Health

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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I remember when I was a very young Christian getting discouraged about a matter within our church family. I went to the pastor’s office and talked with him a good while about the incident and asked for prayer and instruction. Because my husband and I worked on the church staff, Dr. Hutson was not only my spiritual leader, but my employer. My needs concerned him and he wanted to help. He wisely gave me sage advice that I have tried to remember since that time.

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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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