Family Medicine

Is the Direct Primary Care Model for You?


Dina Petrutsas, CPA

Many physicians may recall years ago when commercial insurance payers paid a percentage above the CMS Allowable, and Medicare was one of their lowest payers. Today, for many small groups and solo physician offices, Medicare is their best payer. This change has caused...


Following a Different Model of Care

Accountable care organizations (ACOs) focus on improving the patients’ health and experience while reducing costs.


New Prostate Cancer Screening Guidelines Could Detect Cancer Early, Save Lives

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently issued new guidance on PSA testing for the early detection of prostate cancer that may help thousands of men each year.

Previously recommending against screening, after considering new information, the Task Force has now concluded...


American Cancer Society Recommendations for Prostate Cancer Early Detection

A new study released in March found that many men receiving prostate specific antigen (PSA) testing do so without a comprehensive shared decision-making process, contrary to current guidelines. The American Cancer Society study, appearing in Annals of Family Medicine, finds that in both 2010 and 2015 about six in 10 men who reported recent PSA testing said they had received at least one component of shared decision making with their healthcare providers. Meanwhile, only 1 in 10 with no PSA test reported receiving any component of shared decision making in both 2010 and 2015.


University Medicine Associates: Caring for the Community

With more than 150 physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants providing care to patients in more than 22 locations in the San Antonio area, University Medicine Associates is one of the largest provider groups around — and arguably among the least well-known.


A Lifetime of Women’s Health at UT Medicine

Providing adolescent and general gynecology, infertility solutions, cancer treatment, urogynecologic services, and care for healthy and high-risk pregnancies, the UT Medicine Obstetrics and Gynecology practice is equipped to meet women’s health needs at all stages of life.


Reticulocyte Hemoglobin Content (RET-He): Clinical Value of a Key Parameter in Reticulocyte Evaluation

The complete blood count (CBC) with reticulocytes, one of the most frequently ordered lab tests, may be underutilized by physicians for diagnostic purposes.


Southwest General Hospital Physician Practice Designed to Meet Southside Community Need

Dedicated to serving the primary care needs of San Antonio’s Southside community, the new, bilingual practice of Jorge Estrada, MD, is accepting patients ages 16 and older with Medicare, Medicaid and most other forms of insurance.


The Health Collaborative

Improving the Health Status of the Community by Supporting Family Health and Fitness


The Inside Scoop on HR Outsourcing

Many organizations are realizing cost savings, increased productivity, increased employee satisfaction and a sharpened focus on their core competencies by outsourcing some or all of their human resources (HR) responsibilities and tasks.