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Insurance in Plain Language?
Written by Dr. Chris Dalrymple   
Thursday, July 19, 2018 11:13 AM

Imagine if you could go to an insurance website and understand every word. Or you could always find what you needed to solve a problem because it was written in short, clear sentences. Texas Insurance Commissioner Kent Sullivan is working to make that a reality.

Sullivan is a plain language champion, and his message is taking hold at the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI).  TDI is now looking for volunteers to help make sure consumer information is easy to understand. 

It’s unlikely TDI can get rid of terms like “contingent nonforfeiture benefit” overnight, but the agency is making headway.
Multivitamins and Heart Health
Written by Editor   
Thursday, July 19, 2018 10:42 AM

A comprehensive meta-analytic review of relevant research has concluded that taking multivitamin/mineral (MVM) supplements does not prevent myocardial infarction, stroke, or death from a cardiovascular cause. The study was published online  in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.

Vitamin and mineral supplements are taken by nearly half of US adults, yet few benefits have been documented.  “The take-home message is simple,” this study notes, "there is no scientific evidence that MVM supplements promote cardiovascular health. We hope that our paper helps to settle the controversy on MVM use for CVD prevention.”  

Apparently the study does not address the general health and wellness factors of MVM, but only upon their lack of "preventative" value.

Primary Healthcare Delivery: Adding a Chiropractor to the Team
Written by Editor   
Thursday, July 19, 2018 10:26 AM

Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) usage has been increasing in the general Canadian population, despite the fact that most CAM treatments fall outside the standard coverage of the publicly financed health insurance system.  Scientific evidence demonstrating the potential role of CAM in primary healthcare is also increasing. These changes have resulted in courses on CAM being included in the curricula of many North American medical schools. Despite the increase in utilization, evidence for its use, and education in CAM, the integration of CAM into primary healthcare settings and teams is rare.

Physicians and other healthcare practitioners are now being placed in multidisciplinary teams, yet little research on integration exists.  This report sought to investigate the effect of integrating chiropractic on the attitudes of providers on two healthcare teams.

Texas DSHS and Public Health
Written by Editor   
Thursday, July 19, 2018 09:55 AM

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) seeks to improve the health, safety, and well-being of Texans through good stewardship of public resources, a focus on core public health functions, and the use of science and data to drive decision-making and best practices.

They develop public health strategies, including prevention and intervention, and seeks to optimize public health response to disasters, disease threats and to improve and support delivery of public health services.

DHSH conducted an online survey of its stakeholders March 1-April 15, 2018, and stakeholders were asked to rate how well DSHS performs six key public health functions:

Upcoming TDI-DWC Training
Written by Editor   
Thursday, July 19, 2018 09:21 AM

The Texas Department of Insurance–Department of Worker’s Compensation regularly holds training seminars and webinars across the state.

On August 15, Texas Workers’ Compensation 101 for Health Care Providers and Staff will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at America’s SBDC @ TX Tech, 749 Gateway St., Ste. 301, Abilene, TX.   

This seminar covers:

  • Identifying a workers’ compensation patient and verifying coverage;
  • Utilization Review - prospective, concurrent, and retrospective review of medical necessity;
  • Return-to-work and the DWC073;
  • Medical bill processing and fee guidelines; and
  • Processes for resolving disputes.

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