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May, 2012

UT/TT Poll: Little Love for Legislative Branch

The Texas Tribune

May 24, 2012

 

... Texans generally don't like the federal health care law. A U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the constitutionality of that law is expected as early as next month: 45 percent said the court should overturn the entire law, 10 percent said the court should overturn the individual mandates and leave everything else in place, and only 26 percent said the court should leave the law intact.

http://www.texastribune.org/texas-health-resources/health-reform-and-texas/uttt-poll-everybody-hates-congress/ 

 

 

Valley therapists fight state's Medicaid transportation plan

The Monitor - The Rio Grande Valley

May 23, 2012

 

In March, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission stopped allowing medical transportation companies to carry unaccompanied children for treatment at Rio Grande Valley rehabilitation clinics ... On one side are Valley lawmakers and local therapists who say such a requirement would indirectly deny access to prescribed care for children on Medicaid because of their parents' employment or transportation situations. But HHSC officials say the best way to prevent fraud and abuse is the 1999 law originally passed to stop vans from trolling Houston streets to pick up and carry children for unnecessary medical and dental appointments without their parents' consent.

http://www.themonitor.com/news/state-61082-montemayor-decision.html

 

 

Wounded veterans find a peaceful place to play

Dallas Morning News

May 23, 2012

 

... Many participants in HOW also suffer from PTSD, a mental health disorder that can occur when someone experiences a life-threatening event. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, about 20 percent of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans suffer from the disorder. Dr. John Hart, PTSD expert and medical science director at the Center for Brain Health at the University of Texas at Dallas, says PTSD causes a variety of debilitating symptoms.

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/20120523-wounded-veterans-find-a-peaceful-place-to-play.ece 

 

 

400 jobs to be lost at health system

San Antonio Express-News

May 23, 2012

 

The Christus Santa Rosa Health System informed the Texas Workforce Commission on Wednesday that 400 employees in San Antonio will lose their positions between July 31 and Aug. 13. The layoffs stem from the consolidation of the hospital system's City Centre at 333 N. Santa Rosa St. downtown into its existing Children's Hospital to form a planned stand-alone children's hospital.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/business/article/400-jobs-to-be-lost-at-health-system-3580321.php 

 

 

North Texas needs more primary, psychiatric docs

Dallas Business Journal

May 23, 2012

 

North Texas has a shortage of primary and specialty physicians and behavioral health providers, and the problem is expected to worsen in the next few years, according to an analysis of the region's health care needs. Population growth and the increasing prevalence of chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension are fueling the physician shortage, according to a report by the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council.

http://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news/2012/05/23/north-texas-needs-more-primary.html

 

 

Houston doctor blames agencies in Medicare scam

Houston Chronicle

May 23, 2012

 

Houston physician Ben Echols, accused of federal health care fraud, admitted Wednesday he did not read every patient request for home health services but relied on the now-questionable judgment of the people who paid him when he signed off on bogus and unnecessary Medicare benefits.

http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Houston-doctors-says-he-was-deceived-by-those-he-3581263.php

 

 

CRMC on high alert

The Aransas Pass Progress

May 23, 2012

 

... 58-year old David Mathews worked in the psychiatric ward at CRMC for over a year and was put on suspension after he made several disturbing and threatening comments to other staff members, prompting them to lodge a complaint with hospital administrators, said detective Mark Flores.

http://www.aransaspassprogress.com/news/article_2497c23c-a4e5-11e1-b05a-0019bb2963f4.html

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

More Than Half Autistic Kids Prescribed Mood Medicines

Bloomberg News

May 23, 2012

 

More than half of school-age children with autism in the U.S. take mood-altering drugs as doctors increasingly target the broad range of psychiatric symptoms tied to the ailment, a report found. The survey, the first of its kind by the National Institute of Mental Health, found that 56 percent of those age 6 to 17 with autism, were on one or more drugs normally given for disorders such as anxiety, depression, psychosis or hyperactivity.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-05-24/more-than-half-autistic-kids-prescribed-mood-medicines.html 

 

 

Individual Health Policies Fall Short, a Study Finds

The New York Times

May 23, 2012

 

More than half of all medical insurance policies sold to individuals now fail to meet the standards of coverage set by the federal health care law under review by the Supreme Court, a new study says.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/24/health/study-shows-individual-health-care-policies-lacking.html?_r=1&hpw

 

 

For Hospitals and Insurers, New Fervor to Cut Costs

The New York Times

May 23, 2012

 

