How Dr. John Carlo—And the Dallas County Medical Society—Helped The Victims of Hurricane Harvey

Dr. John Carlo, who became the youngest president ever of the Dallas County Medical Society in January, was running on “caffeine and fumes” when he met with former D CEO Healthcare Editor Olivia Nguyen to discuss the DCMS response to Hurricane Harvey. In a story in the November issue of D CEO magazine, Carlo, 44, explained that it was his job to coordinate staffing for the city of Dallas’ “mega-shelter” for Harvey victims at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. His task included coordinating the schedules of thousands of DCMS member-physicians who served 4 to 8-hour shifts at the shelter,… Full Story

Dallas-based Pathway Healthcare is First Private Clinic Network to Fight Opioid Epidemic With Video Technology

Dallas-based Pathway Healthcare LLC has become the first private clinic network in the country to deploy a cutting-edge new technology in the battle against the opioid epidemic. Pathway Healthcare, a 1-year-old addiction-treatment company with five locations in Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee, is using something called asynchronous video Directly Observed Therapy (or DOT) technology from emocha, a mobile health company based in Baltimore. Pathway Healthcare has begun using the video DOT platform at its clinic in Jackson, Tenn., to support patients who are starting to take buprenorphine, a type of medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder. The patients use a… Full Story

Platinum Dermatology Adds A Practice Serving Eastern Dallas

Platinum Dermatology Partners—a dermatology-focused, comprehensive physician services organization founded in 2016—has added a practice serving Garland, Rowlett, and Mesquite to its network. Dallas-based Platinum said its seventh and newest practice is Howsden Dermatology, which has a focus on skin cancer detection and treatment in eastern Dallas. Howsden was founded in 1983 by Dr. F. Lester Howsden. Today its patients are cared for by Dr. Akash A. Patel and Dr. Kevin F. Kia. “My physician partners and I are thrilled to welcome the Howsden Dermatology team to our growing network,” Dr. Kent Aftergut, a member of the Platinum Clinical Advisory Board,… Full Story

Three Providers Teaming Up to Improve Health of High-risk Patients

Three leading local care providers are launching a year-long pilot program to test and research an innovative model for post-acute patient care coordination in Dallas County. The three partners—the Visiting Nurse Association of Texas, UT Southwestern Medical Center, and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas—will join forces to provide daily, home-delivered meals for high-risk patients recently discharged from the hospital. The collaborative pilot will integrate the VNA’s Meals on Wheels daily nutritious meals, critical safety checks, and social and clinical support into a care continuum to help vulnerable patients, especially seniors, stay in their homes. The program’s long-term aim is to… Full Story

FDA’s Rejection of Ataluren Disappoints a Mother in Lewisville

The FDA has rejected a drug—intended to treat a fatal disease called Duchenne muscular dystrophy, or DMD—that a Lewisville woman believes has helped her DMD-stricken son stay active, with no side effects. The drug, called ataluren, is an orally administered, “protein restoration therapy” that its supporters believe helps stave off some symptoms of the disease. DMD, which mainly affects males, is a rare genetic disorder that results in progressive muscle weakness from early childhood and leads to premature death in the mid-20s due to heart and respiratory failure. Ataluren’s supporters include Teresa Wood of Lewisville and her 15-year-old son Matthew,… Full Story

Parkland/UT Southwestern Project Boosts HPV Vaccination Rate

A joint effort by Dallas-based Parkland Health & Hospital System and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center has paid off, boosting the vaccination rate against cancers caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say the HPV vaccine—a cancer-prevention tool against the likes of HPV-related cervical cancer in women or anal and penile cancer in men—should be administered in three doses on a schedule of 0, 1-2, and 6 months to adolescents aged 11 through 12 years. However, Parkland physicians say that in Dallas County, as in the U.S., too few adolescents have been… Full Story

AccentCare Agencies Earn HomeCare Elite Designations

Twenty-three of more than 140 locations belonging to Dallas-based AccentCare Inc., a post-acute healthcare company, have been awarded 2017 HomeCare Elite designations. The HomeCare Elite review, compiled by ABILITY Network and DecisionHealth, is an annual rating of the nation’s most successful home care providers. It rates Medicare-certified agencies based on quality outcomes, adoption of best practices, patient experience, quality improvement and consistency, and financial performance. Twenty-two of AccentCare’s home health agencies earned the HomeCare Elite award, which recognizes the top 25 percent of nearly 10,000 Medicare-certified agencies reviewed. One of AccentCare’s locations achieved the HomeCare Elite Top 500 award. AccentCare,… Full Story

Dallas Group Honors CEO of Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation

The Community Council of Greater Dallas has awarded Dr. Steve Miff, president and CEO of the Dallas-based Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation, its 2017 Social Innovator of the Year Award. The Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation is a not-for-profit healthcare analytics R&D organization that aims to create “connected communities where every health outcome is positive.” The center has received more than $50 million in grants focused on developing and deploying cutting-edge technologies connecting communities and Parkland Health & Hospital System. Its Information Exchange Portal, for example, connects healthcare providers and community-based groups to coordinate communication with and care for individuals.… Full Story

Analyst Says Tenet’s Cost-cutting Plan Is ‘As Good a Start As Any’

An analyst who’s been tough on Tenet Healthcare Corp. in the past applauded the company’s announcement Friday of a cost-reduction plan that includes laying off 1 percent of its total workforce, or 1,300 employees. “It [Tenet] has to start somewhere, and this is as good a start as any,” Mizuho Securities USA’s Sheryl Skolnick wrote in a client note. The comment by Skolnick, who has called Tenet “the single most frustrating stock, ever,” came after the beleaguered Dallas company announced preliminary third-quarter losses from continuing operations and outlined a $150 million cost-savings plan for 2018. The plan will involve renegotiating… Full Story

Baylor Health Care Event Raises More Than $1.6M for Breast Cancer Research and Treatment

More than $1.6 million was raised for new breast-cancer research and treatment options at the Baylor Health Care System Foundation’s 18th annual Celebrating Women luncheon Oct. 26 in Dallas. The total was bolstered by an anonymous challenge grant that matched, dollar for dollar up to $25,000, any gifts made at the event. The challenge grant boosted the total raised by an additional $60,000. The luncheon, which attracted 1,300 guests—including the likes of Al Hill Jr., Gene Jones, and Gretchen Minyard—was held at the Hilton Anatole and had actress Jamie Lee Curtis as its featured speaker. Over the last 18 years,… Full Story