DFW Hospital Council, Other Groups Write to Congress Expressing AHCA Concerns

The DFW Hospital Council, along with seven other hospital and health system organizations across the U.S., wrote Congress on Wednesday to oppose the current American Health Care Act proposal to repeal and replace Obamacare. The letter addresses the absence of a Congressional Budget analysis for the measure, as well as AHCA plans to restructure Medicaid. The latter, it said ,would result in the loss of coverage for current enrollees and cuts to a program that assists the most “vulnerable populations including children, the elderly, and disabled.” The AHCA proposal would be “likely to result in a substantial reduction in the… Full Story

27th Annual Planned Parenthood Luncheon Exceeds $1 Million in Donations

The 27th Annual Planned Parenthood Awards Luncheon took place Wednesday at the Omni Dallas Hotel. The North Texas branch reached its goal to raise $1 million in donations for the first time, exceeding the set amount within two hours. While celebrating International Women’s Day, Planned Parenthood carried its theme of “I stand with Planned Parenthood” in regards to the House Republicans’ recent American Health Care Act proposal. After welcoming remarks from Rabbi Alan R. Freedman, Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas board chair, and the invocation from Rev. Dr. Neil G. Cazares-Thomas of Cathedral of Hope, United Church of Christ, the luncheon chairs,… Full Story

House Republicans Release American Health Care Act Proposal: Things to Know

House Republicans on Monday released their American Health Care Act proposal, an Obamacare replacement geared toward downsizing the government’s role in helping lower-income Americans access coverage while dismantling other facets of the Affordable Care Act as well. Under the 123-page proposal, which was scheduled to be voted on beginning Wednesday, coverage will still exist for individuals with preexisting conditions and for children under their parents’ (or their legal guardians’) policies until age 26. The AHCA bill will also continue Medicaid expansion until 2020. However, a number of ACA provisions would be repealed under the AHCA, including the individual mandate—it’s replaced… Full Story

Baylor’s Dr. Goran Klintmalm Remembers Pioneering Organ Transplant Surgeon Dr. Thomas Starzl as ‘Second Father, Mentor’

Dr. Goran Klintmalm, chairman and chief of Baylor University’s Simmons Transplant Institute, fondly remembers his “mentor” and “second father” Dr. Tom Starzl, the pioneer organ transplant surgeon, who died Saturday at the age of 90. “There was nothing he didn’t know,” Klintmalm said. “He never forgot anything he’s ever seen, or heard, or read. He could recall anything with incredible memory. It’s why he was the single most published [medical] author in the 20th century.” Starzl, who was known for performing the first successful liver transplant in the 1960s and discovering immunosupression drugs that dramatically increase the survival rate of… Full Story

Tenet Healthcare Records $192 Million Net Loss in 2016, Re-Prioritizes

Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare has announced plans to strengthen its hospital portfolio and expand its ambulatory network after releasing its 2016 financial records, showing a net loss of $192 million. While Tenet reported higher operating revenue than in the previous year, growing from $18.6 billion in 2015 to $19.6 billion in 2016, the financial boost was attributed to an increase in net patient service revenue. Tenet’s records showed it closed 2016 with $4.9 billion in revenue for its fourth quarter, a 3.3 percent decrease from the same quarter in 2015. After accounting for investment income and other expenses, Tenet ended 2016… Full Story

Society of Physician Entrepreneurs DFW Hosts Keynote Speaker Dr. Weisberg

The Society for Physician Entrepreneurs DFW chapter and Health Wildcatters recently co-hosted gastroenterologist, speaker, and author Dr. Michael Weisberg at their annual monthly meeting. There, Weisberg gave his TedxSMU Talk discussing how the art of medicine became business in the 21st century. Weisberg, who has been practicing medicine for 27 years in Plano, says he’s observed changes in the concept of doctor-patient relationships. About a decade ago, he felt no one was addressing the fact that “when you became sick, your doctor no longer took care of you.” Weisberg said the doctor who had taken care of you for five, 10,… Full Story

DCHHS Mumps Update Confirms 33 Cases in Dallas County

Dallas County Health and Human Services has reported 33 mumps cases in Dallas County in 2017. DCHHS identified 27 associated mumps cases between students and teachers in Cedar Hill High School, though not all are Dallas County residents. Between Dallas and Mesquite, DCHHS confirmed six additional mumps cases. According to DCHHS records, Texas hasn’t reported more than 20 mumps cases since 2011. In 2016, however, North Texas surpassed 50 cases, with eight of them reported in Dallas County. DCHHS continues to advise getting two vaccinations to prevent infection and spread of the disease. “The increased number of mumps cases reported… Full Story

UT Southwestern Receives $100,000 Grant for Women’s Cancer Research

UT Southwestern’s Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center has received a $100,000 cancer research grant from the Kay Yow Cancer Fund and the V Foundation for Cancer Research. The Kay Yow Cancer Fund is a partner of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. Every year the fund selects an institution based in the host city of the annual NCAA Women’s Final Four to support women’s cancer research. This year the grant was awarded to UT Southwestern based on the proposal and research plan of Dr. Angelique Whitehurst, associate professor of cancer biology, cell, and molecular biology at UT Southwestern. The funds will continue… Full Story

Tenet Healthcare Plans to Sell Six Home Health Facilities

Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare has signed an agreement to sell six home healthcare centers in Arizona, Illinois, Massachusetts, and Texas to Amedisys, a Baton Rouge, La.-based home healthcare, hospice, and personal care company. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Also, officials have not released the names of the facilities included in the transaction. Trevor Fetter, chairman and CEO of Tenet, stressed the importance of transitioning ownership of facilities for patients to receive the best care possible. “Amedisys shares our commitment to serving patients, employees, and the community,” Fetter said in a statement. “We are transferring these local operations of… Full Story