Table of Contents: January 2010

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Vol. 106, Issue No. 1 - January 2010  

COVER STORY (pages 16-24)

Off to a Good Start
Physicians have to make many decisions when they decide to open their own practice. The paperwork and legalities involved can be daunting, and making the wrong decisions can doom a practice from the start. Do not despair. TMA Practice Consulting and its team of experts can help navigate the troubled waters of opening a practice. By Crystal Conde

SCIENCE (pages 25-29)

Spotting Cystic Fibrosis
Nearly 100 Texas children annually could live healthier lives thanks to screening of newborn babies for cystic fibrosis the Texas Department of State Health Services planned to begin in December. The addition of cystic fibrosis brings to 28 the number of genetic disorders being screened in Texas. By Ken Ortolon

LAW (pages 31-34)

Health Fraud Crackdown
Federal agencies are stepping up antifraud efforts in health care, devoting $311 million this year to strengthen antifraud activities within the Medicare and Medicaid programs.  By Crystal Conde  


Losing Choices
UniCare Health Plans of Texas Inc. and UniCare Life & Health Insurance Co. are withdrawing from the commercial health insurance market in Texas, affecting more than 180,000 enrollees who must find alternative coverage.   By Ken Ortolon

PUBLIC HEALTH (pages 41-47)

"We Have to Do More"
Huge expenses add to the crushing emotional, physical, and psychological toll preterm births can take on families. Physicians   are working to reduce preterm births and their devastating consequences.  By Crystal Conde


Bolstering the Ranks
Leaders of the Texas Medical Association Political Action Committee (TEXPAC) are pushing to boost membership levels by two-thirds in the 2010 membership year, ahead of what they see as a crucial election in November, which will set the tenor and tone for the Texas Legislature for the rest of the decade. By Ken Ortolon

ROUNDS (pages 7-14)

AMA House Holds Firm on Commitment to Health System Reform
Dr. Goodman Honored for Lifetime of Service
Resolution 203 Lays Out AMA Position
Ask the TMA Knowledge Center
Judge: Chiropractors Can't Do EMG, MUA
TMA Winter Conference Addresses Leadership During Change
CMS Extends 2010 Medicare Enrollment
Only Physicians Can Be Called Physicians


Newsmakers (page 13)
Deaths (page 14)
Information for Authors (page 55)
Portrait (page 56)   

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