Having all your health information at the fingertips of your doctors is more than just a useful desire, according to several recent studies it is an endeavor that would save time, millions of dollars per year to consumers as well as improve health outcomes.
As part of the Affordable Care Act, hospitals and healthcare providers are required to implement a lot of changes in the way that medical records are accessible. Health information exchanges are being built throughout the country in counties and cities.
The backlash from the non-discrimination ordinance continues to play out here in San Antonio. While anti-NDO advocates were unable to force a citywide vote for the policy -- failing to garner even half the required signatures -- recall efforts for the mayor and several council members who voted for the policy continue.
The San Antonio City Council will accept the resignation of District 9 Councilwoman Elisa Chan at Thursday's council meeting.
Starting Monday, Oct. 21, and running through Friday, Nov. 1, the city clerk will be accepting applications of those interested in an appointment to represent District 9. A special election will be held next May so that constituents can pick a council person who will remain in the seat until the 2015 city council elections.
The city council will review the applications on Wednesday, Nov. 6, and vote to fill the vacancy the next day.
One of the most important jobs city leaders have is to appoint board members to CPS Energy and the San Antonio Water System. On Thursday they took up SAWS, and left two members walking away angered that their recommendation to represent the Northeast quadrant did not get approved by their colleagues.
District 10's Carlton Soules and District 9's Elisa Chan picked Kirk Francis for his knowledge and experience with water issues.
Chan said Francis would bring a certain characteristic that may be missing from the current SAWS board.
The San Antonio Water System has announced its proposed rate increase for customers and leaders with the utility will soon approach the city council members for their consideration.
SAWS wants an increase of 5.1 percent -- about $2.59 to the average monthly bill -- to fund new water sources and address wastewater compliance initiatives that the Environmental Protection Agency require.
The San Antonio City Council has begun reviewing potential rate increases from the San Antonio Water System and CPS Energy, a process that will continue until November.
The first of the meetings started Wednesday, when CPS President and CEO Doyle Beneby provided the council an overview of the utility's 4.75 percent proposed increase, which would add $5.19 to the average gas and electric bill each month.