How Local Veterans Are Finding Healthcare Careers

The men and women who serve in the United States armed services do more than just fight on a battlefield, and one of the largest of the system’s sectors is healthcare. From Navy Corpsman working alongside Marine Core units deployed in war zones to hospital administration staff running hospitals all over the world, healthcare careers in the armed services are as diverse as they come. But like other soldiers who find it difficult to adjust to civilian life, healthcare experienced veterans often struggle to find careers in the civilian world, even though they often have the skillsets and character traits… Full Story

Past Owners of a Healthcare Services Company are Suing Former Accountants for $14 Million

A Dallas-based healthcare diagnostic services provider filed a $14 million lawsuit against its former accounting firm for negligence, breach of fiduciary duty, negligent misrepresentation, fraud by nondisclosure, unjust enrichment and exemplary damages. The former owners of Alliance Family of Companies filed the Dallas County lawsuit against Armanino LLP. The lawsuit alleges that Armanino, then called Travis Wolff & Co., offered Justin Magnuson and Don Jacobs “fully-integrated” tax, audit, and business advisory services connected to the possible sale of the company, and the former Alliance owners pulled the trigger. During sale negotiations, the lawsuit alleges that Armanino didn’t tell the owners when… Full Story

Local Surgery Management Company Expands with Colorado Partnership

U.S. Oral Surgery Management has formed a partnership with Oral Surgery of the Rockies near Denver, Colorado. This will be the Irving-based specialty management services corporation’s first partnership outside of Texas. USOSM serves oral and maxillofacial surgeons, who perform dental implants, bone grafting, and wisdom teeth removal. They offer surgeons business management expertise, capital for growth, and other resources, allowing surgeons to focus on their patients. “Every partnership is important for us,” says Richard Hall, USOSM president and CEO via release. “And this one is particularly significant because it’s the first outside of Texas. When we founded USOSM just a… Full Story

The House Call Has Returned to North Texas

Texas Health Resources is teaming up with DispatchHealth to bring back the house call. Dallas-area residents in select zip codes  can now receive urgent care in between Netflix binges. Users make a request via phone, web, or app, and, if the request is medically appropriate, a DispatchHealth medical team will arrive in their vehicle outfitted with medical supplies. Patients should be seen in under two hours, according to DispatchHealth. The teams consist of either a physician assistant or nurse practitioner, medical technician, and includes access to an on-call emergency medicine-trained physician. Reports are made and provided to the patient’s care team… Full Story

AccentCare Inc. Acquires Steward Home Care and Hospice

Steward Home Care and Hospice has been acquired by Dallas-based AccentCare Inc. as of December 31. The acquisition will not impact Steward Home Care’s services, which serve more than 14,000 patients in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. AccentCare, Inc. provides post-acute healthcare and specialized care management before acute episodes. Its services include skilled nursing, rehabilitative therapies, hospice, private duty, care management, and healthcare management services. It employs over 24,000 people in 190 locations and 2,0000 facilities. The purchase of Steward will expand AccentCare’s reach to 16 states and 110,000 patients and clients annually served. Steward Home Care and Hospice was previously owned… Full Story

Southwest Transplant Alliance and Taylor’s Gift Partner to Form the Outlive Yourself Foundation

Southwest Transplant Alliance is creating a foundation to drive research and education, support organ and tissue donation, and serve the needs of donor families and transplant recipients. Called the Outlive Yourself Foundation, it was formed in partnership with Taylor’s Gift Foundation. Todd and Tara Storch founded Taylor’s Gift Foundation in 2010 after their 13-year-old daughter Taylor unexpectedly passed away, and it has supported organ donor families in multiple states since then. STA has been recovering donated organs for individuals awaiting a transplant for more than 40 years, and recently broke ground on a new facility for organ removal, which includes… Full Story

Medical City Plano Adds Single-Dose Radiation For Breast Cancer Patients

A new treatment at Medical City Plano is reducing breast cancer treatment from eight weeks to eight minutes. For early-stage breast cancer patients, the new procedure involves surgery and radiation using iCAD’s Xoft Electronic Brachytherapy System. The FDA-approved treatment uses a miniaturized x-ray to deliver a precise, concentrated dose of radiation to a tumor site directly after surgery, or lumpectomy. The radiation treats the remaining tumor that wasn’t removed during the surgery. The treatment isn’t limited to breast cancer, but can be used for non-melanoma skin cancer and gynecological cancer as well. Worldwide, more than 10,000 patients have been successfully treated.… Full Story

MedStar Bolsters Fleet with First ‘Type 1’ Ambulances

Fort Worth-based MedStar is putting $13.5 million toward a new fleet of ambulances. The governmental authority has typically used the van-like “type 3” vehicles. The new investment gives MedStar “type 1” ambulances, with the patient compartment attached to a pick-up truck chassis. Over the next five years, MedStar will deploy 60 of them. MedStar says it polled its teammates on the investment. Among the input reflected in the new fleet: a better air-conditioning system to withstand the Texas heat, crew seating that allows staff to care for patients while strapped in, a refrigerated safe for secure meds, and five live-view… Full Story

A Dallas Company Is Going After Exorbitant Air Ambulance Bills

While some lawmakers at the federal level push for oversight to curb the enormous air ambulance bills that have grabbed headlines over the last few years, a Dallas company says it has a regulation-free solution. Founded three years ago, Alacura has inserted itself as a middle man between providers—which typically have no financial skin in the game—and commercial insurance companies, which have caught flack for their willingness to pay for only a relatively small portion of transport-related bills, leaving patients with balances that sail into the tens of thousands of dollars. Alacura has been able to cut deals with transport… Full Story

Medical Equipment Firms Partner To Form Combined Fort Worth Company

A couple of medical equipment and med equipment delivery companies are forming a partnership under the brand name JMeds, which will be based in Fort Worth. J-Meds, Inc. and Kalos Health Services are coming together, the two sides announced on Wednesday. The company will have five Texas locations, including two in DFW, plus facilities in McAllen, Houston, and San Antonio. J-Meds CEO Jerry Williams will serve in the same role at the new, combined company. “My position will allow me to deepen relationships with our customers – people who have entrusted their business with us over the years,” Williams said… Full Story