Health Care

Health Care
1:07 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

1 Million Texans Still Without Health Coverage

Terry Jordan, 56, is one of a million Texans affected by the state’s decision not to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. (Carrie Feibel/KUHF)

Originally published on Fri May 23, 2014 2:26 pm

More than 700,000 Texans have signed up for a health plan through the online insurance marketplace. For that group, the Affordable Care Act appears to be working.

But an even larger number of Texans — one million or more — still have no access to affordable coverage because Texas officials opted out of a federal plan to expand Medicaid for the poorest adults.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Carrie Feibel of KUHF explains.

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Veteran Affairs
11:16 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Van De Putte Calls For Veterans Affairs Wait Time Investigation

Credit U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

On Monday, state Sen. Leticia Van De Putte, D-San Antonio, spoke out against the alleged misreporting and manipulation of wait times at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs clinics.

A whistleblower alleges that the VA has been making veterans wait long periods of time before seeing a doctor, but recording a shorter wait time in official reports.

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The Source - May 12, 2014
2:02 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

The Source: Are You Your Doctor's First Concern?

Credit EdTech Stanford School of Medicine

Doctors are facing a marketplace that demands they think about many things before the patient. That's according to a new book by Dr. Jack Cochran, executive director of the Permanente Federation and author Charles Kenney called "The Doctor Crisis: How Physicians Can and Must Lead the Way to Better Health Care."

Cochran argues it has never been less fulfilling emotionally and professionally than today to be a doctor. This assumes a doctor was inspired to join the field to help people and not just to make money. 

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The Source - May 6, 2014
10:20 am
Tue May 6, 2014

The Source: Free Screenings For Aneurysms This Weekend

Credit Johns Hopkins

A leading cause of instant death in the U.S. gives off few symptoms. Abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) kill 15,000 people every year and are detected 90 percent of the time by accident, according to Johns Hopkins Medical Center.

This weekend University Medical Center is offering free screenings for the problem on its Robert E. Green Campus.

Your aorta is the garden hose of your body, moving vast quantities of blood every minute and any kind of bulge or rupture can be deadly.

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Shots - Health News
8:58 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Who Really Pays For Health Care Might Surprise You

President Obama said eight million people signed up for health coverage through new insurance exchanges.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 4:55 pm

Eight million people have signed up for subsidized private health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, President Obama said this month. Millions more obtained new coverage through the Medicaid program for the poor.

Full implementation of the health law has renewed discussions of winners and losers, makers and moochers.

Here's a corrective to common misconceptions about who pays for health care.

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The Source - April 23, 2014
2:16 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

The Source: State-Run Homes For The Disabled Still Troubled

Resident of San Antonio State-Supported Living Center makes way down hall
Credit David Martin Davies

A state-run living center for the disabled in Austin spent a little over $1 million for a private firm to come in and resolve the many issues and infractions detailed in a report by state regulators. A year later the firm is gone and the center has the same amount of infractions. The Austin American-statesman ran a good piece on it last weekend. 

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Health Care
4:26 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

University Hospital To Lead Medicaid Waiver Conference In May

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission is preparing to implement a five-year program under the Section 11-15 Medicaid Waiver. Health care leadership from around the state will gather in San Antonio next month to talk about the $1 billion coming to South Texas as a result of the waiver.

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Health Care
1:29 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Texas Still Negotiating Federal Block Grant For Medicaid Expansion

Texas Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Dr. Kyle Janek said he’s negotiating a waiver with federal officials that gives the state permission to obtain a federal block grant to expand Medicaid, but people within HHS said they haven’t even completed the application.

In mid-September 2013 Janek received his last instructions from the governor’s office on the terms of what that federal block grant should look like. He was asked last week where the state was in the process of securing federal dollars to design a state program to expand Medicaid.

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Community Health
12:41 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

New University Hospital Sky Tower Opens For Patients

Eileen Pace TPR News

At 6 a.m. today University Hospital started moving 200 patients to its new, 1 million sq. ft. Sky Tower extension.

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 Bexar County’s history.

A large metal sculpture set against native red Pecos sandstone greets patients at the main driveway of the new Sky Tower with 4,000 hand-painted bluebonnets.

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Health Studies
12:07 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Changes In Prescription Labels Could Cut Down On Confusion, Save Lives

A new label concept introduced at the conference uses explicit text in the instructions window to make sure patients are clear on the dosage.
Dr. Sunil Kripalani

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.

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.

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