Morning Rounds (10.25.12)

Medical City’s Dallas Valve Institute is the first hospital in the country to perform a heart procedure approved by the FDA that treats patients with aortic stenosis.

U.S. physicians are healthier than nurses and the general population.

Top-tier medical practices excel in four categories—and generate an additional $150,000 in total medical revenue per full-time equivalent physician.

Study finds that frequent emergency department users are not abusing the system, but being seen for chronic conditions. Full Story

Study: Nurses Who Teach Encourage Worker Productivity

A study from researchers at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and the University of Utah found that supervisors who teach stimulate better worker productivity, according to HealthLeaders Media. The study tracked workers in technology-based service jobs where computers measure output on an hourly basis. From 2006 to 2010, almost 6 million measurements were taken for 23,878 workers matched to 1,940 bosses. Employees tended to change supervisors about four times a year, giving researchers a chance to track which managers got better work from their employees. Authors of the study said that although research was done in the tech industry, results… Full Story

Morning Rounds (10.17.12)

Methodist Mansfield Medical Center has opened a Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center as part of its physicians medical office building.

National health expenditures grew 3.8 percent 4 percent in August 2012, when compared to the previous year.

Parkland Health & Hospital has topped out its $1.27 billion, 2.1 million-square-foot hospital facility, slated for completion in 2014.

UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers say hormones have been found to mimic the health benefits of dieting without having to restrict caloric intake.

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Morning Rounds (10.15.12)

Cyprian Akamnonu, of an Arlington-area health services company, has admitted to Medicare fraud of $374 million in unnecessary services that were never performed.

Healthcare prices in August were 2.4 percent higher than the previous year, the highest year-over-year reading since September 2010.

A Central Texas woman has been confirmed to have the first case of meningitis linked to tainted steroids.

Irving-based VHA Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer Lillee Gelinas has been named to The National Patient Safety Foundation board of directors. Full Story

VHA Exec Named to Board of National Patient Safety Foundation

Lillee Gelinas, vice president and chief nursing officer at Irving-based VHA Inc., has been named to the National Patient Safety Foundation board of directors. As such, Gelinas will be responsible for providing strategic and operational oversight, as well as fiduciary responsibilities for the foundation. Here’s more from a VHA Inc. press release: At VHA, Gelinas is active in collaborative patient safety improvement initiatives including VHA’s Hospital Engagement Network (HEN), which is part of the Partnership for Patients initiative launched by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Gelinas drives the educational content and moderates VHA’s Partnership for Patients Education Series and… Full Story

Morning Rounds (10.11.12)

Eleven North Texas healthcare companies rank on Modern Healthcare‘s “Best Places to Work” list for 2012.

Dallas-based Medicus reveals five ways ACOs will impact physician recruiting.

Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake and MISCI have formed the SpineCare Institute, to focus on minimally-invasive procedures.

University of Texas at Artlington and Academic Partnerships have received the 2012 Star Award in recognition of their online RN-to-BSN program. Full Story

Morning Rounds (10.10.12)

Parkland Health & Hospital System has formed a nonprofit research and development corporation to support software that predicts patient problems before they occur.

The Medical Center of Plano is the first hospital in Texas to use a new stroke treatment.

More health systems self-insuring the combined hospital-physician malpractice risk.

Post-debate bounce: Romney closes the gap with Obama when it comes to healthcare matters. Full Story

UTA’s RN-to-BSN Program Honored with Star Award

University of Texas at Arlington and Academic Partnerships have received the 2012 Star Award from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to recognize its online RN-to-BSN program. Thousands of registered nurses have completed their bachelor’s degrees in an average of 18 months through the program since 2008. Nearly half of Texas nurses who have completed an RN-to-BSN degree in 2010-2011 did so at UTA. So far this year, UTA is one of only four schools in the state to receive this honor. Michael Moore of UTA said in a statement that the program has become a university-wide effort including technical support… Full Story

Two Dallas Physicians and Four Nurses Indicted For Defrauding Medicare

Two Dallas-area physicians and four registered nurses were indicted Thursday for allegedly defrauding Medicare, as first reported by the Dallas Morning News. The two cases totaled more than $104 million and involved more than 30,000 prescriptions and home health care services. Both were part of a nationwide investigation that included 91 defendants and alleged fraud totaling $429.3 million. Dr. Joseph Megwa, owner of Arlington’s Raphem Medical Practice, allegedly signed 33,000 prescription pads, sometimes without review, for more than 2,000 Medicare users. Ferguson Ikhile, a registered nurse and owner of PTM Healthcare Services Inc. in Irving, and Ebolose Echobor, director of… Full Story

Morning Rounds (10.01.12)

Nearly 1,200 uninsured people received care at a free health clinic held this past weekend in Dallas.

Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare Corp. is in negotiations to buy a 209-bed hospital in Turlock, Calif.

Corporate CFOs say their companies’ growth is hindered by the escalating cost of employee benefits.

UTA’s College of Nursing is seeking to increase enrollment through a partnership with HCA Methodist Healthcare in San Antonio. Full Story