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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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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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