A study prepared for the DFW Hospital Council Foundation’s North Texas Regional Extension Center (NTREC) by Merritt Hawkins exposing major gaps in Texas’ physician workforce was noted in a story this morning in D Healthcare Daily on the new medical degree program to be offered by the University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNT) and Texas Christian University (TCU).
The story “It’s Official: TCU, UNT Health Science Center Detail New Medical School With M.D. Track” and penned by Matt Goodman, detailed the UNT Board of Regents offering its unanimous support of the Health Science Center at Fort Worth to team with TCU to form a new medical degree program, an initiative that will create the third medical school in North Texas and its second M.D. track.
The Foundation/NTREC study surveyed each of the state’s 254 counties to determine if there was a physician shortage in the state, finding that North Texas had 197.2 physicians per 100,000—a number that falls below the national average of 226 per 100,000.
To read the full D Healthcare Daily story, please click here.
To read the Foundation/NTREC study, please click here.
In an article released today in HealthIT Analytics, DFW Hospital Council Foundation staff members discussed how population health could be influenced by big data. Theresa Mendoza, directory of quality, BI and data services, and Richard Howe, PhD, executive director of the North Texas Regional Extension Center, provided their expertise in the story penned by Jennifer Bresnick. You can read the story here.
Registration is now open for the 8th Annual Patient Safety Summit, August 5 at the Las Colinas Marriott in Irving.
For $75.00 you will get CE’s, breakfast, lunch and hear some excellent speakers including Rosanna Barrett, DrPH, MPH, Director of the Office of Minority Health and Health Equality Center of Elimination of Disproportionality and Disparities Health and Human Services Commission; and Vickie Gillespie, RN, BSN, Clinical Analyst of the Emerging and Acute Infectious Disease Branch of the Texas Department of State Health Services.
To register, click here. For information, e-mail DFWHEN@dfwhcfoundation.org.
We hope you can join us for the DFW Hospital Council Foundation Workforce Center’s North Texas Preceptor Academy, August 12. This second preceptor academy of the summer will be hosted by JPS Health Network at the Tarrant County College Trinity River Campus in the TRTR Action A Room on the fourth floor (300 East Belknap Street, Fort Worth, Texas, 76102).
The program, from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., is for healthcare professionals interested in learning about precepting. Sessions are designed to help the beginner and the experienced preceptor. Speakers include nursing and allied health representatives from North Texas hospitals and schools.
Cost is $60. Fee includes breakfast and lunch. You must pre-register as seating is limited. You can register online here.
For information, contact Sally Williams or Danette Tidwell at 972-717-4279 or email@example.com.
By Crystee Cooper DHEd, MPH, LSSGB, CHES, Director of Health Services Research, DFWHC Foundation
On March 29, The Dallas Morning News reported $4.5 billion was spent in 2014 by Medicare on new “pricey” medications to cure hepatitis C. The article went on to say that 350,000 Medicare beneficiaries have hepatitis C, although many aren’t aware of it. Although the new hepatitis C drugs have a cure rate of 90 percent or higher and provide a better quality of life for patients, more emphasis and resources should be placed on awareness and prevention to help reduce hepatitis cases and control costs.
Hepatitis is a disease characterized by inflammation of the liver. The liver is the body’s largest glandular organ that performs critical functions to keep us pure of toxins and harmful substances. The liver produces bile which helps carry away waste and break down fats in the small intestine during digestion.
There are five main types of hepatitis caused by viruses. The most common are A, B and C. Hepatitis A is caused by eating food or drinking water contaminated with the virus while Hepatitis B and C are commonly spread when there is direct contact with the blood of a person with the disease. If not treated, Hepatitis can lead to liver failure and death.
Annually, 1.4 million people worldwide die from hepatitis. In the U.S., 17,000 people become infected with hepatitis C each year. An estimated 3.2 million are living with an active, chronic hepatitis C infection. Prevention of hepatitis A and B include vaccination, good personal hygiene and proper sanitation. Unfortunately, there is no vaccine to prevent hepatitis C. Hepatitis B and C impact 400 million people worldwide.
The month of May marked an observance of hepatitis, a time for healthcare providers and community organizations to provide residents education, screenings and treatment. Screening for hepatitis is simple and available through any North Texas healthcare provider of choice. For those without a primary care physician, local health departments and community clinics provide testing at a reasonable rate, with or without insurance. There are several programs at area hospitals that focus on treatment of hepatitis and other liver diseases. Although the month of May has come and gone, hepatitis remains a population health issue that requires our attention.
The World Health Organization (WHO) designated July 28 as World Hepatitis Day in an effort to bring better awareness and understanding of how hepatitis is spread. To learn more about hepatitis and how you can play a part in prevention efforts in your community, visit www.worldhepatitisday.info.