D Healthcare Daily Expands Team, Hires Bradford Pearson as Editor

Building on the success of its first year, D Healthcare Daily is adding to its news team, hiring Bradford Pearson as editor. He joins founding editor Steve Jacob, who will shift his focus to in-depth, enterprise stories. Pearson will concentrate on breaking news and site operations, including daily and weekly e-newsletters. D Healthcare Daily was launched last summer to cover the business of healthcare in North Texas — a sector that adds $52 billion to the local economy each year and supports more than 600,000 regional jobs. It’s produced by the business media division of Dallas-based D Magazine Partners, which… Full Story

Morning Rounds (06.28.13)

Parkland and Medical City of Dallas are among the 100 top-grossing hospitals in the country, according to CMS data analyzed by American Hospital Directory.

The number of Dallas-Fort Worth physicians recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance Diabetes Recognition Program has more than doubled in the past year.

The Obama Administration has kicked off its health insurance marketplace effort with a consumer-oriented website and 24/7 call center. Full Story

National Retail Federation Asks Congress to Delay Implementation of Healthcare Reform

Retailers and restaurant chains continue to have serious concerns about the Affordable Care Act, and remain worried about looming deadlines for full healthcare reform implementation, anticipated for January 2014. That’s the message the National Retail Federation presented to a congressional panel Wednesday. “Our nation—particularly employers—cannot afford for the ACA to stumble out of the starting gate,” NRF Vice President and Employee Benefits Policy Counsel Neil Trautwein said in prepared remarks. “We fear that as time diminishes between now and January 2014, a cascade of additional last-minute regulations will create added confusion and thus could encourage more employers to back out… Full Story

Morning Rounds (06.27.13)

Physicians reveal their top five medical practice challenges in an annual survey from the MGMA-ACMPE.

Reducing preventable hospitalizations and emergency department visits by high-cost Medicare patients may not make a significant dent in the program’s costs, according to a new study.

In testimony to Congress, the National Retail Federation asks lawmakers to delay implementation of healthcare reform. Full Story

D Healthcare Daily Honored With National Editorial Excellence Award

D Healthcare Daily was presented with a silver award for Best Industry E-newsletter by the Alliance of Area Business Publications at the group’s national conference last weekend in Nashville. AABP represents about 70 independent business publications across the country. The award was one of eight Editorial Excellence Awards presented to D CEO, the business title of D Magazine Partners, which produces D Healthcare Daily. It won two bronze, one silver, and five gold awards in all—including Best Magazine. The publication’s “dynamic array of features, profiles, news stories, and briefs reveals the business community’s to its audience,” the judges commented. “Great… Full Story

Morning Rounds (06.26.13)

Dallas-Fort Worth healthcare prices fell 2 percent in May compared to March 2013, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The health and well-being of Texas children has increased slightly, improving to No. 42 from No. 44 among the U.S. states, according to a 2013 report. Hospitals that do well on publicly reported conditions may be a proxy for overall hospital mortality rates, according to a study in JAMA Internal Medicine.

U.S. Renal Care to Acquire Ambulatory Services of America

Plano-based U.S. Renal Care has inked a deal to buy Ambulatory Services of America. The Brentwood, Tenn. company is the parent of Innovative Dialysis Systems, based in Long Beach, Calif. Financial terms of the acquisition, which is expected to close in August, were not disclosed. The deal will nearly double the number of patients USRC serves—to about 13,000, in more than 200 outpatient, home, and specialty hospital dialysis programs and facilities in 19 states and the territory of Guam. Chris Brengard, chief executive officer of USRC, described the acquisition as “a natural fit.” “We have long admired ASA as a… Full Story

Salaries by Market: Paramedic

Paramedics provide advanced life support care to patients who are ill and/or injured. They transport and transfer patients and assesses the extent of an illness or injury to establish and prioritize medical procedures to follow. According to Salary.com, paramedics in the Dallas area receive a median annual salary of $38,552. The same paramedic would make just a few dollars more ($38,669) in Houston, $42,481 in Boston, $40,809 in Chicago, $46,994 in San Francisco, $38,163 in Miami, and $45,360 in New York.

Forge Realty Partners Aims to Help Physicians “Capitalize on the Value They Create”

The 113,000-square-foot Hospital at Craig Ranch in McKinney has been sold to Forge Realty Partners. The deal is the first investment for the newly launched Forge, led by former Caddis Partners executive Josh Ihde, managing partner; and Michael Austin, partner. Austin was a principal at Caddis and has been involved with the funding and leadership of many healthcare startups. He’s currently chairman of Total Surgical Management LLC and L2 Surgical LLC. Ihde said he and Austin aim to give physicians the opportunity to invest in real estate and “capitalize on the value they create.” “Physicians generate millions of dollars for… Full Story

Morning Rounds (04.29.13)

Acute- and long-term-care hospitals will see small increases in Medicare payments beginning in 2014, under a proposed payment schedule released Friday by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Services.

Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare was among the 25 hospitals featured in the Healthier Hospitals Initiative’s 2012 Milestone Report.

Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have found that alternative splicing—a process that allows a single gene to code for multiple proteins—appears to be a new potential target for anti-telomerase cancer therapy. Full Story