Table of Contents: November 2017

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Volume 113, Number 11 — November 2017

COVER STORY (pages 22–35)

A Flood of Problems
Hurricane Harvey devastated the Texas coast in late August. Widespread flooding in the Houston area wiped out thousands of homes and businesses, including countless medical facilities and practices. Although the short-term health concerns may be apparent, longer-term effects associated with stress and environmental issues can be harder to spot. By Sean Price

ECONOMICS (pages 37–43)

Facing More "Hoops"
Opioid abuse has killed tens of thousands of Americans in recent years, prompting health plans to adjust their prescription drug policies, including changing formularies and prior-authorization processes. How do these changes align with physician interests and the proper practice of medicine? By Joey Berlin

QUALITY (pages 47–53)

A Wealth of Information
The Center for Health Care Research Data at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health has earned a certification that will allow it to analyze and report on Medicare claims data from Texas. By Joey Berlin


Crisis in the Country
Since 2010, Texas has seen more rural hospitals close than has any other state, leaving huge gaps in health care; however, the state's rural areas have options for maintaining health care facilities. By Sean Price


Fact (page 7)
Focus On: Smoking Cessation (page 9)
Commentary: An Advocate for Texas Medicine Is Gone By G. Sealy Massingill, MD (pages 11–12)
Rounds (pages 15–20)
Newsmakers (page 17)
Deaths (page 20)
Author Guidelines (page 44)
FAQ (page 60) 

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