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by Kroger Burrus on May 27th, 2014

Kroger | Burrus Week in Review


Columbia Medical Center of Denton v. Braudrick
A woman who fell after stepping in a hole in a medical center’s parking lot filed a premises liability suit alleging inadequate safety precautions had not been taken. The medical center moved for dismissal on the basis that the claim was a health care liability claim and the woman had not filed an expert report. The Fort Worth appellate court affirmed the trial court’s refusal to dismiss, holding that to qualify as a health care liability claim, the allegation needs to be at least indirectly related to the provision of health care.


Texas’ Nurse Practitioners Continue to Struggle for Autonomy
Although the state Legislature loosened some supervision requirements for nurse practitioners during the last session, nurse practitioners are still struggling for autonomy in the state Medicaid program. State regulations do not allow nurse practitioners to be reimbursed by insurance companies unless their supervising physicians are under contract with those companies. Advocates for greater nurse practitioner autonomy argue that at a time when fewer physicians are treating Medicaid patients, these regulations need to be revisited.

Sepsis Contributes to Half of All Hospital Deaths
Although patients with sepsis account for only 10% of hospital patients, sepsis deaths contributed to about half of all hospital deaths, according to a recent study. The study, which involved an analysis of 6.5 million hospital discharge records, also found that sepsis accounts for 21.2% of all hospital charges, or about $24 billion annually.

Study: ‘Walk-rounds’ by Hospital Executives Improve Communication, Reduce Burnout
Hospitals that effectively employ executive walk-rounds experienced improved communication among staff and a reduction in burnout, according to a study of the interaction between executives and frontline health care workers at neonatal intensive care units in California. Researchers found that the executive’s walk-rounds provided caregivers an opportunity to effectively point out safety problems, discuss resolutions to the problems that were raised, and resolve questions about the chain of command.

Survey Finds Most Nurses Satisfied With Profession
About 93% of nurses surveyed by CareerBuilder reported they consider nursing a satisfying profession, and 85% responded that they are unlikely to ever switch careers. The survey also found that about half of nurses felt they were spending more time on documentation compared to five years ago, although about 60% felt new technology was helping them perform their jobs more effectively.

Medicine’s Top Earners Are Not the Physicians
Although physicians are the highest trained members in the medical field, the top earners are typically insurance and hospital executives and hospital administrators. According to an analysis performed for The New York Times insurance CEO’s earn an average of $584,000, hospital CEOs $386,000, and hospital administrators $237,000. By contrast, surgeons earn $306,000 on average and general doctors $185,000.

Memorial Hermann Preparing for Major Expansion to Texas Medical Center Campus
Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center is preparing to launch a $650 million expansion and renovation of its campus. The project will include an additional 1.34 million square feet, 160 new beds, 24 new operating rooms, and 16 additional emergency room bays.

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