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

Jason Hwang: How ‘Disruptive Innovation’ Can Improve the Healthcare Model

Healthcare needs more “disruptive innovation” like TurboTax. Jason Hwang, co-author of The Innovator’s Prescription: A Disruptive Solution for Health Care and co-founder of the Innosight Institute, used the analogy during a pre-conference keynote speech last week at the sixth annual Southwest Healthcare Transaction Conference, held at the Omni Dallas Hotel. Hwang noted that the growing use of TurboTax eats away at the percentage of people who hire an accountant to complete their taxes each year. This “disruption” targets consumers with simple finances that could be easily handled by TurboTax, as well as non-consumers who could not afford accountants. Similar innovation… Full Story

Medicare Data Show Huge Disparity in Charges by North Texas Hospitals for Inpatient Procedures

Las Colinas Medical Center billed Medicare, on average, $160,832 for lower joint replacements in 2011. Baylor Medical Center in Irving billed the government an average fee of $42,632 for the same procedure. The federal government on Wednesday released the prices hospitals charged for the 100 most common inpatient procedures. The numbers show a huge disparity in what the facilities charge for certain procedures. The hospital charges were from a master list called a “chargemaster,” not unlike a sticker price on a new automobile. Medicare and private insurance companies negotiate far lower rates. Hospitals say the chargemaster prices rarely are useful… Full Story

Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Scores Improve on Latest Leapfrog Group Report

Just one North Texas hospital received a “D” grade for healthcare quality and safety in The Leapfrog Group’s latest report card. This is an improvement compared to the the organization’s November report, when five North Texas hospitals received “D” or “F” grades. This time around, Texas Hospital for Advanced Medicine received a “D” grade; Baylor University Medical Center, JPS Health Network, Medical Center of Plano, and Methodist Dallas Medical Center all received “C” grades. The Leapfrog Group surveyed more than 2,600 hospitals across the country for the third time and collected data on preventable medical errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. The survey, which promotes hospital transparency, encourages hospitals… Full Story