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

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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UTSW Researchers: Hormone Mimics Health Benefits of Dieting

Starvation hormones have been found to extend the lifespan in mice without having to restrict calorie intake, according to researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center. “Prolonged overproduction of the hormone FGF21 causes mice to live extraordinary long lives without requiring a decrease in food intake. It mimics the health benefits of dieting without having to diet,” said co-author Dr. David Mangelsdorf, chairman of pharmacology and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) investigator at UT Southwestern. The study, published online at open-access journal eLife, found that the hormone fibroblast growth factor-21 (FGF21) gives mice the benefits of dieting. The hormone, usually… Full Story

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

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

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

Parkland Launches Center for Clinical Innovation

Parkland Health & Hospital System has formed a non-profit research and development corporation, Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation, to specializes in the development of software that helps clinicians predict patient problems before they occur. PIECES is a clinical decision support software system that reviews electronic health records, “reads” physician’s notes, analyzes and assesses data, and helps the clinician identify patients that are potentially at high risk for an adverse event. This software offers a portrait of patient risk that can be considered along with other factors by clinical decision makers. In an environment where hospitals are subject to penalties for readmissions,… Full Story

Baylor Wins Federal Grant to Study Traumatic Brain Injuries

Baylor Health Care System has been awarded a $447,500 grant to research rehabilitation of traumatic brain injuries (TBI). The grant was one of 16 awarded nationally by the U.S. Department of Education, totaling $6.9 million. The program’s goal is to improve the lives of those trauma victims to demonstrate the benefits of a coordinated system of neuro-trauma and rehabilitation care. “This project will support research and training that promotes goals of inclusion, integration, employment and self-sufficiency – ultimately providing opportunities for individuals with disabilities and helping them achieve their full potential,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Shahid Shafi,… Full Story