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used were not disclosed to you before the evaluation period for the ranking.


4. The standards and measures don’t comply with the law’s and the regula- tions’ hierarchy of standards.


5. The ranking program did not have physicians currently in clinical prac- tice actively involved in developing the standards.


6. The measures and methodology used in the comparison program are not transparent and/or valid.


Find out more in “Basic Steps for Re-


viewing and Disputing Physician Rank- ings and Tierings,” TMA’s free tool at www.texmed.org/Ratings_Toolkit. The steps walk you through the procedure to appeal your ranking or tiering under programs such as Aetna Aexcel, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas Blue


Compare, CIGNA Care, and United- Health Premium. You’ll find more information and re-


sources on the Physician Ranking page of the TMA website at www.texmed.org/ Physician_Rating_Schemes.aspx. If you have questions or need help, telephone the TMA Knowledge Center at (800) 880-7955 or email knowledge@ texmed.org.


PHR conference offers CME/ethics education


“Healing the Healer” will be held Sept. 14–15 at the Hilton Fort Worth. Pre- sented by the TMA Committee on Phy- sician Health and Rehabilitation, the conference is accredited for up to 8 AMA


PRA Category 1 Credits™, 7 of which are designated as ethics and/or professional responsibility education. Presentations will include:


• Coping With Mistakes; • Diagnosis and Treatment of Co-Occur- ring Disorders;


• Neurocognitive Issues in Physician Health;


• The Impact of Physician Chronic Ill- ness on Performance in Patient Care;


• Impact of Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome on Physician Health; and


• Shifting Gears: Adapting Your Prac- tice to You.


TMA recommends preregistration. To


request a brochure or get more informa- tion, call Linda Kuhn at (800) 880-1300, ext. 1342, or (512) 370-1342, or email linda.kuhn@texmed.org.


PHR has ethics CME Newsmakers


Gov. Rick Perry appointed Scott Schams, MD, of College Sta- tion, to the Pharmaceuticals and Therapeutics Committee. The committee makes recommendations about the contents of preferred drug lists. Dr. Schams is a board-certified pediatrician, partner at Pediatric Group Practice, and an assistant clinical professor of pediatrics at Texas A&M University Health Science Center College of Medicine.


Lewis E. Foxhall, MD


Lewis E. Foxhall, MD, of Houston, received the Presidential Award of Merit from the Texas Academy of Family Physicians. He is a family physician, professor, and vice president of health policy at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and a member of the TMA Board of Trustees. He was hon- ored for his years of involvement in organized medicine and for his efforts to win restoration


of funding for the Texas Family Medicine Statewide Preceptor- ship Program.


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The TMA Committee on Physician Health and Rehabilitation (PHR) offers several live presentations upon request and online and home study courses, all of which are accredited for AMA PRA Cat- egory 1 Credit™ and designated for eth- ics and/or professional responsibility education. Choose from 23 live courses to have


presented by a PHR education team member at your county medical society or hospital meeting. Completion of PHR courses is also


available online. The courses are all PDFs, so one click takes you to the pri- mary document to read. Then, complete the test and evaluation, and upon suc- cessful completion, you may access your continuing medical education (CME) transcript online. Choose from 18 cours- es in one-hour and two-hour formats. You may also access PHR and other


courses via the TMA website (www.tex med.org/CME) in the new TMA Educa- tion Center. The same topics are available in


home study. Read the PDF course; then complete the TMA identification page,


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