Low Birth Weight By County

Low birth-weight, defined as a baby weighing less than 5 lb. 8 oz. at birth, is a leading determinant of infant death. Women who drink, smoke, or have poor nutrition during pregnancy—as well as those who are physically or emotionally abused—are more likely to have low birth-weight babies. Infant mortality is often used to compare the health and well-being of nations, as well as population groups within nations. Compared to infants of normal weight, low birth-weight infants may have an increased risk for many negative circumstances: illness through the first six days of life, infections, and the longer-term consequences of… Full Story

Texas Health Resources Opens Behavioral Health Center in Frisco

Texas Health Resources has opened the Texas Health Seay Behavioral Health Center Frisco, at 5858 Main Street, Ste. 200. The center will offer free assessments; patients may be recommended to any Seay Behavioral Health level of care. The new site is a satellite location of the Seay Behavioral Health Center, which offers inpatient and outpatient services on the campus of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano. “We see a great need for behavioral health services and are excited to be opening in the Frisco community,” said Ross Teemant, LCSW, director of the Seay Behavioral Health Center, in a statement. According to… Full Story

College of Health Care Professions Opens Dallas Campus

The College of Health Care Professions has opened a new campus in Dallas at 8390 LBJ Fwy., Ste. 300. “We can now meet the overwhelming demand we’ve seen for our on-campus programs in the Greater Dallas area,” said CEO Jon Emerald. Founded in Houston in 1988 by physicians at the Texas Medical Center, the Dallas site gives it five locations in Texas; the others are in Austin, Houston Northwest, Houston Southwest, and San Antonio. The school offers a wide range of career programs, including vocational nurse, health information technology, dental assistant, medical coding and billing, massage therapist, diagnostic medical ultrasound,… Full Story

Children’s Medical Center Research Institute Gets $1 million Gift

A joint venture between Children’s Medical Center and UT Southwestern Medical Center is getting a $1 million boost, thanks to a donation from Emy Lou and Jerry Baldridge. The Baldridge’s gift will fund a study of stem cell metabolism  at Children’s Medical Center Research Institute. The research could lead to new ways of regenerating damaged tissues and more effectively treat cancer. It will assess the extent to which tissue stem cells are metabolically different from other types of cells. Sean Morrison, M.D., director of the Children’s Research Institute, said the goal of the Institute is to discover the therapies of… Full Story

UT Southwestern Gearing Up to Operate New $225 Million Proton Therapy Center

UT Southwestern Medical Center has signed a letter of intent to operate a 100,000-square-foot proton therapy center to treat cancer near its Medical District campus in Dallas. The $225 million center is being built and funded by San Diego-based Advanced Particle Therapy (APT). The company hopes to break ground on a 4.5-acre site in early 2013. The three-story building, which will have five treatment rooms, will take about three years to build and equip. The company has built centers and has similar agreements in San Diego with Scripps Health and Scripps Medical Group; in Baltimore with the University of Maryland… Full Story

Nine Texas Vascular Associates Doctors Sued for Alleged Medicare, Insurance Fraud

A former employee of Dallas’ Texas Vascular Associates is suing the practice and its nine doctors. Cortez Mills, a former medical coding professional at TVA, alleges that she was fired in May after discovering fraudulent billing practices. According to the complaint, Mills discovered the irregularities while reviewing and releasing patient bills to Medicare and private insurers for payment. They include double-billing insurance carriers, coding insurance claims so certain services would not be bundled, and billing for services that were never performed. TVA is based in the Baylor Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital on the Baylor Dallas campus near downtown Dallas. Baylor, however, is not… Full Story

Physical Inactivity by County

Physical inactivity can lead to obesity and Type 2 diabetes. On the other hand, physical activity can help control weight, reduce the risk of heart disease and some cancers, strengthen bones and muscles, and improve mental health. For these statistics, physical inactivity refers adults who report no physical activity or exercise other than their jobs. Across the United States, county-level estimates range from 10 percent to 43 percent. The nation’s average is 21 percent. Adults in DFW counties and the state of Texas are slightly less active, with averages ranging from 22 percent in Collin and Tarrant counties to 24… Full Story

Morning Rounds (07.24.12)

The American Heart Association teams up with DFW International Airport to “turn mall walkers into terminal walkers.” Prime Therapeutics, which has large presence in Irving, aligns with DRX to offer a new Medicare plan comparison program. Las Colinas Medical joins the Texas Stroke institute in developing stroke-reduction strategies. NOVO 1 partners with Bloom Health to provide customer service support in Denison, Fort Worth, and Holland, Mich. 1.5 million Texas consumers should benefit from Affordable Care Act’s 80/20 rule.

Morning Rounds (07.23.12)

Texas’ new privacy law is more stringent than HIPAA, says the Texas Medical Association. UT Southwestern releases new strategies for treating Type 2 diabetes. Claimsnet.com Inc., a Dallas-based claims processor for the healthcare industry, reported its 2nd quarter results. SP Express will operate Mannatech’s Dallas based distribution center. State’s HHS Commissioner Tom Suehs explains why he thinks the Medicaid expansion won’t work for Texas.  

Accolades (07.23.12)

PEOPLE State Sen. Florence Shapiro was awarded the 2012 Excellence in Public Service Award by Texas Health Resources. COMPANIES Texas Health Resources received the 2012 Most Wired Innovator Award from Hospital & Health Networks magazine for its use of social media tools in the prevention of catheter-associated urinary tract infections. The system also made the publication’s Most Wired Hospitals and Health Systems list. UT Southwestern named 29th best university in the world by the Center for World University Rankings. Texas Health Resources was named a 2012 Computerworld Honors Laureate by Computerworld magazine for its use of electric health record alerts to reduce the incidence of blood… Full Story