Table of Contents: December 2015

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Volume 111, Number 12 — December 2015 

COVER STORY (pages 22-31)

"Bigger Isn't Always Better"
As Aetna seeks to acquire Humana Inc. in a $37 billion deal, TMA and physicians across Texas worry the merger would weaken their contract negotiating power with health plans while shrinking already narrow provider networks. By Amy Lynn Sorrel


Reaching Patients Across the Web
The explosion of social media has changed the rules for physicians looking to market themselves and bolster their online reputation. By Joey Berlin

QUALITY (pages 41-45)

Navigating Value-Based Care
TMA is collaborating with TMF Health Quality Institute to connect Texas physicians to free TMF resources that will better position doctors for the rapid transition to value-based payment. By Amy Lynn Sorrel

PUBLIC HEALTH (pages 49-54)

Holding Firm
Medicine has tried to convince state lawmakers of the need to update antiquated Texas law to give physicians the power to hold dangerous patients for a finite length of time. By Joey Berlin

ECONOMICS (pages 57-62)

Paying to Get Paid
Some health plans and third-party vendors that process plan payments are moving to virtual credit cards, without warning and without much explanation of fees or opt-out procedures. By Amy Lynn Sorrel


Inbox (page 6)
Fact (page 9)
Focus On: Infant Mortality (pages 10-11)
Rounds (pages 13-19)
Deaths (page 19)
Tip (page 64)

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