Morning Rounds (01.10.13)

This year, 27 healthcare professions made it onto U.S. News’ top 100 professions list, with four in the top five.

U.S. nonprofit hospitals delivered a record $41.1 billion in uncompensated care in 2011, according to the American Hospital Association’s annual survey.

Hospitals in Dallas and Fort Worth fared better than the national average in Medicare’s new incentive program, which pays for quality of care. Full Story

Morning Rounds (12.05.12)

A Houston-based hospital company is entering the Dallas market by acquiring Oak Cliff’s South Hampton Community Hospital in a $30 million deal.

Dallas-based AT&T has released its list of the top five healthcare IT trends for 2013.

The Government Accountability Office says variances in Medicaid expenses in two different data sets leave billions of dollars in expenditures unexplained.

Nursing is the country’s No. 1 trusted profession, according to a new Gallup poll. Overall, healthcare professions occupy three of the survey’s top four spots.

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Study: Nursing Most Trusted Profession, Other Healthcare Posts Closely Follow

When it comes to honesty and ethical standards, nurses come out on top, according to an annual Gallup poll. Overall, healthcare workers received the highest honesty rankings in the poll’s history and took three of the top four spots. The study asked participants to rank 22 professions based on honesty and ethical standards. This year, six medical professions were included in the poll. Eighty-five percent of respondents gave nurses a “very high” rating. Nurses have held the No. 1 spot since the profession was added to the poll in 1999—aside from 2011, when firefighters received the highest honesty rating after 9/11.… Full Story

Morning Rounds (11.14.12)

Children’s Medical Center and the Ryan Seacrest Foundation are opening a state-of-the-art multimedia broadcast studio inside the hospital this morning, making it the third in the nation to do so.

The Unites States will need to increase its primary care physician workforce by 25 percent by 2025 to keep up with demand.

Hundreds of nursing homes are overcharging Medicare for skilled services, which is adding $1.5 billion in yearly costs to the program.

A UT Arlington physics professor has received funding from the U.S. Department of Defense to for his promising treatments  for breast and prostate cancers. Full Story

Morning Rounds (11.12.12)

 National health expenditures in September 2012 grew by 3.7 percent relative to September 2011, according to the Altarum Center for Sustainable Health Spending.

Survey: 1 out of 3 RNs say they plan to scale back hours within three years and more at the inaugural Healthcare Workforce Summit in Southlake.

President Obama’s re-election means the healthcare law will remain, but Republican state officials will influence the way it is carried out.

Carrolton-based Aprima Medical Software has reached a settlement in the lawsuit brought on October 19 by Allscripts Healthcare Solutions LLC.

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Survey: 1 out of 3 RNs Plan to Scale Back Hours Within Three Years

At the Thursday-Friday inaugural Healthcare Workforce Summit in Southlake, AMN Healthcare unveiled the results of its 2012 survey of registered nurses. Among the findings: About 1 out of 3 said they plan to try to reduce their current workload within the next three years.  That included shifting to part-time or less demanding roles, as well as leaving nursing altogether, by retiring or seeking non-nursing jobs. While 91 percent of registered nurses were satisfied with their careers, 44 percent would not select or are not sure they would select nursing as a career again. Slightly less than half (40 percent) said… Full Story

Morning Rounds (10.30.12)

Baylor Surgical Hospital at Fort Worth has purchased of 5.3 acres of land with plans to construct a three-story, 77,000-square-foot, acute care replacement hospital.

Everest College in Fort Worth has launched a two-year nursing program.

Prices paid for physician services has grown faster than inflation in the economy for the fourth month in a row.

Four ways social media may improve business intelligence, customer service, and reporting for the medical practices. Full Story

Fort Worth College Launches Two-Year Nursing Program

Everest College in Fort Worth has launched its first nursing program in the state, in response to the growing demand for nurses. According to a report by the Texas Center for Nursing Workforce Studies (TCNWS), the demand for Registered Nurses (RN) is expected to grow faster than the average career through 2020. The two-year associate nursing degree program has been approved by the Texas Board of Nursing and includes coursework in Anatomy and Physiology, Nursing Pharmacology, Microbiology, Medical/Surgical Nursing, Developmental Psychology, Critical Care Nursing, and hands-on clinical training experience. Everest nursing graduates may work in entry-level nursing positions in hospitals… Full Story

Morning Rounds (10.25.12)

Medical City’s Dallas Valve Institute is the first hospital in the country to perform a heart procedure approved by the FDA that treats patients with aortic stenosis.

U.S. physicians are healthier than nurses and the general population.

Top-tier medical practices excel in four categories—and generate an additional $150,000 in total medical revenue per full-time equivalent physician.

Study finds that frequent emergency department users are not abusing the system, but being seen for chronic conditions. Full Story

Study: Nurses Who Teach Encourage Worker Productivity

A study from researchers at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and the University of Utah found that supervisors who teach stimulate better worker productivity, according to HealthLeaders Media. The study tracked workers in technology-based service jobs where computers measure output on an hourly basis. From 2006 to 2010, almost 6 million measurements were taken for 23,878 workers matched to 1,940 bosses. Employees tended to change supervisors about four times a year, giving researchers a chance to track which managers got better work from their employees. Authors of the study said that although research was done in the tech industry, results… Full Story