AHA Set To Roll Out Subscription-based CPR Training To More Hospitals Through Joint Venture

The American Heart Association on Thursday officially rolled out its new spin off with Norwegian medical equipment maker Laerdal Medical. The joint venture, called RQI Partners, will now set its sites on signing more contracts with hospitals across the U.S. for its re-thought version of CPR training, where trainees go through more frequent but shorter-in-duration training periods. RQI (resuscitation quality improvement) functions as hands-on CPR training within the hospital. Hospital staff practice CPR on mannequins equipped with sensors and attached to computers, which allow individualized feedback. Whereas CPR certification typically requires about a day of training every two years, RQI… Full Story

Baylor Scott & White’s ACO Signs A Deal With BCBSTX

Baylor Scott & White Quality Alliance inked an agreement with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas on Tuesday to bring 140,000 of the insurer’s members under its purview. BSWQA is the accountable care organization of Baylor Scott & White Health, encompassing 6,000 primary and specialty care physician members, 50 hospitals, and 95 post-acute care facilities. ACOs are set up to tie payments to quality metrics, with reimbursements based on improving outcomes and cutting costs. The agreement goes into effect this month. The organizations are not releasing financial terms. “Members enrolled in this new ACO arrangement have access to BSWQA’s comprehensive… Full Story

Checking In On The First Joint Healthcare Campus From the Texas Health, UTSW Partnership

The alliance between Texas Health Resources and UT Southwestern Medical Center is moving toward a new milestone. The two sides have a $270 million collaborative hospital and medical office building in the works in Frisco, the first facilities resulting from the partnership known as Southwestern Health Resources. It’ll be jointly owned and operated. Construction on the complex started last summer. On Tuesday, the two sides invited people out to mark the halfway point. When all is said and done, in one chunk of land at Cobb Hill and North Dallas Tollway will be: Texas Health Hospital Frisco, a 325,000 square… Full Story

Teladoc Filing Gives A Sense Of The Size Of The Company Following Recent Acquisitions

A new regulatory filing from Teladoc sheds light on the company’s rapid growth following a couple recent acquisitions. The telemedicine pioneer disclosed financial statements on Monday that show new acquisition Advance Medical-Healthcare Management Services brought in $18.5 million during the first quarter. That goes with Teladoc’s first quarter revenue of $89.6 million to create a combined first quarter revenue of $108.1 million. The company brought in $42.9 million during the same quarter last year. Teladoc now stations its top executives in Purchase, New York, but its second corporate office remains nearby in Lewisville, where the company was founded in 2002.… Full Story

It’s Time To Submit Your Nominations For D CEO’s Fifth Annual Excellence In Healthcare Awards

For the fifth year running, D CEO and D CEO Healthcare will be honoring the area’s outstanding industry leaders and innovative projects with our Excellence in Healthcare Awards. As of Monday, nominations are open. Go! Go! Go! Our finalists will find a prominent slot in the December issue of D CEO, and we’ll reveal the winners at an event that same month. These awards span the spectrum, and we’re asking for nominations from the largest healthcare systems to the independents, and from CEOs down to volunteers. The categories: • Outstanding Healthcare Executive • Outstanding Healthcare Practitioner • Achievement in Healthcare Innovation • Achievement in… Full Story

Join Us For A D CEO Healthcare Breakfast Panel Featuring CEOs From Baylor, Texas Health, Methodist, and StratiFi

The area’s healthcare needs are expanding as North Texas booms. Meanwhile, tech and regulation have ushered in an era in which more and more medicine is practiced on an outpatient rather than an inpatient basis. This puts providers trying to figure out where to park their profits at a crossroads: Should they invest in expanding large hospitals—seeing the growing populations—or move into smaller communities with more focused models of care? We’ve already seen a wide, creative mix from the major health systems of North Texas. At an upcoming D CEO Healthcare Breakfast Panel, we’ll gather a few of their chief executives… Full Story

Texas Health Physicians Group Recalibrates Leadership As Executive Departs For Cleveland Clinic

A Dallas healthcare executive who’d been serving as chief medical officer at the Texas Health Physicians Group (THPG) has left the system for the Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Adam Myers had also served as chair of the Clinical Integration team pairing Arlington-based Texas Health Resources with Dallas-based UT Southwestern Medical Center (a collaboration known as Southwestern Health Resources). He’ll be the chief of population health and director of Cleveland Clinic Community Care at the high-profile, Cleveland-based medical center. Dr. Shawn Parsley, president of THPG, is expanding his role to include chief operations officer following the move. Dr. Lynn Myers—no relation—becomes chief… Full Story

Dallas Physician Recruiter Says It’s Getting More Requests For Specialists, Less For Primary Care

Dallas-based physician search firm Merritt Hawkins says medical groups and healthcare facilities are increasingly asking for help in recruiting specialists, while demand for primary care physicians, although it remains strong, has lowered. Abut 74 percent of the firm’s searches over the last year were for specialists, up from 67 percent three years ago, Merritt Hawkins said in a new study out Tuesday. Meanwhile, searches for primary care physicians—a group made up of family doctors, internists, and pediatricians—fell by 32 percent over the same period and by 19 percent during the last 12 months. Merritt Hawkins looked at the period of… Full Story

The Story Of A Dallas Doctor And A Brain In A Bucket

I know I’ve already pointed you toward one big ol’ magazine story today, and I know you don’t have time to sit around reading 5,000-word story after 5,000-word story, but if I may, this is another you’ll want to store away until the next time you can dive in (maybe now!). Written by Jessica Pishko, it is the tale of a brain that came from a cadaver at UT Southwestern Medical Center, perhaps not under correct protocols, and allowed a doctor here in Dallas to strengthen his testimony in a New Zealand murder case. The verdict came back guilty. That’s… Full Story

North Texas Docs Push For A Change In The Mainstream Approach to Fibroids Treatment

Uterine fibroids, non-cancerous muscle tumors in the uterus, affect most American women at some point in their lives. While the majority of cases aren’t symptomatic and therefore don’t require treatment, around 20-25 percent include heavy menstrual bleeding, intense pain, or frequent urination. But as one of the most common health issues for women, and more commonly African American women, the treatment options offered to patients are sometimes more limited—and life-altering—than they should be, say a couple of North Texas physicians. The National Institute of Health cites over 200,000 hysterectomies performed on fibroids each year, a procedure that involves the removal… Full Story