Patient Satisfaction Linked to Communication

Nearly 80 percent of patients who saw their doctor about at least three times in the last year said personalized care, time spent with them, and empathy were major factors of their satisfaction, according to Modern Medicine. The survey included more than 2,000 adults, made specific statements about their PCPs such as “He/she cares about my health” and “He/she takes time to listen to me and address my concerns.” Patients most often based their satisfaction on their physicians’ customer service, followed by communication, treatment and diagnosis, and scheduling, with a PCP’s intelligence listed as one of the least common reasons… Full Story

Physician Office Visits on the Rise After Reform

A U.S. Census Bureau report issued in October showed a decline of medical services through 2010, and in annual visits from 4.8 in 2001 to 3.9 in 2010 for people ages 18-64. The Census did not give a reason for the decline, but rising unemployment and uninsured status may have been major factors, according to American Medical News. However, more recent statistics, from Truven Health Analytics, report a rise in visitation after healthcare reform. In the third quarter of 2012, primary care traffic, including obstetrician-gynecologists, from insured patients increased to 12.7 patients per day from 12.4 per day in the same quarter… 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.

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Texas Among Best States for Physicians to Practice, Study Finds

Texas is one of the best states to practice medicine, according to a study by Physicians Practice, a website for doctors. The Lone Star State was listed among four scoring highest on a series of metrics that the authors said were most important to physicians. The other three states were Idaho, Mississippi and Tennessee. According to the report, the state’s physicians benefit from a low tax burden, the seventh-lowest cost of living, low physician density, and the fourth-lowest average malpractice claim awards payouts per capita. Houston neonatologist Michael Speer, who also is president of the Texas Medical Association, was quoted… Full Story

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

DRC’s Fourth Annual Healthcare Conference: A Panel Recap

Susan R. Bailey, M.D., vice speaker of the American Medical Association’s house of delegates; and Kyle Janek, M.D., executive commissioner of Texas Health and Human Services; spoke at the Dallas Regional Chamber’s fourth annual Healthcare Conference, in a panel discussion moderated by  Eduardo Sanchez, M.D., chief medical officer and vice president of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas. Sanchez asked the duo, “What are two or three issues that our Texas legislature should better understand and address, and what role can the Dallas Regional Chamber play to in that regard?” Here’s what they had to say: Bailey: As a practicing physician the legislature … looks at… Full Story

Consumers Blame Insurers and Prescription Companies—Not Physicians—for Rising Healthcare Costs

Most American consumers blame insurers and prescription companies for the rise in healthcare costs instead of their doctors, according to a Harris Interactive survey done on behalf of the Physicians Foundation. In July, more than 2,200 adults were surveyed, with 78 percent saying they had a primary-care doctor or family physician, according to Modern Physician. Those who visited their doctor in the last year reported being satisfied overall with those visits. Only 1 percent said they were not satisfied. Three-fourths of survey participants blamed insurance companies for spiking healthcare costs and 74 percent pointed the finger at prescription companies. Government, the consumers themselves,… Full Story

Plano-based MediGain Acquires Louisiana-based MedBE

Plano-based MediGain has acquired MedBE, a Louisiana  company that handles revenue cycle management (RCM) and practice management services (PMS), according to the PR Newswire. MedBE provides services for physicians across Louisiana and the Southeastern United States. MediGain is a full-service RCM company with locations throughout the world. MediGain has more than 400 employees. It provides solutions for physician groups, provider networks, ambulatory surgery centers, and hospitals.    

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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