Pipeline Health and Cerner Enter Agreement

Hospital ownership and management company Pipeline Health has entered an agreement o switch to Cerner for their electronic health record, uniting the EHRs of all seven hospitals, 25 clinics, and 12 free-standing emergency departments within the Pipeline Health system, which includes City Hospital at White Rock. “These are very exciting times ahead for our company. By investing in a new EHR we aim to improve efficiency, position our company for future growth and most importantly, improve health outcomes for patients served by our providers,” said Jim Edwards, CEO, Pipeline Health via release. “Bringing all of our facilities onto the same… Full Story

Plano-Based Reata Pharmaceuticals Raises $500 Million in Stock Offering

Plano-based Reata Pharmaceuticals, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, raised $505.1 million via a stock offering that sold 2,760,000 shares of Class A common stock ahead of commercializing its existing clinical-stage treatments. The stock sales will add to the company’s working capital supply and corporate funds, which they intend to use to develop new drugs that fight Alport syndrome, which is a genetic condition that causes by kidney disease , hearing loss, and eye problems, and Friederich’s ataxia, a neurological disorder that causes falling, and difficulty in because of  issues with the ability to coordinate voluntary movements and causes death in the patient’s 30s.… Full Story

AMN Study: Retirements and Workplace Violence Challenging Nurses

Increased demand, labor shortages, and changes in the industry are putting pressure on registered nurses nationwide, according to an AMN Healthcare study. The Irving-based healthcare staffing firm surveyed 20,000 nurses across the country, and found that many are working second jobs, don’t have enough time with patients, and have experienced workplace violence; but the greatest challenge was flexibility and work-life balance. Baby Boomer nurses and patients are creating a double challenge, as the nurses retire just as their generation needs more medical care than ever. People who are 65 and over spend three times as many days in the hospital… Full Story

Fort Worth’s College of Health Professions Adds Sonography Accreditation

For-profit allied health professions institution The College of Health Professions in Fort Worth has been accredited for a diagnostic medical sonography program by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. The Bureau of Labor Statistics data says that diagnostic medical sonographers have a projected 10-year employment growth of 19%. “CAAHEP accreditation is a gold standard for employers seeking the highest quality professionals to provide healthcare in their communities,” said Dr. Scott Smith of Radiology Associates of North Texas via release. He is the medical advisor to the CHCP Fort Worth DMS program. “CHCP is an important partner in building a pipeline… Full Story

How UTSW and Children’s Health’s Master Affiliation Could Impact Cost

UT Southwestern and Children’s Health have long been partners in providing healthcare for North Texas children. For over six decades, the two organizations have had a clinical, academic, and research affiliation, but now they have created a separate nonprofit entity to develop a joint pediatric enterprise in the form of a master affiliation. So is the increased partnership a boon for North Texas residents that will improve quality and best practices, or will the organization have more leverage against payers and be able to increase prices? The affiliation involves two of the biggest players in North Texas healthcare. The Dallas… Full Story

Parkland’s Lawsuit: Are Drug Distributors to Blame for the Opioid Epidemic?

Earlier this year, dozens of health systems in Texas filed a civil lawsuit against opioid manufacturers, distributors, and retailers. Two local entities, Parkland Hospital and Health System and McKesson Corp., are on opposite sides of the lawsuit. But why are the health systems taking legal action, and should distributors be held accountable for what physicians are prescribing? In 2010, opioid prescriptions peaked when providers wrote 81.2 prescriptions per 100 persons. In 2017, around 57 million people had at least one prescription for opioids, with 191 opioid prescriptions dispensed, according to CDC data. Darren Nicholson, of Burns Charest LLP in Dallas,… Full Story

Holmes Murphy Launches Workplace Culture Company

Dallas insurance brokerage Holmes Murphy is launching ethOs, a new company that will focus on improving workplace culture, engagement with staff, and employee well being. The organization will be led by President Ali Payne, who has more than 20 years of experience in the organizational engagement and corporate culture industries. “Our goal at ethOs is to ensure the whole employee comes to work every day by helping our clients build a culture that empowers and motivates their biggest asset — their talent,” said Payne via release. “Research shows employees who are engaged stay with their employer longer, achieve higher productivity,… Full Story

Plano Physician Arrested For Child Sexual Assault and Drug Possession Charges

Following his arrest last month, the Texas Medical Board has temporarily suspended the medical license of Plano physician Dr. Timothy M. Collins. He was arrested by the Arlington Police Departments’ Crimes Against Children Unit for two counts of sexual assault of a child, possession of methamphetamine, a variety of pills, and other drug paraphernalia. The Dallas Morning News reports that the sexual assault charges resulted from incidents in 1995 and 2012, according to court records. Collins has been a practicing physician since 1995, and has had other disciplinary measures by the Texas Medical Board. In 2011, Collins agreed to complete… Full Story

Steward Hospital in Phoenix to Close

St. Luke’s Medical Center in Phoenix will close later this month according to a letter posted to the hospital’s website describing “many years of steady patient census decline.” The hospital is in Dallas-based Steward Health Care’s network. The hospital has been serving Phoenix for 100 years, but President James Flinn writes that “St. Luke’s, patient demand has stayed extremely low and our facility remains significantly underutilized.”The letter says that the hospital usually is below 40 percent occupied, with an average of just 70 patients in the 219-bed facility. Emergency department visits are down 16 percent as well. Steward has three… Full Story

Texas Health Protocol Has Cut Opioid Use by 70 Percent

Physicians at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth are using a protocol that reduces the use of opioids after a C-section called Enhanced Recovery After Surgery. Normally, a small amount of fentanyl is used in the surgery, and opioids are prescribed every three hours after the surgery, but the new protocol uses a long lasting medication called liposomal bupivacaine, which is injected into the incision and paired with oral acetaminophen and ibuprofen. The protocol allows the physicians to stay ahead of the pain and not need opioids. Though patients still have the option of taking opioids, hospital staff says… Full Story