Morning Rounds (09.05.12)

Nearly every major health insurer recorded declining earnings in the second quarter of 2012, mainly because of something that happened more often than they expected: patients going to see their doctors, according to an American Medical Association report.

A Baylor Health Care System director of epidemiology and his team are executing a large national multicenter study to assess the effectiveness of preventive and management strategies and their impact on long-term survival.

The American Heart Association reports that taking vitamin D supplements to compensate for vitamin D deficiency may not improve cholesterol in short term.

A Texas Presbyterian Hospital Dallas Chief nursing officer has been named one of only 20 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Executive Nurse Fellows from across the country for 2012. Full Story

Morning Rounds (09.04.12)

As part of a deal with the Department of State Health Services, Parkland Health & Hospital System will pay a $1 million fine for patient safety and quality-of-care deficiencies. The agreement resolves and discharges all potential enforcement actions for compliance issues before May 31, 2012

The National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (NAFC) is calling on physicians and other health care professionals to participate in the upcoming large free clinic for uninsured persons at the Dallas Convention Center, Hall A, 650 South Griffin St., on Sept. 29.

Twenty new North Texas schools are joining Troy Aikman and the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas in the fight against childhood obesity. Find out which area schools are now part of the Healthy Zone School Recognition.

Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth will begin performing kidney transplants next month. The initiative will operate under the name Fort Worth Transplant Institute, with Dr. George Rofaiel as the surgical director and Dr. Bala Sankar as the medical director. Full Story

Volunteers Needed for Free Medical Clinic for the Uninsured in Dallas

The National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (NAFC) is calling on physicians and other healthcare professionals for an upcoming program in Dallas. The organization is seeking 100 doctors, 300 to 400 nurses, and 500 or more non-medical volunteers for its Sept. 29 clinic, which will provide services for the uninsured. The clinic will take place at the Dallas Convention Center at 650 South Griffin St. NAFC will host its latest C.A.R.E. (Communities Are Responding Everyday) clinic in conjunction with the Lone Star Association of Charitable Clinics (LSACC) and the North Texas Association of Charitable Clinics (NTACC). “We are hopeful that… Full Story

Détente in Scope-of-Practice Issue for Physicians, APRNs?

Scope of practice for advance-practice nurses has been a toxic issue in recent legislative sessions. Nursing organizations have sought independent prescribing and practice authority; the powerful Texas Medical Association (TMA) has swatted away what it sees as a challenge to physicians’ oversight authority. The TMA and the Coalition for Nurses in Advanced Practice appear to have reached a détente in advance of the 2013 legislative session. Since 1989, Texas has had a site-based model for advanced practice registered nurses (APRN). More than 20 years created a polyglot of physician oversight regulations—some based on geographical distance, others based on care delivery,… Full Story

Nominate Outstanding Nurses for D Magazine’s Excellence in Nursing Awards

For the second consecutive year, D Magazine is seeking to find nurses who have gone above and beyond the call of duty with its Excellence in Nursing awards program. Winners and finalists will be honored at an awards gala and featured in the March 2013 issue of D Magazine. Last year kicked off the inaugural Excellence in Nursing awards. The process began with 349 nominated nurses and ended with an event honoring the best of the best, including a nurse who handled an outbreak at an elementary school and a nurse who worked to create virtual patients for student education.… Full Story

Accolades (08.13.12)

PEOPLE Methodist Mansfield’s Cardiac/Stroke Coordinator Karen Yates is a finalist in the 2012 Nurse.com Nursing Excellence Awards. Methodist Richardson’s Manager of Education David Campbell is a finalist in education and mentorship in the 2012 Nurse.com Nursing Excellence Awards. COMPANIES Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano has earned laboratory reaccreditation. Baylor Medical Center at Garland and was recognized for having the fastest total combined patient treatment time, based on first-quarter 2012 data submitted to the AHA Dallas Caruth Initiative. Send your healthcare-related awards and recognition news to dhealthcaredaily@dmagazine.com.

Morning Rounds (08.06.12)

According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, the national physician shortage will reach about 62,900 physicians in 2015. The free contraception for women provision of Accountable Care Act is now in effect. Twenty apps engineered specifically for nurses. The CMS has proposed new exemptions for doctors regarding e-prescriptions.

“DART” Program at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano Improves Efficiency, Care

Changes in procedures by nurses at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano have cut the admission process to 49 minutes and are helping patients better understand chronic diseases. Stephanie Zabel and her team of seven employees make up the Discharge, Admission, Resource, Transport, or DART, team at Texas Health Plano. “The DART determined that what is done during patients’ admission impacts their hospital care during and after their stay,” she said. “Along with gathering patient information, our nurses are passionate about helping to educate the patients and their families.” The DART team sees patients who are admitted to the hospital from the… Full Story

More Males Entering Nursing Programs at UTA

The number of male students enrolled in the University of Arlington’s Nurse Practitioner Program has risen more than 9 percent in the past three years. The upsurge at UTA, which ranks in the top 15 largest schools of nursing in the United States, reflects a trend noted in a recent New York Times article, which reports that the number of male nurses working in the field has nearly doubled in the past decade. Mary Schira, associate dean and chair in the department of advanced practice nursing at UTA, said the number of males in the master’s program has been increasing,… Full Story