Table of Contents: September 2015

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Volume 111, Number 9 — September 2015 


Shooting for Safety
Austin Regional Clinic's new policy includes an exception for patients who have adverse reactions to vaccines or severely compromised immune systems. Last year's measles outbreak pushed the clinic to take action. By Joey Berlin


Farewell to 40 Years of Service
The impending implementation of the ICD-10 coding system and burdensome regulations spur Austin Internal Medicine Associates to close its doors. By Joey Berlin


"Better Bridges," Better Systems
An electronic health record research project illustrates the need for physicians to get involved in usability testing to help vendors improve their products. By Joey Berlin


Medicare Pays for Chronic Care Management
Physicians generally cheer Medicare's move to pay for care that goes beyond the face-to-face visit, but the Chronic Care Management Program has some hefty requirements. By Amy Lynn Sorrel


Regs and Pains
The Texas Medical Board's stricter chronic pain management rules prompt liability concerns as the board strives to ensure patients receive treatment that matches the evolving standard of care. By Joey Berlin


SGR Is Gone. Now What?
Physicians will have to prepare to participate in one of the new payment systems that will replace Medicare's Sustainable Growth Rate formula, which Congress eliminated in April. By Amy Lynn Sorrel


Fact: Measles Outbreak
Focus On: Tort Reform's Impact
Commentary: The New MCAT By Humberto Rivas, MD
Back Talk: Austin I. King, MD

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