Texas Cuts Planned Parenthood Funds

About 7,000 women in North Texas must now find a health services alternative to Planned Parenthood, after the state officially cut its funding. Last month, a federal appeals panel ruled Texas could stop funding Planned Parenthood clinics in the Women’s Health Program while the new law, which bars money going to any group affiliated with providing abortion services, continues to be challenged. Planned Parenthood affiliates in Texas have filed a petition to ask the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to rehear the state’s appeal of a preliminary injunction.

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

Village Health Partners Opens Second Plano Location

Village Health Partners has opened a second location in Plano. The new site, at 5501 Independence Pkwy., will serve patients in Plano and throughout Collin County. The new facility will be staffed by physicians Gregory Lensing, Todd Wein, Keith Eppich, and Rima Khoury, along with physician assistants and other staff.  

Morning Rounds (08.30.12)

Three North Texas contenders—AT&T Performing Arts Center, Dallas Mayor’s Youth Fitness Initiative, and West Dallas Community Centers Inc.—are in the running to win $30,000 as part of an Aetna program that rewards groups for closing racial and ethnic gaps in helping people live healthier lives.

A local infectious disease doctor must pay a former patient $5.2 million for negligence. The patient in the case, David Fitzgerald, filed a complaint in 2005 after an ulcer treatment went tragically awry.

To combat the rising number of West Nile infections, aerial spraying continues. Tarrant County will be sprayed tonight and tomorrow night.

Village Health Partners is expanding. The practice has opened a second location in Plano, at 5501 Independence Pkwy. Full Story

Three DFW Contenders in Running for $30,000 Aetna Prize

Three North Texas contenders are in the running to win $30,000 as part of an Aetna program that rewards groups for closing racial and ethnic gaps in helping people live healthier lives. The local finalists are AT&T Performing Arts Center, Dallas Mayor’s Youth Fitness Initiative, and West Dallas Community Centers Inc. Online voting is now open and runs through Oct. 14. This is the second year for Aetna’s “Voices of Health” program. The 2011 prize went to Latino health Access, a Santa Ana, Calif.-based organization.

Morning Rounds (08.22.12)

Nearly half of U.S. doctors say they’re exhausted. Med-Trans, a Dallas-based air ambulance company, buys Augusta air medical services company AirMed. Does the meningitis vaccination requirement do more harm than good? Ninety-one percent of docs want mobile-enabled EHRs.  

Morning Rounds (08.15.12)

American Heart Association: Blood type may influence heart disease risk. TMA offers tips for negotiating health plan contracts. Dallas-based Doris Daniely Outreach one of two finalists in Aveeno grant competition. CDC: New strain of swine Flu strain on the rise. Baylor Research Institute releases digital version of its annual report.

Morning Rounds (08.14.12)

The Magic Johnson Clinic at Fort Worth’s AIDS Outreach Center hosts its grand opening. UT Southwestern shares a video of the quintuplets born at its medical center. Texas’ JAMP initiative helps disadvantage students attend med school. Remote patient monitoring market projected to more than double to $20.9 billion by 2016. FDA approves vaccine formulation for the 2012-2013 influenza season.

Morning Rounds (08.08.12)

Children’s Medical Center levels up patient’s gaming systems and electronics with $150,000 gift from MMK Foundation. One-third of doctors declined to take new Medicaid patients in 2011. New HHS rule may save up to $9 billion over the next 10 years and give doctors more time with patients. The Institute of Medicine wants doctors’ Medicare pay to reflect city population. HIPAA has changed; new compliance training can be found online.