Health Exchanges Set to Launch Oct. 1, Interview with Marlene Baca

KOB-TV September 30, 2013

While lawmakers continue to fight over the Affordable Care Act on the brink of government shutdown, the new insurance marketplaces where millions of uninsured Americans will go to shop for plans are scheduled to go live on Tuesday, Oct. 1. KOB Eyewitness News 4's Facebook page has been flooded with questions about affordable coverage. Who does this apply to? Lovelace HealthPlan...

Lovelace doctor targets weight issues with ‘mental’ surgery

Rio Rancho Observer September 26, 2013

Dr. Duc Vuong By Lee Ross/Observer staff writer Rio Rancho Observer For a thin man, Dr. Duc Vuong spends an unusual amount of time thinking about obesity and weight loss. That might not be too surprising, considering Vuong, who has an office at Lovelace Westside Hospital, is the medical director of bariatric surgery for Lovelace Medical Group, which serves patients in the Rio Rancho area. In...

How to Avoid Getting the Flu, Interview with Dr. Jeffrey Thomas

KRQE September 25, 2013

By Samantha McDonald ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Flu season is right around the corner and the number one tip from doctors is to get a flu shot.    It is hard to predict exactly what the flu is going to be like each year, how severe it will be and how long it will stick around, but it generally starts in October or November and lasts several winter months.    A...

Why Lovelace is Rebuilding Its Physicians Group

Albuquerque Business First September 25, 2013

David Vandewater, president and CEO of Ardent Health Services, which owns Lovelace Health System, says consumer access is a big reason why Lovelace is rebuilding its physicians' group. In 2007, Lovelace Health System spun off its physicians’ group into ABQ Health Partners in what some observers described as a messy divorce. In November 2012 the split became final when the two...

Insurers Offering Way to Delay Dealing with Obamacare

Albuquerque Business First September 25, 2013

Dennis Domrzalski, Reporter- Albuquerque Business First New Mexico’s three major health insurers have begun offering some of their customers a way to avoid dealing with changes in the Affordable Care Act for a year. The insurers are offering individual and small group customers the option to renew their current insurance policies early instead of waiting for them to expire next year and face...