Table of Contents: December 2016

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Volume 112, Number 12 — December 2016

COVER STORY (pages 22-29)

Refugee Care: Left Behind
Until recently, Texas participated in the federally funded refugee resettlement program, which helps refugees relocate to the United States with services to help them find jobs, learn English, and get basic health and social services. Since Texas withdrew from the federal resettlement program in September, some physicians and resettlement organizations worry those services could be disrupted; others say the shift, while not ideal, could present opportunities to improve refugee care. By Amy Lynn Sorrel

LAW (pages 31-38)

Cost in Translation
In October, federal language access requirements for patients with limited English proficiency took effect. The new rules raise financial concerns for some physicians and their practices. By Joey Berlin 

EDUCATION (pages 41-46)

Costly and Unnecessary?
Many U.S. medical students, residents, and physicians want to see the elimination of the U.S. Medical Licensing Exam Step 2 Clinical Skills exam, saying it has a high price tag and an even higher first-attempt pass rate. By Kate Harrington

PUBLIC HEALTH (pages 49-55) 

A Disturbing Trend
The Texas Department of State Health Services' Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force is attempting to find out why Texas' maternal mortality rate is on the rise. By Joey Berlin 


Inbox (page 6)
Fact (page 7)
Focus On: Med School Enrollment (page 9)
Commentary: Doctors, Don't Throw One Another Under the Bus By Jeremy Gabrysch, MD (page 11)
Rounds (pages 15-21)
Newsmakers (page 19)
Deaths (page 21)
FAQ (page 56) 

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