Commentary

James M. “Jim” Ferrell Jr., 61, of Port Neches, died Sunday, March 17, 2013, at The Medical Center of Southeast Texas in Port Arthur. He was born on Feb. 20, 1952, in Houston, and moved to Beaumont in 1963. Ferrell graduated from French High School in 1970 and was the owner of Jim’s Drive In. He later joined the United States Air Force, serving from 1972 until 1976.

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An item on the meeting agenda for the board of directors of the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA) raised more than a few eyebrows in Austin this week and was seen as cause for potential concern for coastal residents.

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The following is a review of the requirements for using the new Transition of Care Management Codes (TCM) with a review of the process development, which SETMA has done to make it possible for SETMA providers to respond to this opportunity for enhanced reimbursement with clarity and accuracy.

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The major search engines, along with most of their competitors, use a linear type of search results. The user simply types a search term, which promptly displays a linear listing of results, with little indication of how those results displayed are connected to each other.

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GMC Acadia – the brand’s first crossover – helped define a segment that has surged in popularity since its 2007 launch. Additionally, the Denali model, added in mid-2010, broadened Acadia’s appeal to luxury customers with its combination of functionality and style.

For 2013, Acadia and Acadia Denali introduce new exterior styling and greater interior versatility. The Acadia lineup includes SLE (SLE1 and SLE2 trims), SLT (SLT1 and SLT2 trims) and Denali models, with seven- or eight-passenger configurations.

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Some 3,000 teachers converged on the state capitol on March 11 from all across Texas to lobby their legislators to restore school funding and talk about issues like high-stakes testing, private-school vouchers, and teacher pensions. The Texas American Federation of Teachers sponsored the rally as AFT members from Brownsville to the Panhandle, from deep East Texas to far West Texas, spent the better part of the day visiting their area lawmakers one by one to make the case for public education.

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Since its return to the SUV segment in 2011, Dodge Durango has established itself as a class-leader in functionality, utility and design. For 2013, Dodge Durango will be offered in four trim levels: SXT, Crew, R/T and Citadel, and the lineup receives new and revised features aimed at keeping it at the head of the pack.

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In April 2013, we will be celebrating “National Financial Literacy Month” for the ninth time. Growing out of earlier initiatives, the United States Senate officially recognized April as National Financial Literacy Month in March 2004. It should not be surprising that much of our population is blissfully unaware of important financial topics such as the wise use of credit, investing, banking, spending, saving, and other areas of personal finance.

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The Audi A4 family has been the best-selling product line for Audi for the past four decades, and Audi is renewing and building on each one of the nameplate’s strengths in this new, eighth generation. The Audi A4 sedan and S4 sedan epitomize the heart of the Audi brand through their exceptional design, performance and technology. Additionally, 2013 design refinements give these two Audi vehicles an attractive athletic elegance.

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In the February 2013 issue of Health Affairs, an article appeared titled, “Patient and Family Engagement: A Framework For Understanding The Elements And Developing Interventions and Policies.” This article provides significant insight into changing roles of patients and providers in the “new structures” of healthcare delivery, such as patient-centered medical home, accountable care organizations and others.

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