Frisco-Based Organ Transporter Hopes Its Device Is a Game-Changer

It is hard to believe that hearts, which cost more than $1 million to transplant, are still being preserved and transported in picnic coolers. Frisco-based Organ Transport Systems (OTS) wants to change that. The company has created a device called LifeCradle, designed to extend the life of an organ and monitor its condition. Founded in 1999, OTS has been going through the slow and arduous process of getting FDA approval for its device. The company has raised more than $12 million in venture capital and is seeking an additional $8 million to complete the regulatory process and make final improvements.… Full Story

Obama Prevails: What it Means for Healthcare

Last night, Americans elected President Obama for a second term. D healthcare Daily editor Steve Jacob and assistant editor Jessica Melton talked with healthcare executives and physicians from across North Texas to get their thoughts on what impact this will have on the healthcare industry. Here’s their report: Joel Allison; CEO, Baylor Health Care System: We are going to see continued implementation of the Affordable Care Act. There may be some challenges and ongoing discussion. But with a Republican House and Democratic Senate, I still see it going forward. The ACA primarily delegates the implementation to the Secretary of Health and… Full Story

Morning Rounds (11.06.12)

Parkland Health & Hospital System has named four finalists to serve as CEO.

Dallas-based Conifer Health Solutions has acquired Dell’s Revenue Cycle Solutions line of business for hospitals and healthcare systems.

Some low-wage employers are doing more part-time hiring to avoid providing health insurance, a requirement under the Affordable Care Act.

The American Heart Association finds that an experimental device may convert enough energy from a beating heart to provide electricity to power a pacemaker. Full Story

Morning Rounds (11.02.12)

The CMS has laid out plans for the Medicaid primary-care payment increases.

UNT Health received a NIH grant exceeding $600,000 for the next two years in partnership with the Texas Alzheimer’s Research and Care Consortium.

The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs is looking to double last year’s estimated 460,000 veterans who connected through telehealth within the coming year.

State health officials have announced that Texas’ Planned Parenthood will not lose federal funding for the time being.

 

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Morning Rounds (10.29.12)

The pharmacy linked to the fungal meningitis outbreak may have known it was contaminated by mold and bacteria.

Dallas-based ambulance billing services company Emergicon has opened a new facility in Gun Barrel City.

Baylor Health Care System researchers tackle an approach that could help normalize blood pressure without medication.

Parker University creates EHR program to respond to healthcare IT trends that are reflected in a graphic. Full Story

Morning Rounds (10.25.12)

Medical City’s Dallas Valve Institute is the first hospital in the country to perform a heart procedure approved by the FDA that treats patients with aortic stenosis.

U.S. physicians are healthier than nurses and the general population.

Top-tier medical practices excel in four categories—and generate an additional $150,000 in total medical revenue per full-time equivalent physician.

Study finds that frequent emergency department users are not abusing the system, but being seen for chronic conditions. Full Story

Medical City Dallas First in the Nation to Perform Newly FDA-Approved Heart Surgery

Medical City Dallas is the first hospital in the country to perform a heart procedure approved by the FDA that treats patients with aortic stenosis—who are not likely to survive open-heart surgery by replacing the heart valve without opening the patient’s chest. The procedure was performed by Todd Dewey, M.D., surgical director of heart transplant and structural heart disease, and Bruce Bowers, M.D., medical director for invasive cardiology and co-director of the hospital’s Dallas Valve Institute on Oct. 23. “This approach provides new hope to thousands of patients with aortic stenosis, who had been told they were out of options,”… Full Story

Morning Rounds (10.18.12)

Inc. 5000 has released its 2012 list of the nation’s fastest growing private companies, with 11 North Texas healthcare companies making the list.

Plano-based MediGain has acquired MedBE, a Louisiana  company that handles revenue cycle management.

Most American consumers blame insurers and prescription companies for the rise in healthcare costs instead of their doctors.

The Dallas Regional Chamber’s 4th Annual Healthcare Conference took place yesterday. Click for a brief Q&A taken from the pannel discussion. Full Story

Morning Rounds (10.17.12)

Methodist Mansfield Medical Center has opened a Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center as part of its physicians medical office building.

National health expenditures grew 3.8 percent 4 percent in August 2012, when compared to the previous year.

Parkland Health & Hospital has topped out its $1.27 billion, 2.1 million-square-foot hospital facility, slated for completion in 2014.

UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers say hormones have been found to mimic the health benefits of dieting without having to restrict caloric intake.

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Morning Rounds (10.12.12)

CareView Communications Inc. of Lewisville has been awarded a GSA contract, allowing it to sell its video patient monitoring systems to VA and DOD hospitals.

Dallas-based developer Market Center Management Co. has suspended plans for its Nashville Medical Trade Center project.

Tenet Healthcare Corp.’s previously announced stock split took effect yesterday on the New York Stock Exchange.

About 35 percent of medical directors have received bonuses this year, nearly 8 percent more than last year, according to a study from Dallas-based Integrated Healthcare Strategies. Full Story