Category Archives: HCMS President Editorials

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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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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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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Electronic Health Records: HCMS Newsletter President’s Page

Electronic Health Records: Can’t Live With Them, Can’t Live Without Them Physician practices are undergoing dramatic changes as a result of many new federal requirements. The adoption of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) is one of these major changes. Properly designed, … Continue reading

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HCMS Newsletter President’s Page: HCMS Physicians Exert Influence and Make Policy and Law

Have you ever felt all alone and powerless and put upon when it comes to all those excessive regulations on your practice and the endless pages of bureaucratic red tape through which your staff must navigate? Did you ever wish … Continue reading

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HCMS Newsletter President’s Page: Health System Reform—Implementation Before Proof

Do you remember one of your first courses in science back in junior high school? All students, not just those going on to careers in science, were taught the basis upon which life-altering advances in engineering, physics, medicine were made: … Continue reading

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HCMS Newsletter President’s Page: Legislative Wrap-Up

Note: The following is a significant excerpt from the July 15th President’s Page The 83rd session of the Texas Legislature was a huge success for physicians and our patients.  After taking a budget beating in 2011, along with everyone else, … Continue reading

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HCMS Newsletter President’s Page: Physicians as Stewards of Medical Care — Shoppers in the Dark

In 1977, the Harris County Medical Society had a Cost Curtailment Committee which recognized that while physicians are only directly responsible for a very small percent of health care expenditures (still only 8% today), we write orders for a substantial … Continue reading

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An Update on the Affordable Care Act—What to Expect in 2014

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), with its Orwellian “doublespeak” name, was passed in 2010 with a primary goal of increasing access to insurance for most Americans. The thousands of pages of the law make it dangerously complex and far reaching, … Continue reading

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HCMS Newsletter President’s Page: Making Headway with the SGR

As the President of the Harris County Medical Society, Russell Kridel, MD, authors the President’s Page for the HCMS Newsletter. The following is the complete transcript from the May 1st issue on the topic of  Making Headway with the SGR. … Continue reading

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