Victim of Christopher Duntsch: The Difference Between Malpractice and Criminal Negligence Was Simple

The press conference was being held shortly after the jury sentenced ex-neurosurgeon Christopher Duntch to life in prison for maiming patients. Duntsch was charged with injury to a 74-year-old patient where he “intentionally, knowingly, recklessly, or with criminal negligence” harmed the individual. With the 13-day trial finally over, Johnson and prosecutors deemed his ruling “a historic case.” Full Story

Medical City Denton Names New Chief Medical Officer

Medical City Denton announced Dr. Howard Shaw Jan. 17 as its new chief medical officer to help advise and lead the hospital’s physicians. Shaw currently serves as the CMO at Great Plains Health located in Great Plains, Nebraska. There, he works on developing physician relationships and leadership, enhancing quality and patient safety, and directing physician retention and on-boarding effects. He earned his medical degree from the University of Kansas and a master’s degree in business from the University of Massachusetts Isenberg School of Management. “I personally look forward to working with the Medical City Denton staff and physicians with special… Full Story

Methodist’s Affiliated Physician Group Rebrands Itself

Dr. George Williams, the group’s president, said the decision is in line with the group’s growth—it’s doubled in the past four years, and the need to link itself more closely to the Methodist Health System brand was apparent. He said it will help patient communication as the system looks to highlight its clinical integration strategy and expansion into new regions. Full Story

Independent Doctors, Meet Privia Health: Dallas Indie Docs Have Another Option

For the past three or so months, an Arlington, Va.-based medical group has been quietly marching across Dallas-Fort Worth, seeking independent physician practices with whom to partner. Privia Health has attracted 65 practices and is looking for others in Dallas, Tarrant, Denton, and Collin counties. It’s already created a provider base of more than 200 physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants. Full Story

Dallas Cardiologists, Surgeons Reflect on Dr. Denton Cooley, Who Died on Friday

Denton Cooley, the Houston surgeon who pioneered heart transplants and implanted the world’s first artificial heart, died on Friday at 96 years old. In 1968, Cooley transplanted the first human heart in the United States. The next year, he implanted an artificial heart as a bridge to transplant, giving patients a chance at life even if a heart was not immediately available. He helped develop practices that spread across the industry to repair and replace diseased heart valves. He was a trailblazer in correcting congenital heart disease in pediatric patients. Along with his partner Dr. Michael Debakey, with whom Cooley… Full Story

Commonwealth Fund Expresses Concern of Losing Coverage Gains Under Trump Presidency

Now days past Donald Trump’s rise to the nation’s president elect, national nonprofits are digging into what could come out of his health policy. On Wednesday, we got insight from PwC, the Congressional Budget Office, and RAND. Yesterday, the Commonwealth Fund added another piece about the challenges of what’s ahead. Full Story

How North Texas Kickstarted the Telemedicine Revolution

Almost 15 years ago, a pair of entrepreneurs launched a telemedicine company in North Dallas that tried to monetize treating low acuity conditions over the phone. Teladoc built a physician base and targeted large employers, offering bridge services to employees when they couldn’t get into the doctor’s office for their cold or urinary tract infection or pink eye. Last year, Teladoc became the only telemedicine company to be publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange. It posted annual revenue of $77 million in 2015, a year-over-year increase of 78 percent. And it’s also found itself in the middle of a national discussion on how telehealth services should be regulated. Just how much access is still safe for patients? Full Story