How do Texas Nursing Homes Stack Up?

Just six percent of North Texas nursing homes were top ranked in short-term rehabilitation and long-term care while only 2.7 percent among the 15,530 statewide facilities had received the top rating in both sectors, according to U.S. News and World Report. Among the 129 North Texas nursing homes in the ranking, 16 locations have scored at least a four out of a scale of five. A score of five is bestowed to nursing homes with exceptional ratings in multiple dimensions. Long-Term Care Ratings were added as a new measurement factor in the latest report. Data on staffing, pneumonia vaccination rates,… Full Story

Treating Drug Addiction with Magnetic Therapy in Dallas

Prescription drug addiction is an issue that has gripped the headlines for several years, but treating the issue has proven to be difficult, time consuming, and costly. One issue is that most programs apply identical methods of care to all patients regardless of one’s individual psychiatric issues. Dallas based- Enterhealth is the first addiction treatment center in North Texas to adopt Magnetic e-Resonance Therapy (MeRT), which provides a personalized approach utilizing a combination of individual physiotherapy, non-addictive psychiatric medications, and other stress management tools to optimize the brain function within four to eight weeks of treatment. Each patient presents a different… Full Story

Brain Imaging May Help Detect Depression

UT Southwestern researchers have found brain imaging to be useful when prescribing medication for depression. It turns out that making images of the brain’s activity in various states, such as being at rest or engulfed in emotional turmoil, helps sketch an accurate picture of how depression manifests a particular patient. “Much like technology can discern individuals through fingerprints and facial scans, studies prove we can utilize imaging to identify specific signatures of depression in people,” says Dr. Madhukar Trivedi, founding director of UT Southwestern’s Center for Depression Research and Clinical Care, via release. Artificial intelligence played a role in segments… Full Story

Women Leaders Share Insights at D CEO’s Healthcare Breakfast

“I had basically thrown myself into a men’s club at the age of 26, as general surgery is sort of the last bastion of maleness,” said Terre McGlothin, a breast cancer surgeon and owner of Breast Cancer Surgeons of Texas, as she compared her early career to a Dallas Cowboys locker room. “It was like stacking two hats on my head. I was a girl, but got counted as a member of a guy’s group.” Four women leaders each representing hospital administration, pediatrics, surgery, and nursing were invited to speak at the Women Leaders Healthcare Breakfast Panel on August 28th… Full Story

Ruling Saves Trees and Halts Methodist Dallas Wellness Center – For Now

The pecan grove on the Methodist Dallas campus has been saved for now, The Dallas Morning News reports. East Kessler resident Katherine Homan has won a court decision that invalidates the City Council’s decision earlier this year that paved the way for the hospital to build a new fitness center ad take down 11 large pecan trees. A bitter feud erupted over the construction of a state-of-the-art fitness center that would disrupt the preservation of 11 pecan trees and the beloved green area surrounding the Methodist Dallas Medical Center.  State District Judge Bonnie Goldstein’s Monday ruling has put a halt… Full Story

Texas Has Third-Highest Insurance Rebates For Individual Market

Private insurers will pay a record of around $1.3 billion in rebates to consumers this year for excessive premiums relative to health care expenses, surpassing the record high of $1.1 billion in 2012, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation report. Rebates may either be paid out in the form of a premium credit or as a lump sum, though lump sum is more common. Rebates are the result of insurance companies not meeting the Affordable Care Act’s medical loss ratio threshold, which requires insurers to spend at least 80 percent of premium revenues (85% for large group plans) on health… Full Story