Senator Proceeding With New Texas Telemedicine Rules

Texas may be on the road to revising its telemedicine regulations, with Sen. Charles Schwertner (R-Georgetown) saying he would sponsor a bill that “eliminates the requirement for physicians to meet with patients in-person before using telehealth services.” Texas is one of the last states in the country to mandate that an in-person physician and patient relationship must be established before telehealth services can be used. According to mHealth Intelligence, a compromise bill is reported to be heading to the Legislature to eliminate this requirement. “I think we will have a bill very soon,” Schwertner told the Houston Chronicle. Texas’ telemedicine battle… Full Story

Medical City Healthcare Names New VP of Graduate Medical Education

Medical City Healthcare named Chad Brands, MD, as its new vice president of graduate medical education on Feb. 13. This is a newly created division by Medical City. In his role, Brands will be responsible for expanding and developing residency training opportunities within the division in collaboration with Medical City’s academic partners. Brands has nearly 20 years of healthcare experience. Certified in pediatrics and internal medicine, he has served as vice president and medical director of clinical integration at Children’s Health. Before Children’s, he was founding director of the graduate medical education program at All Children’s Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine. He also served as… Full Story

Tom Price Okayed As New HHS Secretary

The Senate on Feb. 10 approved the nomination of Rep. Tom Price (R-Georgia) to lead the Department of Health and Human Services. In his new role, Price will oversee a department with an annual budget of more than $1 trillion. HHS regulates food and drugs, sponsors most U.S. biomedical research, and combats public health threats like Zika virus, drug abuse and bioterrorism. One of Price’s main priorities as HHS secretary will be to work with President Trump to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. Price, a 62-year-old orthopedic surgeon, will be the first physician in charge of HHS since Dr. Louis W. Sullivan… Full Story

Two DFW Hospitals Make Best Organ Transplant Outcomes List

Two Dallas–Fort Worth hospitals, Plaza Medical Center in Fort Worth and Methodist Dallas Medical Center, made the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients list for the highest-rated organ transplant adult patient outcomes for 2016. According the United Network for Organ Sharing, the U.S. hit a record high last year for the number of organ transplants performed, with 33,606 conducted. The SRTR assessed transplant patient outcome data collected from other organizations and compiled a list of centers with the best outcomes that perform liver, heart, lung, kidney, and kidney-pancreas transplants. The registry says it uses a risk-adjusted assessment to determine how often… Full Story

DCHHS Confirms Seventh Mumps Case in Dallas County

The Dallas County Health and Human Services confirmed the seventh mumps case in Dallas County for 2017. According to a statement, the exposure to mumps occurred locally and is not associated with any prior cases. The DCHHS disclosed the patient is a Dallas resident and in the age range of 45 to 55, but has not provided any additional information for medical confidentiality and personal privacy reasons. “The increased number of mumps cases reported in the North Texas area underscores the importance of getting vaccinated,” Thompson said in a statement. DCHHS continues to advise getting two vaccinations to prevent infection.

AIDS Arms Renames to Prism Health North Texas

AIDS Arms, a Dallas-based nonprofit that provides care to those living with HIV/AIDS in North Texas, has renamed itself Prism Health North Texas. The organization, established in 1986, changed its name to reflect the changes in the advancement in HIV treatment. Prism Health North Texas will now focus on the prevention and treatment of HIV, rather than AIDS. Prism Health North Texas CEO John T. Carlo says the new name signifies the organization’s broad array of services, as well as the diversity Prism Health North Texas sees in the needs of the community and people it serves. “While our name… Full Story

Dallas Pharmacy Owner Pleads Guilty For ‘Pill Mill’ Operation

The owner and operator of GenPharm Pharmacy in Desoto, Texas, pled guilty for her role in a joint effort to illicitly distribute opiods for profit. Pharmacist Ndufola Kigham is the fourth defendant to plead guilty to two counts of misprision of a felony in the Dallas-area “pill mill” scandal, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration. The 45-year-old Arlington native faces a maximum statutory penalty of three years in federal prison on each of the two counts. The other defendants consist of a medical clinic owner, Muhammad Faridi; another pharmacist,  Kumi Frimpong; and an osteopathic physician, Dr. Richard Andrews. The guilty… Full Story

Fort Worth’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders Wins Cancer Center Innovator Award

Foley and Lardner LLP announced Fort Worth’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders as the recipient of its 10th annual Cancer Center Innovator Award. Barry Russo, CEO of the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, accepted the 2017 award at the Cancer Center Business Summit in Las Vegas, Nev. Foley’s Cancer Center Innovator Award was established in 2007. According to Michael Blau, a Foley partner and healthcare attorney, the Cancer Center Business Summit Advisory Board and four co-hosts—the Association of Community Cancer Centers, NantHealth, Cancer Center Business Development Group, and Blau—chose the Fort Worth center out of nine nominations. Foley… Full Story

Medical City Green Oaks Names New Chief Operating Officer

Medical City Green Oaks Hospital has named Krysla Karlix as its new chief operating officer. She will succeed Pam Whitley, who the hospital says will retire “in early 2017.” Karlix most recently served as chief executive officer at Garland Behavioral Hospital. Prior to Garland, she was executive director at the Medical City Mckinney Wysong campus, which is managed by Medical City Green Oaks Hospital. In her new role, Karlix will be responsible for Medical City Green Oaks Hospital’s operations at the main campus, which is a 124-bed, in-patient psychiatric hospital including a 24-hour emergency room. She will also manage outpatient… Full Story

Enterhealth, Eating Recovery Center Discusses Co-Occurrence of Addiction, Eating Disorders

Enterhealth, a Dallas-based drug and alcohol addiction treatment company, and the Eating Recovery Center, a Denver-based treatment center for eating disorders recovery, hosted the Enterhealth and Eating Recovery Center luncheon to discuss research about the co-existence of addiction and eating disorders on Feb. 6. One of the featured guests, Dr. Harold Urshcel, chief medical strategist of Enterhealth, and Dr. Stephanie Setliff, medical director of Eating Recovery Center, presented findings about why many patients at these centers suffer from both an eating disorder and addiction. According to Urshcel and Setliff, approximately 50 percent of individuals suffering with an eating disorder are… Full Story