Uber Tries Out Healthcare In Dallas And 35 Other Cities

Last week, Uber tried delivering healthcare to 36 cities—Dallas included. For four hours last Thursday, the on-demand rideshare app staffed its cars with nurse practitioners and allowed its customers to dial up a flu shot. Customers paid $10 for a flu shot and a bag that included items like hand sanitizer and tissues. If this model sounds familiar, it should: Dallas is home to two such startups that are seeking to bring Uber’s accessibility into healthcare delivery. Mend, based in Dallas, allows adult patients to summon a mid-level for the same conditions you’d go to an urgent care clinic for.… Full Story

Southwest Transplant Alliance Sets Texas Record For Organs Placed In A Month

The Southwest Transplant Alliance set a new record in October for the number of organs it recovered for transplantation for its statewide partners. In October, the nonprofit coordinated 136 organ transplants from 42 patients. Since October 1987, the most ever recovered by an OPO in Texas was 127, a record that was also set by Southwest Transplant Alliance last April. Full Story

Plano’s PediaQ Expands Into Cities Around DFW, Eyes Partnerships

The Plano startup PediaQ, which offers an on-demand mobile app for pediatric urgent care services, has closed on a new round of funding and is pivoting to accept insurance from its patients. PediaQ allows parents of sick children to use an app to summon a nurse practitioner to their home or workplace. Jon O’Sullivan, the company’s founder and CEO, said it closed a funding round in August for $1.2 million, all culled from local investors. That money has helped propel the company into suburban communities surrounding Dallas and Fort Worth. The product launched in August after a “soft launch” in… Full Story

Report: Texas HHSC Relents On Cuts To Medicaid Therapy Rates

Proposed $350 million in cuts to Medicaid services will not come to pass if it means affecting the care provided to disabled children. That’s according to The Amarillo Globe News, which over the weekend reported that Texas Health and Human Services Commissioner Chris Traylor wrote a letter to Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and state Sen. Jane Nelson saying the agency would relent on the cuts, which have been stayed by a state district judge. The cuts, $150 million in state dollars and $200 million in federal, were ordered in the last legislative session to save taxpayer dollars. But before they… Full Story

Here Are All The Finalists For D CEO’s 2015 Excellence In Healthcare Awards

This year marks the second time that D CEO magazine has attempted to package up some of the most momentous developments in healthcare that have happened in North Texas in the past 12 months. From deals and mergers to wellness plans, from executives to volunteers, from research to real estate, D CEO’s Excellence in Healthcare hopes to paint a vivid picture of some of the highlights over the year. Full Story