Table of Contents: March 2016

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Volume 112, Number 3 — March 2016

COVER STORY (pages 24-33)

A New Path to Primary Care
The University of North Texas Health Science Center and the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine are partnering with Midland College and Midland Memorial Hospital to keep their own crop of future doctors in the area. By Amy Lynn Sorrel

PRACTICE MANAGEMENT (pages 35-39)

Real-Time Revolution?
Austin Regional Clinic expands its electronic patient feedback system after a successful pilot program. By Joey Berlin

QUALITY (pages 41-45)

Conversation Counts
Some Texas physicians and hospitals are finding ways to use the informed consent process as an opportunity to improve patient safety and patient-centered care. By Amy Lynn Sorrel 

LAW (pages 47-52)

A Needling Controversy
TMA weighs in on the Texas Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine's scope of practice lawsuit against the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners. By Joey Berlin

QUALITY (pages 59-62)

PQRS Mess
One-quarter of physicians who participate in PQRS and the value modifier program risked payment cuts stemming from difficulties CMS had with collecting and analyzing 2014 quality data. By Amy Lynn Sorrel

PUBLIC HEALTH (pages 53-58)

Strengthening the Fight Against HCC
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is on the rise, making early screening crucial and potentially lifesaving. By Joey Berlin

DEPARTMENTS

Inbox (page 6)
Fact (page 9)
Focus On: Diabetes (pages 10-11)
Commentary: Epic Fail, By Jason Terk, MD (page 13)
Rounds (pages 15-23)
Newsmakers (page 20)
Deaths (page 22)
FAQ (page 64)

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