Table of Contents: October 2009

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Vol. 105, Issue No. 10 - October 2009   


COVER STORY(pages 10-24)  

Dream Realized
The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center opened the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine in El Paso this summer, culminating 30 years of dreaming and 10 years of hard work by the medical community and civic leaders in El Paso and Texas Tech System officials. It's the first medical school on the Texas-Mexico border and the first new medical school in Texas since 1977. By Ken Ortolon   


Health Reform "House Calls"
TMA took to the road this summer, joining county medical societies in holding "house calls" on health system reform throughout the state. The meetings gave physicians and the public a chance to learn about the reform proposals and express their views. By Ken Ortolon   

LAW(pages 33-38)  

Insurers: Behave Yourselves
TMA's attempt to pass a state insurers' code of conduct proved unsuccessful, but it helped spur a similar attempt nationwide. The idea is to ensure transparency and accountability in how insurers operate, and protect patients from loss of coverage and increased out-of-pocket expenses.  By Crystal Conde   

MEDICAL ECONOMICS(pages 41-45)  

Who's Responsible?
Major insurers are offering online new online tools to provide real-time information about patients' coverage and calculate their share of the cost of care while the patients are still in the office. The tools represent progress but there are some problems with them that need addressing to make them more useful. By Ken Ortolon   

PUBLIC HEALTH(pages 47-51)  

TMA to the Rescue
A fund-raising drive TMA initiated last year to help physicians recover from Hurricane Ike has paid big dividends. Physicians received more than a half million dollars to rebuild their practices. By Crystal Conde   

ROUNDS(pages 5-7)  

State Warns of Minutes Solicitation
Heard from Humana or HRI? We Want to Know
TMA Creates Federal Stimulus Package Resource Center
Nominate an Outstanding Science Teacher
TMA Foundation to Honor "Champion" Programs
Assess Your Billing and Collections
Ask the TMA Knowledge Center 

JOURNAL (page 53)   

Respiratory Syncytial Virus Prevention Outreach Project  ( abstract ) ( full text )

ByAngelo P. Giardino, MD, PhD, MPH; Xuan G. Tran, MHA; and D eborah A. Whitmire, BS   


Information for Authors (page 52)
Deaths (page 55)
MedBytes (page 56)   

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