VHA Exec Named to Board of National Patient Safety Foundation

Lillee Gelinas, vice president and chief nursing officer at Irving-based VHA Inc., has been named to the National Patient Safety Foundation board of directors. As such, Gelinas will be responsible for providing strategic and operational oversight, as well as fiduciary responsibilities for the foundation. Here’s more from a VHA Inc. press release: At VHA, Gelinas is active in collaborative patient safety improvement initiatives including VHA’s Hospital Engagement Network (HEN), which is part of the Partnership for Patients initiative launched by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Gelinas drives the educational content and moderates VHA’s Partnership for Patients Education Series and… Full Story

Morning Rounds (10.11.12)

Eleven North Texas healthcare companies rank on Modern Healthcare‘s “Best Places to Work” list for 2012.

Dallas-based Medicus reveals five ways ACOs will impact physician recruiting.

Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake and MISCI have formed the SpineCare Institute, to focus on minimally-invasive procedures.

University of Texas at Artlington and Academic Partnerships have received the 2012 Star Award in recognition of their online RN-to-BSN program. Full Story

Morning Rounds (10.10.12)

Parkland Health & Hospital System has formed a nonprofit research and development corporation to support software that predicts patient problems before they occur.

The Medical Center of Plano is the first hospital in Texas to use a new stroke treatment.

More health systems self-insuring the combined hospital-physician malpractice risk.

Post-debate bounce: Romney closes the gap with Obama when it comes to healthcare matters. Full Story

UTA’s RN-to-BSN Program Honored with Star Award

University of Texas at Arlington and Academic Partnerships have received the 2012 Star Award from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to recognize its online RN-to-BSN program. Thousands of registered nurses have completed their bachelor’s degrees in an average of 18 months through the program since 2008. Nearly half of Texas nurses who have completed an RN-to-BSN degree in 2010-2011 did so at UTA. So far this year, UTA is one of only four schools in the state to receive this honor. Michael Moore of UTA said in a statement that the program has become a university-wide effort including technical support… Full Story

Two Dallas Physicians and Four Nurses Indicted For Defrauding Medicare

Two Dallas-area physicians and four registered nurses were indicted Thursday for allegedly defrauding Medicare, as first reported by the Dallas Morning News. The two cases totaled more than $104 million and involved more than 30,000 prescriptions and home health care services. Both were part of a nationwide investigation that included 91 defendants and alleged fraud totaling $429.3 million. Dr. Joseph Megwa, owner of Arlington’s Raphem Medical Practice, allegedly signed 33,000 prescription pads, sometimes without review, for more than 2,000 Medicare users. Ferguson Ikhile, a registered nurse and owner of PTM Healthcare Services Inc. in Irving, and Ebolose Echobor, director of… Full Story

Morning Rounds (10.01.12)

Nearly 1,200 uninsured people received care at a free health clinic held this past weekend in Dallas.

Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare Corp. is in negotiations to buy a 209-bed hospital in Turlock, Calif.

Corporate CFOs say their companies’ growth is hindered by the escalating cost of employee benefits.

UTA’s College of Nursing is seeking to increase enrollment through a partnership with HCA Methodist Healthcare in San Antonio. Full Story

UTA College of Nursing Partners with San Antonio Hospital

The College of Nursing at the University of Texas at Arlington has partnered with HCA Methodist Healthcare in San Antonio to to increase students enrollment in its Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. The UTA College of Nursing already has more than two dozen partner hospitals closer to home, but HCA Methodist Healthcare is the university’s first partner hospital in the greater San Antonio area. The UTA College of Nursing established the accelerated BSN program in response to a growing need for registered nurses and a lack of program spaces to educate new nurses. Texas Center for Nursing Workforce Studies, Texas… Full Story

Texas Nursing Leaders Hope Grant Will Boost Enrollment in Bachelor’s Programs

Texas is one of nine states that will receive a two-year grant to create a more highly educated, diverse nursing workforce. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation announced it would give the state $300,000 through its Academic Progression in Nursing (APIN) program. Susan Sportsman, co-chair of the education committee for the Texas Team nursing coalition, said the grant money would help nursing leaders work with universities to create a standard curriculum to encourage nurses to return to school to earn their bachelor’s degree. She said only about one out of six registered nurses have returned to school to earn a four-year degree.… Full Story

Accolades (09.10.12)

Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital, Novation, Aprima, HealthTexas Provider Network and North Texas Specialty Physicians get recognized in this week’s edition of Accolades. Full Story

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