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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Pharmaceutical Pipeline Forecast

The overall feeling regarding drug industry R&D is mixed. Some analysts would say pipelines are full and strong, others describe as potentially lagging. Over the last couple of years, billions of dollars have been lost by pharmaceutical companies on blockbuster brand name drugs, due to patent expirations and subsequent introduction of generic competitors. Because of this, successful pipelines are even more important to pharmaceutical companies today. Pipeline productivity across all phases of development have has been slowing over the last 10 years. Approval rates of drugs that make it to the last phase of development, just prior to entry into… Full Story

First Case of Meningitis Linked to Tainted Steroids in Texas Reported

A Central Texas woman has been confirmed to have the first case of meningitis linked to tainted steroids, according to a report by WFAA. According to the report, she was given the steroid injection at Dallas Back Pain Management, one of two places in the state that received the recalled drugs, the other being Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southlake. It is believed that about 130 patients received the steroid shot—114 at Texas Health Harris Methodist and 17 at Dallas Back Pain. All are being tested for meningitis. According to the report: Texas is the 12th state to report an… Full Story

Morning Rounds (10.10.12)

Parkland Health & Hospital System has formed a nonprofit research and development corporation to support software that predicts patient problems before they occur.

The Medical Center of Plano is the first hospital in Texas to use a new stroke treatment.

More health systems self-insuring the combined hospital-physician malpractice risk.

Post-debate bounce: Romney closes the gap with Obama when it comes to healthcare matters. Full Story

Morning Rounds (10.09.12)

One North Texan makes Modern Healthcare’s 2012 “Up and Comers” list.

Dallas-based MediSend International is providing 50 Nigerian technicians with professional training and technical support.

Engineers at UTD made a material small enough to read DNA, which opens the possibility of using it as a low-cost tool to sequence DNA.

The Dallas Regional Chamber Chamber will host its fourth annual healthcare conference Oct. 17, bringing in experts across the sector’s various industries. Full Story

Morning Rounds (10.05.12)

Six Dallas healthcare professionals have been indicted for defrauding Medicare, as indicted defrauding Medicare part of a national investigation that involves 91 individuals.

Four North Texas leaders have been named to Becker’s Hospital Review’s “100 Women Hospital and Health System Leaders To Know.

Four months after launching an organ-donation campaign in the United States, Facebook is taking the program to Canada and Mexico.

Novation hosts 50 suppliers at first Innovative Technology Supplier Expo in Irving. Full Story