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 James  Holly, M.D.

Oct. 1, 2015, the entire healthcare industry is changing its coding to the “new” system, ICD-10, which is used to document diagnoses in medical records and is used for billing insurance companies such as Medicare and Medicaid for the services patients receive.

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All Southeast Texas Medical Associates physicians can now prescribe controlled substances electronically (ePCS). A smaller group of SETMA physicians has been experimenting with this function for the past six months and now all physicians are authorized to use it.

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Part of healthy living and certainly a significant part of longevity is found in the making of sound judgments and the right decisions. The problem with life-changing actions is that we often make decisions on the basis of inadequate information. In his book “The Fifth Discipline,” Dr.

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Recently, the Opinion page of the New York Times included a brief description of the problem facing primary care physicians who are confronted by a patient who wants a narcotic pain medication. When I started practicing medicine over 40 years ago, doctors ordered urine drug screens in order to discover patients who were taking street drugs such as marijuana, heroin, etc. Today, urine drug screens are being recommended and/or required to discover patients who are NOT taking their prescription pain medication and other drugs that have a high potential for abuse.

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In the past 17 years, this column has often addressed the importance of hope in the healthcare process. Without hope, personal healthcare improvement will not happen. Increasingly, in the context of a patient-centered medical home model of care, we have realized that while technology and science can treat diseases, neither can produce health.

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