Table of Contents -- May 2001

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Vol. 97 No. 5  

Cover story  

Unionizing Physicians
There hasn't been a land office rush of physicians forming unions since the American Medical Association formed Physicians for Responsible Negotiation, a bargaining unit for physicians. Thus far, the only physician union organizing in Texas has been by a group of emergency room doctors working in the Seton hospital system in Austin. As usual, labor and management have a very different view of things.

By Walt Borges

Legislative Affairs  

Rationing or Taxes
Mounting pressure on the state budget caused by rising health care costs and increases in other state appropriations is causing some Texas lawmakers to worry that they may face a Hobson's choice between rationing health care and increasing taxes in future legislative sessions.

By Ken Ortolon

Public Health  

Improving Cardiac Care
The HeartCare Partnership is offering participating physicians a new electronic tool that will help them measure the care they are providing their patients. One doctor calls it a "pure outcomes measurement tool."

By Laurie Stoneham

Medical Economics  

Bundling and Downcoding
The Texas Medical Association is working hard to eliminate insurance companies' practice of inappropriately bundling and/or downcoding the claims that physicians file, but state insurance regulators haven't been much help thus far. However, they have finally acknowledged they are reviewing complaints to see if inappropriate downcoding is going on.

By Walt Borges

Medical Education  

Physician Workforce
The latest TMA Physician Workforce Report shows a trend away from primary care medicine toward specialty fields. And while Texas currently has enough physicians to serve the state's residents, shortages exist in some specialties, along with an ongoing unfilled demand for primary care physicians in rural areas.

By Laurie Stoneham

Public Health Special Report  

Stroke Prevention Essentials
By Desiree B. Pendergrass, MD, MPH; Peter W. Pendergrass, MD, MPH; Diane Solomon, MD; and Robert G. Hart, MD

The Journal  

Suicide in Travis County, Texas, From 1994 Through 1998
By Siqing Li, MD; Lawrence C. Hauser, MD; and Beilin Gao, MD, PhD

Texas Medicine Rounds  

Winter Conference * Stroke awareness * Hotlines * MedBytes * In Case You Missed It * Physician directory * Medicare audits * Project WATCH * Contract Clause of the Month * Alcoholism study


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