Health

Spindletop Center’s Employee Health & Fitness program is an exciting initiative started by the Center to get people active. With the help of onsite fitness trainers, the center is proud to offer a comprehensive range of free health and fitness opportunities to get their employees moving.  Some of the services offered include personal training, lunchtime fitness programs, weekly walking, running and biking events, nutrition talks, updated workout rooms and personalized meal planning.

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Quality care and patient safety would be immeasurably advanced if an automated medication reconciliation function could be accomplished in the next two years. The two most complicated and difficult problems in medical record keeping are consistently and relentlessly maintaining an accurate, complete and current medication list and maintaining a similar list for chronic problems for which a patient is being followed.

What follows is from the Problem List Reconciliation Tutorial.

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In a publication Feb. 1, senior financial editor of HealthLeaders Media Christopher Cheney addresses the consequences of Texas’ refusal to expand Medicaid. Increasing pressures on primary care through the taxes imposed by the Affordable Care Act on healthcare organizations and the five-year annual decrease in Medicare Advantage reimbursement, which continues for two more years, resulting in a 28 percent decrease, in reimbursement, continues to decrease the ability of providers to care for our most vulnerable citizens.

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As the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) continues to report cases of Zika virus disease in the state — the number of cases was at 10 as of Tuesday, Feb.

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Photo by Chase Hidalgo

Physicians with Memorial Hermann want to help keep young athletes healthy and safe both on and off the field. Young athletes (and parents) should consider these tips – provided by Alfred Mansour, M.D., pediatric orthopedic and sports medicine surgeon affiliated with Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, and Summer Ott, Psy.D., Director of the Sports Concussion Program at Memorial Hermann Ironman Sports Medicine Institute – to ensure they are fit for play:

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Seniors all over Texas are receiving phone calls from individuals who want to make an appointment to come to your home and deliver a new Medical Alert that is all paid for by Medicare. But the truth is, Medicare does not pay for medical alert systems and this item is not free! This is merely a trick for you to give out personal information over the phone to strangers.

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Dr. James Holly

In 1993, John Patrick set IBM on another course and changed the company’s future. Reading his story made me wonder if it’s possible for SETMA to set medicine on another course and to change the future.

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The plaque arrived on April 23, and it reads: “Texas Physician Practice Award presented to Southeast Texas Medical Associates, LLP for Providing Exceptional Preventive Health Care Services using Health Information Technology.” Awarded by The Texas Physician Practice Quality Improvement Award Committee, the committed is made up of the TMF Health Quality Institute (Texas’ CMS Quality Improvement Organization), the Texas Medical Association and the Texas Osteopathic Medical Association.

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Cardiovascular risk assessment is important in your healthcare planning. For more detail review the 14-part series published in 2005 online at www.setma.com/your-life-your-health/cardiovascular-disease-risk-factors. Even though these articles were prepared eight years ago, they are still valid as a foundation for you understanding your risk of developing heart disease.
At a minimum, once you are over 45, your annual cardiovascular risk assessment should include:

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Why is medication reconciliation a subject worthy of special consideration in a medical home setting? To answer that question, consider active conversations which went on among high school students during the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.

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