Table of Contents: June 2015

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Volume 111, Number 6 — June 2015

COVER STORY (pages 26-37)

Medicine's united voice was instrumental in successfully repealing the flawed Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula used for years to pay physicians. Doctors say the elimination of SGR frees medicine to advocate for other lingering issues affecting Medicare. By Amy Lynn Sorrel

QUALITY (pages 39-44)

Saving 1 Million Lives
The Million Hearts initiative aims to get physicians, health systems, patients, and public and private partners on board to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. By Amy Lynn Sorrel

LAW (pages 47-50)

Who Really Owns Knapp Medical Center?
The sale of Knapp Medical Center to Prime Healthcare Foundation raised questions regarding the validity of the transaction and prompted the City of Weslaco to sue Prime and other parties. By Crystal Zuzek

PUBLIC HEALTH (pages 51-55) 

A Heavy Burden
A Texas Health and Human Services Commission report reveals gestational diabetes and obese mothers take a toll on the state's Medicaid program. By Kara Nuzback


Read the Fine Print
Physicians in private practice must negotiate contracts with vendors for various services. Many contracts often come with fine print that's worth taking some time to examine. By Kate Harrington

JOURNAL (page 63)

Commercial Tanning Bed Use as a Medical Therapy (abstract) (full text)

By K. Alexandra Acosta, BS; Lindsey Hunter-Ellul, MD; and Michael G. Wilkerson, MD


Publisher's Note: The End of an Era By Steve Levine (pages 7-8)
Fact (page 11)
Focus On (pages 12-13)
Commentary: Justice Detained By Rachel E. Solnick (pages 15-16)
Rounds (pages 17-15)
Deaths (page 24)
Journal (page 63)
Tip (page 64)

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