2014 Texas Medicine Index of Subjects

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 Volume 110 — 2014

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A

ABCD Pediatrics
secrets to success: how Texas practices are staying healthy, Feb pp 17–23

Abel, Jena, Sep p 27
ACA Marketplace. See Health Insurance Exchanges
Academic Physicians. See Faculty, Medical
Access to Health Care. See Health Services Accessibility
AccessMedicine
available from the TMA Knowledge Center (Rounds), Mar p 12

Accidents, Traffic
CDC: child car crash death rate declines, Apr p 40

Accountable Care Organizations
most valuable players: TMA PSO empowers physicians in new health care models, Jan pp 23–27

Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)
learning curve: revamping residency program accreditation, Apr pp 27–31
MDs, DOs unite, May pp 46–47

ACOG. See American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)
ACOs. See Accountable Care Organizations
Adolescents
breaking down barriers: battling Texas’ low HPV vaccination rate, Apr pp 35–39

Advance Directives
law provides assurance: Advance Directives Act doesn’t infringe on pregnant women’s rights, Nov pp 9–10
politicians play doctor: law should allow physicians to use their judgment (Commentary), Nov pp 11–12

Advanced Practice Nursing

See also Nurse Practitioners
FTC calls for APRN independent practice, May pp 53–54
patient safety first: dentists widen scope, nurses withdraw rules, Sep pp 27–28

Aetna
90-day notice under Affordable Care Act, Apr p 19
the ACA marketplace: “it’s a mess,” Apr pp 22, 24
claim your claim from Aetna settlement, Mar p 44
judge sides with Aetna against Texas clinics, Nov p 47
seeks to axe $120M Ingenix settlement (Rounds), Jun pp 12–13

Aetna Better Health of Texas
team effort: addressing patient noncompliance, Apr pp 59–60

Affordable Care Act. SeePatient Protection and Affordable Care Act
Aged
geriatric specialist uses Choosing Wisely to help families (Rounds), Oct pp 10–11

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
delivering effective care, Jun p 51
hard evidence: TMA collaborates with AHRQ on evidence-based decisionmaking tools, Jun pp 49–52
survey says: patient satisfaction scores tied to quality, payment, Mar p 51
TMA examines effective health care program, Mar p 53

Allen, Christine
hand in hand: quality improvement, collaboration help improve patient safety, Dec p 38
partner in quality: TMF Health Quality Institute, Oct pp 44, 46

Allergy. See Hypersensitivity
Allied Health Personnel

See also Health Personnel
committee to focus on health care workforce shortages, Oct p 38
hiring scribes: see more patients; spend less time on paperwork, Aug pp 27–29
King to chair health care workforce panel (Rounds), Oct pp 9–10
new law, TMA tools simplify delegation/supervision of prescribing privileges, Jan p 26
nonphysician entities providing Medicare wellness visits, Dec p 29
nurse practitioners. See Nurse Practitioners

Alling, Jeff
road to resolution: rural doctors fight to retain OB privileges, May pp 51–53

Allopathic Medicine. SeeMedicine
Alonzo, Roberto, May p 60 (photo)
American Academy of Family Physicians
home sweet medical home: reinventing primary care, Nov p 30

American Academy of Pediatrics
home sweet medical home: reinventing primary care, Nov p 30

American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine
MDs, DOs unite, May pp 46–47

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)
home sweet medical home: reinventing primary care, Nov p 28
a lost art: ACOG aims to cut cesarean rates, Jun pp 41–44

American College of Physicians
home sweet medical home: reinventing primary care, Nov p 30

American Medical Association
honors two outstanding Texans (Ken Mattox and Marshall Cothran), Jan pp 10–11
House of Delegates
embraces congressional plan to repeal Medicare’s SGR (Rounds), Jan pp 9–10
House pushes VA fix, elects Texas leaders (Rounds), Aug pp 10–11
other issues merit action (Rounds), Jan p 10; Aug p 12
physician is team captain (Rounds), Aug p 11
telemedicine guidelines adopted (Rounds), Aug p 11
Texans in action at meeting (Rounds), Jan p 10
Texans in the spotlight (Rounds), Aug pp 11–12
Medicine protests Medicare Advantage terminations (Rounds), Jan pp 11–12
“obesity is a disease”: AMA declaration may influence insurers, Jan pp 45–48

American Osteopathic Association
home sweet medical home: reinventing primary care, Nov p 30
MDs, DOs unite, May pp 46–47

Analgesics, Opioid
beware of prescription abusers, Jul pp 50–51
CVS policy targets problem prescribers, Jan pp 42–43
hydrocodone products reclassified as Schedule II drugs (Rounds), Nov pp 18–19
hydrocodone schedule switch brings new challenges (Letter), Nov p 7
TMA opposes schedule change for hydrocodone, Jul p 60

Anaphylaxis
schoolhouse stock: allergists want to require EpiPens on campuses, Nov pp 53–56

Annis, Joseph P.
announces retirement from AMA House of Delegates, Aug p 12
hassles and happiness: survey finds keys to physician angst, satisfaction, Jan pp 16 (photo), 17, 18
Texans in action at AMA meeting (Rounds), Jan p 10

Anson Jones Awards

nominate local journalists for Anson Jones Award (Rounds), Oct pp 11–12
recognize a local journalist’s health reporting (Rounds), Apr p 13
TMA Anson Jones, MD, Awards honor physicians (Rounds), Jan p 12
TMA recognizes outstanding health reporting (Rounds), Jul p 14

Antbacterial Agents

CDC: prescribe pediatric antibiotics with caution, Jun pp 44–45

Antibiotic resistance. SeeDrug Resistance
Antitrust Laws

Supreme Court to hear N.C. dental board case, Sep p 30
Supreme Court to review FTC antitrust enforcement case, May p 53

Arambula, Michael (Newsmakers), Nov p 19
Arnold, Laura

secrets to success: how Texas practices are staying healthy, Feb pp 16 (photo), 17, 18, 21, 22

Arze, Steven

TMA poster session highlights quality improvement strategies, Aug p 50

Ash, Joan, Jun pp 36
Assistant Physicians

Missouri licenses doctors who didn’t finish residency, Sep pp 51–52

Athletic Injuries

add head trauma to past medical history assessment (Letter), Jun p 8

Atkins, Linda, Sep p 16
Atluru, Anu (Newsmakers), Aug p 13
Attitude of Health Personnel

survey results are in: physician dissatisfaction could hinder patient access to care, Dec pp 31–35

Audiology

TMA opposes audiology scope expansion (Rounds), Jun p 14
TMA opposes bill to expand audiologists’ scope (Rounds), Dec p 8

Audits. See Medical Audit
Austin, B. J.

receives Anson Jones Award, Jul p 14

Automation

health administrators urge lower transaction fees [for electronic funds transfer], Oct p 53

Aventa, Tony R., Apr p 23
Avila Edwards, Kimberly, Jan pp 46 (photo)
Awards and Prizes

Anson Jones Awards. SeeAnson Jones Awards
Baum, Alan C., receives Distinguished Service Award (Rounds), Jul pp 10 (photo), 11–12
Cothran, Marshall, receives Medical Executive Meritorious Achievement Award from AMA, Jan p 11
Ernest and Sarah Butler Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching presented, Jul p 13 (photo)
John P. McGovern Champion of Health Award presented by TMA Foundation, Apr pp 10, 11 (photos)
Mattox, Kenneth L., receives Benjamin Rush Award from AMA (Rounds), Jan p 10 (photo)
Physician Practice Quality Improvement Award recipients for 2013-14 (Rounds), Nov pp 21–24
TMA poster session highlights quality improvement strategies, Aug p 50
TMA’s 2014 Award for Excellence in Academic Medicine presented at TexMed (Rounds), Jul pp 12–13 (photo)
Weltge, Arlo, receives J.T. “Lamar” McNew Award from TMA Resident and Fellow Section, Jul p 9 (photo)

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Bachman, Allan, Aug pp 24, 25
Bailey, Susan Rudd

AMA embraces congressional plan to repeal Medicare’s SGR (Rounds), Jan p 9
elected to fourth term as vice-speaker of AMA House of Delegates, Aug p 11
hassles and happiness: survey finds keys to physician angst, satisfaction, Jan pp 16 (photo), 17
schoolhouse stock: allergists want to require EpiPens on campuses, Nov p 54

Baker, Carol J., Jan pp 32 (photo), 35
Banning, Tom, May p 52
Barnhart, Leesa, Apr pp 22, 25
Batory, Karen, Aug p 41
Batz, Louise, Dec p 40
Bauer, Charles Rudolph

receives TMA’s 2014 Award for Excellence in Academic Medicine (Rounds), Jul p 13

Baum, Alan C.

receives Distinguished Service Award (Rounds), Jul pp 10 (photo), 11–12

Baun, William

the new company doctor: worksite primary care gains popularity, Oct pp 52–53

Be Wise — Immunize Campaign

breaking down barriers: battling Texas’ low HPV vaccination rate, Apr p 36
resources to spread vaccine facts, Jan p 33
TMA program helps doctors spread the word [on HPV vaccine], Apr p 37

Beeson, Jeff (Newsmakers), Jun p 15
Berenzweig, Harold (Newsmakers), May p 18
Berk, Steven L., Sep p 48
Berndt, Trey, May pp 36–38
Berry, Tiffany

out in the open: Medicare publishes quality data, Jun pp 29–30 (photo), 32

Besser, Richard, Dec p 8 (photo)
Bhavan, Kavita P.

TMA poster session highlights quality improvement strategies, Aug p 50

Bias, Travis

a bitter pill: physicians seek justice for network terminations, Mar pp 42–43
hassles and happiness: survey finds keys to physician angst, satisfaction, Jan pp 14 (photo), 16, 17, 19
the new company doctor: worksite primary care gains popularity, Oct pp 49–50 (photo)

Bicycle Helmets. See Head Protective Devices
Blackwelder, Reid, Oct p 31
Blalock, Jan, Oct p 23
Blom, Melissa, Nov p 61
Blood Transfusion

pathologist uses Choosing Wisely to teach blood transfusion methodology (Rounds), Dec pp 9–11

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas

90-day notice under Affordable Care Act, Apr p 19
the ACA marketplace: “it’s a mess,” Apr pp 22, 24
home sweet medical home: reinventing primary care, Nov pp 32–33

Blum, Jonathan, Mar p 34
Body Weight

help your patients achieve a healthy weight (Rounds), Jan p 12

Bonnen, Greg

lifting the veil: price transparency efforts target physicians, Jul p 38
TEXPAC needs YOU!, Sep p 21

Books

get AccessMedicine from the TMA Knowledge Center (Rounds), Mar p 12

Boom, Julie A. (Newsmakers), Aug p 13
Bornstein, Sue

home sweet medical home: reinventing primary care, Nov pp 28, 30, 32, 33
presents Anson Jones Award to Lauren Silverman, Jul p 14 (photo)

Bourgeois, Keith A., Jul p 10 (photo)
Bradley, William T.

Texans in action at AMA meeting (Rounds), Jan p 10

Brady, Kevin, Jun pp 25, 27
Brain Concussion

add head trauma to past medical history assessment (Letter), Jun p 8
managing childhood concussion, Jan p 49

Branch, Dan, Sep p 22
Brannan, Ryan

back to work: an interview with the Division of Workers’ Compensation new top brass, Dec pp 23–29 (photo)

Brennan, Troyen A., Jan p 43
Brenner, Malcolm (Newsmakers), Apr p 14
Brooker, Andrew, Jul pp 27–28
Brotherton, Stephen L.

dear colleagues and friends [on legislative successes], May p 64 (photo)
hassles and happiness: survey finds keys to physician angst, satisfaction, Jan pp 16 (photo), 17
Medicare discloses physician payments, Jul p 39
not what we expected (Commentary), May pp 11–12
partner in quality: TMF Health Quality Institute, Oct p 44
patient safety first: dentists widen scope, nurses withdraw rules, Sep pp 28–29
Texans in action at AMA meeting (Rounds), Jan p 10
TMF Health Quality Institute wins QIO contract (Rounds), Oct p 13

Brown, Ari

receives Anson Jones Award, Jul p 14

Bruce, John, Aug p 24
Bruel, Brian, Jul p 7 (photo)
Buck, David

receives John P. McGovern Champion of Health Award from TMA Foundation, Apr p 10 (photo)

Buckingham, Dawn C.

Medicare meltdown, Jun pp 20 (photo), 21, 23
TMA, physicians : wait for ICD-11, May pp 28–29
will the sun rise? health agencies undergo wholesale review, Oct pp 35–38

Buckingham, Edward D., Jul p 7
Buekens, Dean Pierre, Sep p 44
Burgess, Michael C., Jun pp 23, 27
Butler, Brad

Texans in action at AMA meeting (Rounds), Jan p 10

Buyse, Marylou

pediatrician suggests you choose wisely with your patients (Rounds), Feb p 13

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C

Cable, Christian T., Feb pp 27–31
Calhoun, Kirk A.

GME gamble: IOM questions physician shortages in GME overhaul plan, Oct pp 27–28 (photo), 30

Campbell, Donna

TEXPAC needs YOU!, Sep p 20
will the sun rise? health agencies undergo wholesale review, Oct pp 35, 37

Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT)

grant moratorium lifted, Jan p 36

Cardenas, Carlos J., Apr p 10 (photo)
Carlo, John

Dallas physicians participate in Facts Not Fear Town Hall meeting, Dec p 8 (photo)
public health crusade: Texas fights to win public health battles, Mar p 58

Carmichael, John

secrets to success: how Texas practices are staying healthy, Feb pp 18, 19 (photo), 21

Carnes-Lemp, Sarah, Sep p 28
Carousel Pediatrics

state settles Medicaid fraud case with Carousel Pediatrics (Rounds), Aug pp 9–10

Carter, Brittany

receives minority medical students scholarship, Jul p 11 (photo)

Carter, Patrick M.

lifting the veil: price transparency efforts target physicians, Jul pp 38–39, 40, 41
the more your patients know: Institute promotes Texans’ health literacy, Jul p 46, 47–48

Case Management

team effort: addressing patient noncompliance, Apr pp 59–61

Castillo, Raquel, Sep pp 43–44
CDC. See United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. See United States Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
Cesarean Section

a lost art: ACOG aims to cut cesarean rates, Jun pp 41–44

Chagas Disease

crossing the border: tropical diseases on the rise in Texas, Sep p 44

Charity Care. See Uncompensated Care
Chassay, Mark (Newsmakers), Jun p 15
Chaudhry, Humayun J.

digital doctor: as telemedicine evolves, so do policies aiming to ensure patient safety, Jul pp 21–22, 23

Chenven, Norman

the ACA marketplace: “it’s a mess,” Apr pp 21–22, 24, 25

Chikungunya

consider chikungunya, Sep p 43
crossing the border: tropical diseases on the rise in Texas, Sep p 44

Children

See also Adolescents
CDC: child car crash death rate declines, Apr p 40
CDC: prescribe pediatric antibiotics with caution, Jun pp 44–45
on a charitable mission: physicians volunteer to care for young and old crossing border, Dec pp 16–20
FDA: children, pregnant women should eat more fish, Sep pp 45–46

Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

TMA: CHIP managed care plans responsible for out-of-network payments (Rounds), Dec pp 8–9
TMA asks legislature to increase Medicaid, CHIP physician payments (Rounds), Dec p 7

Chism, Belinda

secrets to success: how Texas practices are staying healthy, Feb pp 19 (photo), 20, 21

Choosing Wisely Campaign

Choosing Wisely heart attack recommendations updated, Dec p 41
geriatric specialist uses Choosing Wisely to help families (Rounds), Oct pp 10–11
hand in hand: quality improvement, collaboration help improve patient safety, Dec p 39
leading the charge: Texas physicians are Choosing Wisely, Aug pp 45–49
mobile app [iTriage] publishes Choosing Wisely recommendations (Rounds), Apr pp 12–13
neurologist suggests you “choose wisely” with your patients (Rounds), Aug pp 14–15
pathologist uses Choosing Wisely to teach blood transfusion methodology (Rounds), Dec pp 9–11
pediatrician: Choosing Wisely helps break bad habits (Rounds), Nov pp 19–20
pediatrician suggests you choose wisely with your patients (Rounds), Feb p 13
quality in action: TMA helps doctors implement Choosing Wisely, Jan pp 51–54
radiologists should use Choosing Wisely as a consulting tool (Rounds), Jul pp 14–15
study: patients continue to ask doctors for unnecessary tests (Rounds), Aug pp 16–17
Texas emergency physician is Choosing Wisely, May pp 17–19 (photo)
three ways to start Choosing Wisely, Aug p 47
TIHCQE teams with Choosing Wisely to improve health literacy, Jul p 47
TMA, Texas key partners in Choosing Wisely (Rounds), Nov pp 15–16

Chou, Ann

TMA poster session highlights quality improvement strategies, Aug p 50

Chronic Disease

Medicare to pay for chronic care management in 2015, Mar pp 32–33

Chung, Wendy

protecting the family: TMA looks to broaden rules for postexposure prophylaxis, Aug pp 39 (photo), 40, 41

Cigna

team effort: addressing patient noncompliance, Apr pp 60–61

Claims. See Insurance Claim Reporting
Clarke, Sherry, May p 58 (photo)
Cleveland Imaging and Surgical Hospital

judge sides with Aetna against Texas clinics, Nov p 47

Clinical Competence

testing the limits: TMA evaluates new policy on medical licensing tests, Feb pp 27–31