... While UCLA Health System has long prided itself on being at the forefront of treating patients like Giselle, it is now trying to lower sharply the cost of providing that care. By enrolling young patients with complex and expensive diseases in a program called a medical home, the system tries to ensure that doctors spend more time with patients and work more closely with parents to coordinate care. The program has cut emergency room visits by slightly more than half.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/24/health/hospitals-and-insurers-join-to-cut-health-care-costs.html?_r=1&hp

 

 

Gov't taking new steps to combat food stamp fraud

Houston Chronicle

May 24, 2012

 

... Concannon stressed that the USDA wants to be sensitive to vulnerable people who may lose their cards for innocent reasons. While it may sound suspicious for someone to lose a card two or three times a year, food stamp recipients include many people who are homeless or have dementia or mental illness, he said.

http://www.chron.com/news/article/Gov-t-taking-new-steps-to-combat-food-stamp-fraud-3581727.php

 

 

Healthcare Districts' Role Under Fire

The Wall Street Journal

May 23, 2012

 

... Healthcare districts today provide ambulance services, help build facilities such as nursing homes, allocate money to nonprofit health-care providers and run hospitals, among other things. The state created the agencies decades ago for the purpose of building and operating hospitals in rural and low-income areas, where there weren't enough for the rapidly growing population. The districts were set up with their own funding stream-a slice of property tax revenue-and have been operating outside the scope of local government.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304019404577418853022291684.html?grcc=5ca3d707cbbefc5f46d3df1a54c0900eZ3ZhpgeZ0Z61Z200Z30Z2&mod=WSJ_hps_sections_health 

 

 

Government Report Says Medical Discharge Process Is Getting Slower

The New York Times

May 23, 2012

 

...Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs have been trying to make the process of getting a medical discharge from the military less complicated, time-consuming and contentious. ... In recent weeks, news reports about growing backlogs in processing disability claims by the V.A. in the San Francisco and Houston areas have led to angry town hall meetings and denunciations of the V.A. by members of Congress and veterans advocates.

http://atwar.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/23/government-report-says-medical-discharge-process-getting-slower/?src=recg 

 

 

John Huston film about WW II soldiers that Army suppressed is restored

The Washington Post

May 23, 2012

 

More than 65 years after it was suppressed by the Army, a powerful and controversial John Huston documentary about soldiers suffering from the psychological wounds of war has been restored by the National Archives and debuts Thursday on the Web.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/john-huston-film-about-ww-ii-soldiers-that-army-suppressed-is-restored/2012/05/23/gJQA7LS3lU_story.html?hpid=z4 

 

 

Medical Devices in Hospitals to Go Wireless

The Wall Street Journal

May 23, 2012

 

... The Federal Communications Commission is expected to vote Thursday to open up spectrum for wireless medical devices, raising the possibility of easier hospital-patient monitoring, fewer tubes in emergency rooms, and more remote monitoring at home.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304065704577422633456558976.html 

 

 

Generic-drug makers' complaints over brand-name access prompt investigations

The Washington Post

May 22, 2012

 

Some drugmakers assert they are unable to create cheaper generic versions of drugs because their rivals are exploiting a legal loophole. It all comes down to process: To get a generic drug approved for sale, a company has to test a sample of the brand-name version and show regulators that the generic version is essentially identical and as effective.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/generic-drug-makers-complaints-over-distribution-law-provoke-investigations/2012/05/22/gIQAhExKiU_story.html?hpid=z6 

 

 

HEALTHCARE REFORM

 

Affordable Care Act supports families of children with special health care needs

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

May 23, 2012

 

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced $4.9 million in Affordable Care Act funding to support Family-to-Family Health Information Centers, primarily non-profit organizations run by and for families with children with special health care needs.

http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2012pres/05/20120523a.html 

 

 

New Study Finds That 51 Percent Of Americans With Individual Health Insurance Will Improve Their Coverage In 2014 Through The Health Exchanges

Health Affairs

May 23, 2012

 

Bethesda, MD -- More than 11 million Americans below the age of 65 are now covered by private individual health insurance plans. A new study, released today by Health Affairs as a Web First, measured the actuarial value (the percentage of medical bills an insurance company pays) for a sample of 2010 health plans offering group and individual policies, and found that the majority of individual plans fell below the minimum standards and benefits required by the Affordable Care Act of 2010.

http://content.healthaffairs.org/content/early/2012/05/22/hlthaff.2011.1082

 

 

OPINIONS

 

Small rebate predictions demonstrate healthcare reform's flaws

San Antonio Express-News

May 22, 2012

 

