Table of Contents — January 2005


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Patient Safety: A Special Issue - January 2005  

Vol. 101 No. 1

The Institute of Medicine's 1999 report on medical errors had many ramifications. One of them was causing physicians and hospitals to take a hard look at what they are doing to protect patients. This issue of Texas Medicine focuses on the latest developments in patient safety, specifically what is being done in Texas. Physicians can earn 2 hours of ethics continuing medical education by reading the articles and completing a 10-question test and a self-assessment form.

Why a Special Issue on Patient Safety?
By John C. Jennings, MD

Safety, Quality, and Performance: Can We Afford Not to Do It?
By Bohn D. Allen, MD

Eliminating Errors: Medicine Renews Its Efforts to Keep Patients Safe
By Ken Ortolon

Second Guessing: Physicians Scrutinize Peer Review's Effectiveness
By Walt Borges

A Backup Brain: Electronic Medical Records Prevent Errors; Improve and Document Quality
By Steve Levine

I'm Sorry: Apologizing for a Mistake Might Prevent a Lawsuit
By Pamela Baggett

Show and Tell: Patient Involvement Helps Prevent Medical Errors
By Brent Annear

Are You Sure They Understand?
By Michael E. Speer, MD

Identifying Mistakes: Reporting of Medical Errors Is Gaining Momentum
By Ken Ortolon

Practices That Improve Patient Outcomes
By Susan D. Horn, PhD

Hospitals Put New Emphasis on Safety
By Erin Prather

AMA and Patient Safety
By Jim Rohack, MD


Managing Charity Care
Do you have patients who can't pay their bills? You could let them pay it off a little at a time if you want.

How to Keep Secrets
TMA Physician Services consultants have a few tips on making sure your office doesn't breach patient confidentiality.

Junk the Old Codes
Start using the new Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System codes for your Medicare claims, or Medicare will kick them back. The new codes took effect Jan. 1.

Know Before You Sign
You may need many questions answered before signing a managed care contract. TMA's Office of the General Counsel has prepared a guide to help answer those questions.  

MSP Electronic Claims Made Easy
Submitting your Medicare Secondary Payer claims electronically is not that difficult. Medicare needs three additional data elements to process them.

Time Limits for Insurance Refunds
Wondering if there is a time limit for an insurance company to request a refund? If so, look at your physician/payer contract for limits on recoupment.


First Tuesdays Are Back
Biennial License Registration Begins in January
Technology, the Future, Legislation Highlight Winter Conference
Foundation Grants Aim to Improve Health
Be Wise - Immunize Looking for Wise Physicians
TMA Rewards Innovative CME Programs
CVD Tool Kit Improves Patient Communications


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Texas Medicine is available to TMA members and presents timely information on public health, medicolegal issues, medical economics, science, medical education, and legislative affairs affecting Texas physicians and their patients.

Larry BeSaw, Editor  

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