Clinical Protocols

primary care physicians’ perceptions of diabetes treatment protocols (Abstract), Jan p 55

Clostridium difficile

CDC: prescribe pediatric antibiotics with caution, Jun pp 44–45

CME. See Education, Medical, Continuing
CMS. See United States Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
Coburn, Michael

learning curve: revamping residency program accreditation, Apr pp 27 (photo), 28–31

Coding. See Documentation; International Classification of Disease
Cofer, Jennifer, Oct p 25
Coleman, Garnet, Dec pp 50, 52
Collaboration. See Cooperative Behavior
Collection. See Patient Credit and Collection
Colon, Tania, May pp 35, 38
Communicable Disease Control

CDC releases MERS-CoV advisory, Aug p 42
doctors: don’t unknowingly spread flu, Jun p 45
physicians get green light to treat families for infectious diseases, Oct p 42
protecting the family: TMA looks to broaden rules for postexposure prophylaxis, Aug pp 39–41

Communication

the more your patients know: Institute promotes Texans’ health literacy, Jul pp 45–50
so “appy” together: DocbookMD streamlines communication, care, Apr pp 43–47

Community Health Services

a proposal for better access to care (Letter), Jun pp 7–8

Competence. See Clinical Competence
Compton, Michael, Dec pp 43–44
Computer Security

are you covered?, Jul p 29
cyber crimes: TMLT has physicians covered, Jul pp 27–33
HIPAA penalties add up, Jul p 33
security guidance from TMA, Jul p 30

Computer Systems

playing it SAFER: EHR guides help frontline physicians, Jun pp 35–38

Concussion. See Brain Concussion
Confidentiality

See also HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act)
are you covered?, Jul p 29
cyber crimes: TMLT has physicians covered, Jul pp 27–33
HIPAA penalties add up, Jul p 33
Medicare to open physician payment data: organized medicine wary, Mar p 34
perfecting the portal: Medicaid seeks to improve provider portal, Jan pp 39–43
security guidance from TMA, Jul p 30
so “appy” together: DocbookMD streamlines communication, care, Apr pp 43–47

Conflict of Interest

law sheds light on industry payments to physicians, Jul pp 33–34

Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Survey

survey says: patient satisfaction scores tied to quality, payment, Mar pp 51–52

Consumer Health Information

the more your patients know: Institute promotes Texans’ health literacy, Jul pp 45–50

Consumer Participation

lifting the veil: price transparency efforts target physicians, Jul pp 37–41

Continuing Medical Education. See Education, Medical, Continuing
Contract Services

independent contractor or employed?, Aug pp 30–31

Controlled Substances

CVS policy targets problem prescribers, Jan pp 42–43
hydrocodone products reclassified as Schedule II drugs (Rounds), Nov pp 18–19
hydrocodone schedule switch brings new challenges (Letter), Nov p 7
a necessary pain: E-prescribing controlled substances is worth it, Jul pp 55–59
TMA opposes schedule change for hydrocodone, Jul p 60

Conway, Patrick, Jun p 30
Cooperative Behavior

secrets to success: how Texas practices are staying healthy, Feb pp 17–23

Coordination of Care. SeePatient Care Management
Cornelius, Lisa, Aug p 40
Cornyn, John

not what we expected (Commentary), May p 12
speaks to physicians at TMA Winter Conference, Apr p 12 (photo)

Coronavirus

CDC releases MERS-CoV advisory, Aug p 42

Cothran, Marshall

receives Medical Executive Meritorious Achievement Award from AMA, Jan p 11

CPRIT. See Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT)
Credentialing

digital doctor: as telemedicine evolves, so do policies aiming to ensure patient safety, Jul pp 23–24

Creek, Kim E., Apr p 38
Crime

are you covered?, Jul p 29
avoid hiring dishonest employees, Nov p 37
cyber crimes: TMLT has physicians covered, Jul pp 27–33
too much trust: prevent embezzlement in your practice, Nov pp 35–40
“we have your daughter”: virtual kidnappers target Texas physicians, Nov pp 43–46

Crockett, Krista, Jan p 43
Crofton, Christine, Mar pp 51–52
Crosson, F. Jay

hassles and happiness: survey finds keys to physician angst, satisfaction, Jan pp 17, 19, 20

Crossover Health

the new company doctor: worksite primary care gains popularity, Oct pp 49, 50

Crow, Christopher

home sweet medical home: reinventing primary care, Nov pp 28, 30, 31
turning data into success: financial analysis pays off, Mar p 20

Crusberg, Lea, Aug p 22
Cuellar, Henry, Jun pp 25
Cummings, David, Sep p 24
Curran, Douglas

hiring scribes: see more patients; spend less time on paperwork, Aug pp 27 (photo), 28

Cushing, Blair, Sep p 22
CVS Caremark

CVS policy targets problem prescribers, Jan pp 42–43

Cyclosporiasis

be on the lookout for Cyclospora (Rounds), Oct pp 14–15

Cysticercosis

crossing the border: tropical diseases on the rise in Texas, Sep p 44

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Damania, Zubin

the rhythm and the rhyme: the rapper, the physician, Apr p 53
speaks at TexMed 2014, Jul p 11 (photo)
turning the tables on health: Zubin Damania, MD, puts a new spin on primary care, Apr pp 51–54 (photo)

Davis, Andre, Oct p 42
Davis, Carla, Nov pp 55–56
Davis, Genevieve

the ACA marketplace: “it’s a mess,” Apr p 24
problem pile-up: Novitas issues persist one year on, Mar pp 28, 30, 31

Davis, Sarah

Medicaid in the legislature, Aug p 35
workgroup to develop standard prior authorization form, Jul p 41

De la Garza-Grahm, Margarita (Newsmakers), May p 18
Death

CDC: child car crash death rate declines, Apr p 40

Deception

the ethics of lying (Commentary), Sep p 7

Decision Making

hard evidence: TMA collaborates with AHRQ on evidence-based decisionmaking tools, Jun pp 49–52

Deegan, Michael J., Nov p 16 (photo)
Delegation, Professional

hydrocodone products reclassified as Schedule II drugs (Rounds), Nov pp 18–19
hydrocodone schedule switch brings new challenges (Letter), Nov p 7
new law, TMA tools simplify delegation/supervision of prescribing privileges, Jan p 26

Delivery, Obstetric

a lost art: ACOG aims to cut cesarean rates, Jun pp 41–44

Delivery of Health Care

health care for undocumented immigrants in Texas: past, present, and future (Abstract), Jul p 63
a proposal for better access to care (Letter), Jun pp 7–8
turning the tables on health: Zubin Damania, MD, puts a new spin on primary care, Apr pp 51–54

Dell Medical School, University of Texas at Austin. See University of Texas at Austin, Dell Medical School
Demmler, Richard, Jul p 8
Dengue

crossing the border: tropical diseases on the rise in Texas, Sep pp 41–44
identifying dengue, Sep p 42

Dentistry

patient safety first: dentists widen scope, nurses withdraw rules, Sep pp 28–29
Supreme Court to hear N.C. dental board case, Sep p 30

DePinho, Ronald, Oct p 24
Deuell, Robert, Sep p 20
Deutsch, Tiffany, Nov p 36
Diabetes, Gestational

USPSTF: screen all pregnant women for gestational diabetes, Mar p 62

Diabetes Mellitus

primary care physicians’ perceptions of diabetes treatment protocols (Abstract), Jan p 55
Texas Medical Foundation tackles diabetes (Rounds), Feb pp 13–14

Diagnostic Techniques and Procedures. See Choosing Wisely Campaign
Diagnostic Tests, Routine

federal rule gives patients direct access to lab reports, Apr p 62
get critical lab values on your mobile device via DocbookMD (Rounds), Dec p 13

Diet

FDA: children, pregnant women should eat more fish, Sep pp 45–46

Disclosure

going public [with quality data], Jun p 31
know your price, Jul p 41
law sheds light on industry payments to physicians, Jul pp 33–34
lifting the veil: price transparency efforts target physicians, Jul pp 37–41
Medicare data go public: what you need to know, Jun pp 47–48
Medicare discloses physician payments, Jul p 39
out in the open: Medicare publishes quality data, Jun pp 29–32

Disease Notification

what to report to the health authorities (Rounds), Apr pp 10–11

Disease Transmission, Infectious

doctors: don’t unknowingly spread flu, Jun p 45

Distinguished Service Award

Alan C. Baum receives Distinguished Service Award (Rounds), Jul pp 10 (photo), 11–12

DocbookMD

DocbookMD adds MedPage Today news (Rounds), Jun p 17
enhances team care, Nov p 31
free DocbookMD update available, Apr p 47
get critical lab values on your mobile device via DocbookMD (Rounds), Dec p 13
making money with your mobile app [DocbookMD], Feb pp 11–12
print and save DocbookMD messages, Sep pp 14–15
so “appy” together: DocbookMD streamlines communication, care, Apr pp 43–47

Docright

compares EHRs, other HIT (Rounds), Sep p 14
helps TMA members select EHRs, Jun pp 38–39

Documentation

See also International Classification of Disease
hiring scribes: see more patients; spend less time on paperwork, Aug pp 27–29
team effort: addressing patient noncompliance, Apr pp 60–61

Donahue, Angela

new president of TMA Alliance takes oath of office from Cheryl Jones, Jul p 9 (photo)
TEXPAC needs YOU!, Sep p 24

Donovan, Donald T. (Newsmakers), Apr p 14
Douglas, Ginger, Mar pp 21–22
Driver, Larry C.

founder of Hard Hats for Little Heads recognized by TMA Foundation (Rounds), Jul pp 12 (photo), 13–14

Drug Abuse. See Substance Related Disorder
Drug Industry

law sheds light on industry payments to physicians, Jul pp 33–34

Drug Overdose

beware of prescription abusers, Jul pp 50–51

Drug Prescriptions

beware of prescription abusers, Jul pp 50–51
controlled substances. See Controlled Substances
CVS policy targets problem prescribers, Jan pp 42–43
E-prescribing. See Electronic Prescribing
new law, TMA tools simplify delegation/supervision of prescribing privileges, Jan p 26

Drug Resistance

CDC report details drug-resistant health threats, Jan pp 48–49

DSHS. See Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)
Dual Medicaid-Medicare Eligibility

CMS, Texas partner to coordinate care for dual eligibles (Rounds), Aug pp 12–14
dual demonstration [pilot], May p 35
dual dilemma: state pilot to streamline Medicare-Medicaid patient care, May pp 33–38
TMA: restore the dual-eligible payment cuts, May p 37

Duncan, Robert Lindsey

Austin “naturopathic doctor” charged with deceit, Dec p 46

Duncan, Thomas

ruling could yield chaos: D.C. judges’ decision means premium hike for Texas patients, Oct pp 39–40

Duplantis, Kathryn

tax fraud: doctors targeted in identity theft scheme, Aug pp 21, 25

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E-Cigarettes

tobacco dangers: 50 years of progress threatened, Oct pp 21, 22

E-Prescribing. See Electronic Prescribing
Ebolavirus

CDC issues Ebola virus advisory (Rounds), Oct p 12
Dallas physicians participate in Facts Not Fear Town Hall meeting, Dec p 8 (photo)

Economics

cancer survivors face economic burden, Sep pp 44–45

Economics, Medical

dual dilemma: state pilot to streamline Medicare-Medicaid patient care, May pp 33–38
health administrators urge lower transaction fees [for electronic funds transfer], Oct p 53
ICD-10 countdown continued: TMA offers assistance for ICD-10 prep, May pp 23–28
key metrics and formulas, Mar p 21
lifting the veil: price transparency efforts target physicians, Jul pp 37–41
making money with your mobile app [DocbookMD], Feb pp 11–12
Medicare data go public: what you need to know, Jun pp 47–48
Medicare discloses physician payments, Jul p 39
money over matter? 1115 Medicaid waiver up for renewal, Dec pp 49–52
most valuable players: TMA PSO empowers physicians in new health care models, Jan pp 23–27
organized medicine to Medicare: stop the RAC appeals backlog, May p 39
perfecting the portal: Medicaid seeks to improve provider portal, Jan pp 39–43
problem pile-up: Novitas issues persist one year on, Mar pp 27–32
secrets to success: how Texas practices are staying healthy, Feb pp 17–23
TMA advocates permanent delay of ICD-10 (Rounds), Jul pp 7–8
TMA Financial Trend Tracker, Mar p 23
turning data into success: financial analysis pays off, Mar pp 16–23

Education

DSHS offers local health authority training modules (Rounds), Dec pp 12–13
perform FGIs? undergo safety training by may 1, 2015 (Rounds), Dec pp 7–8
training available for preventable adverse events reporting (Rounds), Dec p 12

Education, Medical

See also Fellowships and Scholarships
See also Schools, Medical
See also Students, Medical
a calling to help (Commentary), Apr pp 5–6
casting a vision: new DO school names its founding dean, Aug pp 51–56
match-makers: coaching students to maximum match potential, Sep pp 47–51
testing the limits: TMA evaluates new policy on medical licensing tests, Feb pp 27–31

Education, Medical, Continuing

CME Spotlight brings CME to your inbox (Rounds), Jun pp 13–14
managing childhood concussion, Jan p 49
meaningful use and quality improvement, Feb pp 49–54
transform your practice, Apr pp 55–56

Education, Medical, Graduate

See also Internship and Residency
cost of the residency match for fourth-year medical students (Abstract), Jun p 55
GME gamble: IOM questions physician shortages in GME overhaul plan, Oct pp 27–31
learning curve: revamping residency program accreditation, Apr pp 27–31
MDs, DOs unite, May pp 46–47
prescription for change, Oct p 29
reconsidering GME funding (Commentary), Sep pp 53–54
state rolls out GME expansion program, Apr p 31
Texas medical school graduates, residents stay in Texas, Feb p 31

Effective Health Care (EHC) Program

hard evidence: TMA collaborates with AHRQ on evidence-based decisionmaking tools, Jun pp 49–52

Ehlers, Sandra Jo

TMA poster session highlights quality improvement strategies, Aug p 50

Ehrlich, Lisa

hard evidence: TMA collaborates with AHRQ on evidence-based decisionmaking tools, Jun pp 49, 51–52
survey says: patient satisfaction scores tied to quality, payment, Mar p 52

EHRs. See Electronic Health Records
Ejesieme, Nnenna

elected chair of Region 3 AMA Resident and Fellow Section, Aug p 11

Elderly. See Aged
Elections. See Politics
Electronic Health Records

cyber crimes: TMLT has physicians covered, Jul pp 27–28
Docright compares EHRs, other HIT (Rounds), Sep p 14
Docright helps TMA members select EHRs, Jun pp 38–39
EHR safe harbor exception extended (Rounds), Mar p 8
EHRs detract from efficiency, interaction, Dec p 33
hassles and happiness: survey finds keys to physician angst, satisfaction, Jan pp 19–20
HHS launches meaningful consent site, Feb p 45
hiring scribes: see more patients; spend less time on paperwork, Aug pp 27–29
Houston scribe school, Aug p 29
Jan. 1 is deadline to upgrade your EHR, Dec p 35
meaningful use

apply for meaningful use exemption by July 1 (Rounds), Jun p 12
broadband access needed for EHR incentive programs (Rounds), Dec p 9
brush up on patient records requirements for meaningful use (Rounds), Oct p 15
keep records when attesting to meaningful use (Rounds), Aug p 15
meaningful use and quality improvement, Feb pp 49–54
new stage 2 meaningful use tool (Rounds), Jun pp 16–17
TMA asks feds for emergency halt of EHR rules (Rounds), Oct p 8

not just any EHR, Feb p 23
playing it SAFER: EHR guides help frontline physicians, Jun pp 35–38
preparing for EHR divorce (Rounds), Mar p 10
preparing your EHR for 2014 (Rounds), Jan p 12
secrets to success: how Texas practices are staying healthy, Feb p 21
survey results are in: physician dissatisfaction could hinder patient access to care, Dec p 32
Texas Medicine should focus on patient advocacy (Letter), May pp 7–8
TMA calls for meaningful use moratorium (Rounds), Sep p 12–13

Electronic Prescribing

CMS doles out PQRS, eRX bonuses as incentives shift to penalties, Jun pp 52–53
e-prescribing on the rise, Oct p 53
helpful links, Jul p 57
how to jump-start EPCS, Jul p 59
a necessary pain: E-prescribing controlled substances is worth it, Jul pp 55–59

Eltife, Kevin

Medicaid in the legislature, Aug p 35
workgroup to develop standard prior authorization form, Jul p 41

Embezzlement. See Theft
Emergencies

a calling to help (Commentary), Apr pp 5–6

Emigrants and Immigrants

after the influx, Dec p 19
on a charitable mission: physicians volunteer to care for young and old crossing border, Dec pp 16–20
health care for undocumented immigrants in Texas: past, present, and future (Abstract), Jul p 63

Employment

See also Health Personnel
independent contractor or employed?, Aug pp 30–31
the new company doctor: worksite primary care gains popularity, Oct pp 49–53

Epinephrine

schoolhouse stock: allergists want to require EpiPens on campuses, Nov pp 53–56

Equipment and Supplies

law sheds light on industry payments to physicians, Jul pp 33–34

ER DOC 24/7

judge sides with Aetna against Texas clinics, Nov p 47

Escobar, Juan, Dec p 20
Espinosa, Cameron

schoolhouse stock: allergists want to require EpiPens on campuses, Nov pp 53–54

Estes, Bobby Jack, May p 14
Ethics, Medical

dealing with unprofessionalism (Commentary), Oct p 55
the ethics of lying (Commentary), Sep p 7
law provides assurance: Advance Directives Act doesn’t infringe on pregnant women’s rights, Nov pp 9–10
politicians play doctor: law should allow physicians to use their judgment (Commentary), Nov pp 11–12

