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A Second Shot at HPV

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 19:04:42 GMT

HPV vaccination rates remain stubbornly low, and some studies show physician hesitancy about promoting the vaccine is the single biggest problem. TMA's HPV Work Group plans to coordinate with like-minded state and national organizations and agencies to come up with an action plan to improve HPV vaccination rates.



Change Around the Block?

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 12:59:04 GMT

Proponents of a block grant or per-capita cap trumpet them as vehicles for the federal government to give the states a capped amount of funding for Medicaid that legislatures would effectively distribute how they see fit. Questions abound as to what capped Medicaid funding would look like, and what effect it would have on the current Medicaid-eligible population, covered services, and physician payments.



Glitch in the Switch

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 13:01:57 GMT

Migrating patient records from one electronic health record system to another can be a nightmare. A La Porte pediatrician's experience provides a cautionary tale for all physicians.



Relation of Mental Health to Alcohol and Substance Use Among Texas College Students

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 13:02:51 GMT

We examined the effect of mental health problems and difficulties on alcohol, tobacco, and other drug (ATOD) use among college students by using the 2013 Texas College Survey of Substance Use (n=11,216), which includes the K6 screening scale for severe mental illness (SMI). Students' K6 scores were used to classify them into 3 groups: those likely to have SMI (9% with scores ≥ 13), those with some mental health problems (36%), and those without mental health issues (55% with scores ≤ 4). Questions regarding ATOD use were analyzed using these 3 groups.  Alcohol use was not significantly associated with K6 scores, although problematic alcohol behaviors as measured by the CAGE test were. Higher cigarette use was significantly associated with higher K6 scores. Finally, both higher marijuana and higher drug use (across 9 other individual drugs) were significantly associated with higher K6 scores. Although higher K6 scores were associated with higher rates of drug use, most students with high K6 scores did not use drugs. However, given the higher level of risk, drug and alcohol interventions should be made available for those students who receive mental health counseling.