TMA Endorses Rep. Cindy Burkett for Dallas State Senator

TEXPAC, the political advocacy arm of the Texas Medical Association (TMA), voted to endorse Rep. Cindy Burkett (R- Sunnyvale), candidate for Texas Senate District 2. Burkett has served in the Texas Legislature representing Dallas since 2010 in Districts 101 and after redistricting, District 113. “TEXPAC is proud to support Rep.Burkett for Texas Senate, because she has been a consistent strong vote for medicine throughout her years of legislative service,” said TEXPAC Chair Dr. Robert Rogers, in a statement. “She clearly understands the growing health needs of our state and works to address them.” TEXPAC voted to endorse Burkett during TMA’s… Full Story

Methodist Mansfield Opens Free Saturday Sports Clinic

Methodist Mansfield Medical Center has opened the Black and Blue Sports Injury Clinic at its new urgent care facility, 1718 US 287 Frontage Road #200. Created as an alternative to the emergency room, the new clinic is open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon and offers sports injury evaluations at no cost and on a walk-in basis. The clinic is open to athletes of any age. The clinic will be staffed by Dr. Jeff McDaniel and Dr. Avery Nolen. “Sports injuries are unfortunately on the rise during the football season, so the quicker we can see and treat athletes, the… Full Story

Texas Health Resources Recognized for Work and Employee Health

Texas Health Resources has been recognized by the American Heart Association for its workplace health programs and employee heart health. Its “gold level” achievement highlights the health system’s “significant and continued steps of promoting a culture of health in the workplace.” This is the second consecutive year Texas Health has received the award. Sixty seven percent of qualifying companies received gold, silver, or bronze recognition by the AHA. Companies were required to complete an index assessment, which uses science-based practices to establish a comprehensive view of the workplace health programs. Gold recipients must have achieved a score of 175 points… Full Story

UT Southwestern Receives $34.2M For Cancer Research

UT Southwestern has received more than $34 million for cancer research. The grant was given by the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas. UT Southwestern’s total CPRIT award of $34,265,689 includes the following for research and facilities: core facility support awards, individual investigator awards, high-impact, and high-risk awards. The grant also supports research and faculty recruitment at UT Southwestern. According to UT Southwestern, funding will go toward further developing programs in pancreatic cancer, lung cancer, breast cancer, and melanoma. Dr. Carlos Arteaga, director of UT Southwestern’s Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center, told D CEO Healthcare he plans to… Full Story

TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine Name New Assistant Dean

The TCU and UNT Health Science Center School of Medicine has named Dr. Danika Franks as its first assistant dean of students. In this role, she is responsible for maintaining the availability of support services for student physicians. Franks will also develop a career advising program that will grow with the students as they progress through their medical education. Franks most recently served as an emergency medicine physician at Texas Health Resources facilities. She provided care in a variety of environments, from small-town emergency departments to 151-bed hospitals. Dr. Stuart Flynn, founding dean of TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine,… Full Story

Conversation With: Bill Lucia, CEO of HMS

Bill Lucia decided to switch lanes after 18 years as an executive in the life and health insurance industry. He chose to pursue a career in healthcare to test the leadership skills and business acumen he gained in a new and growing market. Lucia joined HMS, a cost containment solutions provider to help payers and at-risk providers improve performance, in 1996, and climbed up in the ranks. He started as the IT director for an HMS subsidiary, then eventually was named HMS president in May 2005 and then CEO in March 2009, adding chairman to his title in 2015. During… Full Story

Tenet Gets A ‘B’ From Fitch Ratings

Fitch Ratings, an international ratings agency providing issuer and bond ratings and more, affirmed its issuer default rating of “B” for Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare Corp. The rating affects $15.4 billion of Tenet debt. The grade is a result of several factors, including Tenet’s favorable operating profile as a large for-profit provider, its recently announced restructuring plans, and its acquisition of Addison-based United Surgical Partners International. The ratings agency also warned about regulatory uncertainty as well as the company’s weak free cash flow and high leverage. Fitch Ratings said Tenet’s outlook is stable.

Access Healthcare Hits ’17 Hiring and Revenue Goals

Dallas-based Access Healthcare, an end-to-end healthcare revenue cycle and information technology services provider, has reached its hiring and revenue goals before the close of its 2017 fiscal year. The company now employs more than 8,000 and is expected to finish the year with more than $100 million in revenue. Access told D CEO Healthcare the company has grown about 33 percent year-over-year since its founding in 2011. It attributes the growth to its “responsiveness to increased demand in the market for its solutions and services.” During the same point in its revenue cycle in 2016, Access reported it employed around… Full Story

Merritt Hawkins Study Shows Physician Demand Outweighing Supply

Irving-based Merritt Hawkins, a physician search firm, has released the findings of its survey of more than 900 doctors. It found that half of all the new doctors received 100 or more job inquiries during training, supporting the idea that demand for doctors is outpacing supply. Survey data from 935 doctors in their final year of residency training showed the following trends: Seventy percent received 50 or more job solicitations (via phone call, email, or direct mail) during training, and 50 percent received 100 or more job solicitations. This is the highest percentage of medical residents reporting that many job… Full Story