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Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

March, 2012

HOGG FOUNDATION

 

Great Day: Ima Hogg

KHOU Houston

March 8, 2012

 

Interview about Miss Ima Hogg and her legacy with biographical author Virginia Bernhard and Bayou Bend curator David Warren.

http://www.khou.com/great-day/gdh_03-08-12_seg4-141923523.html 

 

 

TEXAS NEWS

 

Congressman urges feds to investigate Medicare fraud in Houston; Louisiana lawmaker cites Chronicle report on abuse

Houston Chronicle

March 8, 2012

 

The chairman of a powerful congressional oversight committee has called for investigations by three federal agencies into wanton Medicare fraud in the Houston region in which ambulance companies, mental health clinics and home health care agencies have cheated taxpayers out of tens of millions of dollars.

http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Congressman-urges-feds-to-investigate-Medicare-3392643.php 

 

 

State Cuts Squeezing Elderly Poor and Their Doctors

Texas Tribune

March 9, 2012

 

... Goodman said her agency is sensitive to doctors' concerns. It plans to exempt mental health services from the policies and to increase Medicaid rates for cancer chemotherapy medications to the current Medicare rate. Many clinics are expected to absorb the changes. But Saenz said his practice - where 80 percent of the patients rely on Medicaid or Medicare and half qualify for both - cannot. After depleting his personal savings, he has asked a bank for credit so he can continue operating and make payroll for 25 employees and three other doctors.

http://www.texastribune.org/texas-state-agencies/health-and-human-services-commission/state-cuts-squeezing-elderly-poor-and-their-doctor/ 

 

 

Amid Finger-Pointing, Hurricane Relief Lags

Texas Tribune

March 9, 2012

 

... The poorest people were often left without help, and the state created "a real problem in terms of not fairly serving people of color and persons with disabilities," he said.

http://www.texastribune.org/texas-local-news/hurricane-ike/amid-finger-pointing-hurricane-relief-lags/ 

 

 

State agency, medical board fight release of Fischer documents

Austin American-Statesman

March 8, 2012

 

The Department of State Health Services and the Texas Medical Board are suing the attorney general's office over a decision ordering the release of investigative records on a former state hospital psychiatrist accused of abusing patients.

http://www.statesman.com/news/local/state-agency-medical-board-fight-release-of-fischer-2226227.html 

 

 

Baylor to close its southwest Fort Worth hospital by May 4

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

March 9, 2012

 

The Baylor Health Care System will close its 71-bed hospital in southwest Fort Worth this spring and consolidate services at its larger hospital in Fort Worth's medical district, a Baylor official said Thursday.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2012/03/08/3796399/baylor-to-close-its-southwest.html 

 

 

Women rally for health services

San Angelo Standard-Times

March 8, 2012

 

...Cynthia Davenport-Herbst, a registered nurse and reverend with St. Paul Presbyterian Church, spoke at the rally about the effects of unwanted pregnancies on society. Those children don't do as well on standardized tests, are more likely to be abused or neglected and more likely to drop out of school, said Davenport-Herbst, who has a specialization in mental health.

http://www.gosanangelo.com/news/2012/mar/08/women-rally-for-health-services/ 

 

 

Judge orders teen murder suspect held

KSAT - San Antonio

March 8, 2012

 

SAN ANTONIO - A Bexar County juvenile judge ordered a 15-year-old murder suspect to remain in custody Thursday until his next hearing later this month. ...An attorney for the boy asked the judge to release the teen so he could receive treatment for ongoing mental health issues. ...Despite that plea, the judge decided to keep the 15-year-old locked up.

http://www.ksat.com/news/Judge-orders-teen-murder-suspect-held/-/478452/9264454/-/106afhjz/-/index.html 

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

SAMHSA, MacArthur collaborate to improve how juvenile justice system responds to the behavioral health needs of youth

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

March 8, 2012

 

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation are collaborating on a $1 million effort targeting the behavioral health needs of youth in contact with the juvenile justice system. The project is aimed at diverting youth with behavioral health conditions from the juvenile justice system to community-based programs and services.

http://www.samhsa.gov/newsroom/advisories/1203082519.aspx 

 

 

FDA rejects AstraZeneca move on generic Seroquel

Chicago Tribune

March 9, 2012

 

LONDON (Reuters) - Regulators have rejected a move by AstraZeneca that could have delayed the entry of generic versions of its top-selling antipsychotic Seroquel onto the U.S. market later this month.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/health/sns-rt-us-astrazeneca-seroquelbre8280bn-20120308,0,3320521.story 

 

 

House votes unanimously to reverse three of last year's Medicaid cuts

Spokane Spokesman-Review (Wash.)

