Sep 18, 2009

New Network Enhances Patient Safety

The Health Care Notification Network (HCNN) that offers U.S. Food Drug Administration (FDA) drug and medical device recalls and safety alerts has merged with the Physicians' Desk Reference to form the PDR Network.

New Network Enhances Patient Safety
9/16/2009 7:00 PM

Sep 14, 2009

Posters Educate Patients About Reform

You can influence the message your patients receive on health system reform by using your waiting room and exam room walls.

Posters Educate Patients About Reform
9/11/2009 7:00 PM

Foundation Says HSR Balloons Health Cost

Health system reform has never been attempted in the face of "deep and persistent" physician shortages developing in the United States. Furthermore, it is "untenable to believe that the large increases in spending that are contemplated by insurance …

Foundation Says HSR Balloons Health Cost
9/9/2009 7:00 PM

Sep 11, 2009

Me and My Doctor Campaign - Podcast TMA

The topic of this installment of Podcast TMA is "Me and My Doctor, We Know Best," the campaign that TMA has developed to help physicians talk to their patients about the national health system reform debate. The message to Congress and President Obama is simple: “Fix what’s broken; keep what’s good.”

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Our guests are Dan McCoy, MD, a dermatologist from Dallas and chair of TMA's Council on Legislation, and Bryan Eppstein, of Capitol Alliance Public Affairs. Both men helped to develop the new campaign. We did this interview during a break in the action at TMA's 2009 fall conference.

The topics we coverd include:

  • Why TMA developed the new campaign,
  • How the campaign message and imagery were developed,
  • What the campaign means to TMA as an organization and to its members,
  • The importance of the patient-physician relationship to grassroots advocacy, and
  • The role of social networks like Twitter and Facebook in the new campaign.

Learn more about the "Me and My Doctor" campaign.

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Use social media to spread the campaign.

Visit the "Me and My Doctor" Web site for patients.


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Sep 10, 2009

AMA Defines Seven Health Reform Principles

Congress should adopt health system reforms that will benefit all Americans, American Medical Association President Jim Rohack, MD, says in a letter to President Obama and Congress.

AMA Defines Seven Health Reform Principles
9/8/2009 7:00 PM

State Plans for Tamiflu Shortage

State health officials are anticipating limited availability of commercial Tamiflu oral suspension by posting dosage charts on the www.texasflu.org Web site.

State Plans for Tamiflu Shortage
9/8/2009 7:00 PM

Medicaid Corrects Cardiac Code Errors

State Medicaid officials say they mistakenly deactivated coverage for numerous cardiac, pathology, and other codes.

Medicaid Corrects Cardiac Code Errors
9/8/2009 7:00 PM

HHSC Seeks Translators

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission is accepting applications for membership on the Advisory Committee on Qualifications for Health Care Translators and Interpreters.

HHSC Seeks Translators
9/8/2009 7:00 PM

H1N1 Vaccine Coming in October

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has notified Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) officials that Texas can expect to receive its first shipment of novel H1N1 flu vaccine during the first week of October, a second shipment …

H1N1 Vaccine Coming in October
9/7/2009 7:00 PM

Sep 1, 2009

Doctors Surviving the Recession - Podcast TMA

Covering overhead costs, paying staff members, purchasing supplies and equipment, and paying the office lease are tougher for physicians right now. The economic recession afflicting the country is having an effect on physicians' ability to meet operational costs while continuing to provide high-quality, life-saving care. To stay up and running, some physicians are taking out lines of credit and obtaining loans.

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This installment of Podcast TMA examines the effect the economic recession is having on physicians' practices. The cover story of the September 2009 issue of Texas Medicine magazine tells the story of a young physician who obtains a loan to open a new practice and the daily financial challenges that face two established physicians. Today, Lindsay Irvin, MD, a San Antonio pediatrician who owns Alamo Heights Pediatrics, and Carlos Diaz, MD, a Boerne ophthalmologist who opened Diaz Vision Center last year, share their stories and some tips other physicians can use to weather this economic recession. This installment covers:

  • Measures physicians have taken to ensure the financial viability of their practices;
  • How the economic downturn has affected some Texas medical practices;
  • The impact of the recession on patients; and
  • Advice for medical practices struggling to survive the economic downturn.


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