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Taking Another Shot

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 16:46:55 GMT

At a time when conscientious exemptions for vaccination are on the rise, Texas physicians are supporting lawmakers who plan to push for the release of school campus-level exemption data.

Seeing Stars

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 13:59:25 GMT

Understanding how health care rating websites operate can help physicians shape their online presence and attract patients to their practices.

If at First You Don't Succeed

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 14:00:51 GMT

New Texas Medical Association data show physicians' passion and persistence are paying off as they attempt to negotiate the terms of their health plan contracts. And when they do, physicians often are successful at getting some of the changes they want.

Under Investigation?

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 14:00:04 GMT

Revisions to the National Practitioner Data Bank's NPDB Guidebook concern health law attorneys who are warning physicians to protect themselves if they plan to step away from their practices.

The Health Insurance Gap After Implementation of the Affordable Care Act in Texas

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 14:06:52 GMT

Households with incomes between 18% and 99% of the federal poverty level (FPL) are ineligible for Medicaid or enrollment in the health insurance exchange marketplace in Texas, resulting in the health insurance gap. We sought to determine the number of non-elderly adult Texans (NEATs) aged between 18 and 64 years in the insurance gap in rural vs urban areas in East Texas, West Texas, and South Texas. Data were obtained from the US Census Bureau website. In 2014, there were 1,101,000 NEATs in the insurance gap, accounting for 24.5% of all uninsured persons in Texas. The gap was significantly higher in rural vs urban areas in East and South Texas and in Texas as a whole. Large coverage gaps in states like Texas not expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act pose major hurdles to reducing the number of uninsured individuals in these states.