New Pilot Program Aims to Help Texas’ Neediest Patients

Texas Medicine Magazine May Issue: Dual-Eligible Test, ICD-10 Looms, New Med Schools, and the OB-Gyn Battle

May 1, 2014 

News of a new pilot program for Texas' neediest patients, big changes to medicine's coding system, and other stories top a great resource for health care and medical news stories that just got better.

Now the Texas Medical Association’s (TMA’s) Texas Medicine magazine, TMA’s official publication for its physician members, is 100-percent open to the public — and therefore journalists. Until now, TMA kept some of the articles and other content behind a members-only wall, as an exclusive benefit to TMA physician and medical student members.

But now the monthly magazine’s entire content, including articles about cutting-edge health care topics citing top physicians and other medical experts in Texas, will be open for reporters to mine for story ideas. Journalists have full access to timely stories that matter most to Texas physicians and their  patients. Here is the list of stories in Texas Medicine for May:

ICD-10 Countdown Continued: TMA Offers Assistance for ICD-10 Prep 
ICD-10, the revised coding system physicians and other health care workers must use, is coming despite efforts by some in medicine to halt it. Texas Medicine informs physicians on steps they can take to be ready — and warns them of the consequences if they do not.

Dual Dilemma: State Pilot to Streamline Medicare-Medicaid Patient Care
Roughly 150,000 patients in six of Texas’ most-populous counties will be part of an experiment in health care delivery for the dual-eligible Medicare and Medicaid patients — often the sickest, poorest patients.

Inauguration: Meet the New Texas Medical School Deans
Meet the two new deans at Texas’ newest medical schools, The University of Texas at Austin’s Dell Medical School, and the School of Medicine at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

Road to Resolution: Rural Doctors Fight to Retain OB Privileges
One Texas town faced a question: What is more important for patients in rural areas — to deliver their babies near home (without traveling a great distance), or to have natal care delivered by physicians who have completed a residency in obstetrics (OB) and obtained a board certification? The latter meant many primary care physicians in the town, who delivered thousands of babies, suddenly would be out.

A Capitol Year: TMA Victorious in 2013
Red tape reduction in health care delivery, giving patients new protections, bolstering Texas’ graduate medical education program, promoting transparent insurance markets, and ensuring qualified health professionals deliver care within their expertise in a team approach highlighted TMA’s legislative victories in 2013. What’s next for 2014 and beyond?

Please visit the TMA website to start reading. 

TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing more than 47,000 physician and medical student members. It is located in Austin and has 112 component county medical societies around the state. TMA’s key objective since 1853 is to improve the health of all Texans.


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