Health Care http://tpr.org en New University Hospital Sky Tower Opens For Patients http://tpr.org/post/new-university-hospital-sky-tower-opens-patients <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">At 6 a.m. today University Hospital started moving 200 patients to its new, 1 million sq. ft. </span>Sky Tower<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> extension.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The opening of the new 10-floor tower marks the completion of the county's $899.4 million Capital Improvement Program for the health system and the largest construction project in </span>Bexar<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> County’s history.</span></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:41:35 +0000 Eileen Pace 29964 at http://tpr.org New University Hospital Sky Tower Opens For Patients Changes In Prescription Labels Could Cut Down On Confusion, Save Lives http://tpr.org/post/changes-prescription-labels-could-cut-down-confusion-save-lives <p>Medical practitioners came together with educators and community leaders last week to discuss ways to communicate more effectively with patients. The 7th Annual Community Service Learning Conference at the UT Health Science Center offered new tools practitioners can use on a daily basis.</p><p>An evolving global health care environment has challenged doctors, nurses and pharmacists to work differently to make sure patients understand even the most basic instructions.</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 17:07:24 +0000 Eileen Pace 29473 at http://tpr.org Changes In Prescription Labels Could Cut Down On Confusion, Save Lives Survey Finds Citizens Favor Police & Firefighters Paying Share Of Insurance Premiums http://tpr.org/post/survey-finds-citizens-favor-police-firefighters-paying-share-insurance-premiums <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">With the ongoing debate between the city and the police and </span>firefighter<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> unions over benefits and healthcare premiums showing no signs of concluding anytime soon, the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce commissioned a telephone survey on the issue.&nbsp;</span></p><p>The survey, conducted for the chamber by a third party, used voter registration information for 501 random phone calls. Participants were asked if they would favor firefighters and police paying for a portion of their healthcare.</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 14:17:01 +0000 Joey Palacios 29472 at http://tpr.org Survey Finds Citizens Favor Police & Firefighters Paying Share Of Insurance Premiums Line Stretches Around Alamodome On Last Day Of ACA Health Care Signup http://tpr.org/post/line-stretches-around-alamodome-last-day-aca-health-care-signup <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Health officials saw an overwhelming number of people looking to sign up and pay for their insurance yesterday, the last day of the Affordable Care Act’s enrollment period for 2014.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen </span>Sebelius<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> said despite the last day of big numbers, they will not be extending the deadline.</span></p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 15:03:20 +0000 Ryan Poppe 29238 at http://tpr.org Line Stretches Around Alamodome On Last Day Of ACA Health Care Signup San Antonio Military Health System Positions Itself For The Future http://tpr.org/post/san-antonio-military-health-system-positions-itself-future <p>On Tuesday three of the nation’s top military medical commanders offered a look at the current state of military health care in San Antonio -- from advances in research to new advanced battlefield treatment.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lt. Gen. (Dr.) Douglas Robb, director of the Defense Health Agency in Falls Church, Va., joined Maj. Gen. Jimmie Keenan, director of the San Antonio Military Health System, and Maj. Gen. (Dr.) Byron Hepburn, the first director of the San Antonio Military Health System, for the panel discussion.</span></p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 16:43:52 +0000 Eileen Pace 28919 at http://tpr.org San Antonio Military Health System Positions Itself For The Future The Source: Religious Rights In For-Profit Businesses http://tpr.org/post/source-religious-rights-profit-businesses <p>This morning the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in <em>Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.;</em> <span style="line-height: 1.5;">the hearing also includes <em>Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v.&nbsp;</em></span><em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sebelius</span></em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 17:33:33 +0000 Paul Flahive 28875 at http://tpr.org The Source: Religious Rights In For-Profit Businesses Brooks County Drops Health Coverage For All Employees http://tpr.org/post/brooks-county-drops-health-coverage-all-employees <div>A South Texas county is telling its employees to enroll in the Affordable Care Act because the county can't afford to insure them any longer. Brooks County is dealing with rising cost of health care, falling oil revenues and the cost of illegal immigration.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><p>The 95 Brooks County employees were told this week they would lose their health insurance and they could sign up for the ACA at the local public library.</p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 19:35:07 +0000 David Martin Davies 28273 at http://tpr.org How A Series Of Mistakes Hobbled Minnesota's Health Exchange http://tpr.org/post/how-series-mistakes-hobbled-minnesotas-health-exchange Minnesota is expected to pick a new lead technology contractor for its health insurance marketplace in the coming weeks. The state has been working hard to improve its website, but in its first few months <a href="http://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/12/health/mnsure-tech-failures-management-issues">serious technical problems</a> made it difficult if not impossible to use.<p>Tom Baden, the state's lead information technology expert, remembers when the fear hit him. It was the end of July, only two months before the exchange, called MNsure, had to go up. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 20:21:00 +0000 editor 28152 at http://tpr.org How A Series Of Mistakes Hobbled Minnesota's Health Exchange The Source: Drug Companies Not Fans Of This Spotlight http://tpr.org/post/source-drug-companies-not-fans-spotlight <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The push to pay doctors to promote a certain drug is being stymied by the spotlight of full disclosure implemented by the 2010 Physician Payment Sunshine Act. A<span style="line-height: 1.5;">ccording to </span><a href="http://www.propublica.org/" target="_blank">ProPublica's</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> databases companies have <a href="http://www.propublica.org/article/as-full-disclosure-nears-doctors-pay-for-drug-talks-plummets" target="_blank">cut as much as a 62 percent</a> from their payments to doctors.</span></p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 14:11:41 +0000 Paul Flahive 28043 at http://tpr.org The Source: Drug Companies Not Fans Of This Spotlight Reaching The Young And Uninsured On A Texas Campus http://tpr.org/post/reaching-young-and-uninsured-texas-campus At lunchtime on the North Harris campus of Houston's <a href="http://www.lonestar.edu/index.htm" target="_blank">Lone Star</a> Community College, students stream through the lobby of the student services center, plugged into their headphones or rushing to class.<p>Many walk right past a small information table about the Affordable Care Act.<p>The table is the brainchild of <a href="http://www.lonestar.edu/kinesiology-dept-nharris.htm" target="_blank">Megan Franks</a>, a health and fitness professor at Lone Star. She knows that young people may be key to the success of Obamacare. Sat, 08 Mar 2014 12:53:00 +0000 editor 27914 at http://tpr.org Reaching The Young And Uninsured On A Texas Campus