As the June 1 deadline for insurance rebate filings is fast approaching, a recent Kaiser Family Foundation report gives us insight to what individual policy holders and company policy holders will be looking at in terms of expected rebates mandated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. ... In Texas alone, the rebate estimate is $186 million. The projected rebates from this report are minimal considering the rate that the premiums are increasing. Furthermore, they indicate what many have been saying since the bill was debated and passed more than two years ago, that there are serious flaws in the current MLR standards.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/life/health/article/Small-rebate-predictions-demonstrate-healthcare-3577198.php 

 

 

RESEARCH

 

Daytime sleepiness common in bipolar disorder

MedWire News

May 24, 2012

 

Patients with bipolar disorder commonly experience excessive daytime sleepiness, which has a negative impact on functioning, researchers report.

http://www.medwire-news.md/47/99613/Psychiatry/Daytime_sleepiness_common_in_bipolar_disorder.html 

 

 

Structural brain changes in psychotic adolescents

MedWire News

May 24, 2012

 

Adolescents who develop psychosis show significant structural brain changes around the time of illness onset, researchers report.

http://www.medwire-news.md/47/99614/Psychiatry/Structural_brain_changes_in_psychotic_adolescents_.html 

 

 

Bias Found in Mental Health Drug Research

ScienceDaily

May 22, 2012

 

Patient care nationwide may be affected when research on medications contain only 'good news' -- especially when the research is industry-funded.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/05/120522115030.htm 

 

 

FEATURES & RESOURCES

 

Temple: Salvation Army Needs Your Help To Help Others

KWTX-TV News

May 23, 2012

 

The Salvation Army feeding program "Feed My Sheep" is looking for people to step up and become community partners to feed the hungry. ... The organization is currently working on a new facility, the Salvation Army Center of Hope, which will serve those lacking in education, in need of mental health care, and disabled veterans, many of whom are without employment.

http://bit.ly/KWUdSi 

 

 

By Putting Patients First, Hospital Tries To Make Care More Personal

NPR

May 23, 2012

 

... Today Planetree has certified, or "designated," 30 hospitals and nursing homes in the U.S. and four countries as meeting a specific list of criteria that qualify them as providing truly patient-centered care.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2012/05/23/153442476/by-putting-patients-first-hospital-tries-to-make-care-more-personal 

 

 

First Annual Mental Health Awareness Day : The Voices of Recovery

Beyond Today

May 16, 2012

 

Beyond Today, an entity that provides Peer Support and promotes the Recovery process by linking individuals with a continuum of services to improve their Mental Health and wellness to live a self-directed, self fulfilled life, will celebrate the City of Austin's First Annual Mental Health Awareness Day on May 31, 2012 from 6PM to 8PM with an event, titled: "Mental Health Awareness Day : The Voices of Recovery". The purpose of the event is to promote understanding of Peer Support and Recovery and educate / reduce stigmas associated with Mental Health Issues.

http://www.beyondtoday.us/Mental_Health_Day.html 

 

 

Hospital Diversion Services: Developing a Peer-Respite/Diversion Service in Your Area

National Empowerment Center

May 24, 2012

 

Are you interested in starting a hospital-diversion service or peer-run respite in your area? Based on the experience of Rose House, the work of PEOPLe, Inc., and the support of Optum Health, a new manual is now available for people interested in starting peer-run hospital diversion services. Steve Miccio, author of this manual, will present the key concepts in the manual, followed by an opportunity for questions and discussion.

https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/424066310 

 

 

Healthy Child Manitoba: Implementing Universal Prevention Programs for Children and Youth

Mental Health America

May 23, 2012

 

...Join us for a webinar during SAMHSA's first annual Prevention Week to learn about the interventions being utilized and the process of implementation of this exciting initiative. SAMSHA is funding 19 sites nationally to implement PAX Good Behavior Game-as a result of the 2009 Institute of Medicine Report on the Prevention of Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Disorders in Young People.

https://www150.livemeeting.com/lrs/8002073444/Registration.aspx?pageName=2x25wf9gtm93p439

 

 

Art Helps People Live With Mental Illness

Huffington Post

May 23, 2012

 

... Positive psychologists, such as Martin Seligman, tell us that these are among the primary components of psychological well-being. In our society it is not easy for people with mental illness to find opportunities to engage (to immerse themselves) in activities they find meaningful, to experience a sense of accomplishment, and to be part of a community of shared interest and mutual concern. Art can make it possible.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-friedman-lmsw/art-therapy_b_1535848.html 



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