March 9, 2012

 

One of the biggest single budgets in state government, for Medicaid, will be pegged at $474.2 million in state funds for next year, $1.9 billion in total funds, the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee decided this morning on a unanimous, 18-0 vote. That's an 8.7 percent increase in state funding from this year, 5.7 percent in total funds, and includes the $1.55 million that's being restored to Medicaid by reversing three of this year's service cuts for disabled people on the program, as called for in a bill that passed the House yesterday.

http://www.spokesman.com/blogs/boise/ 

 

 

Cook County must reform juvenile justice, national agency says

Chicago Tribune

March 9, 2012

 

Cook County should demolish its long-troubled juvenile temporary detention center and needs to address an array of problematic trends in how it detains youths, such as disproportionately high admission rates for African-Americans, according to a national criminal justice research agency report released Thursday to the Tribune. ... The report recommended separating juveniles based on the seriousness of their offense, as well as their sex, age, and mental health needs and replacing the current facility with two or more smaller centers placed in the community.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-juvenile-center-report-20120309,0,7621855.story 

 

 

Pitt psych clinic shooter had no ID, fingerprints yields nothing; victim ID'd as staffer

Washington Post

March 9, 2012

 

PITTSBURGH - The University of Pittsburgh psychiatric clinic gunman who killed an employee and shot several others wasn't carrying identification and his fingerprints have yielded no clues to his identity - but the mother of the slain employee said Friday she doesn't believe the gunman knew her son.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/officials-lack-motive-for-shooting-at-pitt-psych-clinic-2-including-gunman-are-killed/2012/03/09/gIQAz8Jf0R_story.html 

 

 

HEALTHCARE REFORM

 

White House Works to Shape Debate Over Health Law

New York Times

March 9, 2012

 

WASHINGTON - The White House has begun an aggressive campaign to use approaching Supreme Court arguments on the new health care law as a moment to build support for the measure seen as President Obama's signature legislative achievement, hoping to shape public opinion on an issue at the center of the battle for the White House and Congress.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/09/us/politics/white-house-works-to-shape-debate-over-health-law.html 

 

 

N.Y. Governor Raps Insurers, Health Providers For 'Unacceptable Opaqueness' In Billing

Kaiser Health News

March 8, 2012

 

Too often patients who thought they had all the right approvals from their insurers get hit with surprise bills for out-of-network medical costs, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says in a report that calls on insurers, doctors and hospitals to help craft reforms.

http://capsules.kaiserhealthnews.org/index.php/2012/03/ny-governor-raps-insurers-health-providers-for-unaccceptable-opaqueness-in-billing/ 

 

 

New Insurer-Hospital ACO Touts Early Success

Kaiser Health News

March 8, 2012

 

Illinois' largest hospital system and biggest health insurer agreed in late 2010 to form an accountable care organization, a network in which the organizations would cooperate to boost quality and restrain cost increases, sharing in any savings. Chicago-based Advocate Health Care gambled that its portion would compensate for the lost revenue from the resulting empty beds.

http://capsules.kaiserhealthnews.org/index.php/2012/03/new-insurer-hospital-aco-touts-early-success/ 

 

 

Medicare cuts hurt smaller providers

Politico

March 8, 2012

 

... For Congress, the lessons are two-fold. First, there are the unintended consequences of policy decisions made without full knowledge of how they affect service providers. Second, is the heavy price all sides pay without some long-term resolution to the Medicare formula for paying physicians.

