Hilary Lau

North Texas Physicians Embrace Obamacare Changes

The panel reminded physicians in attendance that the 2014 open enrollment period will end March 31. And for patients to receive coverage by March 1, the enrollment process must have been completed by Feb. 15. To receive coverage beginning April 1, patients must complete enrollment by March 15. Full Story

Health Research Institute’s Top 10 Issues for 2014 Largely at Play in North Texas

“The North Texas market is ground zero for many of these healthcare trends,” says Benjamin Isgur, Dallas-based director of HRI, in an email. “We have seen interesting new partnerships through large mergers, a deluge of technology implementation, and a very strong move to retail health. The challenge will be how to use and coordinate these assets for a better customer experience in the new year.” Full Story

Dallas Among Worst Cities For Fall Allergies

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America recently named Dallas one of the most challenging places in the United States to live with allergies during the upcoming fall season. The AAFA ranks American cities based on pollen levels, use of over-the-counter and prescription allergy medication, and the number of board-certified allergists—categories in which Dallas scores “worse than average,” according to the AAFA’s findings. Dallas received a score of 76.63—good for 18th-place on the list—with the highest-ranked city, Wichita, Kan., receiving a score of 100. Dallas was 26th on the list last year. Dr. Christian Wysocki, an allergist at Parkland Health… Full Story

Parkland to Open JFK Memorial Garden

Parkland Memorial Hospital will open a 15,000-square-foot park and garden honoring President John F. Kennedy in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of his assassination. The Parkland Foundation hopes to raise $1.5 million from private donors to fund the park, which will be nautically themed to commemorate Kennedy’s service in the U.S. Navy. Donations opened with a $250,000 gift from the Joe M. and Doris R. Dealey Foundation in 2011. Planning for the memorial garden, which will be housed on the new Parkland Hospital campus, began in 2009. The park is scheduled for completion by early 2015 to coincide with the… Full Story

What’s Next For Healthcare in Texas?

With the Affordable Care Act’s insurance exhange enrollment opening Oct. 1 and coverage beginning as soon as Jan. 1, lawmakers in Texas are gearing up for administrative and systematic changes as they simultaneously struggle to grasp the new act’s many layers and stipulations. Not surprisingly, the complexity surrounding the ACA has many Texans wondering just what’s next for healthcare. Plenty of Texas legislators have rallied behind efforts to defund the ACA, including U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, whose ongoing crusade has firmly established his staunch opposition to the legislation. The changes the act imposes and their potential repercussions were at the… Full Story

Tax Breaks and Incentives Available for North Texas Small Businesses Trying to Keep Up With the Affordable Care Act

Small businesses across North Texas soon will be eligible for tax breaks and incentives to help them comply with new Affordable Care Act-mandated rules, U.S. Health and Human Services regional director Marjorie Petty said Wednesday in Dallas. Healthcare reform was the front-running topic of a lengthy lunchtime discussion Wednesday during which Petty addressed the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and its health insurance exchanges. Petty cited the 48.6 million uninsured Americans and 17.9 percent of economic output currently tied up in the healthcare system as key indicators of the critical problem. Without reform, she said, a third of total economic… Full Story