Table of Contents: January 2017

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Volume 113, Number 1 — January 2017 

COVER STORY (pages 22-31)

Building on Success
Undaunted by what could be a challenging 2017 legislative session, TMA is poised to build on significant successes medicine achieved over the past two legislative sessions, including reforming the state's Medicaid program and expanding graduate medical education opportunities. TMA will defend the patient-physician relationship against a backdrop of some potentially big shifts for Texas, such as a major review of the state's health professions licensing boards. By Amy Lynn Sorrel

LAW (pages 33-39)

Standing Up for Scope
TMA triumphed when a Travis County district court sided with medicine in a lawsuit against the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners over its granting chiropractors the authority to perform certain diagnostic tests. By Joey Berlin 

QUALITY (pages 41-47)

MACRA: Easing the Pain?
Medicare's final rule acquiesces to medicine's call for more flexibility for small practices in the first year but moves full speed ahead with the transition to value-based payment. By Amy Lynn Sorrel


The Medical Home Machine
Practices that achieve patient-centered medical home (PCMH) status could realize reduced costs and incentive payments from insurance payers if they see the value in contracting with a PCMH. By Joey Berlin 


A Pediatric Application of the STRAC Regional Hospital Trauma Registry Database: Pediatric Trauma Deaths in South Central Texas During 2004-2013 (full text)

By Michelle Buehner, MD; Jay Aden, PhD; Mathew Borgman, MD; Preston Love; Brandi Wright; and Mary Edwards, MD 


Inbox (page 6)
Fact (page 9)
Focus On: EHR Use (pages 10-11)
Rounds (pages 13- 21)
Deaths (page 19)
Journal (page 59)
Tip (page 60)

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