Integrity Transition Hospital Announces Partnership with Tissue Analytics Inc.

Integrity Transitional Hospital, a long-term acute care hospital based in Denton, announced a partnership with Tissue Analytics Inc. to implement its technology at the hospital’s outpatient wound care center. Tissue Analytics is a Baltimore-based medical imaging and data analytics company that aims to help clinicians measure and track wound healing through its proprietary wound tracking app and other technologies. Integrity will utilize Tissue Analytics technology in its wound care center, which specializes in treating chronic or non-healing wounds and serves numerous individuals in Dallas-Fort Worth. Chronic wounds are defined as sores or wounds that have not significantly improved from conventional… Full Story

AHCA Could Remove Essential Health Benefits, Increase Financial Costs for Consumers

As the process to repeal the Affordable Care Act progresses, Americans are waiting to see whether the American Health Care Act proposal by House Republican will replace the current law requiring insurers to protect consumers with a minimum package of health benefits included in the ACA. In a recent press conference discussing the AHCA, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said the administration and Congress will take “additional steps to change the health law.” But so far, replacement proposals have not included this feature. According to a Commonwealth Fund study, the steps Price referred to may include removing the… Full Story

Meet the Co-founders of Specialty Pharmacy Startup Senderra

In the spring of 2009, Win Purifoy was helping his friend from church, Tom Bohannon, move to a new area when one of Tom’s acquaintances dropped by and struck up a conversation about the specialty pharmacy business. After business plans with the acquaintance fell through, Purifoy and Bohannon threw around the idea of partnering together on a specialty pharmacy venture themselves, and discussed the concept with Will Howard, Purifoy’s now-business partner. Purifoy, Howard, and Bohannon combined their business expertise and market knowledge to develop a new standard for specialty pharmacy that would focus on the needs of patients and physicians.… Full Story

UT Southwestern Makes ‘Best 11 Medical Schools for Primary Care’ 2018 List

UT Southwestern has placed No.8 in a four-way tie in U.S. News’ “Best Medical Schools for Primary Care” 2018 list. The University of Washington in Seattle is the best medical school for primary care, according to the U.S. News & World Report ranking, and UT Southwestern was the only school in North Texas to make the list. According to U.S. News, the rankings are based on faculty resources, a peer assessment score, and program selectivity statistics, along with other calculations. The top 11 medical schools for primary care, the publication says, are as follows: 1. University of Washington–Seattle 2. University… Full Story

Christus Health Names New Senior Leader

Christus Health has named Dr. Sam Bagchi as its new senior vice president/chief medical officer and chief medical information officer. He will replace CMO Dr. Thomas Diller and CMIO Dr. Luke Webster, effective April 24. In his new role, Bagchi will oversee clinical operations, quality control, and informatics. He will also work to establish strong and collaborative working relationships with the estimated 14,000 physician leaders across Christus’ organization. Dr. John A. Gillian, executive vice president and chief clinical officer, says he’s confident Bagchi will utilize his talents for collaboration and communication at Christus. “Bagchi has a strong record of working… Full Story

DCHHS Reports 12th and 13th Flu Deaths in Dallas County

Dallas County Health and Human Services reported its 12th and 13th flu-related deaths in Dallas County for the 2016-17 season. According to a DCHHS statement, the 84-year-old and 82-year-old residents of Carrollton and Balch Springs died after complications from the seasonal flu. The DCHHS has not provided any additional information for medical confidentiality and personal privacy reasons. DCHHS reported for the year 2014-2015, there were 19 flu-related deaths for adults in Dallas County. DCHHS Director Zachary Thompson said the DCHHS’ sympathies go out to the families and loved ones of the individuals who passed. “These deaths are an unfortunate reminder… Full Story

Class Action Lawsuit Against Adeptus Health Alleges Misleading Statements, Securities Violations

A class action lawsuit has been filed against Lewisville-based Adeptus Health Inc. because the company allegedly made false and/or misleading statements, failing to disclose its internal control over financial reporting and the overall status of its business operations. Bronstein, Gerwirtz & Grossman LLC publicly reminded Adeptus investors that the class action lawsuit had been filed against the free-standing emergency room provider on behalf “of a class consisting of all persons or entities who purchased Adeptus securities April 29, 2016 through March 1, 2017.” The New York law firm said there’s a May 9 deadline to request lead-plaintiff status in the case.… Full Story

LifeCare Health Partners Names New CEO, Promotes COO

LifeCare Health Partners, a Plano-based healthcare services provider, has named Jim Murray its new CEO, effective April 1. Murray will replace an interim president after former CEO Phillip B. Douglas retired last year. LifeCare also announced that current COO Frank Battafarano has been promoted to president as well as chief operating officer. Murray comes to LifeCare after spending 28 years with Louisville, Ky.-based Humana, where he served as CFO and COO. Murray is known for significantly contributing to Humana’s growth, helping increase revenue from $10.5 billion in 2000 to more than $54 billion while he was COO. “[Murray] joined our… Full Story

House Budget Committee Advances AHCA, May Impact Low-Income Texans

The House Budget Committee voted 19-17 to advance the American Health Care Act, the Affordable Care Act replacement proposal, on to the House Rules Committee Thursday. The close vote was the result of three GOP defections from the Republican plan. Representatives Gary Palmer, R-Ala., Mark Sanford, R-S.C., and Dave Brat, R-Va., all opposed the AHCA because the proposal allegedly did not adequately repeal the ACA. Along with Palmer, Sanford, and Brat, the top-ranking Democrat on the budget committee—John Yarmuth of Kentucky—also opposed the bill, saying that if the AHCA were enacted, it would cause millions of Americans to lose their… Full Story

Healthcare Startup Raises $152K In Seed Funding For Upcoming Pilot Series, Launch

Blockit Inc., a Dallas-based healthcare technology startup, has raised $152,000 in seed funding for its pilot series and launch. The company aims to be a platform technology for healthcare providers and patients to schedule appointments, referrals, and more. The money was raised in two rounds. The first grossed $60,000 and closed in late 2016 after an initiative led by Blockit co-founders Jake McCarley and Dr. Mark Carver. The second round yielded $92,000 and closed in February 2017. Contributions came primarily from North Texas investors, along with a few from Tennessee and Michigan. Blockit is designed to provide real-time access to… Full Story