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June, 2012

TEXAS NEWS

 

Texans to get $167M in rebates

San Antonio Express-News

June 21, 2012

 

About 1.5 million Texans will receive nearly $167 million in health insurance rebates, an average of $187 each, by Aug. 1 from insurance companies.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/business/article/Texans-to-get-167M-in-rebates-3653562.php 

 

 

'Rest Of The Country Should Take A Good Look At The Situation In Texas'

Kaiser Health News

June 21, 2012

 

... They say everything is bigger in Texas, and the problem of the uninsured is no exception. The Houston metropolitan area has one of the highest rates of uninsured people in America, and a health safety net imploding under the demands of too many people and too few resources.

http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Stories/2012/June/21/houston-texas-uninsured.aspx 

 

 

Pristine Healthcare acquires Pasadena hospital, considers Seabrook

Houston Business Journal

June 22, 2012

 

Pristine Healthcare LLC has acquired the former Kindred Hospital building in Pasadena with plans to invest $7 million to refurbish the facility and open a rebranded short-term acute care hospital in July.

The company, which will continue to operate two outpatient psychiatric facilities in west Houston, will establish its headquarters in the 110,000-square-foot building at 1004 Seymour St. in Pasadena.

http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/print-edition/2012/06/22/pristine-healthcare-acquires-pasadena.html

 

 

Few answers as GI suicides rise again

San Antonio Express-News

June 21, 2012

 

WASHINGTON - ... Years after the military began dealing with the issue, launching programs and boosting its core of caregivers, things are as bad as ever. ... The Army revealed Wednesday that 124 GIs had died by their own hand through May, including seven from Fort Hood and four assigned to Fort Bliss. One active-duty soldier died in Houston. The report, obtained by the San Antonio Express-News, will be released Friday.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/military/article/Few-answers-as-GI-suicides-rise-again-3653687.php 

 

 

Advocates Ask Juvenile Justice Agency to Delay Decision

The Texas Tribune

June 21, 2012

 

... The proposed reforms, which the TJJD's board members are scheduled to bring up for a vote on Friday, would institute a new "Phoenix program," which would move certain unruly or violent youth to a specific facility. ... The facility would provide the same education and rehabilitation services as other lockups, but would be more secure by limiting youths' movement around campus and lowering the ratio of youth to staff. The dorm would not, however, be considered a lockdown or isolation facility, he said.

http://www.texastribune.org/texas-state-agencies/juvenile-probation-commission/advocates-await-tjjd-board-decision/ 

 

 

State outlines health funding for low-income women

Houston Chronicle

June 21, 2012

 

AUSTIN - ... The state plans to use funds from a Medicaid fraud crackdown and services deemed unnecessary, plus a hiring freeze on administrative positions in health and human services to pay for the $40.1 million program.

http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/State-outlines-health-funding-for-low-income-women-3653915.php 

 

 

NATIONAL NEWS

 

As records go online, clash over mental care privacy

Boston Globe

June 21, 2012

 

... The clash reflects the delicate privacy issues surfacing as electronic medical records become widespread. Providers in separate networks are preparing to share patients' records more widely online - to better coordinate care and cut wasteful spending. This will probably intensify the debate about what should and should not be shared, as well as fears about the unauthorized release of patient information.

http://articles.boston.com/2012-06-21/health-wellness/32338522_1_providers-privacy-issues-share-patients 

 

 

A Risky Rx for Your Digital Records

The Wall Street Journal

June 19, 2012

 

... Thirty-five percent of hospitals now use such systems, more than double the share two years ago, according to U.S. government figures. But for all the hype about electronic records, little attention has been paid to what some say is a serious weak spot: When those sensitive bits and bytes fall into the wrong hands, it's often patients who feel the pain.

http://www.smartmoney.com/plan/health-care/a-risky-rx-for-your-digital-records-1339525543748/ 

 

 

