Table of Contents: June 2006

Texas Medicine Logo

Vol. 102 No. 6  


Providing Muscle
If you need help resolving a dispute with an insurance company, the Texas Medical Association has the resources to assist you. For the past 16 years, TMA and its Hassle Factor Log program have helped physicians get paid what they deserve. The information on the logs gives TMA a lot of ammunition when it holds its twice-yearly meetings with insurance carriers.

By Ken Ortolon 


Paging Dr. Nurse
A new program approved by the state could mean some nurses will be known as Dr. Nurse. Physicians are worried the program will train nurses to perform procedures and services not allowed by state law.

By Ken Ortolon 


Decrease the Increase
A Texas coalition is trying to reduce the increasing number of people with end-stage renal disease in Texas.

By Erin Prather 


Pride of Ownership
Do physician-owned specialty hospitals provide better care at a lower cost, or do they take paying patients away from community hospitals? The hospital association says yes, but physicians who do have an ownership interest say that's just not true.

By Ken Ortolon 


Consent May Not Matter
State law requires physicians to report cases of suspected sexual abuse of a minor to the authorities, even if the doctor fears doing so may jeopardize the patient-physician relationship.

By Erin Prather 


Another First for Dr. Burns
When she was 17, Dianna Burns and other students bravely desegregated a Mississippi high school. She shattered another barrier this year when she became the first African-American woman president of the Bexar County Medical Society.

By Nicole Foy, San Antonio Express-News  


TMAIT Identifies Top 10 Mistakes to Avoid When Planning Your Retirement
How to Comparison Shop Electricity Prices for Your Home
Aetna Agrees to Pay Mammography, Myocardial Services Codes
Proposition 12 Was a Really Good Deal
TMA Physician Services Can Help Recruit Office Staff
Ask the TMA Knowledge Center 


Medicare Therapy Cap Exceptions
Outpatient Part B rehabilitation services that Medicare patients receive in all settings - except the outpatient hospital and the hospital emergency room - are subject to a $1,740 therapy cap. However, there are some steps you can take to request an exception.

Medicare Part D Help on the Web
A new site on the Internet should help both you and your patients navigate the choppy waters of the Medicare Part D prescription drug program.

What Can Practice Production Numbers Tell You?
A lot, actually. To find out the numbers and what they can tell you, contact TMA Physician Services. They can help you pinpoint the problem if your production is off. TMA's consultants can provide staff training as needed or analyze your practice's internal systems and provide recommendations for improvement. 


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