Physician employment OKed in Texas; Concierge care predicted to increase;

> Seven percent of physicians are using video-conferencing to talk with patients, mostly to conduct routine follow-up visits and answer questions, according to new data released by Manhattan Research. FierceHealthcare

> Texas physicians are free to get on the employment bandwagon, now that Gov. Rick Perry has signed a bill permitting hospitals to hire their own physicians. Article

> Over half of surveyed primary-care practices in California have implemented an EHR, though adoption remains much higher among larger groups, InformationWeek reports. Article

> From 2005 to 2009, the number of concierge physicians nationwide increased fivefold, and some experts predict that health reform will cause the numbers to spiral further. Article

> The American Academy of Family Physicians has redesigned its practice management curriculum for resident and new physicians to make it more up-to-date and user-friendly. Article

And Finally... When the phones went out, doctors used Twitter to contact chronically ill patients amid the disaster in Japan. Article