Table of Contents: September 2020 Texas Medicine September 2020

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Volume 116, Number 9 — September 2020

An Unfortunate Legacy: The website for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is blunt: “History shows that severe illness and death rates tend to be higher for racial and ethnic minority populations during public health emergencies than for other populations.” That is certainly happening with COVID-19. Emerging data already show that long-standing social determinants of health are stacked against Blacks and Hispanics in Texas, in some cases prompting a stronger call for value-based care, among other tools, so physicians can better help people of color cope with the health inequities brought on by COVID-19.

An Unfortunate Legacy (pages 18-23) - By Sean Price

A Social Shift (pages 24-29) - By Joey Berlin

Profile: “This Makes Me Feel More Alive” (pages 30-33)
Catching COVID-19 helped family physician Tim Martindale, MD, find new ways to help his patients. By Sean Price

Education: A Perfect Match? (pages 34-36)
COVID-19 has forced GME programs and medical students to make last-minute adjustments in the resident selection process. By Sean Price

Economics: Same Old Hurdles (pages 40-43)
The Prescription Monitoring Program requirement doesn’t lower pharmacy-mandated obstacles to filling opioid scrips. By Joey Berlin

Law: Dulling the Pain of Future Damages (pages 44-45)
Texas Supreme Court decision carries new implications for periodic payment of future medical expenses. By Joey Berlin

Vaccines (page 47)
Talk to Patients About: Texas School Vaccines - By Sean Price

Back Page (page 48)
Farewell to Lou Goodman

Also in this issue:

Rounds, Deaths (pages 12-16)

Commentary: Climate impact (pages 4-5)

Focus on the Evidence

Health and Climate Connected

Last Updated On

September 24, 2020