Table of Contents: May 2009

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Vol. 105, Issue No. 5 - May 2009  



COVER STORY (pages 16-22)  

Electronic Medicine
President Obama's economic stimulus plan includes $19 billion to help physicians purchase and implement health information technology systems. The bill makes some big promises to physicians who use electronic medical record (EMR) systems. Physicians will be eligible for funds from 2011 through 2016 if they demonstrate "meaningful use" of a certified EMR technology. Now all the government has to do is define "meaningful use."  By Crystal Conde   

MEDICAL EDUCATION  (pages 25-27)           

Rescuing Old Red
Students from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston descended on the capitol in March to convince lawmakers to put up the money necessary to return the state's oldest medical school to the way it was before Hurricane Ike. ByKen Ortolon   

LAW (pages 29-33)  

Medbloggers Beware
The proliferation of personal blogs, Twitter, Facebook, and other social media is making communications with patients easier, and many physicians are taking advantage of them. But physicians need to be careful because saying the wrong thing can get them in a lot of trouble. Just ask "Flea."  By Crystal Conde   

MEDICAL ECONOMICS  (pages 35-39)         

Like a Bad Penny
Opponents of physician ownership of hospitals failed in their most recent attempt to ban the practice, but organized medicine is convinced the issue will come up again. B y Ken Ortolon   

TRUSTED LEADER  (pages 41-44)             

Dr. Fleming Becomes President
William H. Fleming III, MD, might have been a professional musician. Instead, he became a neurologist in Houston. And now he's TMA's new president. By Larry BeSaw   

2008 TMA Annual Report   


ROUNDS (pages 9-15)  

TMA Launches Insurance "Right to Know" Initiative
Health Insurance and Bureaucracy Rob Patients
Workers' Comp Fines Levied
State Changes Immunization Rules
ACS Releases Annual Recommendations
Perry Wins Nathan Davis Award
Texas Medicine Peer Review Section Is Now Electronic
Medicaid Takes on Smoking
Keep Kids Safe With a Helmet Giveaway




Compare Your Medicare Billing With That of Your Peers
You can benchmark Medicare services you provide through a comparative billing report available from TrailBlazer Health Enterprises.

Help With Negotiating Health Plan Contracts
TMA's Physician's Contract Evaluation Service can help make sure you have a good deal with an insurance company.

Advertise for as Little as $25
You can advertise on TMA's
 Web site for as little as $25.

How to Save Time
Ever wish there were more hours in the day? There are things you can do.

Stimulus Changes COBRA Rules
COBRA continuation coverage rules changed when President Obama signed the financial stimulus law in February.

Social Networking on the TMA Web Site
Join TMA Online Communities to exchange ideas, learn best practices, and develop a new practice management resource. 

Survival Help From TMA
"Economic Tsunami: Surviving and Thriving in 2009" will help you meet some of the challenges in your practice, including containing costs and enhancing efficiency.

Controlling Credit Balances
The Office of Inspector General has made some general recommendations to help your practice deal with credit balances.



JOURNAL (page 49)  

SSRI Use and Behavioral Disruption Among Children and Adolescents at Austin State Hospital ( abstract ) ( full text )




Commentary (pages 45-46)
Deaths (page 47)
Information for Authors(page 51)
MedBytes (page 52)  



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