Table of Contents: May 2012

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Volume 108, Number 5 – May 2012 

 COVER STORY (pages 18-26) 

50 Years of Advocacy  
The Texas Medical Association Political Action Committee (TEXPAC) celebrates its 50th anniversary. Founded in 1962 when political action committees were still in their infancy, TEXPAC grew over the intervening decades to become one of the premier political action committees in Texas. By Ken Ortolon     

 PUBLIC HEALTH (pages 29-34)    

 Disappearing Drugs 
Shortage worries physicians, federal officials. By Crystal Conde    

 PRACTICE MANAGEMENT (pages 37-40)  

Firing Patients 
Ending the relationship requires care. By Crystal Conde 

QUALITY (pages 43-47)   

Are They Satisfied? 
Physicians urged to measure patient satisfaction. By Ken Ortolon     

  LAW (pages 49-53)   

Divided Community 
Weslaco battles over hospital's fate. By Crystal Conde     

 MEDICAL ECONOMICS (pages 55-59)   

Federal Fat Fighters 
Medicare pays for obesity counseling. By Ken Ortolon    

ROUNDS (pages 11-16)    

Pack Your Bags for TexMed 2012
Judge Upholds Prop 12 Tort Reform Caps
TrailBlazer Loses Medicare Contract
ERS to Switch to United
How to Avoid a 496 Edit
Using an NPP in Your Practice? Do It Right
Get CME Easier From TMA's Education Center
TMLT Builds "Nest Egg" for Physicians   

  JOURNAL (page 63)  

Prevalence of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis in Texas, 1998-2003 (abstract) (full text)

By Laurie Wagner, MPH; Natalie P. Archer, MS; Dhelia M. Williamson, PhD; Judith P. Henry, PhD; Randolph Schiffer, MD; and Carlayne E. Jackson, MD    


Letters  (pages 7-8) 
Newsmakers (page 12) 
Deaths (pages 13-14) 
Information for Authors (page 60) 
Commentary  (pages 61-62) 

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