Dallas-based Epic Health Services Finalizes Sale to Bain Capital Private Equity

Dallas-based Epic Health Services, which was previously a portfolio company of Webster Capital, has finalized its sale to Boston-based Bain Capital Private Equity. The purchase price of the Epic/Bain transaction, which was announced in December, was not disclosed. Epic Health provides home health services for children after they leave acute care facilities. Services include pediatric private duty nursing, therapy, developmental services, and medical solutions, which include enteral nutrition, respiratory, pharmacy, and medical supplies. Epic Health also provides adult home healthcare services such as nursing, therapy, personal care, behavioral health nursing, enteral nutrition, and medical supplies. Epic Health was purchased by… Full Story

Measuring the AHCA’s Impact on Medicaid Policy

The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote Thursday on the American Health Care Act, the proposed legislation that aims to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act. With regard to Medicaid, the AHCA would end federal funding for future expansion packages to states effective in 2020, and transition Medicaid’s program to a per-capita funding model. The Congressional Budget Office released estimates on March 13 stating the AHCA would leave 14 million people without coverage in 2018, with 5 million of those being Medicaid recipients. By 2026, the CBO reported, nearly 24 million people would lose coverage—14 million… Full Story

House Republicans Make Revisions, Aiming to Strengthen the AHCA

House Republicans have revised the American Health Care Act, which is proposed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Essentially, the changes made will delegate more Medicaid responsibility to the states, easing some tax requirements, improving (over the original bill) coverage and access for older Americans, and eliminating any tax dollars or credits to be used for abortions. An adjusted CBO score also is expected to be released reflecting these changes. Three House Committees–Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, and Budget–collaboratively amended the AHCA to “ensure more Americans have access to quality, and affordable health care,” according to the… Full Story

Former Tenet Healthcare Leader Named Nobilis Health Corp. Executive Vice President

Marc Celia, who was previously vice president of continuous improvements for Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare/United Surgical Partners International, is joining Houston-based Nobilis Health Corp. to serve as executive vice president of operations. He will replace Michael Nelson. In his new role, Celia will be responsible for operations of all Nobilis facilities, working with facility CEOs and administrators to improve individual center and organization-wide efficiencies. Celia has almost 20 years of operational and managerial experiences in the healthcare industry. At Tenet, he led and implemented operational cost transformations across hundreds of its surgical centers and hospitals. Prior to Tenet, Celia served as… Full Story

Integrity Transition Hospital Announces Partnership with Tissue Analytics Inc.

Integrity Transitional Hospital, a long-term acute care hospital based in Denton, announced a partnership with Tissue Analytics Inc. to implement its technology at the hospital’s outpatient wound care center. Tissue Analytics is a Baltimore-based medical imaging and data analytics company that aims to help clinicians measure and track wound healing through its proprietary wound tracking app and other technologies. Integrity will utilize Tissue Analytics technology in its wound care center, which specializes in treating chronic or non-healing wounds and serves numerous individuals in Dallas-Fort Worth. Chronic wounds are defined as sores or wounds that have not significantly improved from conventional… Full Story

AHCA Could Remove Essential Health Benefits, Increase Financial Costs for Consumers

As the process to repeal the Affordable Care Act progresses, Americans are waiting to see whether the American Health Care Act proposal by House Republican will replace the current law requiring insurers to protect consumers with a minimum package of health benefits included in the ACA. In a recent press conference discussing the AHCA, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said the administration and Congress will take “additional steps to change the health law.” But so far, replacement proposals have not included this feature. According to a Commonwealth Fund study, the steps Price referred to may include removing the… Full Story

Meet the Co-founders of Specialty Pharmacy Startup Senderra

In the spring of 2009, Win Purifoy was helping his friend from church, Tom Bohannon, move to a new area when one of Tom’s acquaintances dropped by and struck up a conversation about the specialty pharmacy business. After business plans with the acquaintance fell through, Purifoy and Bohannon threw around the idea of partnering together on a specialty pharmacy venture themselves, and discussed the concept with Will Howard, Purifoy’s now-business partner. Purifoy, Howard, and Bohannon combined their business expertise and market knowledge to develop a new standard for specialty pharmacy that would focus on the needs of patients and physicians.… Full Story

UT Southwestern Makes ‘Best 11 Medical Schools for Primary Care’ 2018 List

UT Southwestern has placed No.8 in a four-way tie in U.S. News’ “Best Medical Schools for Primary Care” 2018 list. The University of Washington in Seattle is the best medical school for primary care, according to the U.S. News & World Report ranking, and UT Southwestern was the only school in North Texas to make the list. According to U.S. News, the rankings are based on faculty resources, a peer assessment score, and program selectivity statistics, along with other calculations. The top 11 medical schools for primary care, the publication says, are as follows: 1. University of Washington–Seattle 2. University… Full Story

Christus Health Names New Senior Leader

Christus Health has named Dr. Sam Bagchi as its new senior vice president/chief medical officer and chief medical information officer. He will replace CMO Dr. Thomas Diller and CMIO Dr. Luke Webster, effective April 24. In his new role, Bagchi will oversee clinical operations, quality control, and informatics. He will also work to establish strong and collaborative working relationships with the estimated 14,000 physician leaders across Christus’ organization. Dr. John A. Gillian, executive vice president and chief clinical officer, says he’s confident Bagchi will utilize his talents for collaboration and communication at Christus. “Bagchi has a strong record of working… Full Story

DCHHS Reports 12th and 13th Flu Deaths in Dallas County

Dallas County Health and Human Services reported its 12th and 13th flu-related deaths in Dallas County for the 2016-17 season. According to a DCHHS statement, the 84-year-old and 82-year-old residents of Carrollton and Balch Springs died after complications from the seasonal flu. The DCHHS has not provided any additional information for medical confidentiality and personal privacy reasons. DCHHS reported for the year 2014-2015, there were 19 flu-related deaths for adults in Dallas County. DCHHS Director Zachary Thompson said the DCHHS’ sympathies go out to the families and loved ones of the individuals who passed. “These deaths are an unfortunate reminder… Full Story