers data protection coverage, Apr pp 43–48
declares dividend again (Rounds), Sep p 7
education for policyholders on buying products from unlicensed distributors, Jun p 45
enhances Medefense coverage, Jun pp 45–46
get covered [for cyber liability], Apr p 46
how to hang up the stethoscope, Jun pp 20–21
lowers rates again, Nov pp 47–48
TMLT builds "nest egg" for physicians [with Trust Rewards Program] (Rounds), May p 16
TMLT has you covered [with Medefense Endorsement], Dec p 19

Texas Pediatric Society, and TMA, back woman in lactation dispute, Sep pp 58–59
Texas Poison Control Network: poison control centers save lives, money, Sep pp 28–32
Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists, Oct p 20
Texas Tech University Health Science Center student chapter wins Chapter of Year Award (Rounds), Jul p 12
Texas Tech University System Board of Regents want health sciences university in El Paso, Aug p 54
TexMed 2012. See Texas Medical Association, TexMed 2012
TEXPAC

50 years of advocacy: TEXPAC celebrates its golden anniversary, May pp 18–26
candidates with a cure: physicians, Alliance members jump into politics, Nov pp 14–22
endorsements for Nov. 6, Nov p 21
gala to celebrate TEXPAC's 50th, May p 25
makes primary endorsements, Apr p 40
receives commemorative certificate from State Senator Wendy Davis, Jul p 16 (photo)

Text Messaging: DocbookMD enhances patient care, Nov pp 53–56
TexVet: Partners Across Texas, Mar p 24
Thorstenson, Lyle

chairs AMA reference committee (Rounds), Jan p 8
continues as chair of AMA reference committee (Rounds), Aug p 12

TMB. See Texas Medical Board
TMLT. See Texas Medical Liability Trust (TMLT)
Tobacco Use Cessation

Healthy Vision 2020: invest in tobacco cessation, Nov pp 69–70
POEP podcast fights tobacco, Jan p 44
smokers underuse treatment, services for quitting, Feb p 46

Todd, Joe

candidates with a cure, Nov pp 18 (photo), 20, 22
electing to serve, Mar pp 35–37 (photo)
receives commemorative certificate for TEXPAC, Jul p 16 (photo)
TEXPAC celebrates its golden anniversary, May pp 20, 22, 26

Todd, Susan

candidates with a cure, Nov pp 18 (photo), 19–20
electing to serve, Mar pp 35 (photo), 36, 37
TEXPAC celebrates its golden anniversary, May pp 25, 26

Tonn, Melissa D. (Newsmakers), Apr p 13; May p 12
Torres, Elizabeth

Newsmakers, Mar p 12
physicians embrace social media (Rounds), Mar p 11

Tort Reform

Healthy Vision 2020: protect and promote a fair civil justice system, Dec pp 60–62
judge upholds Prop 12 tort reform caps (Rounds), May p 12
medical liability 2.0 (Letter), Aug p 8
tort reform safe for now (Commentary), Aug pp 55–56

Torts. See Liability, Legal
TrailBlazer Health Enterprises

loses Medicare contract (Rounds), May pp 13–14
rebuilding relationships: physicians prepare to switch from TrailBlazer to Novitas, Oct pp 25–29
too much change: TMA, other societies urge CMS to keep TrailBlazer, Mar pp 45–47
TrailBlazer review causes claim denials (Rounds), Apr p 12

Traumatic Brain Injury. See Brain Injuries
Trevino, Hector, Sep p 69 (photo)
Trevino, Roberto, Jr. (Newsmakers), Apr p 13
Truitt, Vicki, TMA honors state lawmakers (Rounds), Feb p 12
Tyroch, Alan (Newsmakers), Dec p 13

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Uganda, outreach in Aukot: a journey to serve Uganda's poorest (Essay), Oct pp 51–53
Ultrasonography, sonogram law enforcement begins, Apr pp 34–35
Underserved Areas. See Medically Underserved Area
United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

CDC: test baby boomers for hepatitis C, Dec p 51
gastroenteritis deaths double, Aug p 30
tracks antibiotic use in hospitals, Mar p 54

United States Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

again delays 5010 enforcement, May p 59
AMA, AAMC support Tavenner nomination, Jan p 48
issues stage 2 meaningful use final rule, Nov p 56
raised expectations: EHR rules demand controlling your patients, Dec pp 33–36

United States Congress

House repeals IPAB (Independent Payment Advisory Board), May p 58
letters: Congress must stop Medicare cuts (Rounds), Nov pp 9–10
repeals 3-percent withholding tax, Jan p 35

United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

HHS rule simplifies health plan payments, Oct pp 29–30
OIG questions antifraud efforts, Sep p 40

United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) aims at scope limits, Aug pp 19–23
United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

disappearing drugs: shortage worries physicians, federal officials, May pp 30, 32
drug prices skyrocket, May p 31

United States Veterans Administration: Texas group seeks better care for military veterans, Mar pp 20–25
UnitedHealthcare

Employee Retirement System (ERS) to switch to United (Rounds), May p 14
United UCR lawsuit payments coming (Rounds), Apr pp 12–13

University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston

better quality: Texas institutions spread quality improvement, Sep pp 45–47
lifesavers: CPRIT funds research, prevention, Dec p 50

University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Ashbel Smith Distinguished Alumni Award presented to Bohn D. Allen and John D. Oswalt (Newsmakers), Aug p 14
University of Texas System Board of Regents

