Morning Rounds (10.26.12)

 Medicaid spending slowed this year to 2 percent as enrollment dipped for the third consecutive year.

Nearly half of physicians use mobile tools to collect, store, or transmit patient information do nothing to protect the devices they use.

Medicaid is overpaying for prescription drugs, and may enact a new policy to reduce percription reimbursements.

The United States spends 2.5 times more on healthcare than most developed nations.

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Morning Rounds (10.24.12)

The FDA has released a new list of customers that received medicines at the center of a multi-state meningitis outbreak.

Forty-five percent of physicians say they’ll cut Medicare patients due to upcoming pending reductions in reimbursements.

Dallas-based ORIX USA has launched a business unit specializing in investment of companies in the healthcare and life sciences sectors.

Fifty-five percent of corporate executives say healthcare benefits are their top current challenge. Full Story

Morning Rounds (10.23.12)

More DFW hospitals and clinics may have received tainted medicine from pharmaceutical distributor at heart of national meningitis outbreak.

CHRISTUS Health has agreed to sell its share of Baptist St. Anthony’s in Amarillo.

The University of Texas System has allocated $7.5 million to expand STEM research at UTA.

Eighty-five percent of primary care physicians and oncologists use social media at least once a week to find new health information.

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More DFW Clinics and Hospitals May Have Received Tainted Medicine

The Federal Drug Administration has released an updated list of North Texas healthcare facilities that received recalled products from a New England pharmaceutical distributorship at the center of a nationwide meningitis outbreak, according to a report from WFAA: Not every facility on the list received contaminated products, but all of them were sent some type of recalled medicine from the compounding pharmacy, including three facilities that treat children: • Children’s Medical Center Dallas • Children’s Medical Center at Legacy • Cosmetic & Maxillofacial Surgery Center Dallas • Dallas Back Pain Management • Dallas Plastic Surgery • Dr. Douglas Lorimer, Fort Worth • Mansfield… Full Story

FDA May Speed Up Drug Approval Process

The FDA may speed up the approval process for drugs that have more benefits than risks, including obesity treatments and life-saving antibiotics among other drugs. The plans would allow drug makers to conduct speedier clinical trials with a smaller group of patients than the agency currently requires. According to Fulbright, the FDA Commissioner acknowledged the need for to better balance safety and innovation. Details are still being considered as to how a company would later expand this limited approval. Specific drugs have not yet been identified, though, Arena Pharmaceuticals Inc’s Belviq weight-loss pill and Vivus Inc’s Qsymia are two such… Full Story

Morning Rounds (10.19.12)

Plano-based AlixaRx plans to open a new pharmacy hub in Pennsylvania resulting in at least 65 new jobs.

Tenet Healthcare Corp. has completed its private offering of $500 million of its 4.75 percent senior secured notes, as well as $300 million of its 6.75 percent senior notes, both due in 2020.

A new senior living community is coming to southwest Fort Worth.

Study: supervisors who teach stimulate better worker productivity. Full Story

Plano-based AlixaRx Opens Pharmacy Hub in Pennsylvania

Plano-based  AlixaRx plans to open a new pharmacy hub in Pennsylvania resulting in at least 65 new jobs. It has already leased a 12,500-square-foot facility that will provide pharmaceutical services to 38 skilled nursing facilities in the area. The healthcare services firm will invest $1.4 million to purchase new equipment and train employees by next August. The Department of Community and Economic Development granted AlixaRx  $159,250 in funding for the project, which includes a $65,000 PA First grant, $29,500 in job training assistance, and $65,000 in job creation tax credits.

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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