Table of Contents: February 2020

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Volume 116, Number 2 — February 2020

Cover Story: Clearing the Haze (pages 16-21)

Physicians say the increased popularity of vaping, particularly among youth, threatens progress made in reducing tobacco use and presents an opportunity to champion tighter regulation and better prevention and education. By Sean Price 

Profile: Doctor on the Set (pages 4-5)
San Antonio surgical resident Michael Metzner, MD, thrives as Hollywood medical adviser. By Steve Levine

Law: Preserving "Do No Harm" (pages 22-23)

Supreme Court tosses challenge to TMA-backed medical ethics committee law. By Joey Berlin

Law: Not Seeing Eye to Eye (pages 25-27)

Concerns over conflicts of interest and a physician’s right to employ and delegate treatment to other professionals collide in a case over the state’s optometry law. By Joey Berlin

Economics: Appropriate Use of Time? (pages 34-36)

Medicare’s new rules for ordering advanced imaging tests present potential prior authorization burdens for physicians. By Joey Berlin

Public Health: Reaching for the Cure (pages 38-42)

Texas Medicaid does not pay for hepatitis C medications until patients are already seriously ill. Physicians say that’s too late. By Sean Price

Vaccines (page 45)

Talk to Patients About: Why Do Some Vaccinated People Still Get Sick? By Sean Price 

Q&A:  Stethoscopes and Telescopes (pages 46-48)

Temple family physician John Manning, MD, merged his interests in photography and space into his latest obsession: astrophotography. Wait ’til you see his photos. By David Doolittle 


Also in this issue:

Rounds, Deaths (pages 10-15)

Infographic: The Doctors Are In! Texas, That Is. (pages 28-30)

Imaging: TMA Advocacy Retreat ( pages 32-33)