Author Archives: Dr. Russell Kridel

Insurance Companies Assault

The Assault on Patients and Physicians: Big Business Steals Time and Money from Patient Care (Please note: this opinion piece is just reflective of  Russ Kridel, MD personal opinion and is not the opinion or policy of any organization or … Continue reading

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Physicians Role Stemming Opioid Misuse

Deaths from Opioid Misuse on the Rise The CDC estimates that 115 people die each day from an overdose of opioids. In the last 15 years that translates to over ½ million people.  This includes legal drugs prescribed to treat … Continue reading

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States call for tougher E cigarette regulation

Calls for E cigarette Regulation Intensifies I applaud the efforts of more than two dozen state attorneys efforts to have the FDA impose tougher restrictions on e-cigarettes, outlined in the August 9, 2014 Wall Street Journal article, “States Urge Tougher … Continue reading

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Electronic Health Records

Electronic Health Records transition can be a burden to physicians In addition to payment cuts, our government is now penalizing us more frequently for not buying into their new plans. In order to comply with Medicare “Meaningful Use” requirements, we … Continue reading

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Physicians Leading Future Change in Healthcare: HCMS Newsletter President’s Page by Dr. Russell Kridel

Physicians Leading Future Change in Healthcare Thank you for the great honor in allowing me to serve you and the Harris County Medical Society (HCMS) this year. We have had many challenges but have faced them squarely. Rather than meekly … Continue reading

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Physician leaders as artists ignite change

Physician Leaders as Artists We know of the classic art museums in the world, famed not because of their structure, but because of the diverse unique works on their walls.  The greatness of these institutions expands only as do their … Continue reading

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Personal Responsibility in Healthcare

Role of personal responsibility in healthcare costs: Personal Responsibility is an important element of addressing rising health care costs. Obesity alone has taken on epidemic proportions, with the United States spending $174 billion a year to treat diabetes, and at least … Continue reading

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TEXPAC gives physicians a voice in health care policy: HCMS Newsletter President’s Page

TEXPAC GIVES TEXAS PHYSICIANS A VOICE IN HEALTH CARE POLICY In the late 90’s, Spencer Johnson wrote the classic business fable—Who Moved My Cheese?—which forced businesspeople everywhere to think about change and how to deal with it. In recent years, … Continue reading

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Congress Must Fix Medicare – Russell Kridel MD Houston Editorial

While visiting with doctors throughout the Houston area and across Texas, we are hearing a very disheartening message for patients and their doctors.  Doctors are distressed about how they can continue to see their Medicare patients, who are often the … Continue reading

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Physician extenders & helping physicians expand care: HCMS Newsletter President’s Page

Texas has a physician shortage. Many physicians would love to see more patients but they are already stretched too thin. How can we expand access to care without sacrificing patient safety by expanding the scope of practice of other health … Continue reading

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