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 (11.07.12)

More than 30 percent of patients are willing to switch physicians if offered a better experience elsewhere. American Medical News offers up four tips to keep patients happy.

Inexperienced physicians are likely to charge more for services, according to Modern Physician.

Investments in medical startups have gone down, as companies struggle to go public and produce returns for venture capitalists.

The American Heart Association has presented a study in which two daily doses of a probiotic lowered “bad” and total cholesterol. Full Story

Dallas-Based Startup Wants to Be “Facebook of Advance Directives”

MyDirectives co-founder Scott Brown has a goal: for his website to become “the Facebook of advance directives. MyDirectives is a web-based system that allows enrollees to create and update their advance directives free of charge, and can be accessed by enrollees or their providers anytime. The HIPAA-compliant database is the first advanced care platform to receive “meaningful-use” certification from the Department of Health and Human Services. The system can be used as a plug-in for electronic health records or as a stand-alone website. Advance directives attempt to take the guesswork out of figuring out a patient’s wishes and values about… 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

Parkland Selects Four Finalists for CEO Post

Parkland Health & Hospital System has selected four finalists as candidates for CEO, following first-round interviews the board held in October. “Our executive search firm, Korn/Ferry, and the board jointly examined nearly 20 potential candidates,” said Debbie Branson, board chair, in a statement. “These four candidates most closely fit the needs of Dallas County, Parkland, and our patients.” One of the finalists is internal—the health system’s interim executive vice president and CFO, Walter (Ted) Shaw. The other three are: • Pete Delgado, CEO, LAC+USC Healthcare Network, Los Angeles • Wright L. Lassiter, III, CEO, Alameda County Medical Center, Oakland, Calif. •… Full Story

Conifer Acquires Dell’s Revenue Cycle Solutions

Conifer Health Solutions, a subsidiary of Tenet Healthcare Corp., has acquired Dell’s Revenue Cycle Solutions line of business for hospitals and healthcare systems. The acquisition is anticipated to increase the annual patient revenue Conifer manages for its client hospitals to $21 billion, with Dell’s 34 revenue cycle management clients and 800 revenue cycle management employees. The transition is slated to take place over the course of a year, after which Conifer expects the acquisition to contribute $85 million in incremental annual revenue to its bottom line. “Over our 34-year history as part of a major healthcare system, and with our Catholic… Full Story

Morning Rounds (11.05.12)

Frisco man found guilty in $9.3 million insurance fraud case.

Patients treated with contaminated steroid shots may have more to worry about than meningitis.

According to a study by Dallas-based Merritt Hawkins, female physicians are more optimistic.

Healthcare mergers and acquisitions dipped nearly 10 percent during the third quarter of 2012. Full Story

Baylor To Add Two More Freestanding EDs in Keller, Rockwall

The Baylor Health System board of directors has approved two more freestanding emergency hospitals. The facilities will be located in Keller at the northwest corner of U.S. Highway 377 and Bear Creek, and in Rockwall at the corner of Townsend Drive and Interstate 30. A Baylor spokesperson did not have estimated dates of operation for either facility. Baylor announced a joint venture in May to build eight freestanding emergency departments (EDs) by June 2013 with The Woodlands-based Emerus. The partners already have a location at FM 544 and Heritage Parkway in Murphy. The 24-hour facilities are licensed hospitals. They are… 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 (11.01.12)

Methodist Health System has added CMOs to the leadership teams at their Dallas and Charlton hospitals.

The National Committee for Quality Assurance finds the quality of healthcare is improving in nearly all areas measured.

More corporations to offer insured employees the option of traveling elsewhere to undergo certain medical procedures.

Kaiser Family Foundation has released a poll that finds Obama’s advantage on several key health issues has narrowed among likely voters. Full Story