Mental Health Care Disparities Persist for Black and Latino Children

Health Behavior News Service

June 21, 2012

 

Disparities in the use of mental health services, including outpatient care and psychotropic drug prescriptions, persist for black and Latino children, reports a new study in Health Services Research. ... "About 10 percent of white youth are using mental health care compared to about half that percentage-between 4 and 5 percent-of black and Latino youth using mental health care." That 2-to-1, white-to-minority ratio is a giant disparity compared to other areas of health care," Cook said.

http://www.cfah.org/hbns/archives/getDocument.cfm?documentID=22528 

 

 

Can Doctors Learn Empathy?

The New York Times

June 21, 2012

 

... Empathy has always been considered an essential component of compassionate care, and recent research has shown that its benefits go far beyond the exam room. Greater physician empathy has been associated with fewer medical errors, better patient outcomes and more satisfied patients. It also results in fewer malpractice claims and happier doctors.

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/21/can-doctors-learn-empathy/?ref=health 

 

 

Judge allows closure of mental hospital to proceed

San Antonio Express-News

June 21, 2012

 

CHICAGO (AP) - A judge on Thursday denied a motion that could have delayed Gov. Pat Quinn's planned closure of a mental hospital in Tinley Park.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/article/Judge-allows-closure-of-mental-hospital-to-proceed-3653477.php 

 

 

New high school toolkit offers hope in preventing suicide among adolescents

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

June 22, 2012

 

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) unveiled a new toolkit to help prevent suicide. Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for High Schools aims at reducing the risk of suicide among high school students by providing school administrators, principals, mental health professionals, health educators, guidance counselors, nurses, student services coordinators, teachers and others guidelines for identifying teenagers at risk and resources for taking appropriate actions to provide help.

http://www.samhsa.gov/newsroom/advisories/1206222122.aspx 

 

 

HEALTHCARE REFORM

 

Chief Justice Offers Hint at New Timing for Health Care Ruling

The New York Times

June 21, 2012

 

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Thursday indicated that it is likely to go into overtime next week, as the nation awaits its decisions in challenges to President Obama's health care law and a tough Arizona immigration law. ... That suggests that there will be at least one additional day for decisions next week after Monday. It is a good bet that the health care decision will come on the last day, which may be Wednesday or Thursday.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/22/us/politics/new-timing-hinted-on-supreme-court-health-care-ruling.html?ref=health 

 

 

Abbott Is Challenging Biotech Drug Copies

The Wall Street Journal

June 21, 2012

 

Abbott Laboratories ABT +0.45% is challenging a provision in the federal health overhaul meant to usher in a new era of affordable medicines. If the challenge succeeds, less-expensive versions of complex biologic drugs couldn't go on sale in the U.S. for years, and consumers may never have access to facsimiles of existing treatments ...

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304441404577480541115768430.html 

 

 

Billions of Dollars Are in Play Over Health Care Law

The New York Times

June 21, 2012

 

... An additional $2 billion has been appropriated to states for care for the aged outside of nursing homes, and there is also $350 million to combat fraud and waste in Medicare. About $200 million is to go to school-based health centers. If the court strikes down the entire law, many experts are skeptical that lawmakers will go ahead with funds for programs like the new Prevention and Public Health Fund, even if they are completely distinct from the controversial aspects of the law seeking to overhaul the insurance markets.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/22/health/billions-of-dollars-in-play-over-health-care-law.html?_r=1&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20120622 

 

 

Those Already Ill Have High Stake in Health Ruling

The New York Times

June 21, 2012

 

... No other group of Americans faces higher stakes in the impending Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act than those with pre-existing conditions. ... The Government Accountability Office estimates that 36 million to 122 million adults under 65 have a pre-existing condition. As many as 17 million do not have insurance. Many try to buy coverage on the individual market, but in most states that is either impossible or too costly.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/22/health/policy/those-already-ill-have-huge-stake-in-health-ruling.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20120622 

