Table of Contents: February 2009

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Vol. 105 No. 2 - February 2009



Symposium on Adult Diseases in Children
Two decades ago, physicians did not encounter type 2 diabetes mellitus, lipid disorders, or obstructive sleep apnea in children with any frequency, and only occasionally did they diagnose hypertension and obesity in their young patients. Today, the prevalence of these conditions in children and adolescents is increasing. This Texas Medicine special issue provides current understanding of the emergence and management of adult diseases in children and offers readers an opportunity to earn continuing medical education credit.

Adult Diseases Inherited in the Pediatric Age Group (pages 21-22)
By Surendra K. Varma, MD, Guest Editor

Childhood Obesity: The Scope of the Problem (pages 23-24)
By Soumya Adhikari, MD

Psychological Predictors of Success in a Pediatric Cognitive-Behavioral Weight-Control Program (pages 25-32)
By Carmen Mikhail, PhD; A. Scott Raynaud, PhD; Vernisha Y. Shepard, MEd; Peter Nieman, FRCP(C); Diana Arceo, MD; and William J. Klish, MD

Type 2 Diabetes in Children and Adolescents: "The Family Disease of the 21st Century" (pages 33-37)
By Stephen W. Ponder, MD, CDE

Hyperlipidemia in Children (pages 38-43)
By Vandana S. Raman, MD, and Rubina A. Heptulla, MD

Hypertension in Children (pages 44-46)
By Tammy Camp, MD, and Deogracias Pena, MD

Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Children (pages 47-50)
By Daina Dreimane, MD



ROUNDS(pages 9-14)

The Texas Medicare Manifesto II
Workers' Comp Conversion Factors Adjusted
Your 2009 Goal: Stronger Practice Operations
TMA Introduces TMA Weekly Headlines
Help Us Help You: Renew Today!
This Is the Greatest Generation




2009 ICD-9 Codes In Effect
The 2009 ICD-9-CM codes went into effect in October, affecting the classification system of every specialty. The new code set contains 373 new, 70 revised, and 26 invalid diagnosis codes.

BCBSTX Has Member Liability Information
The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) automated systems that give physicians access to member eligibility and benefits now include member liability information.

When the Prompt Pay Law Applies
A patient's health plan identification card indicates if the plan is fully insured and regulated by the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI), and thus subject to state prompt pay laws. If the card doesn't indicate that the plan is regulated by TDI, you can infer that it is self-funded and not  subject to prompt pay regulations.




Commentary (pages 5-6)
Deaths (page 55)
MedBytes (page 56)



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