Morning Rounds (10.09.12)

One North Texan makes Modern Healthcare’s 2012 “Up and Comers” list.

Dallas-based MediSend International is providing 50 Nigerian technicians with professional training and technical support.

Engineers at UTD made a material small enough to read DNA, which opens the possibility of using it as a low-cost tool to sequence DNA.

The Dallas Regional Chamber Chamber will host its fourth annual healthcare conference Oct. 17, bringing in experts across the sector’s various industries. Full Story

New Material May Make DNA Sequencing More Affordable

Engineers at The University of Texas at Dallas have made the material graphene small enough to read DNA, which opens the possibility of using it as a low-cost tool to sequence DNA. “Sequencing DNA at a very cheap cost would enable scientists and doctors to better predict and diagnose disease, and also tailor a drug to an individual’s genetic code,” said Moon Kim, professor of materials science and engineering and senior author of an article depicted on the cover of the September print edition of Carbon. Although the Human Genome Project cost about $2.7 billion, new methods may reduce the… Full Story

Morning Rounds (10.05.12)

Six Dallas healthcare professionals have been indicted for defrauding Medicare, as indicted defrauding Medicare part of a national investigation that involves 91 individuals.

Four North Texas leaders have been named to Becker’s Hospital Review’s “100 Women Hospital and Health System Leaders To Know.

Four months after launching an organ-donation campaign in the United States, Facebook is taking the program to Canada and Mexico.

Novation hosts 50 suppliers at first Innovative Technology Supplier Expo in Irving. Full Story

Morning Rounds (10.04.12)

Meet the first female chief of the medical staff at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth.

Healthcare IT News ranks Dallas company No. 2 on its “Where to Work: Top IT Departments” list in the large hospitals category.

Tenet Healthcare’s S&P rating has been cut from ‘BB—’ to ‘B+.” 

Nine out of 10 seniors are satisfied with their Medicare prescription drug coverage (Part D). Full Story

Morning Rounds (10.03.12)

Dallas’ Lockton Dunning Benefits makes a “game-changer” acquisition.

Urgent Care for Kids plans expansion after a  capital boost from Healthcap.

Report: Drug companies are amping up use of coupons and discount cards to compete with generics.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services warns against using EHRs to “game the system.” Full Story

Morning Rounds (10.02.12)

Tenet Healthcare Corp. has announced a stock split, acquisition plans, and other financial initiatives.

Americans are making fewer trips to the doctor, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report.

American Medical News reports on a study that reveals what makes patients want to come back.

Conifer Health Solutions has agreed to buy InforMed Health Care Solutions, in a deal it says will add $50 million to its bottom line. Full Story

Cardiology Practices Owned by Hospitals Tripled in Five Years

The percentage of cardiology practices owned by hospitals has tripled in five years, according to the American College of Cardiology. The ACC survey of 2,520 practices, representing 21,373 cardiologists and 94,425 other physicians, found that 24 percent of groups were owned by hospitals in 2012, compared with 8 percent in 2007. The proportion with physician owners declined from 73 percent in 2007 to 60 percent in 2012. The percentage of cardiologists employed by hospitals grew from 11 percent  to 35 percent, but those at physician-owned practices went down from 59 percent to 36 percent,  according to American Medical News. In… Full Story

New Devices Do Their Work, Then Dissolve in the Body

Scientists have created tiny medical devices sealed in silk cocoons that dissolve after their work is complete. For now the work is being tested in mice, but if it continues to move forward it could not only increase convenience and safety in human patients, but also cut down on electronic waste, according to Modern Healthcare. Right now doctors already use implants that dispense drugs or provide electrical stimulation, but they don’t dissolve, which causes the need for surgical removal and adds the risk of long-term side effects.

Morning Rounds (09.26.12)

Fred Meyer, vice chairman of the board and CEO of The Cooper Institute, died September 24 at the age of 84.

A co-defendant of a Dallas physician has pleaded guilty to Medicare insurance fraud in a $375 million case.

Parkland Health and Hospital System  reports that it’s more than 80 percent complete with its corrective action plan.

In rural communities, residents are more likely to travel more than 20 miles to larger medical facilities instead of going to local hospitals, study finds. Full Story