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0312/73805.html 

 

 

What Doctors and Patients Don't Want to Talk About

New York Times

March 9, 2012

 

There are lots of well-intentioned efforts to improve health care out there. But whether it's a "patient centered" initiative, a public listing of hospital complication rates or reimbursement linked to patient satisfaction, the subtext is always the same: We're different from generations past because our patient-doctor relationship is less paternalistic and more transparent. If only it were that simple.

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/08/what-doctors-and-patients-dont-want-to-talk-about/?ref=health 

 

 

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

 

Trauma, Not Radiation, Is Key Concern In Japan

NPR

March 9, 2012

 

Experts say health effects of radiation exposure likely won't be detectable and a bigger problem is the mental health issues resulting from the trauma of the tsunami.

http://www.npr.org/2012/03/09/148227596/trauma-not-radiation-is-key-concern-in-japan 

 

 

OPINIONS

 

Columnist says health care law leads to single-payer rule

San Antonio Express-News

March 9, 2012

 

If President Barack Obama's health care reform act is fully implemented over the next two years, it will evolve into a Canadian-style single-payer system that will forever change the social contract between Americans and their government, a nationally syndicated columnist and physician predicts.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local_news/article/Columnist-If-health-care-reform-act-is-fully-3392700.php 

 

 

We Thought They Were Worried About Costs

New York Times

March 9, 2012

 

... The board will include doctors, consumers and patient advocates who will be proposed by Congressional leaders, nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate. Its recommendations would become law unless Congress approves alternative, equal savings. Many Congressional critics complain that the board will usurp their authority. But the board's prime role is to serve as a buffer between Congress and the powerful health care lobbies that drive up spending. Congress certainly needs the help.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/09/opinion/werent-house-republicans-worried-about-medicare-costs.html 

 

 

Healing Medi-Cal: Gov. Brown's proposed plan to change the healthcare program for the poor is a good first step

Los Angeles Times

March 9, 2012

 

Like many states, California is struggling to pay for the health insurance it offers poor residents. The ranks of the Medi-Cal program grew by more than 12% after the economy tanked, and rising healthcare costs increased the fiscal burden. Making matters worse, state officials kept trying to solve the problem mainly by paying doctors less for their services and charging Medi-Cal beneficiaries more, ignoring the skewed incentives and inefficiencies in the system that were driving costs higher.

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/opinionla/la-ed-healthcare-poor-copay-20120309,0,7335448.story 

 

 

RESEARCH

 

Report On Mental Health Care Identifies Need For Research On Immigrants, Not Just Ethnic Minority Populations

Medical News Today

March 9, 2012

 

... The report of APA's Presidential Task Force Report on Immigration presents a detailed look at America 's immigrant population and outlines how psychologists can address the needs of immigrants across domains of practice, research, education and policy.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/242656.php 

 

 

People in Poor Neighborhoods Have More Pain, Study Finds

HealthDay

March 8, 2012

 

...The study, published in a recent issue of The Journal of Pain, included more than 3,700 adults under age 50. Men and women who lived in poorer neighborhoods had more pain, pain-related disability and mood disorders, such as depression and anxiety, the investigators found.

http://consumer.healthday.com/Article.asp?AID=662436 

 

 

Wal-Mart Therapy Tried as Pentagon Copes With Traumatized Troops

Bloomberg News

March 7, 2012

 

... Visiting Wal-Mart or another crowded spot is part of a treatment for PTSD called prolonged exposure therapy that encourages a patient to recount traumatic events that cause flashbacks, Peterson of the Strong Star group said. The benefits of 10 such therapeutic sessions within either two or eight weeks are being studied, and the early results suggest the treatments are so effective that some active-duty military personnel have been able to return to war zones, Peterson said. About 360 military personnel are getting the exposure therapy, he said.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-03-08/wal-mart-therapy-tried-by-pentagon-for-traumatized-troops.html 

 

 

Progress for people with schizophrenia

Washington Post

March 9, 2012

 

"Schizophrenic" is one of those words we tend to toss around carelessly, without regard for the fact that it refers to a usually debilitating condition that affects one in 100 people in the United States, according to the NIH. ... A report on a recent six-month pilot study of a new approach to treating people with schizophrenia offers some hope - even as it underscores the difficulties in treating the condition.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-checkup/post/progress-for-people-with-schizophrenia/2010/12/20/gIQAR6u00R_blog.html 

