The Texas Medical Association, or TMA, has elected Fort Worth physician Stephen Brotherton, M.D., as its 148th president. It also reelected Frisco psychiatrist Clifford K. Moy, M.D., as speaker of the TMA House of Delegates at its annual conference in San Antonio on Saturday. Brotherton lists his three top priorities for his term as president as supporting and shoring up primary care for patients, ensuring patient safety, and strengthening TMA’s local county medical societies, according to the TMA. A past president of the Tarrant County Medical Society, Brotherton served as the speaker of TMA’s House of Delegates for four years… Full Story
More than 1 out of 3 healthcare consumers say keeping down insurance costs is more important than keeping their physician.
Accountable care organizations are expected to be the most pervasive value-based model forhealth plans.
Three people and nine companies have been recognized in this week’s Accolades.
A North Carolina mobile application company ranked four Dallas-Fort Worth hospitals among its top 12 in its Texas Patient Engagement Index.
Marilyn Tavenner was named the first permanent CMS administrator since 2006 on Wednesday. Tavenner served as an acting administrator since late 2011 and received a 91-7 vote, according to Modern Healthcare. The former Virginia secretary of health and human services employee’s election follows a February nomination by President Barack Obama.
Private equity healthcare transactions more than doubled between 2009 and 2012.
Children’s Medical Center’s President and CEO has been nominated for the chairman position of the American Hospital Association.
Nearly half of U.S. small-business owners believe the Affordable Care Act will harm their businesses.
National healthcare spending in March grew 3.8 percent on an annualized basis.
The Obama administration proposed a rule Monday that will cut Medicaid spending. Full Story
Medical assistants help in the examination and treatment of patients under a physician’s order. Medical assistants often interview patients, measure vital signs, such as pulse rate, temperature, blood pressure, weight, height, and record information from patients’ charts. According to Salary.com, a Dallas medical assistant makes an average annual salary of $31,203. The same medical assistant would make $31,298 in Houston, $34,383 in Boston, $33,029 in Chicago, $38,036 in San Francisco, $30,888 in Miami, and $36,713 in New York.
UT Southwestern study looks to identify which bladder cancer patients need follow-up chemotherapy.
Errors in diagnosis are the leading cause of death and medical liability payments than any other medical error.
Primary-care physicians brought in more money, on average, than specialty doctors. Full Story
Primary-care physicians made more, on average, than specialty doctors, according to a study conducted by Irving-based Merritt Hawkins. Family physicians generated almost $2.07 million for their affiliated hospitals, in contrast to the average 1.45 million brought in by specialty doctors. This represents an increase of more than 24.3 percent for family doctors since the 2010 survey total of $1.66 million. Modern Physician noted the discrepancy might be due to the fact that specialty physicians require higher salaries and equipment or that primary-care physicians can be economical by using a low-cost prescription to avoid a later, costlier illness.
Certain patients with surgically removed bladder cancers may need additional therapy to prevent the cancer from returning, according to a UT Southwestern study. The five-year international study, that was published in European Urology, used a marker panel to predict which patients are more likely to have a recurrence of cancer after bladder removal by monitoring 216 patients to track if their cancers recurred by using five commercially available markers. “It is well known that bladder cancer tumors have certain molecular alterations, but the problem is that there has been little data regarding which patients should get additional therapy, especially if… Full Story