Evans, Carolyn

Texans in action at AMA meeting (Rounds), Jan p 10

Evans, Palmer “Pal,” Apr p 10 (photo)
Evenson, Todd, Feb pp 18, 20
Evidence-Based Medicine

delivering effective care, Jun p 51
hard evidence: TMA collaborates with AHRQ on evidence-based decisionmaking tools, Jun pp 49–52

Extraction, Obstetrical

a lost art: ACOG aims to cut cesarean rates, Jun pp 41–44

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Faculty, Medical

TMA’s 2014 Award for Excellence in Academic Medicine presented at TexMed (Rounds), Jul pp 12–13 (photo)

Faglie, Brad

road to resolution: rural doctors fight to retain OB privileges, May pp 51, 53

Falcon, Antonio (Newsmakers), Apr p 14
Fall Conference. See Texas Medical Association—Fall Conference
Family Health

physicians get green light to treat families for infectious diseases, Oct p 42
protecting the family: TMA looks to broaden rules for postexposure prophylaxis, Aug pp 39–41

Farris, James Randolph

the ACA marketplace: “it’s a mess,” Apr pp 21, 25
CMS official seeks physician input (Rounds), Apr pp 9–10 (photo)

Fayle, Bob, Sep p 29
Federal Trade Commission. See United States Federal Trade Commission
Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB)

digital doctor: as telemedicine evolves, so do policies aiming to ensure patient safety, Jul pp 20–23

Feeley, Thomas (Newsmakers), Apr p 14
Fees, Medical

know your price, Jul p 41
lifting the veil: price transparency efforts target physicians, Jul pp 37–41
Medicare data go public: what you need to know, Jun pp 47–48

Fellowships and Scholarships

Harris County Medical Society Alliance provides med student scholarships (Rounds), Sep p 16
minority medical students receive scholarships from TMA Foundation, Jul p 11 (photo)

Fernandez, Francisco

inauguration: meet the new Texas medical school deans, May pp 41–46, (photo)
named inaugural dean of University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine, Apr p 12

Fetus

law provides assurance: Advance Directives Act doesn’t infringe on pregnant women’s rights, Nov pp 9–10

Fiesinger, Troy

learning curve: revamping residency program accreditation, Apr pp 28, 29–30
past president of Texas Academy of Family Physicians thanked for contribution to Hard Hats for Little Heads giveaway program, Dec p 9 (photo)

Financial Management

business management 101: help from TMA, Mar p 23
business management help for your practice from TMA (Rounds), Sep p 10
key metrics and formulas, Mar p 21
TMA Financial Trend Tracker, Mar p 23
too much trust: prevent embezzlement in your practice, Nov pp 35–40
turning data into success: financial analysis pays off, Mar pp 16–23

Financing, Government

GME gamble: IOM questions physician shortages in GME overhaul plan, Oct pp 27–31
money over matter? 1115 Medicaid waiver up for renewal, Dec pp 49–52
prescription for change [for graduate medical education], Oct p 29
reconsidering GME funding (Commentary), Sep pp 53–54
state rolls out GME expansion program, Apr p 31
Texas awards $45M for women’s health, Apr pp 39–40
TMA calls for meaningful use moratorium (Rounds), Sep p 12–13
TMA weighs in on public health, Medicaid funding (Rounds), Sep pp 10–12

Financing, Organized

TMA Foundation gets more bang for the buck, Aug pp 41–42
TMAF to fund more programs in 2014 (Rounds), Mar pp 10–11

Fisch, Stanley

seeking simplicity: TMA-backed law prompts Medicaid red-tape relief, Aug pp 33, 34–35

Fishes

FDA: children, pregnant women should eat more fish, Sep pp 45–46

Fite, Diana L., Aug p 29
Fleeger, David C.

a capitol year: TMA victorious in 2013, May p 58 (photo)
hassles and happiness: survey finds keys to physician angst, satisfaction, Jan pp 16 (photo), 19–20
ICD-10 countdown continued: TMA offers assistance for ICD-10 prep, May p 22 (photo), 24–27
making strides: Texas HIEs close in on connecting, Feb pp 41, 42
TMA members meet in support of plan to repeal Medicare’s SGR, Jan p 9 (photo)
TMF Health Quality Institute wins QIO contract (Rounds), Oct p 12

Floyd, Gary W.

lifting the veil: price transparency efforts target physicians, Jul p 37 (photo)
money over matter? 1115 Medicaid waiver up for renewal, Dec pp 50–52
patient safety first: dentists widen scope, nurses withdraw rules, Sep p 28
TMA members testify on DSHS, UIL sunset review (Rounds), Sep p 10 (photo)
will the sun rise? health agencies undergo wholesale review, Oct pp 35, 37

Fluoroscopy

perform FGIs? undergo safety training by may 1, 2015 (Rounds), Dec pp 7–8

Fonseca, Vincent, Apr p 39
Food

food fight (Letter), May p 8
no McDonald’s in Texas Medicine (Letter), Jan p 7

Food Hypersensitivity

write to your patient’s school [about food allergies], Nov p 55

Food Safety

public health crusade: Texas fights to win public health battles, Mar p 59

Foxhall, Lewis

tobacco dangers: 50 years of progress threatened, Oct p 20

Fraher, Erin

new tool helps predict physician workforce needs, Oct p 32

Fraud

avoid hiring dishonest employees, Nov p 37
a necessary pain: E-prescribing controlled substances is worth it, Jul pp 55–59
Office of Inspector General (OIG) starts fraud education series for physicians (Rounds), Jun p 14
state, Trueblood Dental settle Medicaid fraud charges, Nov pp 46–47
state settles Medicaid fraud case with Carousel Pediatrics (Rounds), Aug pp 9–10
tax fraud: doctors targeted in identity theft scheme, Aug pp 20–25
ten steps to prevent fraud, Nov p 40
Texas collects millions in fraud settlement, Dec p 45
too much trust: prevent embezzlement in your practice, Nov pp 35–40

Freeman, Theodore, Nov pp 54, 55
Frieden, Tom

CDC: child car crash death rate declines, Apr p 40

FTC. See United States Federal Trade Commission
Fuller, Deborah A.

team effort: addressing patient noncompliance, Apr p 61
the truth about shots: physicians play key role in educating patients, Jan pp 31 (photo), 32–33

Fuller, Gregory M.

home sweet medical home: reinventing primary care, Nov pp 30, 31
leading the charge: Texas physicians are Choosing Wisely, Aug pp 47–48
physician is team captain [adopted by AMA House of Delegates], Aug p 11

Fullerton, Clifford T.

quality in action: TMA helps doctors implement Choosing Wisely, Jan pp 52 (photo), 53
secrets to success: how Texas practices are staying healthy, Feb p 22
survey says: patient satisfaction scores tied to quality, payment, Mar pp 49–50, 52

Funding, Government Financed. See Financing, Government
FutureDocs Forcasting Tool

new tool helps predict physician workforce needs, Oct pp 31–32 

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Garcia, A. Tomas, III

a capitol year: TMA victorious in 2013, May p 62 (photo)
TMA House of Delegates vote Dr. Garcia president-elect (Rounds), Jul pp 9–11 (photo)

Garretson, Melissa

serves as chief teller at AMA House of Delegates, Aug p 12
Texans in action at AMA meeting (Rounds), Jan p 10

Garza, Hector, Feb p 13 (photo)
Garza, Martin

on a charitable mission: physicians volunteer to care for young and old crossing border, Dec pp 17 (photo), 18–19

Gattis, Dan, Aug p 10
Geesbreght, Alex, Aug p 28
Gerber, Bernard M., Nov p 19
Gestational Diabetes

USPSTF: screen all pregnant women for gestational diabetes, Mar p 62

Gift Giving

donate to the TMA Physicians Benevolent Fund (Rounds), Dec pp 11–12
law sheds light on industry payments to physicians, Jul pp 33–34

Gilman, Tony

making strides: Texas HIEs close in on connecting, Feb pp 40–44

Goertz, Roland, Oct p 31
Gong, Alice K.

TMA poster session highlights quality improvement strategies, Aug p 50 (photo)

Goodman, Louis

new tool helps predict physician workforce needs, Oct p 32
survey results are in: physician dissatisfaction could hinder patient access to care, Dec p 34

Government Agencies

TMA members testify on DSHS, UIL sunset review (Rounds), Sep p 10
will the sun rise? health agencies undergo wholesale review, Oct pp 35–38

Government Programs

a proposal for better access to care (Letter), Jun pp 7–8

Government Regulation

federal rule gives patients direct access to lab reports, Apr p 62
HIT report aims to protect patients, Jul p 60
survey results are in: physician dissatisfaction could hinder patient access to care, Dec pp 31–35

Graduate Medical Education. SeeEducation, Medical, Graduate
Granger, Kay

not what we expected (Commentary), May p 12

Grants. See Financing, Government; Financing, Organized
Greenberg, Robert “Bobby” (Newsmakers), Jun p 15
Greer, T. David, Nov p 60
Gregory, Roger, Oct p 42
Griffin, Marsha, Dec p 19
Griffith, Thomas, Oct p 39
Grisel, Jed

so “appy” together: DocbookMD streamlines communication, care, Apr pp 43 (photo), 45–47

Gueramy, Tim

so “appy” together: DocbookMD streamlines communication, care, Apr pp 44–45

Guerra, John (Newsmakers), Nov p 19

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Haas, Tracey

so “appy” together: DocbookMD streamlines communication, care, Apr pp 44–45

Haenel, Shannon

TMA poster session highlights quality improvement strategies, Aug p 50

Haley, Robert, Dec p 8 (photo)
Hamid-Kundi, Monira, Sep pp 34, 38
Hamilton, Carlos, Sep p 16
Hamouie, Angie

elected to Medical Student Section Region 3 Executive Council, Aug p 11

Handal, Gilberto

on a charitable mission: physicians volunteer to care for young and old crossing border, Dec pp 18, 20
TEXPAC needs YOU!, Sep p 20

Hard Hats for Little Heads. SeeHead Protective Devices
Harkins, Mina, Nov pp 30, 32
Harris County Medical Society Alliance

provides med student scholarships (Rounds), Sep p 16

Hassle Factor Log

problem pile-up: Novitas issues persist one year on, Mar pp 28, 31

Hawkins, Clare

geriatric specialist uses Choosing Wisely to help families (Rounds), Oct pp 10–11 (photo)

Head Injuries

add head trauma to past medical history assessment (Letter), Jun p 8

Head Protective Devices

founder of Hard Hats for Little Heads, Larry C. Driver, recognized by TMA Foundation (Rounds), Jul pp 12 (photo), 13–14 (photo)
Hard Hats for Little Heads: 20 years of giving (Rounds), Feb p 11
join TMA’s statewide bicycle helmet giveaway (Rounds), Sep pp 13–14
Texas Academy of Family Physicians thanked for contribution to Hard Hats for Little Heads giveaway program, Dec p 9 (photo)

Health

CDC report documents health disparities, Feb p 36

Health Behavior

physician, heal thyself: health maintenance behaviors among physicians (Abstract), Dec p 55

Health Care Accessibility. SeeHealth Services Accessibility
Health Care Costs

lifting the veil: price transparency efforts target physicians, Jul pp 37–41
Medicare data go public: what you need to know, Jun pp 47–48

Health Care Delivery. SeeDelivery of Health Care
Health Care Fraud. See Fraud
Health Care Surveys

breaking down barriers: battling Texas’ low HPV vaccination rate, Apr pp 36–37
getting patient perspective, Mar p 51
reading their minds: survey shows lawmakers’ thoughts on public health, Feb pp 33–35
survey: residents want more time with patients, Apr p 31
survey says: patient satisfaction scores tied to quality, payment, Mar pp 49–53
TMA puts survey data to use, Feb pp 35–36

Health Care Team. See Patient Care Team
Health Information Exchanges. See Information Systems
Health Information Management

See also Security Measures
cyber crimes: TMLT has physicians covered, Jul pp 27–33
HIPAA penalties add up, Jul p 33

Health Information Technology. See Medical Informatics
Health Insurance. See Insurance, Health
Health Insurance Exchanges

90-day notice, Apr p 19
ACA exchange plans: questions and answers for Texas physicians (Rounds), Feb pp 7–10
the ACA marketplace: “it’s a mess,” Apr pp 16–25
marketplace by the numbers (as of Feb. 1), Apr p 20
marketplace checklist, Apr p 23
marketplace Q&A, Apr p 24
Physicians Foundation examines ACA rollout (Rounds), Apr pp 11–12
ruling could yield chaos: D.C. judges’ decision means premium hike for Texas patients, Oct pp 39–42
Texas Medicine should focus on patient advocacy (Letter), May pp 7–8
TMA offers ACA guidance, Oct p 41
TMA opposes CMS rule, Apr pp 21–22, 23
TMA wants stronger grace period notification (Rounds), May pp 16–17

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). See HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act)
Health Literacy

health literacy tools, Jul p 48
the more your patients know: Institute promotes Texans’ health literacy, Jul pp 45–50
U.S. adult health literacy rate, 2003, Jul p 47

Health Maintenance Organizations

seeking simplicity: TMA-backed law prompts Medicaid red-tape relief, Aug pp 33–36

Health Manpower

committee to focus on health care workforce shortages, Oct p 38
physicians. See Physicians, supply and distribution

Health Personnel

See also Allied Health Personnel
See also Employment
See also Physicians
avoid hiring dishonest employees, Nov p 37
committee to focus on health care workforce shortages, Oct p 38
King to chair health care workforce panel (Rounds), Oct pp 9–10
secrets to success: how Texas practices are staying healthy, Feb pp 17–23
ten steps to prevent fraud, Nov p 40
too much trust: prevent embezzlement in your practice, Nov pp 35–40

Health Policy

digital doctor: as telemedicine evolves, so do policies aiming to ensure patient safety, Jul pp 19–24
lifting the veil: price transparency efforts target physicians, Jul pp 37–41

Health Priorities

public health crusade: Texas fights to win public health battles, Mar pp 57–61

Health Promotion

the more your patients know: Institute promotes Texans’ health literacy, Jul pp 45–50
the new company doctor: worksite primary care gains popularity, Oct pp 49–53
TMA shares its vision for a healthy future, Nov pp 16–18
Walk With a Doc Program. See Walk With a Doc Program

Health Services Accessibility

a bitter pill: physicians seek justice for network terminations, Mar pp 39–44
not what we expected (Commentary), May pp 11–12
a proposal for better access to care (Letter), Jun pp 7–8
survey results are in: physician dissatisfaction could hinder patient access to care, Dec pp 31–35

Health Services Misuse. SeeChoosing Wisely Campaign
HealthSmart

the new company doctor: worksite primary care gains popularity, Oct p 50

Healthy Vision 2020, 2nd ed.

