Morning Rounds (08.21.12)

Planned Parenthood to use $3 million donations after Komen flap for new breast health initiative. UT Southwestern named the official healthcare team of the Dallas Stars. Ten social media tips for docs. Drugmakers use coupons to fight generics.  

Morning Rounds (08.17.12)

Hospitals name their most and least favorite insurers. Five compensation options for ACO physicians. Aerial spraying for West Nile Virus began in Dallas last night. The average amount embezzled from medical practices is $1,000. AHA: Black stroke survivors face greater risk from high blood pressure.

UNT Eyes Merging Main Campus, Fort Worth Health Science Center

The University of North Texas System Board of Regents is expected to consider a proposal Aug. 16 to explore combining its Fort Worth-based Health Science Center with the main campus in Denton. If approved, the university would study the merger and report its initial findings to the board in November. According to Chancellor Lee Jackson, a combined entity potentially could enhance the university’s research reputation, increase research funding, and improve faculty recruitment and retention. Jackson noted the University of Texas system has started development of a medical school in Austin that would be part of the main campus, and the… Full Story

Morning Rounds (08.10.12)

Methodist Health System shares its cost-cutting strategies.  Area hospital executives Joel Allison, Britt Berrett, Trevor Fetter, and Stephen Mansfield made Becker’s Healthcare “Top 300 Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know” list. Texas Children’s Hospital reveals results of its long-term Berlin Heart study. Palliative care challenged by physician shortage. Employers becoming more of a catalyst for driving healthcare change.      

Morning Rounds (08.08.12)

Children’s Medical Center levels up patient’s gaming systems and electronics with $150,000 gift from MMK Foundation. One-third of doctors declined to take new Medicaid patients in 2011. New HHS rule may save up to $9 billion over the next 10 years and give doctors more time with patients. The Institute of Medicine wants doctors’ Medicare pay to reflect city population. HIPAA has changed; new compliance training can be found online.  

Morning Rounds (08.07.12)

UT Southwestern investigators awarded $48.2 million in latest round of CPRIT grants. Baylor University Medical Center’s dermatology program gets $450,000 boost from Fort Worth-based Galderma Laboratories. Children’s Medical Center to commemorate its latest My Children’s clinic opening Lake Highlands this morning. U.S. News & World Report: Feds humming along on national health insurance exchange programs; on track for Fall 2013 startup. Becker’s Clinical Quality and Infection Control lists three top ways to reduce hospital heart attack readmission rates.

Morning Rounds (08.01.12)

Texas has the country’s lowest physician-to-patient ratio. UNT Health Alliance Clinic hires one of few physical therapists in Tarrant County who treats pelvic problems in both men and women. Dallas is one level away from citywide mosquito spraying to prevent West Nile. Beginning today, Parkland’s Youth and Family Centers will offer expanded hours of operation. Top 21 code reasons  for denied claims, as compiled by RemitDATA.

College of Health Care Professions Opens Dallas Campus

The College of Health Care Professions has opened a new campus in Dallas at 8390 LBJ Fwy., Ste. 300. “We can now meet the overwhelming demand we’ve seen for our on-campus programs in the Greater Dallas area,” said CEO Jon Emerald. Founded in Houston in 1988 by physicians at the Texas Medical Center, the Dallas site gives it five locations in Texas; the others are in Austin, Houston Northwest, Houston Southwest, and San Antonio. The school offers a wide range of career programs, including vocational nurse, health information technology, dental assistant, medical coding and billing, massage therapist, diagnostic medical ultrasound,… Full Story

Morning Rounds (07.27.12)

Texas Woman’s University of Dallas receives $452,500 grant from the National Institutes of Health. Medical City Children’s Hospital sees a baby boom in June, with births setting a 12-year record. Healthcare.gov launches tool to help consumers determine if their insurer is providing value for premiums under new 80/20 rule. The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation is examining the “gray market” impact on drug shortages. The Advisory Board Co. releases fun infographic comparing Olympic athletes to average Americans. Plus: Who’s healthiest in a hospital—nurses, physicians, or patients?

Economic Impact of Healthcare in DFW

We all interact with the healthcare system. Individuals stop in at their doctor’s office for an annual physical or visit the pharmacy for a prescription refill. Business executives calculate and deduct the cost of care for employees from their budgets. And for more than 600,000 people in the North Texas region, interacting with the healthcare system means going to work each day to provide care and products for the region’s 6.5 million residents. Healthcare is a big business in North Texas. The industry makes up about 15 percent of the local economy—some $52 billion in gross metro product is created… Full Story