Table of Contents: August 2009

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Vol. 105, Issue No. 8 - August 2009


COVER STORY(pages 14-26)

Doctor's Orders Followed
It was one of the strangest legislative sessions in years, but TMA still managed to get most of its legislative agenda passed and head off bad legislation that would have harmed physicians and patients. TMA also secured a gubernatorial veto of a bill that would have weakened the hard-won tort reforms of 2003. By Ken Ortolon


PUBLIC HEALTH(pages 29-34)

Healthy Debate
Lawmakers approved and Governor Perry signed legislation to improve immunization rates and curb obesity. But the legislature again failed to pass a law to outlawed smoking in public facilities and indoor workplaces. By Crystal Conde



No Medicinal Jet Fuel
Efforts in this year's legislature to block the Texas Medical Board from cracking down on nontherapeutic prescribing failed because the bill was caught up in the delaying tactics against a voter identification bill. By Ken Ortolon


LAW(pages 41-47)

Get Out!
Humana has notified some Texas physicians that it is kicking them out of its Medicare Advantage PPO and/or Preferred PPO/Preferred Point of Service networks as of Aug. 1.  By Crystal Conde



Getting Ready for RACs
Medicare has begun a nationwide audit to make sure doctors are paid properly for treating Medicare patients. By Crystal Conde


TRUSTED LEADER(pages 55-58)

Saving Lives Through Education
Francisco G. Cigarroa, MD, of San Antonio, became the first Hispanic in the country to lead a major public university system when The University of Texas System Board of Regents named him chancellor. By Crystal Conde


ROUNDS(pages 5-12)

President Takes Reform Plans to AMA
Reform Main Topic of TMA Fall Conference
TMA Physician Health and Rehabilitation Conference Offers CME/Ethics Education
Death Claims Dr. Cole
Ask the TMA Knowledge Center
Research Roundup



Commentary (page 59)
Information for Authors (page 63)
MedBytes (page 64)


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