TMA shares its vision for a healthy future, Nov pp 16–18

Helgesen, Wanda, Dec p 20
Helmets. See Head Protective Devices
Henningfield, Jack, Oct p 22
HHS. See United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
HHSC. See Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC)
HIEs (Health Information Exchanges). See Information Systems
HIETexas

making strides: Texas HIEs close in on connecting, Feb p 40

Hinojosa, Juan “Chuy”

Medicaid in the legislature, Aug p 35
schoolhouse stock: allergists want to require EpiPens on campuses, Nov p 54
seeking simplicity: TMA-backed law prompts Medicaid red-tape relief, Aug p 34

HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act)

cyber crimes: TMLT has physicians covered, Jul pp 28–29
HIPAA penalties add up, Jul p 33
new HIPAA security risk took from HHS (Rounds), Jun pp 14–15
so “appy” together: DocbookMD streamlines communication, care, Apr pp 43–47

Hippocratic Oath

Valedictory, Jun p 56

Hispanic Americans

“we have your daughter”: virtual kidnappers target Texas physicians, Nov pp 43–46

HIT (Health Information Technology). See Medical Informatics
HIV Infections

public health crusade: Texas fights to win public health battles, Mar pp 60–61

Ho, Amy

Texans in action at AMA meeting (Rounds), Jan p 10

Hoelscher, Deanna

reading their minds: survey shows lawmakers’ thoughts on public health, Feb pp 34, 35

Holcomb, John

CMS, Texas partner to coordinate care for dual eligibles (Rounds), Aug p 13
dual dilemma: state pilot to streamline Medicare-Medicaid patient care, May pp 33–35, 37, 39
money over matter? 1115 Medicaid waiver up for renewal, Dec pp 50–52
reporting for duty: physicians step up amid VA crisis, Sep pp 34, 37

Holland, Brad

TEXPAC needs YOU!, Sep pp 18 (photo), 20, 22, 24

Hollier, Lisa

equal justice for all: high court upholds 10-year cutoff for lawsuits involving minors, Dec pp 43 (photo), 44–45

Holshouser, Charles, Dec pp 40–41
Hootkins, Robert (Newsmakers), May p 18
Hospitalization

report: small practices keep patients out of the hospital, Nov p 40

Hotez, Peter Jay

crossing the border: tropical diseases on the rise in Texas, Sep p 44
identifying dengue, Sep p 42

House of Delegates. See American Medical Association—House of Delegates; Texas Medical Association—House of Delegates
Houston Outreach Medicine, Education and Social Services (HOMES) Clinic

receives John P. McGovern Champion of Health Award from TMA Foundation, Apr p 10 (photo)

Hoven, Ardis Dee

AMA embraces congressional plan to repeal Medicare’s SGR (Rounds), Jan pp 9, 10 (photo)
GME gamble: IOM questions physician shortages in GME overhaul plan, Oct p 28
Medicare meltdown, Jun p 23
“obesity is a disease”: AMA declaration may influence insurers, Jan pp 46, 47
presents AMA Benjamin Rush Award to Kenneth Mattox, Jan p 10 (photo)
speaks at TMA Winter Conference, Apr p 11 (photo)

Howell, Jeffrey

Missouri licenses doctors who didn’t finish residency, Sep p 52

Howell-Stampley, Temple

home sweet medical home: reinventing primary care, Nov pp 26 (photo), 30–31

Hoxhaj, Shkelzen

making strides: Texas HIEs close in on connecting, Feb pp 39 (photo), 40, 42

Huang, Phil, Oct p 25
Huffman, Joan

Medicaid in the legislature, Aug p 35
workgroup to develop standard prior authorization form, Jul p 42

Hull, Mike, Dec p 44
Human Papillomavirus Vaccines. See Papillomavirus Vaccines
Humana

90-day notice under Affordable Care Act, Apr p 19

Hunsaker, Jerry, Sep pp 20, 21
Hurd, Cheryl L.

receives TMA’s 2014 Award for Excellence in Academic Medicine (Rounds), Jul p 13

Hydrocodone

hydrocodone products reclassified as Schedule II drugs (Rounds), Nov pp 18–19
hydrocodone schedule switch brings new challenges (Letter), Nov p 7
TMA opposes schedule change for hydrocodone, Jul p 60

Hypersensitivity

schoolhouse stock: allergists want to require EpiPens on campuses, Nov pp 53–56
write to your patient’s school [about food allergies], Nov p 55

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ICD-10. See International Classification of Disease
Identity Theft

a necessary pain: E-prescribing controlled substances is worth it, Jul pp 55–59
protect your identity, Aug p 23
tax fraud: doctors targeted in identity theft scheme, Aug pp 20–25

Immigrants. See Emigrants and Immigrants
ImmTrac

TMA leader talks new, improved registry with lawmakers (Rounds), Jun pp 11–12

Immunization

See also Vaccines and Vaccination
attend TMA Fall Conference Sept. 12-13 [for vaccinations] (Rounds), Sep pp 9–19
public health crusade: Texas fights to win public health battles, Mar p 58
resources to spread vaccine facts, Jan p 33
TMA leader talks new, improved registry with lawmakers (Rounds), Jun pp 11–12
TMA’s immunization resources, Mar p 60
the truth about shots: physicians play key role in educating patients, Jan pp 31–36

Income Tax

tax fraud: doctors targeted in identity theft scheme, Aug pp 20–25

Industry

law sheds light on industry payments to physicians, Jul pp 33–34

Infection

public health crusade: Texas fights to win public health battles, Mar p 60

Influenza

doctors: don’t unknowingly spread flu, Jun p 45

Influenza Vaccine

attend TMA Fall Conference Sept. 12-13 [for vaccinations] (Rounds), Sep pp 9–19

Information Systems

See also Medical Informatics
cyber crimes: TMLT has physicians covered, Jul pp 27–33
HHSC-funded HIEs, Feb p 41
making strides: Texas HIEs close in on connecting, Feb pp 39–44

Institute of Medicine

GME gamble: IOM questions physician shortages in GME overhaul plan, Oct pp 27–31
Graduate Medical Education That Meets the Nation’s Health Needs, Oct p 27
prescription for change, Oct p 29

Insurance, Health

See also Health Insurance Exchanges
Affordable Care Act. See Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
a bitter pill: physicians seek justice for network terminations, Mar pp 39–44
help with appeals from TMA, Mar p 41
lifting the veil: price transparency efforts target physicians, Jul pp 37–41
Medicaid and Medicare. See Medicaid; Medicare
Texas Medicine should focus on patient advocacy (Letter), May pp 7–8
workgroup to develop standard prior authorization form, Jul pp 41–42

Insurance Carriers

90-day notice [under the Affordable Care Act], Apr p 19
Aetna. See Aetna
a bitter pill: physicians seek justice for network terminations, Mar pp 39–44
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas. See Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas
Cigna; team effort: addressing patient noncompliance, Apr pp 60–61
home sweet medical home: reinventing primary care, Nov pp 31–32
Texas Medicine should focus on patient advocacy (Letter), May pp 7–8

Insurance Claim Reporting

five steps to smoother claims [with Novitas Solutions], Mar p 29
health administrators urge lower transaction fees [for electronic funds transfer], Oct p 53

Insurance Claim Review

Medicare will deny ordered/referred claims without enrollment, Mar p 30

Insurance Coverage

workgroup to develop standard prior authorization form, Jul pp 41–42

Insurance Marketplace. SeeHealth Insurance Exchanges
International Classification of Disease

CMS delays end-to-end ICD-10 testing, Aug p 30
don’t be denied payment, May p 26
HHS officially sets ICD-10 deadline for Oct. 1, 2015, Nov p 41
ICD-10 countdown continued: TMA offers assistance for ICD-10 prep, May pp 23–28
MGMA: ICD-10 readiness lags, Apr pp 47–48
prepare for ICD-10 now, May pp 24–25
survey results are in: physician dissatisfaction could hinder patient access to care, Dec p 32
team effort: addressing patient noncompliance, Apr pp 60–61
there’s a code for that, May p 27
TMA, physicians : wait for ICD-11, May pp 28–29
TMA advocates permanent delay of ICD-10 (Rounds), Jul pp 7–8
TMA helps you prepare for ICD-10, Apr p 48

Internet

broadband access needed for EHR incentive programs (Rounds), Dec p 9
HHS launches meaningful consent site, Feb p 45
perfecting the portal: Medicaid seeks to improve provider portal, Jan pp 39–43

Internship and Residency

dealing with unprofessionalism (Commentary), Oct p 55
GME gamble: IOM questions physician shortages in GME overhaul plan, Oct pp 27–31
learning curve: revamping residency program accreditation, Apr pp 27–31
Match Day

cost of the residency match for fourth-year medical students (Abstract), Jun p 55
match-makers: coaching students to maximum match potential, Sep pp 47–51
missed opportunities, Sep p 50
tools for success, Sep p 49

Missouri licenses doctors who didn’t finish residency, Sep pp 51–52
prescription for change [for graduate medical education], Oct p 29
reconsidering GME funding (Commentary), Sep pp 53–54
survey: residents want more time with patients, Apr p 31
Texas medical school graduates, residents stay in Texas, Feb p 31

iTriage

mobile app publishes Choosing Wisely recommendations (Rounds), Apr pp 12–13

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Jacobson, Robyn, Jul p 47
Janakiraman, Supriya, Jun pp 50–51
Janek, Kyle

the ACA marketplace: “it’s a mess,” Apr p 21
participates in panel at Winter Conference, Apr p 10 (photo)

Jarvis, Margaret, May pp 26–27
Jennings, John C.

a lost art: ACOG aims to cut cesarean rates, Jun pp 42, 44
Newsmakers, Jul p 15

Jessee, Gary

seeking simplicity: TMA-backed law prompts Medicaid red-tape relief, Aug pp 34, 35, 36

Job Satisfaction

hassles and happiness: survey finds keys to physician angst, satisfaction, Jan pp 15–20
survey results are in: physician dissatisfaction could hinder patient access to care, Dec pp 31–35

John P. McGovern Champion of Health Award

presented by TMA Foundation, Apr pp 10, 11 (photos)

Johnson, Ammaria, Nov p 54
Johnson, David H.

leading the charge: Texas physicians are Choosing Wisely, Aug pp 46 (photo), 49

Johnston, Clay

inauguration: meet the new Texas medical school deans, May pp 42–46 (photo)

Johnston, S. Claiborne “Clay”

named inaugural dean of Dell Medical School, University of Texas at Austin, Apr p 12

Jones, Cheryl

gives oath of office to Angela Donahue, new president of TMA Alliance, Jul p 9 (photo)

Jones, Donita, Feb pp 18, 21
Jones, Janet

receives Ernest and Sarah Butler Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching, Jul p 13 (photo)

Jones, Wendell

reporting for duty: physicians step up amid VA crisis, Sep pp 35–38

Juno, Russell J., III, Nov p 19
Jurisprudence

Aetna seeks to axe $120M Ingenix settlement (Rounds), Jun pp 12–13
Austin “naturopathic doctor” charged with deceit, Dec p 46
a bitter pill: physicians seek justice for network terminations, Mar pp 39–44
claim your claim from Aetna settlement, Mar p 44
cyber crimes: TMLT has physicians covered, Jul pp 27–33
equal justice for all: high court upholds 10-year cutoff for lawsuits involving minors, Dec pp 43–45
FDA: don’t use NuVision Pharmacy products, Nov p 56
FTC calls for APRN independent practice, May pp 53–54
judge sides with Aetna against Texas clinics, Nov p 47
law provides assurance: Advance Directives Act doesn’t infringe on pregnant women’s rights, Nov pp 9–10
patient safety first: dentists widen scope, nurses withdraw rules, Sep pp 27–30
politicians play doctor: law should allow physicians to use their judgment (Commentary), Nov pp 11–12
road to resolution: rural doctors fight to retain OB privileges, May pp 51–53
ruling could yield chaos: D.C. judges’ decision means premium hike for Texas patients, Oct pp 39–42
state, Trueblood Dental settle Medicaid fraud charges, Nov pp 46–47
state settles Medicaid fraud case with Carousel Pediatrics (Rounds), Aug pp 9–10
Supreme Court to hear N.C. dental board case, Sep p 30
Supreme Court to review FTC antitrust enforcement case, May p 53
Texas collects millions in fraud settlement, Dec p 45

“we have your daughter”: virtual kidnappers target Texas physicians, Nov pp 43–46 

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Kallas, Edith, Mar p 41
Karfunkle, Ben

Texans in action at AMA meeting (Rounds), Jan p 10

Kauffman, Sylvia

perfecting the portal: Medicaid seeks to improve provider portal, Jan pp 40–41

Keller, Shane

a bitter pill: physicians seek justice for network terminations, Mar p 42
hassles and happiness: survey finds keys to physician angst, satisfaction, Jan pp 14 (photo), 16, 17–18

Kelsey, Mavis P.

medical pioneer, cofounder of Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, dies (Rounds), Jan p 12

Khan, Norman

receives John P. McGovern Champion of Health Award from TMA Foundation, Apr p 10 (photo)

Khan, Tania

leading the charge: Texas physicians are Choosing Wisely, Aug p 48
TMA poster session highlights quality improvement strategies, Aug p 50

Kidnapping

“we have your daughter”: virtual kidnappers target Texas physicians, Nov pp 43–46
what to do, Nov p 44
whom to call, Nov p 45

Kim, Thomas J.

digital doctor: as telemedicine evolves, so do policies aiming to ensure patient safety, Jul pp 18 (photo), 19, 20

King, Austin I.

the ACA marketplace: “it’s a mess,” Apr pp 16, 17 (photo), 18
AMA House pushes VA fix, elects Texas leaders (Rounds), Aug pp 10–11
on a charitable mission: physicians volunteer to care for young and old crossing border, Dec p 19
Congress increases veterans’ access to private-sector physicians (Rounds), Oct pp 7, 8
deep Texas roots (Rounds), May p 14
Dr. King takes office as TMA president (Rounds), Jul pp 8–9 (photo)
leading by example (Rounds), May pp 13–16 (photo)
Medicare meltdown, Jun pp 23, 25–26
money over matter? 1115 Medicaid waiver up for renewal, Dec p 50
the more your patients know: Institute promotes Texans’ health literacy, Jul pp 49–50
patient safety first: dentists widen scope, nurses withdraw rules, Sep p 27
reporting for duty: physicians step up amid VA crisis, Sep p 34
ruling could yield chaos: D.C. judges’ decision means premium hike for Texas patients, Oct pp 40, 42
thanks Texas Academy of Family Physicians for contribution to Hard Hats for Little Heads giveaway program, Dec p 9 (photo)
will the sun rise? health agencies undergo wholesale review, Oct p 38

King, Susan

to chair health care workforce panel (Rounds), Oct pp 9–10
committee to focus on health care workforce shortages, Oct p 38
TEXPAC needs YOU!, Sep p 20

Kinney, Donna, Feb p 20
Kirch, Darrell G., Oct pp 28, 30
Kirk, Lynne

Texans in action at AMA meeting (Rounds), Jan p 10

Kirsch, Lisa, Dec p 52
Klawitter, Art

serves on reference committee at AMA House of Delegates, Aug p 12

Korty, Gerald “Jerry” (Newsmakers), Jul p 15
Krebs, Brian, Aug p 22
Kridel, Russell W. H.

becomes member of AMA Foundation board of directors (Newsmakers), Nov p 19
elected to AMA Board of Trustees, Aug p 11 (photo)
“obesity is a disease”: AMA declaration may influence insurers, Jan pp 45, 46 (photo)
plans to run for AMA Board of Trustees (Rounds), Jan p 10
Texans in action at AMA meeting (Rounds), Jan p 10

Kumar, Ashok, Feb p 30

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Laboratory Reports. SeeDiagnostic Tests, Routine
Lakey, David L.

after the influx, Dec p 19
on a charitable mission: physicians volunteer to care for young and old crossing border, Dec p 20
public health crusade: Texas fights to win public health battles, Mar pp 57 (photo), 58
public health in action, Mar pp 61–62
Texas awards $45M for women’s health, Apr p 39
tobacco dangers: 50 years of progress threatened, Oct pp 20, 23

Lambert, Russ, May p 52
Langabeer, James, Feb pp 41, 42
Langer, Donald, Aug pp 34, 36
Lee, Michelle

“we have your daughter”: virtual kidnappers target Texas physicians, Nov pp 44–46

Leffert, Jonathan D.

“obesity is a disease”: AMA declaration may influence insurers, Jan pp 45 (photo), 48
serves on reference committee at AMA House of Delegates, Aug p 12

Legal Issues. See Jurisprudence
Legislation, Medical

See also Legislature, Texas
health care for undocumented immigrants in Texas: past, present, and future (Abstract), Jul p 63
HIPAA. See HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act)
law provides assurance: Advance Directives Act doesn’t infringe on pregnant women’s rights, Nov pp 9–10
law sheds light on industry payments to physicians, Jul pp 33–34
lifting the veil: price transparency efforts target physicians, Jul pp 37–41
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. See Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
politicians play doctor: law should allow physicians to use their judgment (Commentary), Nov pp 11–12
schoolhouse stock: allergists want to require EpiPens on campuses, Nov pp 53–56
TMA opposes bill to expand audiologists’ scope (Rounds), Dec p 8
tort reform. See Tort Reform
Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014, Sep p 36

Legislature, Texas

a capitol year: TMA victorious in 2013, May pp 57–63
dear colleagues and friends [Letter from Dr. Stephen L. Brotherton o4n legislative successes], May p 64 (photo)
King to chair health care workforce panel (Rounds), Oct pp 9–10
Medicaid in the legislature, Aug p 35
new law, TMA tools simplify delegation/supervision of prescribing privileges, Jan p 26
reading their minds: survey shows lawmakers’ thoughts on public health, Feb pp 33–35
seeking simplicity: TMA-backed law prompts Medicaid red-tape relief, Aug pp 33–36
testing the limits: TMA evaluates new policy on medical licensing tests, Feb pp 27–31
TMA asks legislature to increase Medicaid, CHIP physician payments (Rounds), Dec p 7
TMA leader talks new, improved registry with lawmakers (Rounds), Jun pp 11–12
TMA opposes audiology scope expansion (Rounds), Jun p 14
TMA shares its vision for a healthy future, Nov pp 16–18
TMA weighs in on public health, Medicaid funding (Rounds), Sep pp 10–12
workgroup to develop standard prior authorization form, Jul pp 41–42

Liability, Legal

are you covered?, Jul p 29
cyber crimes: TMLT has physicians covered, Jul pp 27–33
schoolhouse stock: allergists want to require EpiPens on campuses, Nov pp 53–56

Licensure

patient safety first: dentists widen scope, nurses withdraw rules, Sep pp 27–30
TMA members testify on DSHS, UIL sunset review (Rounds), Sep p 10
TMA opposes audiology scope expansion (Rounds), Jun p 14
TMA opposes bill to expand audiologists’ scope (Rounds), Dec p 8
will the sun rise? health agencies undergo wholesale review, Oct pp 37–38

Licensure, Medical

digital doctor: as telemedicine evolves, so do policies aiming to ensure patient safety, Jul pp 23–24
medical boards consider interstate licensing, Oct p 42
Missouri licenses doctors who didn’t finish residency, Sep pp 51–52
Supreme Court to review FTC antitrust enforcement case, May p 53
testing the limits: TMA evaluates new policy on medical licensing tests, Feb pp 27–31
TMA supports testing limits as part of licensing requirements, Sep p 51

Light, Robert A. (Newsmakers), Jan p 11; Nov p 19
Lin, Albert

a bitter pill: physicians seek justice for network termination, Mar pp 39–40 (photo), 41–42

Linkous, Jonathan D., Jul p 20
Lockhart, Asa

AMA House pushes VA fix, elects Texas leaders (Rounds), Aug p 10
Congress increases veterans’ access to private-sector physicians (Rounds), Oct p 7
elected to AMA Council on Medical Service, Aug p 11
reporting for duty: physicians step up amid VA crisis, Sep pp 35, 36–37
Texans in action at AMA meeting (Rounds), Jan p 10

