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

Morning Rounds (10.04.12)

Meet the first female chief of the medical staff at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth.

Healthcare IT News ranks Dallas company No. 2 on its “Where to Work: Top IT Departments” list in the large hospitals category.

Tenet Healthcare’s S&P rating has been cut from ‘BB—’ to ‘B+.” 

Nine out of 10 seniors are satisfied with their Medicare prescription drug coverage (Part D). Full Story

Nine of 10 Seniors Satisfied with Medicare Drug Coverage (Part D)

A national survey released yesterday found that nine out of 10 seniors are satisfied with their Medicare prescription drug coverage (Part D). The survey, conducted annually by Medicare Today and KRC Research, found that more than eight in 10 seniors find their plan predictable, affordable, reasonable, and offering good value. “[Part D] has become an essential component of seniors’ healthcare,” said Mary R. Grealy, chairman of Medicare Today and president of the Healthcare Leadership Council. The survey shows that overall satisfaction with Part D has increased from 78 percent to 90 percent since the program began. Ninety-six percent say that their… Full Story

Morning Rounds (10.03.12)

Dallas’ Lockton Dunning Benefits makes a “game-changer” acquisition.

Urgent Care for Kids plans expansion after a  capital boost from Healthcap.

Report: Drug companies are amping up use of coupons and discount cards to compete with generics.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services warns against using EHRs to “game the system.” Full Story

Drug Companies Amping Up Use of Coupons to Compete with Generics

Coupons and discount cards are now available for 395 prescription medications, according to a recent report by IMS Health. A 2009 study reported coupons for only 86 different drugs. Prescription drug companies like AstraZeneca and Pfizer issue coupons that cover high, insurer-set co-pays, which aim to lead consumers to cheaper generics, reports the Washington Post. A recent article in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that Lipitor had a co-pay of $30, but went down to $4 a month with a coupon. The generic alternative, Simvastatin, cost $10 a month. As for the insurer, Lipitor cost $137 a… Full Story

Morning Rounds (09.27.12)

Prime Healthcare Services  has purchased Dallas Medical Center, a 155-bed full service acute-care hospital in Farmers Branch.

Three North Texas companies have made Modern Healthcare’s “Healthcare’s Hottest” list.

Two Dallas clinics have been awarded $500,000 in grants under the GE Foundation’s Developing Health initiative.

The U.S. Supreme Court has taken on three healthcare cases. Full Story