Epic Health Services Acquires Georgia Pediatric Care Company

Another day, another new service line for the aggressively growing Epic Health Services. The company on Thursday announced the acquisition of Pediatria Healthcare for Kids, a Georgia-based pediatric home healthcare company that offers skilled nursing and therapy services. It also offers those services beyond in the home, in a center-based outpatient setting. Epic previously had nothing like that before this acquisition. Full Story

The Region’s Employers Have Insurance Data, And They Want Providers To Explain Themselves—Starting With Back Pain Treatments

Dallas-Fort Worth’s large employers have teamed up to eliminate wasteful healthcare procedures, an effort to force providers to establish best practices and prove that they’re sticking to them when they’re treating patients. And for the providers that don’t, the employers will send their people somewhere that will. Full Story

MD Medical Group Looks Beyond the Obvious By Making Medicaid Work

One of the fastest-growing chains of clinics in North Texas dots many of its underserved areas, far from the generally desirable—and profitable—privately insured middle- and upper-middle class, who will come when they get sick and be able to pay. No, the MD Medical Group, which includes the Clinicas Mi Doctor, MD Family, and MD Kids Pediatrics clinic brands, has 32 locations in communities like South Oak Cliff, Pleasant Grove, Garland, West Dallas—places where the median household income can dip tens of thousands of dollars below that of the state’s. Full Story

Breaking Down Senior Data Demographics In Some of Texas’ Largest Cities

Census data shows that five of the nation’s 11 fastest growing cities are located in Texas. Of the eight cities that added the most people in the U.S., five of those are this state’s urban centers—Austin, Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, and San Antonio. And with that growth, the aging population in the Lone Star State swells. And as that population ages, their demand for care will increase.

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NYT Analyzes Why Operations Still Happen After They’re Proven Ineffective

The New York Times had an interesting piece last week comparing pharmaceuticals with surgeries, finding the scrutiny built into the former’s path to market is nowhere to be found in the latter. The lack of regulation means that operations don’t always change if a clinical trial proves it isn’t medically necessary. Full Story

Nominations Are Open for D CEO’s 2016 Excellence in Healthcare Awards

This year’s edition will be a little different (you’ll see!), but we’re still eager to receive nominations in these 11 categories. We’re looking for stories of remarkable volunteers all the way up to the hardworking executives, from the big hospital systems to the scrappy independents. Wellness programs, community outreach, medical real estate—by the time you’re done reading the feature, we hope we’ve provided a comprehensive view of the healthcare industry in Dallas-Fort Worth and those that are pioneering new care models, cost-saving techniques, and population health strategies. Full Story

PediaQ Raises $4.5M for Expansion of On-Demand Healthcare Service

Dallas home healthcare startup PediaQ has raised $4.5 million in bridge round of funding that will help expand its footprint and the services within its mobile application.

With the new funding, all of which came from Texas investors, the company plans to make its on-demand pediatric house calls available to communities including Rockwall, Heath, and Mansfield. In fall, it plans to launch in Austin, which will mark the company’s third market. It entered Houston earlier this year. The funding also will help fuel PediaQ’s video consultation services, which launched across DFW and Houston this month. Full Story

The Total Artificial Heart Is Now Available For Patients In North Texas

For a sliver of a sliver of patients, the total artificial heart is their best chance for survival. The total artificial heart, or TAH, is for patients with failing right and left ventricles. But if the right ventricle was damaged, whether by a genetic disease or a heart attack or other less common abnormalities, the patient had few options, all of which required intensive treatment at a hospital Full Story