Table of Contents: June 2016

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Volume 112, Number 6 — June 2016

COVER STORY (pages 22-28)

Access Preserved
New Mexico's House Bill 270, which took effect in March, allows Texas physicians to draft patient consent forms stating that if New Mexico patients wish to file a lawsuit against Texas physicians they will do so in Texas courts. By Joey Berlin 

ECONOMICS (pages 31-36)

Medicare Pays for End-of-Life Consults
As of January, Medicare pays physicians for advance care planning as a separate service, a long-sought victory that promotes educating patients and physicians on the issue. By Amy Lynn Sorrel

PUBLIC HEALTH (pages 37-42)

Trying to Clear the Air
Texas physicians have been pushing for action to curb or eliminate coal-fired power plant emissions, pointing to studies and evidence those plants' output makes patient populations sicker. By Joey Berlin 

EDUCATION (pages 51-56)

Shifting the Limits
A recent study shows 2003 rules preventing residents from working long shifts did not translate to greater risk among general surgery residents' patients. By Amy Lynn Sorrel


Considering Concierge
Concierge medicine, a practice model in which the patient pays an annual membership fee or retainer for services that won't be covered by insurance, is garnering more attention from physicians. By Joey Berlin 

ECONOMICS (pages 57-61)

VA Quagmire Persists
Ongoing U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs roadblocks mean veterans still end up on long waiting lists to get care, and the physicians treating them end up on long waiting lists to get paid. By Amy Lynn Sorrel

JOURNAL (page 63)

Private Carriers' Physician Payment Rates Compared With Medicare and Medicaid

By Trudy Millard Krause, DrPH; Maria Ukhanova, MD; and Frances Lee Revere, PhD 


Fact (page 7)
Focus On: Melanoma (pages 8-9)
Commentary: Redefining the Pain Management Encounter By Rachel McCreary-Fielder, MD (pages 11-12)
Rounds (pages 13-20)
Newsmakers (page 17)
Deaths (page 18)
Author Guidelines (page 62)
FAQ (page 64)

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