Luecke, James, Jul p 20
Lundgren, Cyndee, Aug p 29
Lushniak, Boris, Oct p 20
Lying. See Truth Disclosure

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Madara, James, Apr p 48
Madson, Robyn Phillips

casting a vision: new DO school names its founding dean, Aug pp 51–56 (photo)
Dr. Madson named dean of new osteopathic med school (Rounds), Jun pp 15–16

Magee, Kevin P. (Newsmakers), Jan p 11
Magoon, Sheila, May pp 35, 36
Malone, C. Bruce

Texans in action at AMA meeting (Rounds), Jan p 10

Managed Care Programs

dual dilemma: state pilot to streamline Medicare-Medicaid patient care, May pp 33–38
seeking simplicity: TMA-backed law prompts Medicaid red-tape relief, Aug pp 33–36
STAR+PLUS expands to rural areas (Rounds), Oct p 8

Mandatory Reporting

training available for preventable adverse events reporting (Rounds), Dec p 12
what to report to the health authorities (Rounds), Apr pp 10–11

Manley, Tom, Oct p 12
Mann, Christine

on a charitable mission: physicians volunteer to care for young and old crossing border, Dec pp 19–20
tobacco dangers: 50 years of progress threatened, Oct p 23

Marin, Elena, Jul p 49
Marketing

HHSC releases [Medicaid] marketing guidelines (Rounds), Oct p 14

Marketplace, Insurance. SeeHealth Insurance Exchanges
Marshall, Bert, Apr p 10 (photo)
Martinez, Claudia

receives minority medical students scholarship, Jul p 11 (photo)

Massingill, G. Sealy

awards John P. McGovern Champion of Health Award at Winter Conference, Apr pp 10, 11 (photos)
presents Ernest and Sarah Butler Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching, Jul p 13 (photo)
presents scholarships to minority medical students, Jul p 11 (photo)
receives TMA’s 2014 Award for Excellence in Academic Medicine (Rounds), Jul p 13
thanks Texas Academy of Family Physicians for contribution to Hard Hats for Little Heads giveaway program, Dec p 9 (photo)

Match Day. See National Resident Matching Program
Maternal-Fetal Relations

law provides assurance: Advance Directives Act doesn’t infringe on pregnant women’s rights, Nov pp 9–10

Mattar, Ahmed, Mar p 30
Matthew, Earl

crossing the border: tropical diseases on the rise in Texas, Sep pp 41–43 (photo)

Mattox, Kenneth L.

receives Benjamin Rush Award from AMA (Rounds), Jan p 10

Mbah, Brian

receives minority medical students scholarship, Jul p 11 (photo)

McAfee, Tim, Oct pp 23, 25
McAneny, Barbara, Aug p 22
McCaa, John, Dec p 8 (photo)
McCoy, Dan K.

the ACA marketplace: “it’s a mess,” Apr pp 22, 24–25
most valuable players: TMA PSO empowers physicians in new health care models, Jan pp 23–24 (photo), 25, 27

McCulloch, Betty

receives Ernest and Sarah Butler Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching, Jul p 13 (photo)

McDonald, John E. (Newsmakers), Aug p 13
McDonald’s

food fight (Letter), May p 8
no McDonald’s in Texas Medicine (Letter), Jan p 7

McHorse, Tom

ruling could yield chaos: D.C. judges’ decision means premium hike for Texas patients, Oct pp 40–42

McKalip, David, Aug p 10
McKinley, John (Newsmakers), May p 18
McKinney, Kevin Hood

receives TMA’s 2014 Award for Excellence in Academic Medicine (Rounds), Jul p 13

McMillion, Janie

secrets to success: how Texas practices are staying healthy, Feb pp 18, 20, 21, 22, 23

Meaningful Use. See Electronic Health Records
Mecklai, Almas, Apr p 59
Medicaid

1115 waiver. See Medicaid 1115 Waiver
dual eligibility

an expensive proposition, May p 36
CMS, Texas partner to coordinate care for dual eligibles (Rounds), Aug pp 12–14
dual demonstration [pilot], May p 35
dual dilemma: state pilot to streamline Medicare-Medicaid patient care, May pp 33–38
TMA: restore the dual-eligible payment cuts, May p 37

HHSC releases [Medicaid] marketing guidelines (Rounds), Oct p 14
home sweet medical home: reinventing primary care, Nov p 32
meaningful use of EHR technology. See Electronic Health Records, meaningful use
Medicaid in the legislature, Aug p 35
Medicaid primary care pay raises finally kick in, Aug pp 36–37
perfecting the portal: Medicaid seeks to improve provider portal, Jan pp 39–43
seeking simplicity: TMA-backed law prompts Medicaid red-tape relief, Aug pp 33–36
STAR+PLUS expands to rural areas (Rounds), Oct p 8
state, Trueblood Dental settle Medicaid fraud charges, Nov pp 46–47
state settles Medicaid fraud case with Carousel Pediatrics (Rounds), Aug pp 9–10
Texas RECs offer free help to some Medicaid specialists (Rounds), Feb p 14
TMA asks legislature to increase Medicaid, CHIP physician payments (Rounds), Dec p 7
TMA weighs in on public health, Medicaid funding (Rounds), Sep pp 10–12

Medicaid 1115 Waiver

a “healthy vision” for healthy reform, Dec p 51
money over matter? 1115 Medicaid waiver up for renewal, Dec pp 49–52

Medical Audit

CMS puts recovery audit program on pause (Rounds), May p 18
organized medicine to Medicare: stop the RAC appeals backlog, May p 39

Medical Education. SeeEducation, Medical
Medical Errors

training available for preventable adverse events reporting (Rounds), Dec p 12

Medical Fees. See Fees, Medical
Medical Group Management Association (MGMA)

health administrators urge lower transaction fees [for electronic funds transfer], Oct p 53
ICD-10 readiness lags, Apr pp 47–48
secrets to success: how Texas practices are staying healthy, Feb p 18

Medical Home. See Patient-Centered Care
Medical Informatics

See also Electronic Health Records
See also Information Systems
Docright compares EHRs, other HIT (Rounds), Sep p 14
HIT report aims to protect patients, Jul p 60
report looks at impact of HIT on quality, Jan p 54

Medical Records Systems, Computerized. See Electronic Health Records
Medical Scribes

hiring scribes: see more patients; spend less time on paperwork, Aug pp 27–29
Houston scribe school, Aug p 29

Medical Staff, Hospital

CMS opts not to delay med staff regulations (Rounds), Oct pp 8–9

Medically Underserved Area

committee to focus on health care workforce shortages, Oct p 38
GME gamble: IOM questions physician shortages in GME overhaul plan, Oct pp 27–31
medical boards consider interstate licensing, Oct p 42
Missouri licenses doctors who didn’t finish residency, Sep pp 51–52
new tool helps predict physician workforce needs, Oct pp 31–32
survey results are in: physician dissatisfaction could hinder patient access to care, Dec pp 32–33

Medicare

CMS doles out PQRS, eRX bonuses as incentives shift to penalties, Jun pp 52–53
CMS gives refunds, guidance on incarcerated patients (Rounds), Mar pp 8–9
CMS official seeks physician input (Rounds), Apr pp 9–10
CMS opts not to delay med staff regulations (Rounds), Oct pp 8–9
dual eligibility

an expensive proposition, May p 36
CMS, Texas partner to coordinate care for dual eligibles (Rounds), Aug pp 12–14
dual demonstration [pilot], May p 35
dual dilemma: state pilot to streamline Medicare-Medicaid patient care, May pp 33–38
TMA: restore the dual-eligible payment cuts, May p 37

e-prescribing. See Electronic Prescribing
enrollment

enrollment issues top the list [of problems with Novitas Solutions], Mar pp 29–30
Medicare will deny ordered/referred claims without enrollment, Mar p 30

five steps to smoother claims [with Novitas Solutions], Mar p 29
GME gamble: IOM questions physician shortages in GME overhaul plan, Oct pp 27–31
going public [with quality data], Jun p 31
meaningful use of EHR technology. See Electronic Health Records—meaningful use
Medicare data go public: what you need to know, Jun pp 47–48
Medicare discloses physician payments, Jul p 39
nonphysician entities providing Medicare wellness visits, Dec p 29
to open physician payment data: organized medicine wary, Mar p 34
out in the open: Medicare publishes quality data, Jun pp 29–32
partner in quality: TMF Health Quality Institute, Oct pp 43–46
to pay for chronic care management in 2015, Mar pp 32–33
Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS). See Quality Indicators, Health Care
prescription for change [for graduate medical education], Oct p 29
problem pile-up: Novitas issues persist one year on, Mar pp 27–32
RAC

CMS puts recovery audit program on pause (Rounds), May p 18
organized medicine to Medicare: stop the RAC appeals backlog, May p 39

SGR (sustainable growth rate)

AMA embraces congressional plan to repeal Medicare’s SGR (Rounds), Jan pp 9–10
Medicare: in or out?, Jun p 26
Medicare meltdown: medicine urges Congress back to the negotiating table, Jun pp 20–27
not what we expected (Commentary), May pp 11–12
we don’t need no stinking patches, Jun p 24

survey says: patient satisfaction scores tied to quality, payment, Mar pp 49–53
value-based payment modifier

countdown to value-based payments, Oct pp 46, 48
how does PQRS participation affect the value-based payment modifier?, Oct p 47

Medicare Advantage

a bitter pill: physicians seek justice for network terminations, Mar pp 39–44
Medicine protests Medicare Advantage terminations (Rounds), Jan pp 11–12

Medicine

MDs, DOs unite, May pp 46–47
Medicine protests Medicare Advantage terminations (Rounds), Jan pp 11–12

MedPage Today

DocbookMD adds MedPage Today news (Rounds), Jun p 17

Mental Health

smoking and mental health, Oct p 23

Mercury

FDA: children, pregnant women should eat more fish, Sep pp 45–46

Merryman, James

so “appy” together: DocbookMD streamlines communication, care, Apr pp 43–44, 46

MERS-CoV

CDC releases MERS-CoV advisory, Aug p 42

MGMA. See Medical Group Management Association (MGMA)
Michael and Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living

reading their minds: survey shows lawmakers’ thoughts on public health, Feb p 34

Michelin, Robert

TMAF appoints new board member (Rounds), Sep pp 15–16

Mickey, Robert G.

remembering Robert G. Mickey, 1930-2014, Aug p 17

Mihalic, Angela

match-makers: coaching students to maximum match potential, Sep pp 49–50

Miller, Shane, Jan p 49
Minna, John (Newsmakers), Jan p 11
Minority Groups

minority medical students receive scholarships from TMA Foundation, Jul p 11 (photo)

Minors

on a charitable mission: physicians volunteer to care for young and old crossing border, Dec pp 16–20
equal justice for all: high court upholds 10-year cutoff for lawsuits involving minors, Dec pp 43–45

Missouri

licenses doctors who didn’t finish residency, Sep pp 51–52

Mitre, Victoria

receives minority medical students scholarship, Jul p 11 (photo)

Mobile Applications

DocbookMD. See DocbookMD
mobile app [iTriage] publishes Choosing Wisely recommendations (Rounds), Apr pp 12–13

Models, Economic

most valuable players: TMA PSO empowers physicians in new health care models, Jan pp 23–27

Monday, Kim

patient safety first: dentists widen scope, nurses withdraw rules, Sep pp 28–29
TMA members testify on DSHS, UIL sunset review (Rounds), Sep p 10 (photo)

Monticciolo, Debra

suggests radiologists use Choosing Wisely as a consulting tool (Rounds), Jul pp 14–15 (photo)

Morale

survey results are in: physician dissatisfaction could hinder patient access to care, Dec pp 31–35

Morrow, Robert, Nov pp 32–33
Mostashari, Farzad, Feb p 44
Moy, Clifford K.

congratulates founder of Hard Hats for Little Heads, Larry C. Driver (Rounds), Jul pp 12 (photo)
Texans in action at AMA meeting (Rounds), Jan p 10

Moyer, Virginia A., Mar p 62
Mundy, Deanna

hiring scribes: see more patients; spend less time on paperwork, Aug pp 27 (photo), 28

Murphey, Donald

TMA leader talks new, improved registry with lawmakers (Rounds), Jun pp 11–12 (photo)

Murray, Kristy, Sep p 44
Murray, Matt

TMA asks feds for emergency halt of EHR rules (Rounds), Oct p 8
TMA calls for meaningful use moratorium (Rounds), Sep p 12–13

Myers, Matthew, Oct pp 22, 24
Myocardial Infarction

Choosing Wisely heart attack recommendations updated, Dec p 41

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Nackel, John G.

most valuable players: TMA PSO empowers physicians in new health care models, Jan pp 23 (photo), 24, 27
new TMA white paper addresses medical practice valuation (Rounds), Mar p 7

Nash, Todd, Nov p 17 (photo)
National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCOA)

home sweet medical home: reinventing primary care, Nov pp 28, 30, 32

National Resident Matching Program

match-makers: coaching students to maximum match potential, Sep pp 47–51
missed opportunities, Sep p 50
tools for success [Match Day], Sep p 49

Naturopathy

Austin “naturopathic doctor” charged with deceit, Dec p 46

Nauert, Beth (Newsmakers), Jul p 15
Nelson, Jane, Nov p 16 (photo)
Neoplasms

cancer survivors face economic burden, Sep pp 44–45
need a cancer expert? TMA can help (Rounds), May p 19

Netoskie, Mark, Apr pp 60–61
Nguyen, Vinh Q.

Medicare meltdown, Jun pp 22 (photo), 23

Noncompliance. See Patient Compliance
Nonphysician Practitioners. See Allied Health Personnel
Novitas Solutions, Inc.

five steps to smoother claims, Mar p 29
problem pile-up: Novitas issues persist one year on, Mar pp 27–32

Novo, Jorge E.

match-makers: coaching students to maximum match potential, Sep pp 47 (photo), 48, 51

Nurse Practitioners

FTC calls for APRN independent practice, May pp 53–54
new law, TMA tools simplify delegation/supervision of prescribing privileges, Jan p 26
patient safety first: dentists widen scope, nurses withdraw rules, Sep pp 27–28

Nuss, Terri D., Mar p 50
Nutrition

FDA: children, pregnant women should eat more fish, Sep pp 45–46
food fight (Letter), May p 8
no McDonald’s in Texas Medicine (Letter), Jan p 7

NuVision Pharmacy

FDA: don’t use NuVision Pharmacy products, Nov p 56

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Obesity

“obesity is a disease”: AMA declaration may influence insurers, Jan pp 45–48
public health crusade: Texas fights to win public health battles, Mar pp 58–59

Obstetrics

equal justice for all: high court upholds 10-year cutoff for lawsuits involving minors, Dec pp 43–45
road to resolution: rural doctors fight to retain OB privileges, May pp 51–53

Occupational Medicine

the new company doctor: worksite primary care gains popularity, Oct pp 49–53

Office Management

See also Practice Management, Medical
too much trust: prevent embezzlement in your practice, Nov pp 35–40

Office of Inspector General (OIG). See Texas Health and Human Services Commission—Office of Inspector General
Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC)

EHR adoption spurs data exchange, Feb p 44
playing it SAFER: EHR guides help frontline physicians, Jun pp 35–38

O’Gara, Patrick T.

