Table of Contents: March 2015

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Volume 111, Number 3 — March 2015 

COVER STORY (pages 20-27)

The Next Generation of Cancer Research and Prevention
With restored funding from the 2013 Texas Legislature, the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) is up and running again, with an emphasis on funding cancer prevention projects and recruiting top cancer researchers to Texas. By Kara Nuzback

ECONOMICS (pages 29-34)

Good Form
New standardized prior authorization forms for health care services and prescription drugs released by the Texas Department of Insurance promise to alleviate administrative busy work and its related costs. By Amy Lynn Sorrel

LAW (pages 45-48)

Caring Across State Lines
The proposed Interstate Medical Licensure Compact Would expedite the medical licensure process, making it easier for physicians to move from state to state or to practice telemedicine. By Kara Nuzback


Grappling With Small-Business Insurance
Some physicians offering health insurance to their employees are feeling the impact of the Affordable Care Act. The TMA Insurance Trust can help physicians navigate their insurance purchases. By Kara Nuzback


Making Over PAT
Lawmakers recommend improvements to Prescription Access in Texas (PAT), the state's prescription monitoring database, as part of a larger strategy to fight prescription drug abuse. By Amy Lynn Sorrel

QUALITY (pages 51-57)

Professionalism in Action
Although TMA's Choosing Wisely grant ends, physicians still strive to avoid the overuse of unnecessary and possibly harmful tests and procedures while promoting shared decisionmaking. By Amy Lynn Sorrel


Inbox (pages 7-8)
Fact (page 9)
Focus On (pages 10-11)
Commentary: Think Twice Before Choosing Wisely By Bob Lanier, MD (pages 13-14)
Rounds (pages 15-19)
Tip (page 64)

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