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UTA Dean: Nursing’s Future Needs Bold Education and Partnerships

More than 430,000 additional registered nurse jobs will be created in the next decade. But this optimism is tempered by the fact that our nation continues to face an acute nursing shortage. According to the National League for Nursing, 41 percent of undergraduate nursing programs don’t have enough practice sites. Full Story

Analyzing Whether HIPAA’s ‘Industry Standard’ Means You’re Safe From Cyber Attacks

Many healthcare executives believe that complying with the express cyber security safeguards set out in the so-called “HIPAA Security Rule” is both relatively straight forward and will protect their covered entity from civil liability and/or administrative action. Unfortunately, this is not necessarily the case and, in many instances, it is only the first step toward establishing and maintaining the required “reasonable” cyber security system. Full Story

How One Growing Healthcare Company Is Retaining Diverse Employees

Among Fortune 500 healthcare companies, just 21 percent of executives and board members are women, even though they comprise 80 percent of the industry. In this expert commentary, Melody Lenox of Dallas’ Axxess touches on how the company maintains a 50/50 ratio, as well as how it’s navigating the choppy waters of technological change and cutting down on increased spending. Full Story

Primary Care Docs Are Getting Bigger Offers From Rural Practices

For the first time in The Medicus Firm’s history, search and placement activity in urban and metropolitan areas outpaced that of rural (pop. 25,000 or fewer) and mid-sized communities. Now that urban and metro practices are putting additional resources into the battle for primary care physicians, the competition has never been so intense. Full Story

Are Patient-Reported Outcomes The Key To Quality And Cost Savings?

In recent years, healthcare has grown more expensive but outcomes have not significantly improved, spurring a call for reform echoed by payers, patients, physicians, and politicians. How can we rein it in? Dr. Marc DeHart, a former president of the Texas Orthopedic Association, proposes a solution: Link patient-reported outcomes to the expenses associated with those outcomes before OK’ing reimbursements. Full Story

On Treating The Poor Without Going Through Texas Medicaid

Just over three years ago, the demise of Project Access Dallas was ushered in by the creation and approval of the State of Texas Medicaid 1115 Waiver. With no intended malice, the state reined in the rapid rise of Medicaid costs by expanding Medicaid HMOs across the state. But independent physicians haven’t seen much of that money. For those who have a desire to treat the underserved, what’s the best thing for them to do? Full Story