Choosing Wisely heart attack recommendations updated, Dec p 41

OIG (Office of Inspector General). See Texas Health and Human Services Commission—Office of Inspector General
Olivarez, Eduardo

on a charitable mission: physicians volunteer to care for young and old crossing border, Dec pp 18–19

Oliverson, Thomas, Sep p 28
ONC. See Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC)
Operative Vaginal Delivery. See Extraction, Obstetrical
Opioid Analgesics. See Analgesics, Opioid
Organization and Administration

turning data into success: financial analysis pays off, Mar pp 16–23

Ortique, Carla

a lost art: ACOG aims to cut cesarean rates, Jun pp 41 (photo), 42, 44

Osteopathic Medicine

casting a vision: new DO school names its founding dean, Aug pp 51–56
Dr. Madson named dean of new osteopathic med school (Rounds), Jun pp 15–16
MDs, DOs unite, May pp 46–47
what’s in a name?, Aug p 54

Ott, Charles R., Jr.

steps down as TMLT president (Rounds), Jun p 17

Outcomes Assessment (Health Care)

CDC report documents health disparities, Feb p 36

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Pain Medications. See Analgesics, Opioid
Palafox, David

after the influx, Dec p 19
on a charitable mission: physicians volunteer to care for young and old crossing border, Dec pp 18, 20

Palma, Jo-Anne

receives minority medical students scholarship, Jul p 11 (photo)

Papillomavirus Vaccines

breaking down barriers: battling Texas’ low HPV vaccination rate, Apr pp 35–39
TMA program helps doctors spread the word, Apr p 37

Pappas, Jessica

a bitter pill: physicians seek justice for network terminations, Mar pp 40–42

Parents

lack of PE in schools concerns parents, Feb pp 36–37

Parnell, Wendy C. (Newsmakers), Nov p 19
Patient Access to Records

federal rule gives patients direct access to lab reports, Apr p 62

Patient Advocacy

Texas Medicine should focus on patient advocacy (Letter), May pp 7–8

Patient Care

survey: residents want more time with patients, Apr p 31

Patient Care Management

report looks at impact of HIT on quality, Jan p 54
so “appy” together: DocbookMD streamlines communication, care, Apr pp 43–47

Patient Care Team

physician is team captain [adopted by AMA House of Delegates], Aug p 11

Patient-Centered Care

DocbookMD enhances team care, Nov p 31
home sweet medical home: reinventing primary care, Nov pp 27–33
welcome to the medical neighborhood, Nov p 29

Patient Compliance

team effort: addressing patient noncompliance, Apr pp 59–61

Patient Credit and Collection

business management help for your practice from TMA (Rounds), Sep p 10

Patient Education

hard evidence: TMA collaborates with AHRQ on evidence-based decisionmaking tools, Jun pp 49–52
the more your patients know: Institute promotes Texans’ health literacy, Jul pp 45–50
the truth about shots: physicians play key role in educating patients, Jan pp 31–36

Patient Freedom of Choice Laws

dual dilemma: state pilot to streamline Medicare-Medicaid patient care, May pp 36–37

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

See also Health Insurance Exchanges
not what we expected (Commentary), May pp 11–12
Physicians Foundation examines ACA rollout (Rounds), Apr pp 11–12

Patient Rights

law provides assurance: Advance Directives Act doesn’t infringe on pregnant women’s rights, Nov pp 9–10
politicians play doctor: law should allow physicians to use their judgment (Commentary), Nov pp 11–12

Patient Safety

See also Safety
digital doctor: as telemedicine evolves, so do policies aiming to ensure patient safety, Jul pp 19–24
hand in hand: quality improvement, collaboration help improve patient safety, Dec pp 37–41
HIT report aims to protect patients, Jul p 60
patient safety first: dentists widen scope, nurses withdraw rules, Sep pp 27–30
patient safety principles, Dec p 39
patient safety resources, Dec p 40
playing it SAFER: EHR guides help frontline physicians, Jun pp 35–38

Patient Satisfaction

getting patient perspective [surveys], Mar p 51
hiring scribes: see more patients; spend less time on paperwork, Aug pp 27–29
secrets to success: how Texas practices are staying healthy, Feb pp 17–23
survey says: patient satisfaction scores tied to quality, payment, Mar pp 49–53

Patients

cancer survivors face economic burden, Sep pp 44–45

Patterson, Jan E.

hand in hand: quality improvement, collaboration help improve patient safety, Dec pp 37 (photo), 38, 39

Patton, Eddie

neurologist suggests you “choose wisely” with your patients (Rounds), Aug pp 14–15 (photo)

Paulk, Bill, Oct p 50
Paxton, Ken, Sep p 23
Pearse, Lee Ann, Sep p 23
Pearson, Rachel

receives Anson Jones Award, Jul p 14

Penny, Daniel J. (Newsmakers), Aug p 13
Perkison, Brett

the new company doctor: worksite primary care gains popularity, Oct pp 50–52

Personal Satisfaction

hassles and happiness: survey finds keys to physician angst, satisfaction, Jan pp 15–20
survey results are in: physician dissatisfaction could hinder patient access to care, Dec pp 31–35

Pertussis. See Whooping Cough
Peterson, Mary Dale, Jul p 24
Pharmaceutical Industry. See Drug Industry
Pharmacies

CVS policy targets problem prescribers, Jan pp 42–43
FDA: don’t use NuVision Pharmacy products, Nov p 56
a necessary pain: E-prescribing controlled substances is worth it, Jul pp 55–59

Philip, Tina

a bitter pill: physicians seek justice for network terminations, Mar p 42
hassles and happiness: survey finds keys to physician angst, satisfaction, Jan pp 14 (photo), 16–17

Physical Education and Training

lack of PE in schools concerns parents, Feb pp 36–37

Physician Assistants

new law, TMA tools simplify delegation/supervision of prescribing privileges, Jan p 26

Physician Compare Database

going public [with quality data], Jun p 31
out in the open: Medicare publishes quality data, Jun pp 29–32

Physician Fees. See Fees, Medical
Physician Impairment

helping colleagues with potentially impairing conditions, Mar pp 44–45
physician health conference focuses on cultural competence (Rounds), Feb pp 12–13

Physician Incentive Plans

CMS doles out PQRS, eRX bonuses as incentives shift to penalties, Jun pp 52–53
incentives shift to penalties [PQRS scores], Nov p 63
penalties add up [PQRS scores], Nov p 63

Physician-Patient Relations

the ethics of lying (Commentary), Sep p 7
Medicare data go public: what you need to know, Jun pp 47–48
politicians play doctor: law should allow physicians to use their judgment (Commentary), Nov pp 11–12

Physician Payments Sunshine Act

law sheds light on industry payments to physicians, Jul pp 33–34

Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS). See Quality Indicators, Health Care
Physician Services Organization. See Texas Medical Association Physician Services Organization
Physicians

See also Practice Management, Medical
See also Professional Practice
academic physicians. See Faculty, Medical
a bitter pill: physicians seek justice for network terminations, Mar pp 39–44
doctors: don’t unknowingly spread flu, Jun p 45
employment

independent contractor or employed?, Aug pp 30–31
the new company doctor: worksite primary care gains popularity, Oct pp 49–53

law sheds light on industry payments to physicians, Jul pp 33–34
licensure. See Licensure, Medical
Medicare data go public: what you need to know, Jun pp 47–48
physician, heal thyself: health maintenance behaviors among physicians (Abstract), Dec p 55
reporting for duty: physicians step up amid VA crisis, Sep pp 33–38
supply and distribution

GME gamble: IOM questions physician shortages in GME overhaul plan, Oct pp 27–31
medical boards consider interstate licensing, Oct p 42
new tool helps predict physician workforce needs, Oct pp 31–32
physician retention, Feb p 31
Texas medical school graduates, residents stay in Texas, Feb p 31
Texas Medicine should focus on patient advocacy (Letter), May pp 7–8
Texas physician workforce, Feb p 31
TMA: Texas physician workforce grows, but shortages still loom, Aug p 56

surveys

hassles and happiness: survey finds keys to physician angst, satisfaction, Jan pp 15–20
physician, heal thyself: health maintenance behaviors among physicians (Abstract), Dec p 55
survey: Medicare quality reporting programs do little for quality, Dec pp 52–53
survey results are in: physician dissatisfaction could hinder patient access to care, Dec pp 31–35

tax fraud: doctors targeted in identity theft scheme, Aug pp 20–25
Valedictory, Jun p 56
“we have your daughter”: virtual kidnappers target Texas physicians, Nov pp 43–46

Physicians, Primary Care

Medicaid primary care pay raises finally kick in, Aug pp 36–37
primary care physicians’ perceptions of diabetes treatment protocols (Abstract), Jan p 55

Physicians Benevolent Fund

donate to the TMA Physicians Benevolent Fund (Rounds), Dec pp 11–12

Physicians Foundation

examines ACA rollout (Rounds), Apr pp 11–12
survey results are in: physician dissatisfaction could hinder patient access to care, Dec p 31

Physician’s Practice Patterns

lifting the veil: price transparency efforts target physicians, Jul pp 37–41

Pickell, Stuart, Aug p 29
Pierce, Lara

road to resolution: rural doctors fight to retain OB privileges, May pp 51, 53

Pike, Susan

the more your patients know: Institute promotes Texans’ health literacy, Jul pp 45 (photo), 46–47, 49
road to resolution: rural doctors fight to retain OB privileges, May p 52
TMA Foundation gets more bang for the buck, Aug p 41
Why I walk with my patients (Commentary), Aug p 7

Pimental, Norma, Dec p 18
Plummer, Alan

survey results are in: physician dissatisfaction could hinder patient access to care, Dec pp 31–34

Poe, Ted, May p 28
Poetry

Valedictory, Jun p 56

Polasky, Ariann

revved-up reporting: registries simplify quality reporting mandates, Nov pp 57, 58–59, 60, 62

Policy, Texas Medical Association

testing the limits: TMA evaluates new policy on medical licensing tests, Feb pp 27–31

Politics

See also Legislature, Texas
Nelson, Jane, speaks at TMA Fall Conference, Nov p 16 (photo)
TEXPAC needs YOU!, Sep pp 19–24

Pollock, Todd

Dallas physicians participate in Facts Not Fear Town Hall meeting, Dec p 8 (photo)
Newsmakers, May p 18

Pont, Stephen

“obesity is a disease”: AMA declaration may influence insurers, Jan pp 46 (photo), 47, 48

Postexposure Prophylaxis

physicians get green light to treat families for infectious diseases, Oct p 42
protecting the family: TMA looks to broaden rules for postexposure prophylaxis, Aug pp 39–41

Poverty

tobacco dangers: 50 years of progress threatened, Oct pp 23–24

PQRS (Physician Quality Reporting System). See Quality Indicators, Health Care
PQRSwizard

revved-up reporting: registries simplify quality reporting mandates, Nov pp 57–58

Practice Management, Medical

See also Professional Practice
business management 101: help from TMA, Mar p 23
business management help for your practice from TMA (Rounds), Sep p 10
coding. See Documentation; International Classification of Disease
DocbookMD. See DocbookMD
electronic health records. See Electronic Health Records
HIPAA compliance. See HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act)
hiring scribes: see more patients; spend less time on paperwork, Aug pp 27–29
ICD-10. See International Classification of Disease
independent contractor or employed?, Aug pp 30–31
key metrics and formulas, Mar p 21
making strides: Texas HIEs close in on connecting, Feb pp 39–44
meaningful use of EHRs. See Electronic Health Records, meaningful use
most valuable players: TMA PSO empowers physicians in new health care models, Jan pp 23–27
a necessary pain: E-prescribing controlled substances is worth it, Jul pp 55–59
the new company doctor: worksite primary care gains popularity, Oct pp 49–53
new TMA white paper addresses medical practice valuation (Rounds), Mar p 7
physician-patient relationship. See Physician-Patient Relations
report: small practices keep patients out of the hospital, Nov p 40
secrets to success: how Texas practices are staying healthy, Feb pp 17–23
survey results are in: physician dissatisfaction could hinder patient access to care, Dec pp 31–35
ten steps to prevent fraud, Nov p 40
TMA Financial Trend Tracker, Mar p 23
too much trust: prevent embezzlement in your practice, Nov pp 35–40
transform your practice, Apr pp 55–56
turning data into success: financial analysis pays off, Mar pp 16–23

Practice Valuation and Purchase

most valuable players: TMA PSO empowers physicians in new health care models, Jan pp 23–27
new TMA white paper addresses medical practice valuation (Rounds), Mar p 7

Pregnancy

FDA: children, pregnant women should eat more fish, Sep pp 45–46
law provides assurance: Advance Directives Act doesn’t infringe on pregnant women’s rights, Nov pp 9–10
politicians play doctor: law should allow physicians to use their judgment (Commentary), Nov pp 11–12
USPSTF: screen all pregnant women for gestational diabetes, Mar p 62

Premier Emergency Room and Imaging

judge sides with Aetna against Texas clinics, Nov p 47

Prescott, James W.

to head Texas Medical Association Insurance Trust, Mar p 12

Prescriptions. See Drug Prescriptions; Electronic Prescribing
Preventive Health Services

breaking down barriers: battling Texas’ low HPV vaccination rate, Apr pp 35–39
the new company doctor: worksite primary care gains popularity, Oct pp 49–53
physician, heal thyself: health maintenance behaviors among physicians (Abstract), Dec p 55
physicians get green light to treat families for infectious diseases, Oct p 42
protecting the family: TMA looks to broaden rules for postexposure prophylaxis, Aug pp 39–41
TMA weighs in on public health, Medicaid funding (Rounds), Sep pp 10–12

Price, Mia, Nov p 55
Price Transparency. See Disclosure
Primary Care Physicians. See Physicians, Primary Care
Primary Health Care

home sweet medical home: reinventing primary care, Nov pp 27–33
the new company doctor: worksite primary care gains popularity, Oct pp 49–53
report: small practices keep patients out of the hospital, Nov p 40
turning the tables on health: Zubin Damania, MD, puts a new spin on primary care, Apr pp 51–54

Prior Authorization. SeeInsurance Coverage
Prisoners

CMS gives refunds, guidance on incarcerated patients (Rounds), Mar pp 8–9

Privacy of Patient Data. SeeConfidentiality; HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act)
Private Practice

survey results are in: physician dissatisfaction could hinder patient access to care, Dec pp 31–35

Professional Practice

See also Practice Management, Medical
employment

independent contractor or employed?, Aug pp 30–31
the new company doctor: worksite primary care gains popularity, Oct pp 49–53

hassles and happiness: survey finds keys to physician angst, satisfaction, Jan pp 15–20
secrets to success: how Texas practices are staying healthy, Feb pp 17–23
Texas Medicine should focus on patient advocacy (Letter), May pp 7–8

Professional Role

dealing with unprofessionalism (Commentary), Oct p 55

Protozoan Infections

be on the lookout for Cyclospora (Rounds), Oct pp 14–15

PSO. See Texas Medical Association Physician Services Organization
Public Health

See also Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)
breaking down barriers: battling Texas’ low HPV vaccination rate, Apr pp 35–39
CDC report documents health disparities, Feb p 36
CDC’s top 10 winnable battles, Mar p 59
crossing the border: tropical diseases on the rise in Texas, Sep pp 41–44
DSHS offers local health authority training modules (Rounds), Dec pp 12–13
immunization. See Immunization; Vaccines and Vaccination
a lost art: ACOG aims to cut cesarean rates, Jun pp 41–44
the more your patients know: Institute promotes Texans’ health literacy, Jul pp 45–50
“obesity is a disease”: AMA declaration may influence insurers, Jan pp 45–48
physicians get green light to treat families for infectious diseases, Oct p 42
a proposal for better access to care (Letter), Jun pp 7–8
protecting the family: TMA looks to broaden rules for postexposure prophylaxis, Aug pp 39–41
public health crusade: Texas fights to win public health battles, Mar pp 57–61
public health in action, Mar pp 61–62
reading their minds: survey shows lawmakers’ thoughts on public health, Feb pp 33–35
schoolhouse stock: allergists want to require EpiPens on campuses, Nov pp 53–56
TMA puts survey data to use, Feb pp 35–36
TMA weighs in on public health, Medicaid funding (Rounds), Sep pp 10–12
tobacco dangers: 50 years of progress threatened, Oct pp 19–15
the truth about shots: physicians play key role in educating patients, Jan pp 31–36
USPSTF: screen all pregnant women for gestational diabetes, Mar p 62

Publications. See Texas Medical Association, publications
Puckett, Yana

TMA poster session highlights quality improvement strategies, Aug p 50

Puttagunta, Raghuveer

Texans in action at AMA meeting (Rounds), Jan p 10

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Quackery

Austin “naturopathic doctor” charged with deceit, Dec p 46

Quality Assurance, Health Care

hard evidence: TMA collaborates with AHRQ on evidence-based decisionmaking tools, Jun pp 49–52
leading the charge: Texas physicians are Choosing Wisely, Aug pp 45–49
most valuable players: TMA PSO empowers physicians in new health care models, Jan pp 23–27

Quality Improvement

countdown to Medicare’s value-based payments, Oct pp 46, 48
hand in hand: quality improvement, collaboration help improve patient safety, Dec pp 37–41
meaningful use and quality improvement, Feb pp 49–54
partner in quality: TMF Health Quality Institute, Oct pp 43–46
Physician Practice Quality Improvement Award recipients for 2013-14 (Rounds), Nov pp 21–24
quality in action: TMA helps doctors implement Choosing Wisely, Jan pp 51–54
survey says: patient satisfaction scores tied to quality, payment, Mar pp 49–53
TMA examines effective health care program, Mar p 53
TMF Health Quality Institute wins QIO contract (Rounds), Oct pp 12–13

Quality Incentives. SeePhysician Incentive Plans
Quality Indicators, Health Care

CMS doles out PQRS, eRX bonuses as incentives shift to penalties, Jun pp 52–53
countdown to Medicare’s value-based payments, Oct pp 46, 48
going public [with quality data], Jun p 31
how does PQRS participation affect the value-based payment modifier?, Oct p 47
incentives shift to penalties [PQRS scores], Nov p 63
no turning back [using registries], Nov p 60
out in the open: Medicare publishes quality data, Jun pp 29–32
partner in quality: TMF Health Quality Institute, Oct pp 43–46
penalties add up [PQRS scores], Nov p 63
PQRS updates for 2014, Jun p 33
PQRSwizard, Nov pp 57–58
registry reporting made simple, Nov p 62
revved-up reporting: registries simplify quality reporting mandates, Nov pp 57–62
survey: Medicare quality reporting programs do little for quality, Dec pp 52–53
survey says: patient satisfaction scores tied to quality, payment, Mar pp 50, 52
team effort: addressing patient noncompliance, Apr pp 59–61

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RACS. See Medical Audit
Radiation

perform FGIs? undergo safety training by may 1, 2015 (Rounds), Dec pp 7–8

Raimer, Ben

Newsmakers, Jan p 11
pediatrician: Choosing Wisely helps break bad habits (Rounds), Nov pp 19–20 (photo)

Rathgeber, Julia, Jul p 41
Read, Don R.

presents Ernest and Sarah Butler Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching, Jul p 13 (photo)
presents scholarships to minority medical students, Jul p 11 (photo)

Reaves, Larry

Texans in action at AMA meeting (Rounds), Jan p 10

RECs. See Regional Medical Programs
Red Tape. See Government Regulation
Reed, Kevin

road to resolution: rural doctors fight to retain OB privileges, May pp 51–53

Refugee Services of Texas

receives Champion of Health Award from TMA Foundation, Apr p 11 (photo)

