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June 25, 2009
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TMA Applauds Governor Perry for Protecting Medical Liability Reforms
from Medical News Today, June 22, 2009
Statement from Texas Medical Association President William H. Fleming III, MD: "The nearly 44,000 physician and medical student members of the Texas Medical Association express their most sincere appreciation to Gov. Rick Perry for protecting our state's highly successful medical liability reforms by vetoing House Bill 3485." More



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Perry Vetoes Measures That Would Have Helped Rural Hospitals Hire Doctors
from Lubbock Online, June 23, 2009
Cindy Wetzel is disappointed. Wetzel, chief nursing officer of Plainveiw-based Regence Health Network, which operates seven medical and dental clinics in the South Plains and the Panhandle, was counting on House Bill 3485 to become law because the proposed legislation would have allowed hospitals in counties with less than 50,000 residents - like Hale County - to have doctors on the payroll. More

Few Texans Qualify for State Funding to Keep Medically Fragile at Home
from The Dallas Morning News, June 20, 2009
Toby Simmons' disabilities were so severe that he couldn't breathe or swallow without help. For the first two decades of his life, he received around-the-clock nursing care in his foster mother's home. But when he turned 21 and aged out of the children's health program that paid for the care, the state said it was too costly to keep him at home. The state's solution? An institution. More

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How to Talk to Your Health Care Practitioner
from The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, June 22, 2009
Good communication between you and your health care practitioners the physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, physician assistants and other health care professionals you see is essential to good care. It's important that you give your practitioner the information about yourself and your health that he or she needs to provide quality care. And it's important that he or she explain what you need to do to stay as healthy as possible, in a way that is understood. More

An Interview With Atul Gawande
from The Washington Post, June 23, 2009
Atul Gawande's New Yorker article comparing the medical systems of El Paso and McAllen, Texas, has been a definitional piece in the health reform conversation. President Obama has repeatedly invoked it. Senators have talked about it. The media have embraced it. Ezra Klein of The Washington Post spoke to Gawande about the fallout from his article, the problem of revenue-driven medicine, and whether a public plan would make a difference. More

Administration: Hospitals Unwilling to Share Electronic Record Will Miss Out on Stimulus Funds
from The Dallas Morning News, June 24, 2009
The Obama administration's point man on electronic medical records warned Tuesday that hospitals unwilling to share such files with their competitors would not be eligible for billions of dollars in economic stimulus funds. North Texas hospitals have talked for years about ways to share these records but have been unable to agree. Some participants in the discussions have said that's because of concerns they might lose patients to competing hospitals. More

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Hotline Would Provide Pregnancy Info
from Lubbock Online, June 24, 2009
Texas Tech officials in Amarillo are working to create a unique hotline for women who have questions about how medications can affect pregnancy or nursing. Pregnant women or nursing mothers and their doctors or health providers will be able to call the center, give a technician basic facts and receive information on their medication's impact. More

GOP Senator Advocates Incentives for 'Healthy' Behavior
from Business & Media, June 24, 2009
Coming soon: A check in the mail if you purchase the skim milk instead of the whole milk at your grocery store? That sort of sounded like what Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas is advocating as an alternative to some of the more costly solutions proposed by President Barack Obama and his surrogates. More

Editorial: Health Insurance for All U.S. Children Would be a Bargain, Study Finds
from The Houston Chronicle, June 23, 2009
Some things make so much sense they shouldn't need explaining. Take children's health insurance. If it leads to better outcomes for kids, their families, their communities and the economy in general, and if it's been shown to be substantially cheaper than the alternative, isn't it worth serious consideration? More

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Heart Attack Prevention Bill Mandating CAD Screening Passes Quietly in Texas
from Medscape Today, June 23, 2009
While wading through reams of other bills and paperwork awaiting his attention, Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed off on the controversial Texas Heart Attack Prevention Bill, mandating health-benefit plans to provide coverage for certain screening tests for early coronary artery disease. According to Michael Gray, a staffer for the bill's champion Rep. Rene Oliveira, D- Brownsville, the bill was first amended to exclude select coverage plans, enabling it to pass the House, then amended to include a provision that offers state-sponsored bariatric surgery for morbidly obese state employees under specific circumstances. More

$16 Million Secured for Texas A&M Health Sciences Center
from The Austin Business Journal, June 22, 2009
With Gov. Rick Perry's signing of the state budget, the Texas A&M Health Science Center has secured an additional $16 million for continued expansion of its College of Medicine over the next two years. The HSC campuses in Bryan-College Station and Temple, along with the new Round Rock campus set to open in fall 2009, will benefit from the infusion. A total of $45 million will support the college's growth during the next two years. More



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