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SETMA’s team approach to inpatient care is a success, as demonstrated by the facts that our lengths of stay, quality metrics, cost of care and patient satisfaction are excellent. And this team approach is one of the reasons why the indigent, uninsured and unassigned patients for whom we care receive the same quality of care as our private patients. I would offer the following observations about SETMA’s team.

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Value-based payments are expected to focus more on outcomes – improvement in health – than process, or doing “things” to or for patients. For instance, value-based payments will focus more on whether patients’ treatments for diabetes are resulting in improved care rather than just whether patients with diabetes are receiving certain tests.

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Dr. James Holly

In 2014, more than 49.4 million were covered by Medicare, and 8 million of the beneficiaries are under age 65 and are on disability programs. 

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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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