Morning Rounds (09.12.12)

Beginning Oct. 1, a penalty of up to 1 percent for readmissions related to acute myocardial infarction, heart failure, and pneumonia will be set to impact hospitals in 2013 with the percentage increasing to up to 3 percent into 2015. The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission has identified ways to avoid the penalty.

Construction has begun on The Forney Emergency Center and Medical Office Building, the second phase of Forney Medical Plaza. The expansion will add 5,000 square feet of medical office space, and a 13,248-square-foot Forney Emergency Center.

According to the American Heart Association, heart attack victims who take common painkillers, such as ibuprofen, naproxen, and prescription drugs such as Celebrex, run the risk of suffering a second heart attack as well as an increased chance of death.

Just 6.7 percent of medical students are African-American, and just 7.5 percent are Hispanic. To help change those stats, the AHA has teamed up with Macy’s to offer 16 scholarships to minority medical students.