Table of Contents: February 2007


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Vol. 103 No. 2  


"They Deserve Nothing Less"
By Eduardo J. Sanchez, MD, MPH

Defusing a Time Bomb: TMA Leadership Impacts Border Health
By Ken Ortolon

Establishment of the United States-Mexico Border Health Commission
By Eduardo J. Sanchez, MD, MPH; Antonio Falcon, MD; Laurance N. Nickey, MD; and Jose Manuel De La Rosa, MD

Tuberculosis Among Mexican-American Immigrants
By Jose Manuel De La Rosa, MD, and Fernando González, MD, MPH

Border Pandemic Influenza Planning and Response Efforts
By Luis Escobedo, MD, SM, MPH

Estimated Prevalence of Hyperinsulinemia Among Mexican-American Adolescents inSouth Texas
By Daniel E. Hale, MD, and Jorge E. Gómez, MD, MS

Infectious Disease and the Adolescent Immigrant
By Jose Manuel De La Rosa, MD

Exotic Disease in the Migrant Patient
By Richard Campman, PhD

Missed Opportunities and Lessons Learned
By Fernando Guerra, MD, MPH  

Telemedicine Demonstration Projects Along the Texas-Mexico Border
By Oscar A. Noriega, MD  


Traveling Care
By Erin Prather Stafford 


Texas Physicians Mount Last-Minute Campaign to Halt Medicare Cuts
Seven Things You Need to Know About Expanded Newborn Screening 
Dr. Lakey Is New DSHS Commissioner
HOD to Vote on New TMA Constitution
Problems With Front-Desk Collections?
State Starts New Women's Health Program
Corrections Noted for January Journal Article
New Poster Promotes Helmet Use 


Medicare Expands Diabetes Care
Medicare has increased its coverage for treating people with diabetes. Payments to physicians for some of the most-frequently-billed face-to-face patient-physician services have been increased, and access to rural and underserved areas has been expanded. Medicare has posted a tip sheet on its Web site.

The Medical Leave Act and You
Any practice that has 50 or more employees for 20 or more calendar weeks in the current or preceding year is covered by the federal Family and Medical Leave Act. The law requires employers to provide up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave within a 12-month period to employees for the birth, adoption, or foster care placement of a child; for caring for a spouse, child, or parent with a serious illness; or for a serious health condition that makes the employee unable to perform his or her job.

"Home" vs "Facility" as a Place of Service
TrailBlazer Health Enterprises, the Texas Medicare carrier, says it has had problems processing Medicare claims that have Place of Service 12 - home - submitted on the CMS-1500 claim form with information in Item 32 - the name and address of the facility where services were rendered. Make sure you use the right terminology because filling out the CMS-1500 form correctly expedites quick and accurate claims payment.  



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