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The Physicians Foundation (www, a national nonprofit organization that helps prac- ticing physicians thrive and care for pa- tients, is funding TMA’s new program through a $100,000 grant. “This program will help physicians maintain financially and operationally viable practices — something they’re not necessarily trained to do in medi- cal school or residency,” said Bridget McPhillips, TMA vice president of mem- bership and business development. The program targets newly licensed physicians and medical residents in Texas’ rural and underserved areas, al- though any physician (even those out- side Texas) can benefit. The Physicians Foundation has

awarded other grants to TMA in the past. In 2006, the foundation awarded a $1 million grant to TMA to help more physi- cians adopt health information technol- ogy (HIT) in their practices. TMA sur- veys have charted doctors’ HIT adoption growth from 27 percent in 2005 to 60 percent now. TMA received subsequent grants to

revise its popular Electronic Medical Re- cord Implementation Guide for national distribution and to help physicians with meaningful use electronic health records incentive requirements. To contact TMA Practice Consulting,

call (800) 523-8776 or email practice

PHR conference offers ethics CME

“Interventions for Health” will be the theme of the TMA Committee on Phy- sician Health and Rehabilitation (PHR) Training Session and 20th Annual Re- treat Feb. 22–23 at Horseshoe Bay Resort Marriott in Horseshoe Bay. The conference is accredited for a maximum of 11.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™, 7 of which are designated as ethics and/or professional responsibility education. Presentations during the conference will include:

• Fatigue in Physicians; • How to Give an Effective Presenta- tion;

• Intervention for Physicians Who May Have a Potentially Impairing Condi- tion;

• There’s Someone in There and It’s Not Me (The Addicted Brain);

• Intervention: Practice Session; • Exercise as Medicine: Personal and Patient Best Practices;

• Pros and Cons of Popular Diets; • Nutrition Steps to Weight Loss and Health; and

• Healthy Physicians: Healthy Patients (Linking Patient-Centered Care to Patient-Physician Relationships and Health Outcomes).

To request a brochure, or for addition-

al information, call Linda Kuhn at (800) 880-1300, ext. 1342, or (512) 370-1342, or email her at

Ladon Homer, MD, 1935–2012

Former TMA President Ladon W. Homer, MD, died Nov. 15 in Fort Worth. He was 77.

Dr. Homer served as TMA president

during 2005–06. Dr. Homer received his medical de-

gree from Loma Linda University School of Medicine in Loma Linda, Calif., in 1965, and took his postgraduate medi- cal training at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock.

After an academic appointment at the University of Arkansas School of Medi- cine, he left academia and began a long and satisfying career in the private prac- tice of pathology, first at Madison Hospi- tal in Madison, Tenn., and then at Hugu- ley Memorial Hospital in FortWorth. He served as president of the medical staff in both facilities and received the Distin- guished Physician Award from Madison Hospital in 1978. He was named phy- sician of the year at Huguley Memorial Hospital in 1995. Dr. Homer served in the TMA House

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served as vice president of the Texas Medical Foundation and as a delegate to the American Medical Association.

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