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By now, you have heard of ICD-10 and know it is coming. You know it will affect not only your practice but our overall healthcare delivery system, too. Within this final period of preparations, I have had the opportunity to attend several ICD-10 seminars and training sessions geared toward preparing practices for implementation. With this article, I would like to explore ICD-10 from a practice administrator perspective and take a look at specific focus areas.
If you ask, many people will tell you they are not afraid of dying so much as afraid of outliving their resources. No one looks forward to the time when they can no longer care for themselves. When that time comes, the ability to live the best life possible will depend on preparations made today. We can work toward the best outcomes by exercising, eating right, staying mentally fit and financially preparing.
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Health literacy can save lives, save money and improve health. Many argue that healthcare reform cannot be successful without efforts to address health literacy, defined by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as “the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions.”
To say the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (or “Obamacare,” if you prefer) has had a troubled start and continues to deal with myriad problems and confusion would be an understatement. 
I have 10-year-old identical twin girls, Sarah and Kate. They look alike, sound alike and have very similar personalities. When I make my grocery list each week, Kate approaches me and says, “Mom, can you get dried bananas for me?”
Increased collaboration between states and federal government organizations is leading to more charges against physicians for their alleged participation in healthcare fraud.
In 2013, the American Medical Association (AMA) sponsored a survey on physician financial preparedness. It should come as no surprise that the No. 1 financial concern irrespective of age, gender and specialty was retirement savings. How could it not be?
You have created your dream team — finally. You are scoring runs and winning games; players are getting along; and you see a real future. Then, out of nowhere, your shortstop decides to become a free agent and signs with your rival, and your catcher decides he wants to travel the world. Really?
In less than three years, CHRISTUS Westover Hills Orthopaedics has built a robust program founded upon expeditious evaluation and carefully designed treatment protocols.
The move to value-based purchasing is driving physicians to improve the quality of their results to maximize reimbursement by Medicare and other insurers. Many physicians assume that effective practice management is the key to running a successful practice.
Concerned patients and investigative government officials will now have an easier time searching online for reported payments or other transfers of value made to physicians by manufacturers of drugs, medical devices, biologicals, or medical supplies covered by U.S. federal health care programs.
Whether you have your own practice or serve as a leader in a physician group, you have a role in creating an engaging environment where employees give their best efforts every day. If they offer their best, they can help you achieve your practice goals.
One in eight women will personally battle breast cancer at some point in life, according to the National Cancer Institute. In 2012, there were an estimated 1,460 total cases in Bexar County, and specialists at Methodist Healthcare provided care for approximately 1,000 women from Bexar County and beyond.
In today’s fast-moving, multitasking society, convenience and accessibility are important factors for consumers making medical decisions. The idea of medical practitioners co-locating their services to make patients’ visits more efficient and effective isn’t new, but the trend is growing as more and more providers and patients realize the benefits of shared facilities.
As Long-Term Cancer Survival Rates Increase, So Do the Consequences of Prolonged Opioid Therapy.
At CHRISTUS Weight Loss Institute – Westover Hills, experts use bariatric surgery to remedy — and even prevent — serious health issues.
CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital ­– Medical Center puts advanced technology in the hands of a team of skilled academic and private practice physicians, to the benefit of the region’s patients.
From the Texas Hill Country to San Antonio to South Texas, Cancer Care Centers of South Texas (CCCST) brings state-of-the-art treatments, personalized, compassionate and comprehensive care, and access to clinical trials — close to where patients live and work.