Feelings mixed on hospital records switch

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Local health care providers are eyeing a federal mandate to have all U.S. hospitals and medical practices using a unified system of electronic medical records by 2017.And some are happier about it than others.The electronic medical records are part of the Obama administration’s health care reform and the first […]

Commander monitors professional pulse

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Cannon Family Practice Element Leader Capt. Lorraine Rivera-Emmanuelli shows personnel information to Lt. Col. James Reineke, chief nurse and Medical Operations Squadron commander. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Lt. Col. Jim Reineke keeps his finger of the professional pulse of the nurses and medical technicians at Cannon Air Force […]

Health care overhaul will prove costly

Freedom New Mexico You have to admit it takes a certain amount of chutzpah to try to sell expanding the role of government in health care as a way of controlling costs and improving services. Yet judging by recent statements and his speech Monday to the American Medical Association, that has become one of President […]

Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 9 a.m. April 22 an officer responded to a medical facility in the 2000 block of Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard for a theft report. A security man said someone had stolen a 42-inch flat screen television off the wall around […]

May 3 Birth Announcements

Abel Paxton Robert Abel was born April 6, 2009, to Jeremy Abel of Everett, Wash., and Steffanie Michaels of Clovis at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. He weighed 7 pounds 10 ounces. Grandparents are Mark Abel of Clovis, Gary Swinford of Clovis, Ted and Linda Pietrzak of Las Vegas, Nev., and Robert and Florene […]

D.C. area becoming test bed of military medical reforms

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Extraordinary steps in the evolution of military medicine are occurring in the Washington, D.C., area where new medical facilities are being built to consolidate services, and a joint command is being readied to adopt cutting-edge concepts to improve quality and efficiency of service health care. Two famed medical facilities — […]

Some illnesses can be ignored

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist I recently learned that many others suspect, like I do, that pharmaceutical companies have people who spend their time studying the human body in search of aberrations. When they find those anomalies, we suspect, they invent medical-sounding names for them. After that, they figure out some drug that supposedly can […]

Bingaman and Udall: N.M. to receive over $4 million in veterans affairs funding

U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today announced that New Mexico will benefit from over $4 million through the Veterans Administration as a part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The recovery funding will be used to make needed investments at the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center in Albuquerque and for improvements […]

March 17, 2009 Legislative tidbits

Days remaining in session: four Electronic medical records bill heads to governor The House has approved a measure that would allow patients and doctors to chose to use electronic medical records. Under the measure (SB 278), which is now headed to Gov. Bill Richardson’s desk, patients would re-consent annually to have their information available electronically. […]

Melrose man accused of abusing 3-month-old baby

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Courtesy photo Phillip Holmes is charged with child abuse resulting in great bodily harm, a first-degree felony. He is being held at the Curry County Adult Detention Center on a $25,000 bond, jail officials said. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer CNJ staff A 25-year-old Melrose man is in jail, accused of abusing his baby […]

Medical e-records bill clears Senate

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican After trying for three legislative sessions, Sen. Peter Wirth was able Tuesday to get a majority of state senators to agree to a measure allowing patients and doctors to use electronic medical records. Under the proposal, patients could opt to have their records made available electronically to doctors they […]

President announces Medicaid relief

President Obama Announces More Than $95 Million in Medicaid Relief from ARRA for New Mexico Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) funding available for states on Wednesday in special Treasury accounts President Barack Obama announced this morning in a meeting with the Nation’s Governors that states will be able to access the first two quarters of […]

Editorial: DEA should cease medical marijuana raids

During the presidential campaign President Obama was asked several times what his attitude would be toward federal Drug Enforcement Agency raids on medical marijuana patients and medicine providers. Many believe these raids are calculated to undermine the laws of the 13 states that allow patients with a physician’s recommendation to use marijuana medicinally. On every […]

Low-cost spay, neuter unit coming this weekend

CNJ staff A mobile medical unit is in Clovis this weekend offering low-cost spaying and neutering for dogs and cats.Low-income families and military members ranked E-5 and below can have their pet spayed or neutered for $20, according to a press release from Linda Cross, project coordinator.Appointments will be made for Friday, Saturday or Sunday.Pet […]

Crash on Hondo street

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CNJ Staff Photo: Liliana Castillo A motor vehicle accident that occured on Hondo Street involved a small child, according to Clovis Police Department Lt. Douglas Ford. The child was transported to Plains Regional Medical Center. The department’s crash team was called to the scene. Police said Friday night they didn’t know the identity or condition […]

First local baby born in 2009

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Sherry, Shawn and Landen Stewart, left to right, of Portales welcomed a new addition to their family Thursday. Lexi Peyton Stewart was the first baby born in 2009 at Plains Regional Medical Center. She was born at 8:20 a.m. Thursday. She weighed 8 pounds, 5 ounces.

Dec. 14, 2008 How to Help

The family of Aiden Chavalier has set up a fund to help with medical bills and miscellaneous costs. Chavalier had a seizure Nov. 30, was in a coma and has had blood transfusions, family members said. The account, set up at Cannon Federal Credit Union, is called the Aiden Chavalier Fund.. For information, contact Shaynell […]

12/2 Police blotter

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: About 2 a.m. Nov. 21 an officer was called to the intensive care unit at the hospital for a combative patient. The officer noted on his arrival a 54-year-old patient was cursing and threatening nurses because they were trying to reattach a […]

‘Special pay’ begins in health sector

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist The military medical community, battling shortages in war-critical health professionals including psychiatrists and clinical care nurses, will be the first community in the Department of Defense to use more flexible, responsive “special pay” authorities enacted by Congress nearly a year ago. Other communities — including nuclear and aviation, the enlisted […]

Military feature: Veterans say medical benefits major issue in election

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Bill Maciejewski, the senior vice commander for the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post no. 3280 in Clovis, said that the next president should provide more for veterans and those currently in the service. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3280 Commander Vernon Luce said veterans […]