 

 

Second-person pronoun use linked to schizophrenia in high-risk patients

MedWire News

March 9, 2012

 

Patients at high risk for psychosis who go on to develop schizophrenia use second-person pronouns to a significantly greater extent than high-risk patients who do not subsequently develop the disorder, UK research shows.

http://www.medwire-news.md/47/98073/Psychiatry/Second-person_pronoun_use_linked_to_schizophrenia_in_high-risk_patients.html 

 

 

Cannabinoid 2 Receptors Regulate Impulsive Behaviour

ScienceDaily

March 8, 2012

 

A new study led by the Neuroscience Institute of Alicante reveals how manipulating the endocannabinoid system can modulate high levels of impulsivity. This is the main problem in psychiatric illnesses such a schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and substance abuse.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/03/120308062541.htm 

 

 

Misdiagnosis common among bipolar disorder patients

MedWire News

March 9, 2012

 

A considerable proportion of patients with bipolar disorder are misdiagnosed with other mental health disorders, results from a Norwegian study of psychiatric patients suggest.

http://www.medwire-news.md/47/98063/Psychiatry/Misdiagnosis_common_among_bipolar_disorder_patients.html 

 

 

New Depression Treatment 'Safe and Effective', Experts Say

ScienceDaily

March 7, 2012

 

Stimulating the brain with a weak electrical current is a safe and effective treatment for depression and could have other surprise benefits for the body and mind, a major Australian study of transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) has found.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/03/120307094657.htm 

 

 

FEATURES & RESOURCES

 

A Training Opportunity from the ASSET Team: Texas Wraparound Coach Initiative - Request for Applications

Texas System of Care ASSET Team

 

As part of our system of care expansion planning work, the ASSET team is launching a Texas Wraparound Coach Initiative to develop a pool of in-state coaches certified by the National Wraparound Initiative to provide ongoing training and coaching to facilitators and supervisors of wraparound throughout Texas. Application are due by noon on March 16, 2012. Top candidates will receive a follow-up call from the application review team during the week of March 26, 2012. The six applicants chosen will be notified by April 10, 2012. Link to application.

http://blogs.utexas.edu/txsystemofcare/2012/02/23/application-for-wraparound-coach-certification/ 

 

 

Health Priorities for Texas Families and Underserved Populations To Be Focus of March 28 Conference

The University of Texas at Austin

 

"Serving Texas Through Health Disparities Research" is an annual research conference presented by the St. David's Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research in Underserved Populations at The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing. Wednesday, March 28, 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. in Austin. Online registration closes Tuesday, March 27, at noon.

http://www.utexas.edu/nursing/chpr/conference.html 

 

 

Children's Mental Health Awareness Creativity Contest - April 16 deadline

Texas Department of State Health Services

 

The Mental Health and Substance Abuse Division of the Department of State Health Services is holding its first statewide poster, writing, and video contest for children/youth to promote Children's Mental Health Awareness Week May 6th-12th, 2012. The top three places in each category will be recognized on National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day, May 9th, 2012.

http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/mhsa/greenribbon/ 

 

 

I Am Here Coalition Newsletter

Grant Haliburton Foundation

February 2012

 

In this issue:

  • Teams Work on 2012 Initiatives
  • New Leadership for Resources Team
  • HB 1386 Suicide Prevention Legislation
  • No Psych Assessments for Youth in ER for Self-harm
  • First Suicide Attempts in Elementary & Middle School Students

http://www.iamherecoalition.org/newsletters/vol4no1.html 

 

 

PHILANTHROPY

 

Exec brings extensive banking experience to Southwestern Medical Foundation

Dallas Morning News

March 7, 2012

 

The Southwestern Medical Foundation has appointed Kathleen M. Gibson as an executive vice president. The foundation supports UT Southwestern Medical Center and its affiliated institutions by helping build awareness in the community about the center's clinical, educational and research programs and by raising money to support its programs.

http://www.dallasnews.com/business/columnists/robert-miller/20120307-exec-brings-extensive-banking-experience-to-southwestern-medical-foundation.ece?action=reregister 

 


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