Table of Contents: January 2021



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Volume 117, Number 1 — January 2021

Cover story: Staying the Course (pages 20-27)
The way the Texas Legislature conducts business during the 2021 session may look different due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But the Texas Medical Association’s commitment to improving health care remains the same. Some of those goals are up against deep cuts to state agency budgets. At the same time, however, the pandemic has created opportunities for medicine to bend lawmakers’ ear on some of its longstanding goals, including advancing access to care, vaccines, health coverage, and telemedicine. By Joey Berlin and Sean Price

Practice managementOpening Act (pages 28-31)
New federal rules will give patients unprecedented access to their electronic health records. By Sean Price

Quality: Troubling Trend (page 32-33)
More QPP trouble. By Joey Berlin

Quality: The Customer Is Always Right? (pages 34-37)
Patient-reported outcome measures have their fans and detractors. By Joey Berlin

Public health: A Different Kind of Patient (pages 39-41)
CME from TMA helps physicians identify human trafficking victims. By Joey Berlin

Public health: COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy (pages 42-44)
Some patients will dig in their heels about these vaccines. Physicians have proven ways to respond. By Sean Price

Vaccines (page 47)
Talk to Patients About: Flu Shot Myths. By Sean Price

Also in this issue … 
Commentary: Handbook of Texas Medicine (page 9)
Rounds: AMA meeting coverage (pages 12-16)