Morning Rounds (05.20.13)

The Texas Medical Association has elected a Fort Worth physician as its president and a Frisco psychiatrist as its speaker.

The Obama administration has announced a $1 billion initiative to fund health innovations.

About 3 out of 4 physicians say health information technology will improve healthcare quality.

A recent proposal from the CMS would allow patients with hospital stays longer than two midnights to qualify for coverage under Medicare Part A. Full Story

Health of Texas Children Improving, Surveys Show

The health of Texas children has been improving, according to the most recent federal survey. The Data Resource Center for Child & Adolescent Health conducted surveys in 2003, 2007 and 2011. The state has shown progress on several health-status measures. Among them: Children in excellent or very good health: 82 percent, up five percentage points since 2003. Children with excellent or very good oral health: 66 percent, up five percentage points since 2007. Percentage of children who were ever breastfed: 80 percent, up six percentage points. The surveys also show that there has been a significant uptick in mental-health screening… Full Story

Texans With Arthritis Below U.S. Rate for Exercise

Only about 3 out of 10 Texans with arthritis walk at least 90 minutes a week, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). About 6 out of 10 arthritis sufferers in Texas do not walk at all in a given week, according to a CDC survey. The state’s rates are below the national average. Walking is the most preferred exercise among arthritis patients and has been shown to improve arthritis symptoms, physical function, walking pace, and quality of life. Walking contributes to total physical activity and is an appropriate activity to increase overall physical activity levels among adults with… Full Story

Texas Health Resources Opens Behavioral Center in Uptown

Texas Health Resources has opened Texas Health Springwood Center Uptown Dallas with a menu of behavioral services geared toward residents of the district. Operated by Texas Health Springwood Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford, the center offers counseling services that include complimentary private consultations, as well as programs specializing in specific populations such as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender; young adults age 18-25; adults; adolescents; and working professionals. The center also offers services for depression, addictions, anxiety, chronic pain, bullying, bipolar conditions, workplace and academic stress, and family conflict. The facility has 10 counselors, including psychologists and social workers. The center provides referrals to… Full Story

Cooper Institute’s FitnessGram Fights to Maintain Foothold

FitnessGram is under assault, as it seems to be every legislative session. FitnessGram measures a child’s fitness in several ways. It assesses students’ aerobic capacity and body composition as well as muscular strength, endurance, and flexibility. The tool—developed by the Dallas-based Cooper Institute and championed by Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound—was implemented in the 2007-2008 school year. Originally, all students were required to be assessed in grades 3-12. The 2011 legislature limited FitnessGram only to students who were enrolled in physical education. Texas requires 30 minutes a day or 135 minutes a week of physical activity in elementary school and… Full Story

Morning Rounds (05.15.13)

Private equity healthcare transactions more than doubled between 2009 and 2012.

Children’s Medical Center’s President and CEO has been nominated for the chairman position of the American Hospital Association.

The HeartGift Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides free heart surgery to disadvantaged children all over the world, has established a chapter in Dallas. Full Story

1 in 5 Texans Meet Federal Exercise Guidelines

Most Texans are not meeting the physical activity guidelines for aerobic exercise and muscle-strengthening activity, according to the Centers for Disease Control. About 1 out of 5 Texans met federal guidelines for both activities in 2011. Slightly less than half meet the aerobic activity guidelines and about 1 out of 4 met the muscle-strengthening guidelines. The Texas rates were slightly below those of the national averages. The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend that adults get at least 2½ hours a week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity such as walking, or one hour and 15 minutes a week of vigorous-intensity aerobic… Full Story