Regional Medical Programs

Texas RECs offer free help to some Medicaid specialists (Rounds), Feb p 14

Registries

no turning back, Nov p 60
registry reporting made simple, Nov p 62
revved-up reporting: registries simplify quality reporting mandates, Nov pp 57–62
TMA leader talks new, improved registry with lawmakers (Rounds), Jun pp 11–12

Reimbursement Mechanisms

digital doctor: as telemedicine evolves, so do policies aiming to ensure patient safety, Jul p 24
health administrators urge lower transaction fees [for electronic funds transfer], Oct p 53

Reportable Conditions. SeeDisease Notification; Mandatory Reporting
Reproductive Health

breaking down barriers: battling Texas’ low HPV vaccination rate, Apr pp 35–39

Residency. See Internship and Residency
Reyes, Meredith

pathologist uses Choosing Wisely to teach blood transfusion methodology (Rounds), Dec pp 9–11 (photo)

Rice, Jim

too much trust: prevent embezzlement in your practice, Nov pp 38–39

Riggins, William S. “Chip”

TMA members testify on DSHS, UIL sunset review (Rounds), Sep p 10 (photo)
will the sun rise? health agencies undergo wholesale review, Oct pp 36, 37

Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine. See University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine
Rios, Adan (Newsmakers), Apr p 14
Risk Management

cyber crimes: TMLT has physicians covered, Jul pp 27–33

Rivera, Elizabeth

equal justice for all: high court upholds 10-year cutoff for lawsuits involving minors, Dec pp 43–44

Robertson, Donna, Nov pp 36, 37
Robinson, Mari

digital doctor: as telemedicine evolves, so do policies aiming to ensure patient safety, Jul pp 22, 23–24

Rodriguez, Luz

receives minority medical students scholarship, Jul p 11 (photo)

Roe, Erin

TMA poster session highlights quality improvement strategies, Aug p 50

Rohack, J. James, Sep p 37
Ruiz, Maria

receives minority medical students scholarship, Jul p 11 (photo)

Rural Health Services

road to resolution: rural doctors fight to retain OB privileges, May pp 51–53

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Saenz, Javier A.

dual dilemma: state pilot to streamline Medicare-Medicaid patient care, May pp 33, 34 (photo), 37

SAFER (Safety Assurance Factors for EHR Resilience) Guidelines

playing it SAFER: EHR guides help frontline physicians, Jun pp 35–38
practice makes perfect, Jun p 37

Safety

See also Head Protective Devices
See also Patient Safety
perform FGIs? undergo safety training by may 1, 2015 (Rounds), Dec pp 7–8

Salman, Ghassan F.

out in the open: Medicare publishes quality data, Jun p 32
partner in quality: TMF Health Quality Institute, Oct pp 43–45

Samet, Jonathen, Oct p 20
Sanchez, Eduardo

public health crusade: Texas fights to win public health battles, Mar p 58
TMA puts survey data to use, Feb pp 35 (photo), 36

Sanchez, Grecia

receives minority medical students scholarship, Jul p 11 (photo)

Satisfaction. See Personal Satisfaction
Sauber-Schatz, Erin, Apr p 40
Savage, David

Texans in action at AMA meeting (Rounds), Jan p 10

Schade, C. M.

a necessary pain: E-prescribing controlled substances is worth it, Jul pp 56–57, 58

Schmidt, Erica

receives Champion of Health Award from TMA Foundation, Apr p 11 (photo)

Schneider, Jarrett, Aug p 40
Schneider, Joseph

hassles and happiness: survey finds keys to physician angst, satisfaction, Jan p 20
perfecting the portal: Medicaid seeks to improve provider portal, Jan pp 39–40 (photo), 42
playing it SAFER: EHR guides help frontline physicians, Jun pp 36

Scholarships. See Fellowships and Scholarships
School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act

schoolhouse stock: allergists want to require EpiPens on campuses, Nov pp 54–55

Schools

lack of PE in schools concerns parents, Feb pp 36–37
schoolhouse stock: allergists want to require EpiPens on campuses, Nov pp 53–56

Schools, Medical

See also Education, Medical
See also Students, Medical
casting a vision: new DO school names its founding dean, Aug pp 51–56
Dr. Madson named dean of new osteopathic med school (Rounds), Jun pp 15–16
inauguration: meet the new Texas medical school deans, May pp 41–46
new medical schools name inaugural deans (Rounds), Apr p 12

Schultz, D. Allen

hassles and happiness: survey finds keys to physician angst, satisfaction, Jan p 19
survey results are in: physician dissatisfaction could hinder patient access to care, Dec pp 32, 34

Schwertner, Charles

lifting the veil: price transparency efforts target physicians, Jul p 37–38
TEXPAC needs YOU!, Sep p 21
TMA puts survey data to use, Feb pp 35 (photo), 36
will the sun rise? health agencies undergo wholesale review, Oct pp 35, 37

Scope of Practice. SeeLicensure
Scott, Ronald G.

TMA poster session highlights quality improvement strategies, Aug p 50

Scribes

hiring scribes: see more patients; spend less time on paperwork, Aug pp 27–29
Houston scribe school, Aug p 29

Searles, Patti

problem pile-up: Novitas issues persist one year on, Mar pp 27, 29, 31

Secrest, Leslie

money over matter? 1115 Medicaid waiver up for renewal, Dec p 51
TMA members meet in support of plan to repeal Medicare’s SGR, Jan p 9 (photo)

Security Measures

See also Confidentiality
are you covered?, Jul p 29
cyber crimes: TMLT has physicians covered, Jul pp 27–33
new HIPAA security risk took from HHS (Rounds), Jun pp 14–15
security guidance from TMA, Jul p 30

See also International Classification of Disease

Insurance Claim Reporting

Select Committee on Health Care Education and Training

committee to focus on health care workforce shortages, Oct p 38
King to chair health care workforce panel (Rounds), Oct pp 9–10

Sessions, Pete, Jan p 9 (photo)
Sexual Health. See Reproductive Health
Shah, Parin, Jul p 48
Sheffield, J. D.

testing the limits: TMA evaluates new policy on medical licensing tests, Feb p 29
TEXPAC needs YOU!, Sep p 20

Shelton, Mark, Sep p 24
Sherwood, Edward

Newsmakers, May p 18
time for a change? (Interview), Sep p 39

Shine, Kenneth I., Oct pp 28, 40
Siegel, Jane, Aug p 39
Silverman, Lauren

receives Anson Jones Award, Jul p 14 (photo)

Singh, Hardeep

playing it SAFER: EHR guides help frontline physicians, Jun pp 35–36 (photo)
practice makes perfect, Jun p 37

Sittig, Dean, Jun pp 36, 38
Sleep Apnea, Obstructive

patient safety first: dentists widen scope, nurses withdraw rules, Sep pp 28–29

Smith, Evan, Nov p 17 (photo)
Smith, Gordon, Jul p 40
Smoking. See Tobacco Use
Social Determinants of Health

report documents health disparities, Feb p 36

Socioeconomic Factors

tobacco dangers: 50 years of progress threatened, Oct pp 23–24

Solis, Ruben

receives minority medical students scholarship, Jul p 11 (photo)

Solnick, Rachel, Jan p 9 (photo)
Sosa, Jose, Dec p 39
Southrey, John

are you covered?, Jul p 29
cyber crimes: TMLT has physicians covered, Jul pp 28, 31, 33

Spangler, Lee

the ACA marketplace: “it’s a mess,” Apr pp 18, 24
know your price, Jul p 41

Speer, Michael E.

a lost art: ACOG aims to cut cesarean rates, Jun pp 43–44
TMA, physicians : wait for ICD-11, May p 28

Spencer, Kevin

turning data into success: financial analysis pays off, Mar pp 19 (photo), 19–20

Spivey, Lance, Mar p 20
Sports

add head trauma to past medical history assessment (Letter), Jun p 8

Stack, Steven

becomes AMA’s president-elect, Aug p 12

Stafford, Wes, Nov p 54
State Board of Dental Examiners

patient safety first: dentists widen scope, nurses withdraw rules, Sep pp 28–29

Steinle, Rich

turning data into success: financial analysis pays off, Mar pp 17, 18 (photo), 20

Stephenville Medical and Surgical Clinic

secrets to success: how Texas practices are staying healthy, Feb pp 17–23

Sterling, Ray

ICD-10 countdown continued: TMA offers assistance for ICD-10 prep, May pp 25–26, 28

Stevens, Alan, Jul pp 46, 47
Stevens, Kim, Mar pp 29, 31
Stewart, Clayton, Sep p 21
Strate, Susan M.

congratulates founder of Hard Hats for Little Heads, Larry C. Driver (Rounds), Jul pp 12 (photo)
quality in action: TMA helps doctors implement Choosing Wisely, Jan pp 52 (photo), 54

Straus, Joe

committee to focus on health care workforce shortages, Oct p 38
King to chair health care workforce panel (Rounds), Oct pp 9–10

Students

lack of PE in schools concerns parents, Feb pp 36–37

Students, MedicalSee alsoSchools, Medical

See also Education, Medical
a calling to help (Commentary), Apr pp 5–6
cost of the residency match for fourth-year medical students (Abstract), Jun p 55
minority medical students receive scholarships from TMA Foundation, Jul p 11 (photo)

Substance Related Disorder

beware of prescription abusers, Jul pp 50–51
CVS policy targets problem prescribers, Jan pp 42–43

Sunset Advisory Commission

TMA members testify on DSHS, UIL sunset review (Rounds), Sep p 10
will the sun rise? health agencies undergo wholesale review, Oct pp 35–38

Surveys. See Health Care Surveys; Physicians, surveys
Survivors

cancer survivors face economic burden, Sep pp 44–45

Swanson, Lisa

breaking down barriers: battling Texas’ low HPV vaccination rate, Apr pp 35 (photo), 36–38

Swegler, Erica, Jan p 33

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Tan, Litjen (L. J.)

the truth about shots: physicians play key role in educating patients, Jan pp 32, 35, 36

Tang, Kristin

receives John P. McGovern Champion of Health Award from TMA Foundation, Apr p 10 (photo)

Taxes

tax fraud: doctors targeted in identity theft scheme, Aug pp 20–25

Team-based Care. See Patient Care Team
Teenagers. See Adolescents
Teladoc

digital doctor: as telemedicine evolves, so do policies aiming to ensure patient safety, Jul p 22

Telemedicine

digital doctor: as telemedicine evolves, so do policies aiming to ensure patient safety, Jul pp 19–24
glossary, Jul p 21
telemedicine by the numbers, Jul p 23
telemedicine guidelines adopted by AMA House of Delegates (Rounds), Aug p 11

Telephone

digital doctor: as telemedicine evolves, so do policies aiming to ensure patient safety, Jul p 22–23

Terk, Jason

breaking down barriers: battling Texas’ low HPV vaccination rate, Apr pp 36, 37, 38
Newsmakers, Dec p 13
perfecting the portal: Medicaid seeks to improve provider portal, Jan pp 40 (photo), 41, 42
the truth about shots: physicians play key role in educating patients, Jan pp 32, 33, 34, 36

Teuscher, David (Newsmakers), May p 18
Texas

crossing the border: tropical diseases on the rise in Texas, Sep pp 41–44
testing the limits: TMA evaluates new policy on medical licensing tests, Feb pp 27–31
Texas collects millions in fraud settlement, Dec p 45
Texas medical school graduates, residents stay in Texas, Feb p 31

Texas Academy of Family Physicians

thanked for contribution to Hard Hats for Little Heads giveaway program, Dec p 9 (photo)

Texas Advance Directives Act

law provides assurance: Advance Directives Act doesn’t infringe on pregnant women’s rights, Nov pp 9–10
politicians play doctor: law should allow physicians to use their judgment (Commentary), Nov pp 11–12

Texas A&M University Health Science Center School of Rural Public Health

reading their minds: survey shows lawmakers’ thoughts on public health, Feb p 34

Texas Board of Nursing

patient safety first: dentists widen scope, nurses withdraw rules, Sep pp 27–28

Texas Childhood Obesity Prevention Policy Evaluation (T-COPPE)

reading their minds: survey shows lawmakers’ thoughts on public health, Feb pp 34, 35

Texas Department of Insurance (TDI)

workgroup to develop standard prior authorization form, Jul pp 41–42

Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations

will the sun rise? health agencies undergo wholesale review, Oct p 37

Texas Department of Public Safety

a necessary pain: E-prescribing controlled substances is worth it, Jul pp 55–59

Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)

be on the lookout for Cyclospora (Rounds), Oct pp 14–15
DSHS offers local health authority training modules (Rounds), Dec pp 12–13
Expanded Primary Health Care Program, Mar p 61
Texas awards $45M for women’s health, Apr pp 39–40
TMA members testify on DSHS, UIL sunset review (Rounds), Sep p 10
TMA weighs in on public health, Medicaid funding (Rounds), Sep pp 10–12
training available for preventable adverse events reporting (Rounds), Dec p 12
what to report to the health authorities (Rounds), Apr pp 10–11
will the sun rise? health agencies undergo wholesale review, Oct pp 36–38

Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation

back to work: an interview with the Division of Workers’ Compensation new top brass, Dec pp 23–29
getting in the door, Dec p 26
tools and resources, Dec p 25

Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC)

dual dilemma: state pilot to streamline Medicare-Medicaid patient care, May pp 34–36, 38
HHSC-funded HIEs, Feb p 41
home sweet medical home: reinventing primary care, Nov p 32
making strides: Texas HIEs close in on connecting, Feb p 40
Office of Inspector General (OIG)

starts fraud education series for physicians (Rounds), Jun p 14
state settles Medicaid fraud case with Carousel Pediatrics (Rounds), Aug pp 9–10

perfecting the portal: Medicaid seeks to improve provider portal, Jan pp 39–43
releases [Medicaid] marketing guidelines (Rounds), Oct p 14
seeking simplicity: TMA-backed law prompts Medicaid red-tape relief, Aug pp 33–36
will the sun rise? health agencies undergo wholesale review, Oct p 38

Texas Health Perception Survey

reading their minds: survey shows lawmakers’ thoughts on public health, Feb pp 33–34
TMA puts survey data to use, Feb pp 35

Texas Health Services Authority (THSA)

making strides: Texas HIEs close in on connecting, Feb p 40

Texas Higher Education Coordination Board (THECB)

state rolls out GME expansion program, Apr p 31

Texas Institute for Health Care Quality and Efficiency (TIHCQE)

lifting the veil: price transparency efforts target physicians, Jul p 37–41
the more your patients know: Institute promotes Texans’ health literacy, Jul pp 45–50

Texas Legislature. SeeLegislature, Texas
Texas Medical Association

Council on Health Care Quality examines effective health care program, Mar p 53
DocbookMD. See DocbookMD
Fall Conference

attend TMA Fall Conference Sept. 12-13 (Rounds), Sep pp 9–19
TMA, Texas key partners in Choosing Wisely (Rounds), Nov pp 15–16
TMA shares its vision for a healthy future, Nov pp 16–18

Financial Trend Tracker

business management help for your practice from TMA (Rounds), Sep p 10
turning data into success: financial analysis pays off, Mar p 23

Hassle Factor Log

problem pile-up: Novitas issues persist one year on, Mar pp 28, 31

House of Delegates

delegates vote Dr. Garcia president-elect (Rounds), Jul pp 9–11 (photo)
TMA advocates permanent delay of ICD-10 (Rounds), Jul pp 7–8
to vote on TMA constitutional amendments (Rounds), Mar pp 7–8

ICD-10 transition software, webinars, and online training courses, May p 26
officers

Brotherton, Stephen L. See Brotherton, Stephen L.
delegates vote Dr. Garcia president-elect (Rounds), Jul pp 9–11 (photo)
King, Austin I. See King, Austin I.

