Table of Contents: October 2011

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Volume 107, Number 10 – October 2011

COVER STORY (pages 16-21)

A Healthy Bonus
Texas physicians who participate in the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Bridges to Excellence quality improvement program can improve patient care and increase revenues. The program rewards good physicians, improves care for Blue Cross beneficiaries, and lowers costs for the company and for employers who pay for coverage. By Ken Ortolon

PUBLIC HEALTH (pages 23-30)

Drug Shortage
Supply problems endanger patients. By Crystal Conde


Treating Your Own
It's legal, but it can be risky. By Crystal Conde


Getting Coverage
Preexisting conditions covered. By Ken Ortolon

LAW (pages 45-50)

Legal Backup
TMA, AMA support physicians who sue. By Crystal Conde


Managing Medicaid
New law expands Medicaid HMOs. By Ken Ortolon

ROUNDS (pages 11-14)

Revalidate Your Medicare Enrollment 
Plan to Attend TMA's Fall Conference
What You Need to Know About Electronic Death Registration 
TMA, AMA: Change Medicare Data Reporting 
Risk Analysis Tool for Meaningful Use 
HHSC Chooses Medicaid HMOs   

JOURNAL (page 63)

Cancer Incidence and Mortality in Texas and the United States: An Overview (abstract)  (full text)

By Stephen W. Wyatt, DMD, MPH; William R. Maynard, MBA; Eric A. Miller; Rebecca Garcia, PhD; and Lewis E. Foxhall, MD


Letters(pages 7-8)
Newsmakers (page 13)
Commentary(pages 59-61)
Information for Authors(page 62)
Portrait (page 64)

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