UT is on the right track (Letter), Feb pp 7–8
UT proceeds with Austin, South Texas medical schools, Jun pp 51–52

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Vaccines and Vaccination. See also Immunization

AAP recommends HPV vaccine for boys, May pp 33–34
clinical service characteristics and initiation of the human papillomavirus vaccination series in an academic clinic setting (Abstract), Oct p 55
how to get flu vaccine (Rounds), Nov p 11
lifesaving shots: new law requires health workers' vaccination, Aug pp 25–29
more than 1 in 10 parents use alternative vaccination schedule, Jan p 43
protect your patients, yourself, Aug p 27

Varma, Surendra K.

appointed to Texas Medical Board District Review Committee (Newsmakers), Aug p 14
keeping Lubbock healthy: medicine rallies to save public health system, Jan p 42
named to Governing Council of AMA Section on Medical Schools (Rounds), Aug p 12
new rules: ACGME launches outcomes-based GME accreditation, Aug pp 51, 53
receives Doctor of Science Honoris Causa Award (Newsmakers), Dec p 13

Vartabedian, Bryan, Jan pp 18–19, 20
Vaughan, David, Oct pp 25–29
Vela, Ramon, May p 50
Vestibular Function Tests

judge backs TMA on patient safety, Mar pp 43–44
judge backs TMA on patient safety issue (Rounds), Feb p 13

Veterans

healing the heroes: Texas group seeks better care for military veterans, Mar pp 20–25
number of homeless military veterans, Mar p 7 (photo)
online services for veterans, Mar p 24
Texas medical schools join effort to stress veterans' health needs, Mar p 23

Villamaria, Frank

better quality: Texas institutions spread quality improvement, Sep pp 46, 47
TMA quality experts: council helps physicians be better doctors, Jan p 51

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Wallace, Stephen J., Feb p 55 (photo)
Walters, Ronald, Sep pp 45, 46
Wang, Stanley, Dec p 62 (photo)
Water Pollution, airborne toxins take a toll, Apr pp 19–20
Wells, Matthew, receives Ernest and Sarah Butler Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching, Jul p 14 (photo)
Weltge, Arlo F.

candidates with a cure, Nov pp 18 (photo), 22
elected alternate delegate to AMA (Rounds), Jul p 12

Weslaco, TX, battles over hospital's fate, May pp 49–52
West Nile Virus

medical crisis response: West Nile outbreak mobilizes physicians, Nov pp 35–40
West Nile virus activity through September 2012, Nov p 36
West Nile virus: it could happen to you, Nov p 38 (photo)

Whitehurst, Darren

false hope? health system reform may not really help anyone, Sep p 17
good intentions: will new licensure rule help or hurt access?, Dec p 53
physicians get preview of upcoming congressional and Texas legislative sessions, Dec p 12 (photo)
TEXPAC celebrates its golden anniversary, May p 25

Wilcox, Donald P. "Rocky," Jun p 45
Williams, Carrie, Jul p 21
Williams, Josie R.

receives Young at Heart Award (Rounds), Jul p 12
TMA quality experts: council helps physicians be better doctors, Jan pp 49, 50 (photo)

Winter Conference. See Texas Medical Association, Winter Conference
Wohlgemuth, Arlene, Nov p 28
Women's Health Services

Healthy Vision 2020: invest in preventive care for low-income women, Nov p 66
medicine stands up for women's health, Jul p 25
a steep price: physicians worry about women's access to care, Jul pp 19–25
TMA condemns women's health rules (Rounds), Nov p 8
TMA: women have right to know the facts, Aug p 50
women's health program gag rule defeated (Rounds), Dec p 12

Wood, Glenn, guilty 'til proven innocent, Dec pp 16–21 (photo)
Workers' Compensation, drug formulary reducing workers' comp narcotics costs, Aug p 44
Wounds and Injuries

child unintentional injury death rates drop, Aug pp 29–30
preventing injury: physicians counsel young patients about safety, Oct pp 35–39

Wright, David, Jun pp 50, 51

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Yarbrough, Yvette, Oct pp 18, 20, 21–22
Young Physicians Section, TMA

award Michael O'Malley, MD Memorial Scholarship to Kaitlyn Sestak (Rounds), Jul p 12
present Young at Heart Award to Josie Williams (Rounds), Jul p 12

Yurco, Stephen (Newsmakers), Jan p 9

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Zaffirini, Judith, Jun p 51
Zeid, Yasser

a steep price: physicians worry about women's access to care, Jul pp 21, 24
TMA: women have right to know the facts, Aug p 50

Zerwas, John

candidates with a cure, Nov pp 18 (photo), 22
electing to serve, Mar p 37
false hope? health system reform may not really help anyone, Sep pp 15 (photo), 16, 17
good intentions: will new licensure rule help or hurt access?, Dec p 54
lifesaving shots: new law requires health workers' vaccination, Aug p 26–27 (photo)
making more doctors: Legislature to examine physician workforce, Jan pp 32 (photo), 33, 34
new president of American Society of Anesthesiologists (Newsmakers), Dec p 13
physicians get preview of upcoming congressional and Texas legislative sessions, Dec p 12 (photo)
TEXPAC celebrates its golden anniversary, May p 25
TMA honors state lawmakers (Rounds), Feb p 12

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