Meet the TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine’s OBGYN Chair

Dr. April Bleich will be the new academic chair of Obstetrics & Gynecology at the TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine. She will manage faculty recruitment and retention, among other responsibilities. Bleich is currently the medical director for Maternal Fetal Medicine at Baylor, Scott & White All Saints Medical Center – Fort Worth’s Andrews Women’s Hospital, caring for high risk pregnancies while serving on the hospital’s executive committee. “I’m so excited to be able to share my experiences and knowledge with the next generation of physicians. I’m thankful for the opportunity to contribute to the school’s mission of creating more empathetic… Full Story

The Number of Uninsured Children Growing in Texas – Why Hospitals Should Care

Between December 2017 and April 2019, the number of Texas children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP dropped by more than 201,700, or about 6%. That’s according to the Center for Public Policy Priorities presentation at the State of Reform Conference in Irving last month. The trend is part of a larger trend of fewer Texas children having health insurance. Fewer children and adults on Medicaid increases the likelihood that patients will avoid care until absolutely necessary, and much more expensive, which has an impact on uncompensated care provided by hospitals in the state. The drop has coincided with increased anti-immigrant rhetoric… Full Story

$18 Billion Settlement Talks for McKesson and Other Opioid Distributors

McKesson Corp. and other drug distributors are in talks with state attorneys general to settle all opioid disputes with $18 billion over 18 years, the Wall Street Journal reported this week. McKesson and other pharmaceutical and drug distribution companies have been named in a number of lawsuits all over the country, with states and municipalities claiming the companies didn’t control the shipment of the addictive pain pills that have led to a health epidemic nationwide, with tens of thousands of overdoses each year. The companies have already settled several of these lawsuits, and a nationwide deal would simplify the legal maneuvering and… Full Story

100k-Square Foot Plano Healthcare Facility is on the Market

Last July, Dallas’ Cawley Partners bought the Parkside on Legacy healthcare building in Plano’s Legacy business park, and it has now hit the market again. The 101,608-square foot, three story Class-A healthcare facility should be receiving offers later this month. Completed in 2016 as a speculative project, in 2020 it will house Denver-based Eating Recovery Center, an eating disorder treatment facility with inpatient and outpatient services that has committed to an 18-year lease on the entire building. The property is undergoing more than $22 million in landlord and tenant improvements, allowing ERC to operate 72 inpatient beds. The organization is… Full Story

Medical Innovators: Nominate Your Brightest for The Innovation Awards

The medical industry is one of the key drivers of innovation worldwide, and Dallas is no stranger to medical ingenuity. From virtual reality advancements to data analytics, DFW is full of companies and organizations on the leading edge of the medical field. Here is your chance to be recognized. Past years have seen the success of D CEO’s CIO/CTO Awards program, and this year we invite the medical community to take part in The Innovation Awards, presented by D CEO magazine and Dallas Innovates. This program honors CEOs, CIOs, CTOs, entrepreneurs, and other leaders driving innovation in North Texas. Dallas Innovates is a collaboration of… Full Story

UT Arlington Research to Avoid Medication-Related Harm

Research at the University of Texas at Arlington’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation is aiming to reduce the use of medications and avoid medication-related harm, which cause 700,000 emergency room visits and 100,000 hospitalizations a year. A team led by professor of nursing Yan Xiao has earned a $2.5 million grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in the Department of Health and Human Services to conduct interviews and focus groups with patients and healthcare professionals all over the country and use UTA’s Smart Hospital to run simulations of interventions. A multidisciplinary team of specialists in geriatric nursing,… Full Story

Why Medical Data is 50 Times More Valuable Than a Credit Card

As the healthcare company lurches into embracing cloud-based technology, protecting medical data has become even more essential. While banks and other financial organizations have long been data security experts, the healthcare field has been a bit slower to protect its data, which can often be more valuable than credit cards and bank account numbers. Experts say the value of a social security number is worth 10 cents on the black market, with credit cards going for 25 cents. Medical identify theft of secure medical records, which often include both of those numbers plus much more information, is even more lucrative.… Full Story

Medical City Plano is the Region’s only National Pancreas Foundation Center

Because of the quality of their pancreatic cancer care, Medical City Plano is North Texas’ only National Pancreas Foundation Center. Centers are designated because of their multidisciplinary treatment of  pancreatic cancer, including specialists such as oncologists, gastroenterologists, pancreas surgeons and interventional radiologists. Patient services such as pain management, psychosocial support and others are also necessary to treat the whole patient. “It is our honor to provide the highest quality, compassionate care for cancer patients who turn to us for help,” said Carlton Ulmer, Medical City Plano CEO via release. “As the first NPF Centers in North Texas and one of the… Full Story

Urgent Care Supply is Surging, but Will Texas Have Enough?

The number of urgent care centers is skyrocketing nationwide, with 44 percent growth in the last five years according to a Cushman and Wakefield report. A combination of convenience and cost have pumped up demand, and between 2006 and 2016, urgent care volume increased by a factor of 18, while emergency room volume tripled during the same period. There are more than 200 urgent care centers in Dallas-Fort Worth, but in Texas, where there is already a healthcare shortage. There are lower than average number of urgent care centers per capita for residents over 65, meaning there may not be… Full Story

Dallas Has the Worst Uninsured Rate in the Nation

Nearly a quarter of Dallas residents are uninsured, according to a study that measures uninsured rates across the country. The WalletHub study ranked Dallas as the large city (over 300,000 population) with the highest rate of uninsured residents. It was ranked 539 out of 548 of all cities included in the study, which analyzed Census Bureau data. North Texas neighbor Garland was the seventh worse overall. Out of the 10 least insured cities in the country, seven were from Texas. Texas has long held the dubious distinction of being the state with the highest uninsured rate in the nation. The… Full Story