City Of Las Vegas To Tackle Parking Challenges At The Medical District

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UNLV’s School Medicine could be an economic boon for the Las Vegas Medical District. But it also could bring a gigantic parking headache for the neighborhood.

Before the goliath institution turns into bricks and mortar, the city and several stakeholders in the area want to make sure there’s a plan for parking.

Read more in the Las Vegas Business Press.

 

 

Dignity Plans Four Mini-Hospitals

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Dignity Health, operators of two major hospitals in Henderson and one in the southwest part of the Valley, is planning four scaled-down neighborhood hospitals offering a new model for care.

The health care giant is planning four new neighborhood hospitals in what it is describing as underserved parts of the Valley. The new model will have significantly fewer in-patient beds at each facility.

Read more in the Las Vegas Business Press.

 

Ruvo Clinic Joins Global Effort To Expand Drug Trials’ Participation

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Former state Sen. Sandra Tiffany found an ad in the newspaper, responded to it and waited.

When she didn’t hear back, she called a friend with connections at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.

She was determined to participate in a clinical trial for Alzheimer’s disease research.

“You owe it to yourself, and you owe it to your family,” said Tiffany, whose father has the disease.

Read more in the Las Vegas Review Journal.

 

Nevada Listed As A Top State For Telemedicine

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The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) today released an update to two, reports regarding state telemedicine policies. The first state report identifies gaps in coverage and reimbursement, while the second report provides a state-level, gaps analysis of physician practice standards and licensure.

“These reports provide an important barometer for gauging how each state is performing,” stated Jonathan Linkous, CEO of the American Telemedicine Association.

“The first step to ensuring that sound policy leads to better health care delivery is to understand where gaps in policy exist today and what to do about them.”

50 State Telemedicine Gaps Analysis – Coverage & Reimbursement

The Coverage and Reimbursement Report compared telemedicine adoption for every state in the U.S. based on 13 indicators. Since the initial report was released in September 2014, there are more states now with an ‘A’ or ‘B’ grade including Iowa which improved from an ‘F’ to ‘B’. Overall, 11 states and DC have adopted policies that improved coverage and reimbursement of telemedicine-provided services while Maryland and New Hampshire have adopted policies further restricting coverage. In recent months Delaware, Iowa, Mississippi, Nevada, and Oklahoma have improved their grades suggesting a supportive policy landscape that encourages telemedicine adoption. Despite the adoption of a private insurance parity law earlier this year, Connecticut, like Rhode Island, continues to average the lowest composite score.

50 State Telemedicine Gaps Analysis – Physician Practice Standards & Licensure

The Physician Standards and Licensure Report reviewed state laws and medical board standards. Since the first version of this report in September 2014, medical boards have moved towards a trend to impose different regulations or guidance for medical practice via telemedicine when compared to in-person practice. As a result of incongruent guidance and regulation for telemedicine more states have dropped a letter grade than those that have improved since 2014.

The report revealed variance from the May 2015 version. Alabama made a significant improvement by repealing their telemedicine rules and observing medical practice parity standards regardless of the delivery method. Connecticut, Delaware, Indiana, South Carolina, and Virginia dropped from an ‘A’ to ‘B’ as a result of adopted language that enforces different standards for telemedicine compared to in-person practice. With policy changes made to accommodate out-of-state physician-to-physician consultations via telemedicine, Michigan and South Dakota improved to an ‘A’. Arkansas joins Texas as the only states with the lowest composite score.

Both reports, including research methodology and state-specific report cards, are available for download here: http://www.americantelemed.org/policy/state-policy-resource-center

Find out more information by visiting the American Telemedicine Association.

Athlete Begins Nonstop, 135-mile Run On The Strip

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Helene Neville is on the run.

Neville, wearing a red, white and blue outfit that stands out in a crowd, is running 135 miles nonstop between the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” signs at the south end of the Strip and Downtown.

Neville’s website hails her achievement for the world record “as the first grandmother, nurse and cancer survivor to run the perimeter of the contiguous U.S.”

Read more in the Las Vegas Review Journal.

Southern Nevada Health District Launches Smartphone App To Encourage Locals To Exercise

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The Southern Nevada Health District has launched a smartphone application that encourages residents to get active.

The Walk Around Nevada application, a free and mobile extension of the Walk Around Nevada effort, lets users virtually explore the state and receive exercise tips, the Southern Nevada Health District said in a news release.

Read more in the Las Vegas Review Journal.

