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MARCH 2015 37 LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS


Making over PAT Lawmakers recommend improve- ments to Prescription Access in Texas (PAT), the state’s prescription monitoring database, as part of a larger strategy to fight prescription drug abuse.


BY AMY LYNN SORREL 45 LAW


Caring across state lines The proposed Interstate Medical Licensure Compact would expedite the medical licensure process, mak- ing it easier for physicians to move from state to state or to practice telemedicine.


BY KARA NUZBACK 51 QUALITY


Professionalism in action Although TMA’s Choosing Wisely grant ends, physicians still strive to avoid the overuse of unneces- sary and possibly harmful tests and procedures while promoting shared decisionmaking.


BY AMY LYNN SORREL 59 PRACTICE MANAGEMENT


Grappling with small-business insurance


Some physicians offering health insurance to their employees are feeling the impact of the Affordable Care Act. The TMA Insurance Trust can help physicians navigate their insurance purchases.


BY KARA NUZBACK 2 TEXAS MEDICINE March 2015


« 29 ECONOMICS Good form


New standardized prior authorization forms for health care services and prescription drugs released by the Texas Department of Insurance promise to allevi- ate administrative busy work and its related costs.


BY AMY LYNN SORREL


“This is not going to sneak in any wide swaths of people who otherwise wouldn’t be qualified in our state.” Page 45


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