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Healthcare’s Patchwork of Regulations Adds Important Nuance to ‘Repeal and Replace’ of the ACA

Frankly, repeal or probably a major restructuring is a legislative process that will take months and years. Congress might start the process since Speaker Paul Ryan began lining up alternatives with his “Patients’ Choice Act.” Congress needs a starting point and whatever is introduced will be a red-hot target for longtime advocates of Obamacare. Let that fun begin. Full Story

Anatomy of a Lawsuit Part IV: Learn the Jury Trial, the Soul of the Case

Only a small fraction of healthcare liability lawsuits end up being full-blown medical malpractice trials, but it is critical to know the process in case you are ever faced with defending yourself in court. Most medical malpractice cases reach the trial stage only after months, and sometimes years, of legal maneuvering on both sides. There are depositions, the identification of experts, and mediation. Some cases are settled quickly; others are dismissed outright based on the court’s determination. Full Story

The Dallas County Medical Society Introduces the Dallas Choice Plan, an Alternative to the 1115 Waiver

Healthcare for the most vulnerable patients in Texas is threatened even more as the likelihood increases that we’ll see less federal funding in the coming years. The feds have already only partially granted an extension on the 1115 funding waiver, which has sent Texas providers—mostly hospitals—nearly $30 billion statewide. But independent doctors feel they’ve been left out. And so Dallas County’s independents have decided to develop their own proposition to help treat the poor: It’s called the Dallas Choice Plan, and they’ve begun taking it in front of legislators and public health officials. Full Story

Analyzing the Need For Latinos in Nursing Jobs

Latinos, the nation’s largest minority group, comprise 17 percent of the United States population. And that number continues to rise steadily. The U.S. Census Bureau projects that by 2050 nearly one-third of the nation’s population will be Latino. But Latinos are woefully underrepresented in many professions, particularly in healthcare. Full Story

How the Public Should Navigate Hospital Ratings

Medicare’s Hospital Compare, Consumer Reports, Health Grades, The Joint Commission, Leapfrog, U.S. News and World Report all publish hospital grades and comparisons. The concern is that each system uses its own methodology, sometimes reaching wildly divergent conclusions. This provides confusion rather than clarity. Full Story

In a Web of Conflicts, Trust Between the Public and Hospital Trustees Remains Paramount

It may be permissible if a hospital trustee concurrently serves as the owner of a printing shop that produces the hospital’s brochures. Disclosure gives safe harbor to any transaction. But, to competitors in the community or patients concerned about rising healthcare costs, such transactions might as well be negotiated in the back room. It matters little if the concerns are misplaced or that the trustee submitted the lowest price, best service or value added. The trust in the institution is damaged. And, within the entire healthcare community, trust is the critical ingredient. Full Story

As Healthcare Execs Stress Over ‘Competition From Other Providers,’ A Remedy For ‘Cognitive Tunneling’

In a 2016 survey of community hospital CEOs published by the American College of Healthcare Executives, respondents noted their concern for “competition from other providers.” Consider the impact of retail clinics in today’s competitive arena: This business model was not present in any significant way 15 years ago. Gary Carini, a Baylor University management professor, has some tips on how to compete. Full Story

Reflecting on a Tragedy, Dallas County Medical Society President Calls for Unity

As we have seen, consequences can be deadly. Enough! We need to change the narrative and we need to do that now. We recently celebrated the Fourth of July. I am unapologetically proud to be an American. We are not a perfect nation, but we are a great nation. It is made up of wonderful people from all walks of life, backgrounds, and countries. This country and this world are better served when we are united, not divided. Full Story

How One of DFW’s Leading Investment Firms Judges Healthcare Startups

Many Texas attorneys have been approached by a new startup that its management is convinced will be wildly successful and make all of its employees and investors fabulously rich. They are convinced — and hope to convince counsel — that their company will be “The Next Big Thing.” However, the unfortunate reality is that the vast majority of these companies are either unfunded or insufficiently focused. Here are six things to look for. Full Story

Healthcare Without Faculty: A National Crisis Grows

Last year, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing reported a 6.9 percent faculty vacancy. The American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy projected an 11 percent faculty vacancy for the current decade. This faculty shortage may be the biggest threat to our nation’s healthcare system. We cannot graduate healthcare professionals if we don’t have sufficient faculty members. Full Story