Nominate Outstanding Physicians for D Magazine’s “Best Doctors In Collin County”

For the third consecutive year, D Magazine is seeking to find doctors in Collin County who stand a cut above the rest. Winners and finalists will be honored at an event and featured in the April 2013 issue of D Magazine. (To read more about last year’s winners, click here.) The deadline for nominations is fast approaching. Entries for all 38 award categories are due by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19. Click here to make your submissions. Best Doctors in Collin County—Award Categories Allergy/Immunology Bariatric Surgery Breast Surgery Cardiology Cardiothoracic Surgery Colon/Rectal Surgery Dermatology Electrophysiology Emergency Medicine Endocrinology Family Medicine Gastroenterology General Surgery Geriatrics Gynecology/Obstetrics… Full Story

Health Reform and Government Regulations Thrust Physicians into Political Arena

It is the political season, and, as leaders in a highly regulated industry, physicians are in the thick of it. There is an inscription in the lobby of the American College of Cardiology office in Washington, D.C. Etched in marble, it reads: “Quality care through science, education and advocacy.” Cardiologist Rick Snyder, president of the Dallas County Medical Society (DCMS), says advocacy should come first. “Most of healthcare stems from science and education. Advocacy is more important,” he contends. Tom Banning, CEO of the Texas Academy of Family Physicians, agrees. “With all the changes occurring in healthcare, it is really… Full Story

Morning Rounds (10.16.12)

Dallas-based Brinson Benefits has merged with RFG Inc. of Austin. The combined entity will transact approximately $100 million in health plan premiums.

The American Health Information Management Association aims to standardize electronic health records, to help the physicians who use them.

Texas physicians will experience a Medicare contractor change from TrailBlazer to Novitas next month, sparking payment delay concerns.

September saw a 1.1 percent drop in wholesale prices for acute-care hospital services—the largest single-month decline since December 2003.

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Morning Rounds (10.15.12)

Cyprian Akamnonu, of an Arlington-area health services company, has admitted to Medicare fraud of $374 million in unnecessary services that were never performed.

Healthcare prices in August were 2.4 percent higher than the previous year, the highest year-over-year reading since September 2010.

A Central Texas woman has been confirmed to have the first case of meningitis linked to tainted steroids.

Irving-based VHA Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer Lillee Gelinas has been named to The National Patient Safety Foundation board of directors. Full Story

Morning Rounds (10.12.12)

CareView Communications Inc. of Lewisville has been awarded a GSA contract, allowing it to sell its video patient monitoring systems to VA and DOD hospitals.

Dallas-based developer Market Center Management Co. has suspended plans for its Nashville Medical Trade Center project.

Tenet Healthcare Corp.’s previously announced stock split took effect yesterday on the New York Stock Exchange.

About 35 percent of medical directors have received bonuses this year, nearly 8 percent more than last year, according to a study from Dallas-based Integrated Healthcare Strategies. Full Story

Study: About 35 Percent of Medical Directors Received Bonuses This Year

About 35 percent of medical directors have gotten bonuses this year, nearly 8 percent more than last year. The findings were revealed in a study of more than 3,000 medical directors in the 2012 Medical Director Compensation Survey, published by Dallas-based Integrated Healthcare Strategies and reported on by Health Leaders Media. At least 60 percent of hospitals reported spending at least $500,000 in medical director compensation in 2011. Psychiatry, general, emergency medicine and family medicine were among the most common medical director positions, the survey showed… While 34.7 percent of the organizations offered a medical director performance bonuses this year,… Full Story

EHR Adoption Reaches 60 Percent Among Texas Physicians

More Texas Medical Association (TMA) physicians are using electronic tools to help them practice medicine than ever before, according to a preliminary TMA survey. Sixty percent of Texas physicians report now using an electronic health record (EHR), up from 43 percent from 2009. About half of physicians nationwide were using EHR by the end of 2011, according to a federal government survey, and half of those without said they planned to install them by the end of 2012. Only about one-quarter used them in 2005. “TMA is pleased to see the good news that more physicians are using EHRs, because… Full Story

Morning Rounds (10.11.12)

Eleven North Texas healthcare companies rank on Modern Healthcare‘s “Best Places to Work” list for 2012.

Dallas-based Medicus reveals five ways ACOs will impact physician recruiting.

Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake and MISCI have formed the SpineCare Institute, to focus on minimally-invasive procedures.

University of Texas at Artlington and Academic Partnerships have received the 2012 Star Award in recognition of their online RN-to-BSN program. Full Story

Medicus: 5 Ways ACOs Will Impact Physician Recruiting

According to a survey of hospital executives conducted by Dallas-based Medicus, a national physician search firm, most (47.5 percent) most healthcare facilities are not currently affiliated and have no plans to affiliate with an Accountable Care Organization. The survey revealed five ways that healthcare professionals believe ACOs will impact physician recruiting: Physician recruiting will become “more difficult” and challenging with an ACO model, according to 35 percent of respondents Volume of recruits will increase, according to 48 percent of respondents (including 56 percent of primary care doctors and 80 percent of non-physician providers surveyed) Employers will seek different characteristics in… 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