Tag Archives: Harris County Medical Society

Helping Sugar Sweetened Beverage Consumption Trends Go The Right Way

Signs of Life for Sugar Sweetened Beverage Consumption Trends A recent research study by Sara N. Bleich, PhD, et al at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health shows that simple signs that link exercise to sugar-sweetened beverage consumption does help teens … Continue reading

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Shut Out Sugar Program Addresses Obesity

Shut Out Sugar Campaign On A Roll Not only is excessive sugar in the diet dangerous to overall health, it contributes immensely to the obesity epidemic we now face and has led to the huge increase in Type II diabetes … 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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Russell Kridel MD given Bluebonnet Award for contributions to dietetics

Russell Kridel MD given Bluebonnet Award by Houston Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics The Bluebonnet Award of the Houston and Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is intended to recognize an individual who is not a dietitian, but who has … 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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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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