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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

UTA Dean: Nursing’s Future Needs Bold Education and Partnerships

More than 430,000 additional registered nurse jobs will be created in the next decade. But this optimism is tempered by the fact that our nation continues to face an acute nursing shortage. According to the National League for Nursing, 41 percent of undergraduate nursing programs don’t have enough practice sites. Full Story

Analyzing Whether HIPAA’s ‘Industry Standard’ Means You’re Safe From Cyber Attacks

Many healthcare executives believe that complying with the express cyber security safeguards set out in the so-called “HIPAA Security Rule” is both relatively straight forward and will protect their covered entity from civil liability and/or administrative action. Unfortunately, this is not necessarily the case and, in many instances, it is only the first step toward establishing and maintaining the required “reasonable” cyber security system. Full Story