Nursing Shortage? Not in Dallas-Fort Worth.

There are a significant number of people in their 30s entering nursing, aided by the growth in the number of institutions offering nursing programs and accelerated degree programs. Privately funded campaigns that boosted the image of nursing and warnings of impending shortages deserve part of the credit. Full Story

South Texas Eyed for Medicare Fraud Allegations

Half of the nation’s top-spending counties in terms of Medicare home health spending per capita are located in and around the Rio Grande Valley, prompting MedPAC to urge Medicare to step up fraud monitoring in the region, according to Modern Healthcare. One-third of the residents of Duval County had Medicare home health claims in 2011, making the rural South Texas region with a population of 13,000 the country’s highest rate of Medicare home health use. Jack Stick, deputy inspector general for enforcement in the Office of Inspector General for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, said he was aware of… Full Story

Scott & White Moves Away from Temporary Nurses, Saves Millions

In 2011, Temple-based Scott & White Healthcare was struggling to find experienced nurses to keep up with the growth in patients and facilities. Last year, it found the solution: stop relying on temporary nurses, and start training and investing in new graduates to fill permanent positions. Using money saved from the administrative costs to manage the temporary contracts, Scott & White was able to bring on nurse interns and recent graduates during the summer, in order to train them with residents and fellows, Health Leaders Media reports. Keith Minnis, vice president of human resources, said the approach has saved the organization… Full Story

Medical City Achieves Highest Honor in Nursing For Third Time

Medical City has earned the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet recognition for a third time, becoming the first Dallas-Fort Worth area hospital to do so, the center announced Monday. “We are just delighted and honored to be among the elite,” chief nursing officer Carol Gregory said in a statement. “We couldn’t ever have accomplished this if we didn’t have each and every one of us throughout the organization focused on quality care for our patients.” Medical City first earned the award in 2003, becoming the first DFW-area hospital to do so. The Magnet Recognition Program for Nursing Excellence is based on quality… Full Story

Morning Rounds (06.03.13)

Three North Texas companies and 11 people were recognized in this week’s Accolades.

Iatric Systems has acquired Dallas-based Accent on Integration, which develops technology for connecting medical devices.

Dallas-based BenefitMall has launched a resource intended to help employers determine the impact of the Affordable Care Act. Full Story

Physicians, NPs Deeply Split on Scope of Practice

Physicians and nurse practitioners are deeply split over whether NPs are an answer to the nation’s primary-care shortage, according to a recent study in The New England Journal of Medicine. More than 4 out of 5 NPs said they should be able to lead medical homes and receive the same pay as physicians for providing the same clinical services. Only 1 out of 5 physicians agreed with NPs on either issue. Only 1 out of 4 NPs believed physicians delivered a “higher quality of examination and consultation, compared with 2 out of 3 physicians who agreed with the statement. A… Full Story

Forbes Ranks Top 12 Healthcare Professions

Healthcare jobs rank among the best professions in the nation, according to a recent CareerCast report. CareerCast studied U.S. professions and ranked them based on five criteria: work environment, stress level, physical demands, median salary, and projected job outlook. Of the top 10 “Best Jobs of 2013” named by CareerCast, five were healthcare careers. Dental hygienists have the No. 1 healthcare job, according to CareerCast, partly because talented hygienists have higher-paying jobs and flexible schedules with relatively low stress. Other healthcare jobs were cited for their high pay and their anticipated market growth. Audiologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and optometrists… Full Story