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Smoking Will Continue To Be Snuffed Out

In the early 1990s, Delta Airlines became the first to ban smoking on flights. In 2011, Baylor Scott & White Health, then known just as the Baylor Health Care System, vowed to no longer hire nicotine users. Now, the 2014 decision by CVS to stop carrying tobacco products is another sign that cigarette smoking will continue to be snuffed out in this country. Full Story

Will Congress Finally Repeal the Sustainable Growth Rate?

In 1997, Congress enacted a cost containment measure known as the Sustained Growth Rate (SGR) formula as a response to rising Medicare costs. Current negotiations in Congress represent the most promising opportunity for its abolition that has existed. Hopefully, a bipartisan effort will determine a solution that will account for the expense of the change. Full Story

The Reality of the ICD-10 Coding System

This year, an important transition is taking place. As hospitals move from the ICD-9 coding system to ICD-10 on October 1, 2014, the way medical diagnoses and procedures are documented in a patient’s electronic medical record (EMR), and coded for billing purposes, is becoming more specific. Full Story

Are Health Insurance Exchange Plan Premiums Good Deals?

With the first year’s enrollment deadline just around the corner, millions of Americans are signing up for health insurance in new public marketplaces known as ‘exchanges.’ But for those who have never shopped for a health plan — or who have spent a long period of time without coverage — questions abound over how best to gauge the cost, quality, and value of an insurance package. Full Story

Treating Sjogren’s Syndrome with Integrative Medicine

Sjögren’s syndrome is an autoimmune disease wherein the body’s white blood cells attack the moisture-producing glands in the body. These glands are primarily the tear and salivary glands. It is estimated that as many as 10 million people worldwide have this disease. While it attacks all ethnic and racial groups, estimates say that 90 percent of its victims are female and that symptoms began in their 40s. If you have received a diagnosis that you have Sjogren’s syndrome, you may actually be quite fortunate. With standard medical tests,it generally takes about six years to come up with a proper diagnosis. Symptoms are not… Full Story