Volume 116, Number 3 — March 2020
Cover Story: Making Billing More Balanced (pages 16-21)
The widespread call to severely curb or end “surprise” medical bills has prompted competing federal legislation. At stake in this Washington, D.C., wrangling: How much physicians get paid for the vast majority of out-of-network care in the nation. In Texas specifically, federal legislation would cover out-of-network billing disputes involving plans not regulated by the new state law.
Practice Management: The Legacy of Aries (page 23-25)
An outdated technology burns up time and resources that physicians could use to treat HIV and AIDS patients.
Profile: Fighting Epidemics (page 26-27)
Robert Haley, MD, Wins Inaugural Nickey Award for his public health achievements.
Law: The PMP Starts Now (page 29-30)
With EHR integration in place, physicians must check state database prior to prescribing an opioid starting March 1.
Law: Taking Their Lumps? (page 33-34)
TMA works to reverse a court decision on lump-sum payments for future medical expenses.
Public Health: Under the Gun (page 36-39)
Texas hospitals and clinics may need to change how they prepare for active shooter situations.
Public Health: Strength in Numbers (page 42-45)
Texas physicians are promoting the U.S. census to improve funding for patient services.
Vaccines (page 47)
Talk to Patients About: Vaccine vs. Natural Immunity
Also in this issue:
Rounds, Deaths (pages 8-13)
Back page: Rabies prevention