Health District launches Walk Around Nevada app

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LAS VEGAS – Walk Around Nevada with the Southern Nevada Health District’s latest app. This free, online program helps participants increase physical activity by virtually logging 1,442 miles as they walk around the state. The Walk Around Nevada app is now available for smart phones and can be downloaded through the Apple store for iOS devices or from Google play for Android. For additional information, visit the Get Healthy Clark County website, www.GetHealthyClarkCounty.org. For all Health District apps, visit the Southern Nevada Health District website, SNHD.info/apps

Launched in 2005, Walk Around Nevada encourages participants to increase physical activity as they “virtually” walk around the state logging 1,442 miles in the process. The new app allows participants to track their mileage as they log in the number of steps or miles they’ve completed and a red line marks their tour of the state. Three maps allow participants to see various sites around Nevada and provide information about them. Along the way, tips about staying active, hydrated and stretching are also included. Participants can join as a virtual group with families, friends or co-workers to help stay motivated.

Most adults do not receive the recommended amount of at least 30 minutes of daily physical activity and the new app can be used to track other activities such as biking, sports activities, even yard work – all of which add to participants’ progress towards walking around Nevada and increased activity.

Participants who complete the trek around Nevada will receive recognition on the ‘Hall of Fame’ board on the Get Healthy Clark County website.

Updated information about the Southern Nevada Health District can be found on Facebook www.facebook.com/SouthernNevadaHealthDistrict, on YouTube www.youtube.com/SNHealthDistrict or Twitter: www.twitter.com/SNHDinfo. The health district is available in Spanish on Twitter www.twitter.com/TuSNHD. Don’t have a Twitter account? Follow the health district on your phone by texting “follow SNHDinfo” to 40404.

Southwest Medical Associates Announces New Providers

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Southwest Medical has added ten new providers to help meet the growing need for health services in the Las Vegas community:

Dr. Brent Devera joins Southwest Medical’s Nellis Health Center (540 N. Nellis Blvd.) and specializes in primary care. Devera completed his medical training at Touro University in Henderson and completed his residency at Carolinas Healthcare Systems in Morganton, North Carolina.

Dr. Girisha Kaur joins Southwest Medical’s Eastern Health Center (4475 S. Eastern Ave.) and specializes in primary care. Kaur completed her medical training at American University of Antigua College of Medicine in Antigua, West Indies and completed her residency at Baptist Health in Madisonville, Kentucky.

Dr. Anthony Welch joins Southwest Medical as a hospitalist. Welch completed his medical training Touro University in Henderson and completed his residency at Northside Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Janice Aguinaldo, APRN joins Southwest Medical’s Eastern Health Center (4475 S. Eastern Ave.) and specializes in primary care. Aguinaldo completed her medical training at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington.

Dr. Darlicia Alexander joins Southwest Medical’s Surgery Center (2450 W. Charleston Blvd.) and specializes in anesthesia. Omar completed her medical training at the University of MissouriKansas City School of Medicine and completed her residency at Saint Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City.

Aaron Bellow, APRN joins Southwest Medical’s Eastern Health Center (4475 S. Eastern Ave.) and specializes in urgent care. Bellow completed his medical training at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston.

Eric Haralson, PAC joins Southwest Medical’s Nellis Health Center (540 N. Nellis Blvd.) and specializes in primary care. Haralson completed his medical training at Touro University in Henderson.

Marcus Pace, PAC joins Southwest Medical’s Eastern Health Center (4475 S. Eastern Ave.) and specializes in urgent care. Pace completed his medical training at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut.

Greg Peistrup, APRN joins Southwest Medical’s Durango Health Center (7150 S. Durango Dr.) and specializes in urgent care and convenient care. Peistrup completed his medical training at Graceland University in Independence, Missouri.

Teresa Praus, APRN joins Southwest Medical’s Nellis Health Center (540 N. Nellis Blvd.) and specializes in urgent care. Praus completed her medical training at the University of Nevada Las Vegas.

 

Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican To Build 4 Hospitals In Las Vegas Area

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Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican, which operates three acute care hospitals in Henderson, Nev., and Las Vegas, will build four new neighborhood hospitals in the greater Las Vegas area within the next two years. These neighborhood hospitals are designed specifically to increase access to emergency care in an underserved metropolitan area.

The first level of each of the multi-million-dollar hospitals will feature an ED, an inpatient wing, imaging, and quick-access lab services.

Read more in Healthcare Design.

Four Neighborhood Hospitals Coming To The Valley

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Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican is building four neighborhood hospitals in the Las Vegas Valley that could ease overcrowding at emergency rooms, the hospital system announced today. The idea is to offer patients “the highest level of care in a smaller campus setting,” with a comprehensive emergency department, an inpatient wing and imaging and lab services on the first floor, officials said.

Read more in the Las Vegas Sun.