Physician Services Organization

business management 101: help from TMA, Mar p 23
how your PSO can help you, Jan p 25
most valuable players: TMA PSO empowers physicians in new health care models, Jan pp 23–27

Physicians Benevolent Fund

donate to the TMA Physicians Benevolent Fund (Rounds), Dec pp 11–12

publications

2nd edition of Nonphysician Practitioners released (Rounds), May p 19
Business Basics for Physicians, Mar pp 22, 23; Sep p 10
The Changing World of Physician Communication in the Face of HIPAA and HITECH, Jul p 30
Policies & Procedures: A Guide for Medical Practices, Jul p 30

Speakers Bureau

need a cancer expert? TMA can help (Rounds), May p 19

Texas Medicine should focus on patient advocacy (Letter), May pp 7–8
TexMed 2014. See TexMed 2014
TEXPAC. See TEXPAC
TMA Knowledge Center

get AccessMedicine from the TMA Knowledge Center (Rounds), Mar p 12

Winter Conference

Ardis Hoven presents AA’s strategic and advocacy goals (Rounds), Dec p 10 (photo)
CMS official seeks physician input (Rounds), Apr pp 9–10
panelists discuss transformation of health care (Rounds), Dec p 10 (photo)
TMA Foundation awards John P. McGovern Champion of Health Award (Rounds), Apr pp 10, 11 (photos)

Texas Medical Association Alliance

Donahue, Angela, new president takes oath of office from Cheryl Jones, Jul p 9 (photo)

Texas Medical Association Foundation

appoints new board member, Robert Michelin (Rounds), Sep pp 15–16
awards John P. McGovern Champion of Health Award at Winter Conference, Apr pp 10, 11 (photos)
to fund more programs in 2014 (Rounds), Mar pp 10–11
gets more bang for the buck, Aug pp 41–42
tackles diabetes (Rounds), Feb pp 13–14

Texas Medical Association Insurance Trust

James W. Prescott to head TMAIT (Rounds), Mar p 12

Texas Medical Association Physician Services Organization

business management 101: help from TMA, Mar p 23
how your PSO can help you, Jan p 25
most valuable players: TMA PSO empowers physicians in new health care models, Jan pp 23–27

Texas Medical Board

digital doctor: as telemedicine evolves, so do policies aiming to ensure patient safety, Jul pp 22, 23–24
physicians get green light to treat families for infectious diseases, Oct p 42
protecting the family: TMA looks to broaden rules for postexposure prophylaxis, Aug pp 39–40
will the sun rise? health agencies undergo wholesale review, Oct p 37

Texas Medical Foundation Health Quality Institute

join TMF and start improving quality now!, Oct p 45
partner in quality: TMF Health Quality Institute, Oct pp 43–46
TMF Health Quality Institute wins QIO contract (Rounds), Oct pp 12–13

Texas Medical Liability Trust (TMLT)

are you covered?, Jul p 29
Charles R. Ott Jr. steps down as TMLT president (Rounds), Jun p 17
cyber crimes: TMLT has physicians covered, Jul pp 27–33
dedicates $20M to Trust Rewards Program (Rounds), Mar p 11

Texas Medicine

Texas Medicine should focus on patient advocacy (Letter), May pp 7–8
TMA names Crystal Zuzek as editor (Rounds), Mar p 7

Texas Neurological Society

patient safety first: dentists widen scope, nurses withdraw rules, Sep pp 28–29

Texas Public Health Coalition (TPHC)

TMA puts survey data to use, Feb pp 35

Texas Tobacco Summit

smoking and mental health, Oct p 23
tobacco dangers: 50 years of progress threatened, Oct pp 20, 23–24

TexMed 2014

are you ready? register today for TexMed 2014, Apr p 55
register for TexMed 2014 today (Rounds), Mar p 9, Apr p 10
second annual quality poster session (Rounds), Feb p 12
TMA poster session highlights quality improvement strategies, Aug p 50
transform your practice, Apr pp 55–56
turning the tables on health: Zubin Damania, MD, puts a new spin on primary care, Apr pp 51–54

TEXPAC

join TEXPAC TODAY, Sep p 20
Money TALKS, Sep p 23
TEXPAC 101, Sep p 21
TEXPAC needs YOU!, Sep pp 19–24
TEXPAC will come to you, Sep p 22

Textbooks. See Books
Theft

avoid hiring dishonest employees, Nov p 37
ten steps to prevent fraud, Nov p 40
too much trust: prevent embezzlement in your practice, Nov pp 35–40

Thomas Spann Clinic

secrets to success: how Texas practices are staying healthy, Feb pp 17–23

Thoppil, John, Dec p 43
Thornton, W. Keith, Sep p 29
Thorstenson, Lyle S.

Texans in action at AMA meeting (Rounds), Jan p 10

THSA (Texas Health Services Authority)

making strides: Texas HIEs close in on connecting, Feb p 40

TMB. See Texas Medical Board
TMF Health Quality Institute. See Texas Medical Foundation Health Quality Institute
TMLT. See Texas Medical Liability Trust (TMLT)
Tobacco Use

antitobacco exhibit available for display, Oct p 21
The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress, Oct p 20
highlights of the Surgeon General’s Reports, Oct pp 20–21
public health crusade: Texas fights to win public health battles, Mar p 59
smoking and mental health, Oct p 23
TMA’s vision for tobacco control, Oct p 24
tobacco dangers: 50 years of progress threatened, Oct pp 19–15

Torres, Elizabeth

a bitter pill: physicians seek justice for network terminations, Mar pp 40, 43
survey says: patient satisfaction scores tied to quality, payment, Mar p 52
team effort: addressing patient noncompliance, Apr pp 59, 61

Tort Reform

equal justice for all: high court upholds 10-year cutoff for lawsuits involving minors, Dec pp 43–45
Texas after tort reform, Dec p 44

Traffic Accidents. SeeAccidents, Traffic
Training. See Education
Transparency. See Disclosure
Treatment Protocols. See Clinical Protocols
Trinity Healthcare Network

judge sides with Aetna against Texas clinics, Nov p 47

Trivedi, Madhukar (Newsmakers), Dec p 13
Tropical Diseases

crossing the border: tropical diseases on the rise in Texas, Sep pp 41–44

Troutman, Gerad

leading the charge: Texas physicians are Choosing Wisely, Aug p 46–47 (photo)
Texas emergency physician is Choosing Wisely, May pp 17–19 (photo)

Troutman, Monte E.

leading the charge: Texas physicians are Choosing Wisely, Aug pp 45–46 (photo)

Trueblood Dental Associates

state, Trueblood Dental settle Medicaid fraud charges, Nov pp 46–47

Truth Disclosure

the ethics of lying (Commentary), Sep p 7

Turney, Susan L., Apr p 47

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Uncompensated Care

on a charitable mission: physicians volunteer to care for young and old crossing border, Dec pp 16–20

Underserved Areas. SeeMedically Underserved Area
Undocumented Immigrants. See Emigrants and Immigrants
Unger, Robert (Newsmakers), May p 18
United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

beware of prescription abusers, Jul pp 50–51
CDC report details drug-resistant health threats, Jan pp 48–49
CDC’s top 10 winnable battles, Mar p 59
child car crash death rate declines, Apr p 40
issues Ebola virus advisory (Rounds), Oct p 12
prescribe pediatric antibiotics with caution, Jun pp 44–45
releases MERS-CoV advisory, Aug p 42
report documents health disparities, Feb p 36

United States Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

90-day notice under Affordable Care Act, Apr p 19
CMS, Texas partner to coordinate care for dual eligibles (Rounds), Aug pp 12–14
CMS official seeks physician input (Rounds), Apr pp 9–10
delays end-to-end ICD-10 testing, Aug p 30
doles out PQRS, eRX bonuses as incentives shift to penalties, Jun pp 52–53
gives refunds, guidance on incarcerated patients (Rounds), Mar pp 8–9
health administrators urge lower transaction fees [for electronic funds transfer], Oct p 53
law sheds light on industry payments to physicians, Jul pp 33–34
Medicare to open physician payment data: organized medicine wary, Mar p 34
opts not to delay med staff regulations (Rounds), Oct pp 8–9
problem pile-up: Novitas issues persist one year on, Mar pp 27–32
puts recovery audit program on pause (Rounds), May p 18
TMA opposes CMS rule for health plan network listings, Apr pp 21–22, 23
TMA wants stronger grace period notification (Rounds), May pp 16–17

United States Congress

TMA opposes bill to expand audiologists’ scope (Rounds), Dec p 8

United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

HHS launches meaningful consent site, Feb p 45
officially sets ICD-10 deadline for Oct. 1, 2015, Nov p 41

United States Department of Veterans Affairs

AMA House pushes VA fix, elects Texas leaders (Rounds), Aug pp 10–11
average Texas VA appointment wait times, Sep p 35
Congress increases veterans’ access to private-sector physicians (Rounds), Oct pp 7–8
enlist now!, Sep p 34
map of Texas VA regions, Sep p 37
reporting for duty: physicians step up amid VA crisis, Sep pp 33–38
time for a change? [interview with Edward J. Sherwood, MD], Sep p 39

United States Federal Trade Commission

FDA: children, pregnant women should eat more fish, Sep pp 45–46
FTC calls for APRN independent practice, May pp 53–54
Supreme Court to review FTC antitrust enforcement case, May p 53

United States Food and Drug Administration

FDA: don’t use NuVision Pharmacy products, Nov p 56

United States Internal Revenue Service

tax fraud: doctors targeted in identity theft scheme, Aug pp 20–25

United States Preventive Services Task Force

USPSTF: screen all pregnant women for gestational diabetes, Mar p 62

United States Supreme Court

to hear N.C. dental board case, Sep p 30
to review FTC antitrust enforcement case, May p 53

UnitedHealthcare

a bitter pill: physicians seek justice for network terminations, Mar pp 39–44

University Interscholastic League (UIL)

TMA members testify on DSHS, UIL sunset review (Rounds), Sep p 10

University of Texas at Austin, Dell Medical School

inauguration: meet the new Texas medical school deans, May pp 41–46
new medical schools name inaugural deans (Rounds), Apr p 12

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine

inauguration: meet the new Texas medical school deans, May pp 41–46
new medical schools name inaugural deans (Rounds), Apr p 12

University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine

casting a vision: new DO school names its founding dean, Aug pp 51–56
Dr. Madson named dean of new osteopathic med school (Rounds), Jun pp 15–16

Updike, Tracie D.

partner in quality: TMF Health Quality Institute, Oct pp 43 (photo), 45–46

USMLE (U.S. Medical Licensing Examination)

testing the limits: TMA evaluates new policy on medical licensing tests, Feb pp 27–31 

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Vaccines and Vaccination

See also Immunization
attend TMA Fall Conference Sept. 12-13 [for vaccinations] (Rounds), Sep pp 9–19
breaking down barriers: battling Texas’ low HPV vaccination rate, Apr pp 35–39
public health crusade: Texas fights to win public health battles, Mar p 58
resources to spread vaccine facts, Jan p 33
TMA program helps doctors spread the word [on HPV vaccine], Apr p 37
the truth about shots: physicians play key role in educating patients, Jan pp 31–36

Vache, Marilyn

TMA poster session highlights quality improvement strategies, Aug p 50

Valadka, Alex B.

a capitol year: TMA victorious in 2013, May p 58 (photo)

Van Deusen, Chris

breaking down barriers: battling Texas’ low HPV vaccination rate, Apr p 38

Van Winkle, Kim

road to resolution: rural doctors fight to retain OB privileges, May p 52

Varma, Surendra K.

Newsmakers, Dec p 13
receives TMA’s 2014 Award for Excellence in Academic Medicine, Jul pp 12–13 (photo)

Vaughan, David

problem pile-up: Novitas issues persist one year on, Mar pp 27–31

Vega, Rene

team effort: addressing patient noncompliance, Apr pp 59, 60

Vera, Christopher “Chris” (Newsmakers), Jul p 15
Veterans

See also United States Department of Veterans Affairs
average Texas VA appointment wait times, Sep p 35
Congress increases veterans’ access to private-sector physicians (Rounds), Oct pp 7–8
reporting for duty: physicians step up amid VA crisis, Sep pp 33–38
time for a change? [interview with Edward J. Sherwood, MD], Sep p 39

Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014, Sep p 36
Veterans Administration. See United States Department of Veterans Affairs
Villamaria, Frank J.

hand in hand: quality improvement, collaboration help improve patient safety, Dec p 38
hard evidence: TMA collaborates with AHRQ on evidence-based decisionmaking tools, Jun pp 49–50 (photo), 52

Virus Diseases

CDC issues Ebola virus advisory (Rounds), Oct p 12
consider chikungunya, Sep p 43
crossing the border: tropical diseases on the rise in Texas, Sep pp 41–44

Voluntary Workers

on a charitable mission: physicians volunteer to care for young and old crossing border, Dec pp 16–20

Voyles, Debbie, Jul pp 23, 24

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Wah, Robert M.

becomes AMA’s 169th president, Aug p 12
Congress increases veterans’ access to private-sector physicians (Rounds), Oct p 7
reporting for duty: physicians step up amid VA crisis, Sep p 36

Wakefield, Andrew

the truth about shots: physicians play key role in educating patients, Jan pp 31–32

Walgreens

CVS policy targets problem prescribers, Jan p 43

Walk With a Doc Program

the more your patients know: Institute promotes Texans’ health literacy, Jul pp 46–47
walk the walk with TMA’s Walk With a Doc program, Jan p 36
Why I walk with my patients (Commentary), Aug p 7

Walker, James Stefan

survey results are in: physician dissatisfaction could hinder patient access to care, Dec pp 32, 33–34

Wallace, John, Apr p 10 (photo)
Walsh, Lisa Stark, Aug p 41
Waltemath, Victoria

secrets to success: how Texas practices are staying healthy, Feb pp 16 (photo), 20, 21

Walters, Ronald S.

out in the open: Medicare publishes quality data, Jun pp 30, 31, 32
quality in action: TMA helps doctors implement Choosing Wisely, Jan pp 51, 52 (photo)
revved-up reporting: registries simplify quality reporting mandates, Nov pp 58, 62
survey says: patient satisfaction scores tied to quality, payment, Mar pp 49 (photo), 52–53

Wang, Jason

a calling to help (Commentary), Apr pp 5–6 (photo)

Warnick, Natasha

TMA poster session highlights quality improvement strategies, Aug p 50

Watts, Clark, Aug p 22
Websites. See Internet
Weight Loss

help your patients achieve a healthy weight (Rounds), Jan p 12

Weiss, Kevin B.

learning curve: revamping residency program accreditation, Apr pp 29, 30–31

Weltge, Arlo F.

receives J.T. “Lamar” McNew Award from TMA Resident and Fellow Section, Jul p 9 (photo)
Texans in action at AMA meeting (Rounds), Jan p 10
TEXPAC needs YOU!, Sep pp 22, 24

Wesson, Donald E.

quality in action: TMA helps doctors implement Choosing Wisely, Jan pp 51 (photo), 52–53
TMA, Texas key partners in Choosing Wisely (Rounds), Nov pp 15–16 (photo)

Wetter, David, Oct pp 23–24
White, Chad, Jun p 26
White, Cheryl

a necessary pain: E-prescribing controlled substances is worth it, Jul pp 55–56, 58

White, J. Bradley (Newsmakers), Nov p 19
White, Shawn

road to resolution: rural doctors fight to retain OB privileges, May pp 51, 53

Whitehurst, Darren

Medicare meltdown, Jun pp 23, 25, 27

Whooping Cough

protecting the family: TMA looks to broaden rules for postexposure prophylaxis, Aug pp 39–41

Wick, Paul (Newsmakers), Dec p 13
Wiesner, Dennis, Jul pp 57–58
Wilcox, Rocky

ruling could yield chaos: D.C. judges’ decision means premium hike for Texas patients, Oct p 39
TMA: CHIP managed care plans responsible for out-of-network payments (Rounds), Dec p 9

Wilensky, Gail, Oct p 27
Willerson, James (Newsmakers), Aug p 13
Williams, Jonathan W., Jan p 19
Williams, Rebecca

receives Ernest and Sarah Butler Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching, Jul p 13 (photo)

Wilson, Douglas, Aug p 10
Wilson, Jamie, Nov p 55
Winter Conference. See Texas Medical Association—Winter Conference
Wise Regional Health System

road to resolution: rural doctors fight to retain OB privileges, May pp 51–53

Women’s Health Services

Texas awards $45M for women’s health, Apr pp 39–40
TMA weighs in on public health, Medicaid funding (Rounds), Sep pp 11–12

Women’s Rights

law provides assurance: Advance Directives Act doesn’t infringe on pregnant women’s rights, Nov pp 9–10
politicians play doctor: law should allow physicians to use their judgment (Commentary), Nov pp 11–12

Wood, Glenn

state settles Medicaid fraud case with Carousel Pediatrics (Rounds), Aug pp 9–10

Work Load

survey results are in: physician dissatisfaction could hinder patient access to care, Dec pp 31–35

Workers’ Compensation

back to work: an interview with the Division of Workers’ Compensation new top brass, Dec pp 23–29
getting in the door, Dec p 26
tools and resources [for physicians and staff], Dec p 25

Workplace

the new company doctor: worksite primary care gains popularity, Oct pp 49–53

Wratten, Carol

hand in hand: quality improvement, collaboration help improve patient safety, Dec pp 38–40

Wright, David P.

learning curve: revamping residency program accreditation, Apr p 30
match-makers: coaching students to maximum match potential, Sep pp 50–51

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Ybarra, Angelica

out in the open: Medicare publishes quality data, Jun p 32
revved-up reporting: registries simplify quality reporting mandates, Nov pp 58, 59–60
survey says: patient satisfaction scores tied to quality, payment, Mar p 51

Young, Rodney B.

committee to focus on health care workforce shortages, Oct p 38
GME gamble: IOM questions physician shortages in GME overhaul plan, Oct p 28
match-makers: coaching students to maximum match potential, Sep p 51
receives TMA’s 2014 Award for Excellence in Academic Medicine (Rounds), Jul p 13
testing the limits: TMA evaluates new policy on medical licensing tests, Feb pp 27–29

YourTexasBenefitsCard.com

perfecting the portal: Medicaid seeks to improve provider portal, Jan pp 39–43

Yudofsky, Stuart C. (Newsmakers), Jun p 15

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Zalkovsky, Emily, Nov p 32
Zartorski, Carmen, Sep p 16
Zeid, Yasser

seeking simplicity: TMA-backed law prompts Medicaid red-tape relief, Aug pp 33 (photo), 35, 36

Zerwas, John

Medicaid in the legislature, Aug p 35
patient safety first: dentists widen scope, nurses withdraw rules, Sep pp 27–28
TEXPAC needs YOU!, Sep p 21
workgroup to develop standard prior authorization form, Jul p 42

Ziebell, Christopher M.

money over matter? 1115 Medicaid waiver up for renewal, Dec pp 49–51

Zoghbi, Huda (Newsmakers), Jun p 15
Zolnierek, Cindy, Dec p 8 (photo)
Zurek, Matthew

back to work: an interview with the Division of Workers’ Compensation new top brass, Dec pp 23, 25–26

Zuzek, Crystal: named Texas Medicine editor (Rounds), Mar p 7

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June 14, 2016