Table of Contents: October 2016

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Volume 112, Number 10 — October 2016

COVER STORY (pages 24-31)

Complementary Treatment
As the debate over complementary and alternative medicine's place in medicine continues, TMA policy recommends physicians stay on top of evidence-based studies of complementary and alternative therapies and routinely ask patients about their use of such therapies. By Joey Berlin

PUBLIC HEALTH (pages 33-37)

Keeping the Wheels Turning
TMA's Hard Hats for Little Heads program has given away more than 235,000 helmets to Texas children in the past 22 years. By Joey Berlin 

QUALITY (pages 39- 46) 

5 Steps to Prepare for MACRA Now
As the medical community awaits the release of final rules to implement the new Medicare payment system, physicians can take steps now to prepare for the transition. By Jessica Martin

LAW (pages 47-51)

The Right Standard?
A shoulder dystocia birth in which the baby was born with neurologic dysfunction is the focus of a negligence lawsuit with broad legal implications. By Joey Berlin

QUALITY (pages 53-57)

Learn From the Experts
The upcoming Texas Quality Summit, hosted by TMA and the American College of Medical Quality, will give physicians the tools they need to prosper in a value-based care environment. By Kate Harrington 

JOURNAL (page 59)

Enrollment in Health Insurance Through the Marketplace After Implementation of the Affordable Care Act in Texas

By Gordon Gong, MD, MS; Cassandra C. Huey, MS; Coleman Johnson, JD; Debra Curti, MEd, RHIA; and Billy U. Philips Jr, PhD, MPH


Fact (pages 6-7)
Focus On: Obesity (pages 8-9)
Commentary: Guns and Politics: Why I Cannot Stay Silent By Lauren Gambill, MD (page 11)
Commentary: How Did We Get Here? By Lawrence F. Buxton, MD (page 13)
Rounds (pages 15-22)
Deaths (page 21)
Tip (page 60)

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