Home Health Tech Company Axxess Gets Best Places To Work Nod

Home healthcare tech company Axxess grabbed a spot on Computerworld‘s Best Places to Work in IT list and appeared on a couple of the list’s categorical top 10s. It came in at No. 1 for diversity and No. 7 for retention. All things considered, the Dallas-based firm registered No. 2 among small-sized firms. Axxess provides software and services for the home health sector, touching more than two million patients in North America. “We are gratified to be recognized for our continuing commitment to a culture that allows our engineers and everyone else in our company to thrive,” said John Olajide,… Full Story

Autism Intervention Center Opens Second Location in Frisco

After operating in Plano for nearly two decades, The Behavior Exchange, an early autism intervention center, has opened a new, 7,500-square-foot facility in Frisco. Founder and Executive Director Tammy Cline-Soza says with so many businesses moving north, they wanted to expand to fit the growing demand there. “We wanted to really build a state-of-the-art facility to serve families,” she says. “We’ve been in Plano for a long time and we’ve outgrown the space there.” The Behavior Exchange provides applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy for children on the autism spectrum, which is intended to promote productivity by reducing distracting behaviors. The… Full Story

Amid News That Others Like It Have Struggled, DFW’s Lone Proton Therapy Center Says It’s Viable, With Room For Growth

Coming up on three years since it first started treating patients, the Texas Center for Proton Therapy has administered proton beam therapy to 1,000 people. It’s a rate that’s kept the $105 million facility financially viable, even as it seeks to take on higher volumes moving forward, the center says. “I think patient volumes have been pretty consistent with what I was expecting coming in,” says Dr. Andrew Lee, who heads the facility. “This is not my first proton center. Just personally, I’ve been very pleased and honored to be part of the team that’s brought proton therapy to the… Full Story

Methodist Dallas Airs Live Kidney Transplant On Facebook

Methodist Dallas broadcasted a live kidney transplant via Facebook Live Friday morning, a narrated bit of educational fun they hope will put the public more in-the-know on kidney donation and the need for donors. This particular donor was a 47-year-old mother donating a kidney to her 20-year-old daughter, Jessica Gutierrez, of Cedar Hill. Jessica was born with renal problems and was in stage 4 kidney failure prior to finding out her mom was a match. The video seems to have accomplished it’s objective—tons of people interacted and asked questions throughout, and as of Friday afternoon the first video, which shows… Full Story

Second Person Pleads Guilty In Massive Frisco Fraud Scheme In Which CEO Allegedly Accelerated Patient Deaths

Two people have now pled guilty in a fraud scheme involving a major North Texas hospice provider. Jessica Love became the second when she entered a plea this week in U.S. District Court in Dallas. The February 2017 indictment alleges Love and 15 others engaged in a $60 million scheme under Novus Health Services and Optim Health Services, which were effectively run as one entity known as Novus. Love, a 38-year-old registered nurse manager and regional director at Novus, participated via recruiting doctors to a kickback scheme, arranging kickback payments to assisted living facilities, falsifying documents, and collecting unused medications… Full Story

Texas and DFW Are All Over This List Of The Top 10 Affordable Med Schools For Out-of-Staters

Two of the top 10 lowest cost medical schools for out-of-state students are located in Dallas-Fort Worth, and seven of the 10 are in Texas, according to U.S. News and World Report. Among the 69 institutions that submitted data to U.S. News, average tuition for out-of-state students during 2017-18 was $58,000—more than the average for private med schools, which is around $55,000. Things are different in the Lone Star state. In DFW, Dallas-based UT Southwestern Medical Center came in at $33,621 and Fort Worth-based UNT Health Science Center at $34,854. Here’s all 10: 1. University of Central Florida ($31,063) 2.… Full Story

Abortion Advocacy Groups Sue Texas Over State Laws

Abortion advocacy groups sued the state of Texas on Thursday in an effort to walk back several state laws. The groups say in a suit filed in federal court in Austin that the laws, as the Texas Tribune reports, “promote the distribution of inaccurate information to patients, shame women who want abortions and create bureaucratic barriers to the operation.” They’re particularly harmful for women of color and low-income people, the lawsuit alleges. The groups involved are Fund Texas Choice, the Lilith Fund, the Texas Access Fund, Whole Woman’s Health Alliance, the Afiya Center, the West Fund, and Dr. Bhavik Kumar.… Full Story

Have A Look At How Nursing Homes In DFW Are Performing With This Searchable Database

Healthcare is overrun with messy data, so I’m all for projects that pare it down, organize it, and spit it back at us in a way that’s easy to digest. That’s the case with a Kaiser Health News piece that dropped this week, pulling data from the markedly less-easy-to-use “Nursing Home Compare” tool from Medicare. The story is about how, after being released from a hospital to the care of a nursing home, one in five Medicare patients “boomerang” back to those hospitals within 30 days. Some nursing homes are better than others. In the middle of the story, we… Full Story

No Surprise Here: Texans’ No. 1 Health Policy Priority Is Lower Cost

Texans’ number one priority when it comes to health policy issues is lowering the amount that individuals pay for healthcare. That’s according to a statewide survey out Thursday from the Kaiser Family Foundation/Episcopal Health Foundation. Of those polled, 61 percent marked that option as a “top priority” while an additional 28 percent called it “important but not a top priority.” Just beyond that: Reducing the number of women who die from causes related to pregnancy and childbirth (59% top priority/30% important but not top priority), lowering the cost of prescription drugs (56%/32%), increasing access to health insurance (55%/32%), and increasing… Full Story

Medical City Plano Opens Insitute for Weight Loss Surgery

Medical City Plano on Tuesday opened The Bariatric & Metabolic Institute, which will offer surgical weight loss treatment and related services. The doors open just a week or so after Medical City Healthcare’s Frisco campus received a national accreditation related to metabolic and bariatric treatment. At 513-bed Medical City Plano, physicians will offer adjustable gastric band surgery, sleeve gastrectomy, laparoscopic surgery, and band to sleeve revisions. “We know that bariatric surgery is a major life decision that typically follows a long and difficult weight loss journey, which is why we’re excited for the launch of our new program,” said Charles… Full Story