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Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

May, 2012

At Parkland Hospital, crash carts are one issue out of 400

Dallas Business Journal

May 25, 2012


Crash carts contain supplies that doctors and nurses need when a cardiac arrest or other medical emergencies hit. The carts are also one of more than 400 problem areas that Parkland Memorial Hospital has been ordered to correct if the hospital is to continue to receive Medicare and Medicaid funding.



Alliance-area hospital already drawing interest from job seekers

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

May 24, 2012


Texas Health Resources' Alliance-area hospital is on track to open in September, and judging by activity on the facility's Facebook page, healthcare professionals are ready for it to open right now. ...The $100 million hospital, off Golden Triangle Boulevard east of Interstate 35W, expects to have about 250 employees and 50 initial inpatient beds by the time all departments are up and running, President Winjie Miao said.



Juvenile justice officials disagree on reopening Waco-area lockup

Austin American-Statesmen

May 24, 2012


As state officials struggle to find a solution to the spiking violence inside Texas' state-run juvenile lockups, 32 mothballed bunks at a prisonlike facility near Waco have become the center of a policy stalemate that is being blamed for slowing a resolution for months, officials confirmed Thursday. ...Internal memos obtained by the American-Statesman show that Townsend and others oppose sending the troublemakers to a high-security lockup because it would disrupt their rehabilitation. 





Senate agrees on FDA overhaul

Los Angeles Times

May 25, 2012


WASHINGTON - In a momentary flash of bipartisanship, the Senate approved legislation that would allow Americans speedier access to generic drugs as well as breakthrough treatments for life-threatening diseases as part of a Food and Drug Administration revamping that now heads to the House.,0,5040265.story



Need A Nurse? You May Have To Wait


May 25, 2012


Nurses are the backbone of the hospital - just ask pretty much any doctor or patient. But a new poll conducted by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health finds 34 percent of patients hospitalized for at least one night in the past year said "nurses weren't available when needed or didn't respond quickly to requests for help." 



States Encounter Obstacles Moving Elderly And Disabled Into Community

Kaiser Health News

May 24, 2012


A multi-billion dollar federal initiative to move low-income elderly and disabled people from long-term care facilities into the community has fallen far short of its goals, as many states have struggled to cobble together housing and other services. ... Each state decides which target population it wants to transition: the elderly, adults with physical disabilities, the developmentally disabled or the mentally ill. 



Critics: Ind. withholds mentally ill kids' care


May 24, 2012


MARTINSVILLE, Ind. (AP) - Indiana is treating its mentally ill children like criminals, locking them up in juvenile detention centers instead of providing the care they need, court officials claim. While a shortage of providers and a confusing maze of state agencies are issues, critics largely blame the Indiana Department of Child Services, which they say rarely uses its power to provide mental health treatment for youths deemed a danger to themselves or others.



Illinois legislature passes deep health care cuts

Chicago Tribune

May 25, 2012


SPRINGFIELD --- Hundreds of thousands of poor Illinoisans would lose health coverage ... Among the estimated big-ticket savings: $350 million through tighter screening that could remove hundreds of thousands of people from Medicaid coverage; $49.8 million by reducing the number of people eligible for Family Care; and $72.2 million from eliminating a state-paid pharmacy assistance program called Illinois Cares Rx, which provides discount drug coverage for 180,000 low-income seniors and people with disabilities.,0,7207185.story 





Veterans Would Benefit Under Health Law, Study Says 

Kaiser Health News

May 25, 2012


If the 2010 health law is upheld by the Supreme Court, it would extend health coverage to thousands of the nation's veterans, a new study says. The study, released Thursday, said about 630,000 uninsured veterans would likely qualify for Medicaid, the state-federal health insurance program for the poor, which would be expanded under the law.   



Legislation may enable states to offer universal healthcare

Los Angeles Times

May 25, 2012


... The catch is that to make universal coverage work at the state level, you'd need some way to channel Medicare, Medicaid and other federal healthcare funds into the system. At the moment, that's difficult if not impossible. But legislation quietly being drafted by Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) would change that. It would create a mechanism for states to request federal funds after establishing their own health insurance programs.,0,2080853.column



Analysis: Drugmakers vulnerable if health law revoked   


May 24, 2012 


Pharmaceutical companies, which were spared some of the more sweeping regulations in President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul, could come under more pressure if the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down part or all of the 2010 law. Drugmakers agreed to pay about $100 billion over 10 years in excise taxes and discounts on medications under the law, but were expected to benefit overall as more than 30 million uninsured Americans get health coverage.  



Health Law's Downfall Could Put GOP In Odd Spot


May 24, 2012


... In the two years since the law passed, several of its parts have become very popular with voters - among them, parents' ability to keep kids on their health plans until age 26 and a ban on denying insurance because of pre-existing conditions. So it wasn't surprising when news leaked to Politico last week that Republicans were making plans to try to preserve those popular parts of the act if the Supreme Court strikes the law down. But the political blowback for the GOP was immediate and harsh. 





The District can do more on children's mental health

The Washington Post

May 24, 2012


CHILDREN WITH unmet mental health problems suffer the effects. So do their families. But the consequences don't stop there: Many of these children will need costly special education, end up in the juvenile justice system, drop out of school and grow into adults who are unable to get work and will rely on public assistance. The cost to children, families and society is why it is so important that the D.C. government focus attention on improving its children's mental health system.





More Mental Health Care Urged for Kids Who Self-Harm


May 25, 2012


Doctors have long known that some kids suffering severe emotional turmoil find relief in physical pain -- cutting or burning or sticking themselves with pins to achieve a form of release. But researchers now are questioning whether enough is being done to reach out to these young people and help them before they do themselves irreparable damage. 



Intensity of itching in eczema linked to depression

MedWire News

May 25, 2012


Itch intensity in atopic dermatitis (AD) is related to the stress level and emotional wellbeing of patients, say researchers. 





The University of Texas Researchers Win Grant to Develop Drug to Treat Addiction

The University of Texas at Austin

May 24, 2012


Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin are teaming up to develop medication to treat alcoholism and drug addiction that could target individual genes or brain signaling systems. They have received a $3.3 million, five-year grant from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), for the project. 



2012 Health Profession Scholarship

Central Colorado AHEC

May 2012


... A 2-year scholarship to assist enrolled graduate level Health Professions students by paying for a significant portion of their education. ... Target groups for this scholarship include enrolled nurse practitioners(NP), Physican Assistants (PA), and Behovioral Health Students, and other types of medical degrees. 75% of the scholarships will go to NP's, PA's and Behavior health. 25% percent of the scholarships will go to other areas.  


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