 

 

New Consumer Protections Depend On High Court's Ruling

Kaiser Health News

June 21, 2012

 

The Supreme Court's decision to uphold or strike down the health law could bolster -- or undo -- the most far-reaching changes ever legislated affecting the insurance industry and its customers.

http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Stories/2012/June/21/insurers-consumers-health-law-supreme-court.aspx 

 

 

Why Many Young Adults Might Lose Coverage If Health Law Falls

NPR

June 22, 2012

 

... Well, says Klein, the problem is that lots of those young adults are no longer dependents of their parents for tax purposes. So if the employer continues to provide coverage to that adult child, the value of that insurance could be considered taxable income to the parent. Under the health law, such coverage is not treated as taxable income.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2012/06/22/155535472/why-many-young-adults-might-lose-coverage-if-health-law-falls 

 

 

Three likely winners in healthcare: John Wasik

Reuters

June 22, 2012

 

The one thing the Supreme Court will have no impact on as it decides the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act is the immutable trend in U.S. healthcare: the growing cost of caring for an aging population. A handful of industries will remain profitable despite the thorny politics of healthcare policy, and the best way to view this volatile situation through the lens of stocks is in the long term.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/06/22/us-column-wasik-healthcarestocks-idUSBRE85L0QI20120622

 

 

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

 

Suicide leading cause of death for India youths - study

Reuters

June 22, 2012

 

Suicide is the second most common cause of death for young people in India, a country with one of the highest suicide rates in the world, research published on Friday showed. ... It says the main risk factors are mental illness - primarily depression - and alcohol abuse, as well as violence, loss, abuse and pressures from cultural and social backgrounds.

http://in.reuters.com/article/2012/06/22/health-india-suicides-idINDEE85L0E820120622?feedType=RSS&feedName=globalCoverage2

 

 

OPINIONS

 

Putting health care on the right track

The Washington Post

June 21, 2012

 

... Obamacare is helping our nation achieve health care that is excellent, accessible to all and affordable. In the 17 months that I led the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), I saw how this law is helping tens of millions of families and is finally putting our health-care system on the right track. Samuelson is right to be concerned about health-care costs. We've been on an unsustainable path for decades. But while he offers no remedy beyond the broken status quo, the president's reform helps us make health care sustainable the right way: by improving it, not cutting it.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/putting-health-care-on-the-right-track/2012/06/21/gJQAtBGltV_story.html?wpisrc=nl_headlines 

 

 

My Health-Care Alternative for the Old and Poor

The Wall Street Journal

June 21, 2012

 

... The fundamental mistake of ObamaCare's architects is that they refused to recognize the systemic failure of government-provided health-care. ...To that end, I am introducing the Choice in Healthcare Act, which will create a voluntary, 10-year pilot program for a new health-care delivery system, beginning in June 2013. Geared toward low-income individuals and seniors, this simple plan will replace participants' Medicare and Medicaid benefits with roughly equivalent funds put on a debit-style "Medi-choice" card.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304765304577479053352812014.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_LEFTTopOpinion 

 

 

RESEARCH

 

Drunk drivers show risky lifetime drinking habits

Reuters

June 21, 2012

 

... What's more, between one-fifth and one-third of those chronically risky drinkers met the definitions for alcohol or drug dependence, or for mental health conditions like depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/06/21/us-drunk-drivers-idUSBRE85K19Q20120621

 

 

FEATURES & RESOURCES

 

Book Review: The Dark Side of Innocence: Growing Up Bipolar by Terri Cheney

National Alliance on Mental Illness

June 21, 2012

 

The Dark Side of Innocence is not your typical coming of age story. A prequel to her first novel, Manic, Terri Cheney recounts her childhood growing up with an undiagnosed and untreated case of bipolar disorder.

http://www.nami.org/Template.cfm?Section=Whats_New43&template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=141044 



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