Morning Rounds (08.29.12)

Methodist Richardson is slated to open a new wound care center next month. It will offer outpatient care for patients with chronic, non-healing wounds that don’t improve with typical treatment.

UT Dallas will offer a healthcare specific major to undergrads for the first time this fall. UTD established the degree due, in part, to the high number of pre-health students at the university

UT Southwestern Medical Center study shows aspirin can help lower risk of death from prostate cancer.

Carl E. Everett, D.O., one of the three founders of the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, has passed away at the age of 97. Throughout his life, he has made more contributions to UNT Health Science Center than any other individual. Full Story

TCOM Co-founder Carl E. Everett Passes Away at 97

Carl E. Everett, D.O., one of the three founders of the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, passed away Aug. 27 at the age of 97. Everett was born in 1914 in Mountain View, Ark. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma and a Doctor of Osteopathy degree from the Kansas City College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1939. Everett’s friendship with Roy Fisher, founder of the Fort Worth Osteopathic Hospital, brought him and his young family to Fort Worth in 1949. In addition to his association with the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, Everett served a long term… Full Story

Texas Institute for Surgery First to Combat Infections with Hand Hygiene Monitoring Technology

Texas Institute for Surgery (TIS) at Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas is the first healthcare organization in Texas and the first surgical facility in the U.S. to implement a new electronic hand hygiene monitoring technology aimed at reducing healthcare-acquired infections using the DebMed GMS (Group Monitoring System). Healthcare-acquired infections are responsible for 99,000 deaths per year and result in $35.7 to $45 billion annually in healthcare costs, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Staff will be working closely with DebMed to establish benchmark data that can then be used by any surgical center to aid in calculating their specific staff compliance… Full Story

UTSW Study: Aspirin Found to Lower Risk of Death from Prostate Cancer

Taking aspirin is associated with a lower risk of death from prostate cancer, especially in men with high-risk disease. Preclinical studies have shown that aspirin and other anticoagulation medications may inhibit cancer growth and metastasis. The findings of the multicenter study were published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Kevin Choe, assistant professor of radiation oncology at UT Southwestern, is first author of the paper. The study looked at almost 6,000 men in the Cancer of the Prostate Strategic Urologic Research Endeavor database who had prostate cancer treated with surgery or radiotherapy. About 2,200 of the men involved, or 37… Full Story

Methodist Richardson to Open Wound Care Center

Methodist Richardson Medical Center is slated to open a specialized wound care center next month. Located at 403 W. Campbell Road, the Methodist Richardson Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center will offer specialized outpatient care for patients with chronic, non-healing wounds that show little or no sign of improvement with standard treatment. A multidisciplinary panel of physicians—including family medicine, internal medicine, general surgery, vascular surgery, cardiovascular surgery, and podiatry—will direct the design and implementation of care plans tailored to each patient’s individual needs. The physicians are experts in treating diabetic foot ulcers, pressure ulcers, venous ulcers, and various other wounds, and… Full Story

Morning Rounds (08.28.12)

A growing healthcare client base is sparking a hiring spree at Irving-based Aegis. The global outsourcing services company is adding 1,080 jobs at its Irving centers.

4G Biometrics and Methodist Richardson Medical Center are among the winners of the Metroplex Technology Business Council’s 2012 Tech Titans awards. UTA’s Dr. Mario Romero-Ortega and UTD’s Robert L. Robb also were among those honored. Here’s a complete rundown.

With the recent landmark Supreme Court decision, it’s no surprise that John Roberts, Chief Justice of the United States, ranked No. 1 on Modern Healthcare’s 2012 “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” list. Three local CEOs also made the list. Find out who.

Southlake and Flower Mound have voted to approve aerial spraying to combat West Nile Virus. Denton, Carrollton, and Coppell are among the Denton County cities opting out. Here’s where things currently stand. Full Story

Studies: Texas Tort Reform Has Had No Effect on Physician Supply, Lowering Costs

Conventional wisdom for many is that the 2003 Texas constitutional amendment limiting medical malpractice lawsuits has created in an influx of physicians from out-of-state and tempered healthcare costs. Others argued that medical malpractice caps would bring down healthcare costs. The assumption is that physicians would be less inclined to practice defensive medicine. Also, fewer malpractice cases would be filed, with savings from lower litigation costs and less expensive malpractice premiums resulting in lower healthcare costs. However, three studies have sharply challenged all of these assumptions. Four researchers—including a University of Texas law professor—concluded that there was no evidence that Texas… Full Story

Accolades (08.27.12)

PEOPLE Dr. Andrew Masica to be honored as Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council’s “Young Healthcare Executive of the Year.” COMPANIES Brinkley Sargent Architects has won a 2012  IIDA Healthcare Interior Design award. Baylor Jack and Jane Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital has been recognized as part of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program. HealthCare ConsultLink in Fort Worth was given the Associate Member Award from Texas Association for Home Care. Methodist Richardson has won the Tech Titans Technology Adopter Award. Children’s Medical Center’s pediatric Nephrology department one of the top 10 in the country by U.S. News & World Report.… Full Story

Fewer than 15 Percent of Nation’s Hospitals are Planning ACOs for 2013

A nationwide survey of nearly 1,700 hospitals shows that just 13 percent are participating in—or plan to participate in—accountable care organizations in the next year. Locally, Texas Health Resources and North Texas Specialty Physicians were the first to participate in Medicare’s Pioneer ACO model. Last month, Methodist Health System announced it also was forming an ACO, with about 270 independent physicians. According to a report from The Commonwealth Fund, nearly all (93 percent) of existing hospital ACOs are physician-driven—either created as joint ventures between hospitals and physicians (57 percent) or physician-led (26 percent). An ACO is a network of healthcare… Full Story

New CMS Audit Program Gets Under Way

A CMS antifraud program that kicks off today is targeting hospitals and physicians in Texas and 10 other states. The project allows recovery audit contractors to review the medical necessity of claims before the providers are paid. The Medicare Recovery Audit Contractor project aims to stop improper fee-for-service payments before they happen. Initial reviews will target hospitals and focus on short inpatient hospital stays. The efforts will focus on seven states with providers prone to errors and fraud (California, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, New York, and Texas), and four with large volumes of short inpatient hospital stays (Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio,… Full Story