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

Baylor Lifts Curtain on Cancer Documentary Dallas Hope

Baylor Health System raised the curtain Tuesday night, unveiling Dallas Hope at a VIP premiere at T. Boone Pickens Cancer Hospital. The three-part documentary will be telecast at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov.8, and continuing Nov. 15. and Nov. 17 at 6:30 p.m. each night on WFAA Channel 8. Emmy and Peabody award-winning filmmaker Tony Martinez, the project’s director and writer, said, “I’ve worked on documentaries about sports figures and World War II, but this is definitely one of the most moving projects I’ve ever been part of. I think everyone who tunes in will be captivated.” The show portrays the… Full Story

Morning Rounds (10.31.12)

The influenza vaccine may reduce the risk of heart-related disease and death—by as much as 50 percent, according to two separate studies. In a 3-2 vote, the Commissioners Court has approved extending medical benefits to domestic partners of Dallas County workers. New senior living communities are coming to McKinney and Fort Worth, courtesy of SRP Medical and Frontier Management. Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare Corp. has extended its cash offer for senior notes due in 2013 to Oct. 31, 2012.

Healthgrades: Nine DFW Hospitals Rank Among the State’s Top 100

Nine Dallas-Fort Worth hospitals were among the top 100 in Texas for quality based on clinical outcomes, according to Healthgrades annual report. The report examined more than 4,500 U.S. hospitals to gauge performance on outcomes for nearly 30 of the most common conditions and procedures, such as total knee replacement, stroke and heart failure. The research was based on a three-year review of data from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Hospitals were awarded up to five stars for quality on specific procedures: 5 stars for statistically better than expected performance; 3 stars for statistically expected performance, and 1 star… Full Story

Local Health Systems Auditioning Post-Acute Care Providers for ACOs and to Prevent Penalties

Local healthcare systems need high-quality post-acute care providers to avoid Medicare readmission penalties and minimize accountable care organization (ACO) costs. Dallas-Fort Worth systems currently are creating networks and have definite ideas of what they are looking for, according to panelists at a recent Health Industry Council luncheon in Las Colinas. Ken Adams, MD, medical director of inpatient rehabilitation at Texas Health Resources, said his company discharges patients to 300 skilled nursing facilities and 500 home health agencies, representing about $1 billion in business. Adams said THR has five key criteria for its post-acute partners: breadth of facility services; case management… Full Story

Morning Rounds (10.30.12)

Baylor Surgical Hospital at Fort Worth has purchased of 5.3 acres of land with plans to construct a three-story, 77,000-square-foot, acute care replacement hospital.

Everest College in Fort Worth has launched a two-year nursing program.

Prices paid for physician services has grown faster than inflation in the economy for the fourth month in a row.

Four ways social media may improve business intelligence, customer service, and reporting for the medical practices. Full Story

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