Health

A slogan entitled “Passion,” which hangs in my office, states: “Many things will catch your eye. Only a few will catch your heart. Pursue those!” As men and women hurl themselves headlong into life, they are mostly driven by necessity, that which immediately appears to be essential, rather than by passion, which is the birth of one’s purpose for and in life. In fact, Americans have become so unaccustomed to the caring manifested by passion that they often associate passion with irrationality, bigotry, fanaticism or extremism.

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If then, hope is the foundation of passion and purpose, what is hope? The first element is the affirmation that the future is positive and good. For some, this is a difficult aspect of hope. Due to the loss of loved ones to death or estrangement, the future doesn’t look bright. For others, the irremediable consequences of choices or bad experiences make the future gloomy. Yet when we find someone else who needs us and when we recognize how precious life is, hope returns. If there are those who do not value us, there are those who do, or who will, or who can.

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James Holly, M.D.

As most healthcare providers were preparing to celebrate the Declaration of Independence on July 4, Southeast Texas Medical Associates (SETMA) had a surprise laboratory inspection by the Joint Commission. Formerly known as the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), the Joint Commission founded in 1949 is the oldest healthcare organization in the world.

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James Holly M.D.

A group of Texas physicians is fighting government roadblocks to secure care and services to help their patients in need — to access addiction-fighting drugs, or obtain devices to help people with disabilities move.

The 34-member Texas Delegation to the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates will ask the policymaking body to adopt a resolution this week to help patients with disabilities get devices to help them move, and another to allow physicians to prescribe medications electronically for patients they know.

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New death registry rollout may improve vital statistics

The state of Texas is giving new life to a system that records how people die, and Texas doctors are optimistic it will be easier to use and will lead to more accurate death records, which collect vital data used to monitor public health.

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James Holly, M.D.

For those who were born before the mid-20th Century (1950), the approaching of 2018 brings us closer and closer to the mid-21st Century and only seven years until the quarter-of-a-century mark. It seems like yesterday that the Y2K scare was at the top of our “worry list.” How, those of us “historically” minded, often think in terms of anticipated events expected within the next 20 years and wonder how many of those events we will personally experience.

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James Holly, M.D.

As my favorite day of the year approaches, I am aware of how easily we could over look Thanksgiving this year. What do we have to be thankful for today?  Many express their discontent and dissatisfaction with everything from our history to their hysteria. Many, around the world, want to blow up everything and to kill people they do not know in order to protest their dissatisfaction with the way the world is going. Many want to express love for their “God” by hurting, killing or attacking those who have done nothing worse then being different.  

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James Holly, M.D.

Sept. 23, 2017, I wrote CVS CEO Larry Merlo, expressing my concerns about CVS’ use of its Pharmacy Management Benefits (PBM) program to further intrude into healthcare. The letter also summarized SETMA’s extensive clinical tools for supporting the appropriate and safe prescribing of opioid medications including the electronic prescribing of controlled substances.

Sept. 28, 2017, I received a response from CVS Health’s Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer. Here is that response and my observations.

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Saturday, Nov. 4, marked my 74th birthday. One of my problems is that I still think of myself as being 17, which my wife often observes is older than my behavior. Many relatives have passed away including parents, all aunts and uncles and several of my first cousins. In that we are in the 53rd year of our marriage, Carolyn’s family is also mine. Except for my mother-in-law and one aunt by marriage, all of the family I inherited from Carolyn is also gone. As in all families, out of time and order, we have also lost nieces and nephews.

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Gift of Life and Motiva Representatives

Through the generous support of Motiva, more than 30 medically underserved Southeast Texas women recently received free Gift of Life clinical breast exams and mammograms on the UTMB mobile van located at the West Side Development Center in Port Arthur, as well as preventative healthcare screenings, including blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol, provided in partnership with the Port Arthur Health Department.

Motiva representatives attended the site to warmly greet clients.

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