Morning Rounds (08.08.12)

Children’s Medical Center levels up patient’s gaming systems and electronics with $150,000 gift from MMK Foundation. One-third of doctors declined to take new Medicaid patients in 2011. New HHS rule may save up to $9 billion over the next 10 years and give doctors more time with patients. The Institute of Medicine wants doctors’ Medicare pay to reflect city population. HIPAA has changed; new compliance training can be found online.  

Morning Rounds (08.07.12)

UT Southwestern investigators awarded $48.2 million in latest round of CPRIT grants. Baylor University Medical Center’s dermatology program gets $450,000 boost from Fort Worth-based Galderma Laboratories. Children’s Medical Center to commemorate its latest My Children’s clinic opening Lake Highlands this morning. U.S. News & World Report: Feds humming along on national health insurance exchange programs; on track for Fall 2013 startup. Becker’s Clinical Quality and Infection Control lists three top ways to reduce hospital heart attack readmission rates.

Morning Rounds (08.06.12)

According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, the national physician shortage will reach about 62,900 physicians in 2015. The free contraception for women provision of Accountable Care Act is now in effect. Twenty apps engineered specifically for nurses. The CMS has proposed new exemptions for doctors regarding e-prescriptions.

UT Southwestern Gearing Up to Operate New $225 Million Proton Therapy Center

UT Southwestern Medical Center has signed a letter of intent to operate a 100,000-square-foot proton therapy center to treat cancer near its Medical District campus in Dallas. The $225 million center is being built and funded by San Diego-based Advanced Particle Therapy (APT). The company hopes to break ground on a 4.5-acre site in early 2013. The three-story building, which will have five treatment rooms, will take about three years to build and equip. The company has built centers and has similar agreements in San Diego with Scripps Health and Scripps Medical Group; in Baltimore with the University of Maryland… Full Story

Economic Impact of Healthcare in DFW

We all interact with the healthcare system. Individuals stop in at their doctor’s office for an annual physical or visit the pharmacy for a prescription refill. Business executives calculate and deduct the cost of care for employees from their budgets. And for more than 600,000 people in the North Texas region, interacting with the healthcare system means going to work each day to provide care and products for the region’s 6.5 million residents. Healthcare is a big business in North Texas. The industry makes up about 15 percent of the local economy—some $52 billion in gross metro product is created… Full Story

Morning Rounds (07.26.12)

Health IT mergers and acquisitions up 28 percent in the first half of 2011. Dallas-based T-System is among the most active, with three acquisitions this year. Dallas Regional Medical Center will open new Bariatric Surgery Institute at its Mesquite campus in August. Dallas-based AT&T aligns with National LambdaRail to connect researchers in the area of genomic medicine. The U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services on changing policies and practices regarding patient input on health records. Harvard researchers find Medicaid expansion may lower death rate.

Morning Rounds (07.25.12)

NTEC is accepting applications for MedVentures 2012. Last year’s presenting companies raised an average of $1.9 million. Deloitte surveys C-suite executives and HR professionals on the U.S. healthcare system, the ACA, and strategies for employee health benefits coverage and cost containment. Becker’s Hospital Review shares five best practices for cultural changes following a hospital transaction. Hospital leaders share their opinions on their organizations’ budgets for EHR deployment? Integrated Healthcare Strategies‘ 2012 national healthcare staff compensation survey results.    

Local Health Information Exchange Battles the Clock to Wire DFW Healthcare Organizations

Implementing electronic health records (EHRs) in hospitals and physicians offices is difficult enough. Getting the systems to talk to each other—for coordinated care, patient safety, and to improve quality—seems even more daunting. The inter-facility chatter is called a health information exchange (HIE). A North Texas HIE cooperative is fighting the clock, among other things, to get one established before the federal funding runs out. Texas received funding from the 2009 federal economic-stimulus legislation to help develop HIE. However, those monies will run out by the end of 2013. The Texas Health Services Authority and Texas Health and Human Services Commission… Full Story

Healthcare: The Business We’re In

While standing in line to board a cross-country bus, a middle-aged man crumples to the floor. Stunned momentarily, bystanders gasp then began trying to help. Someone calls 9-1-1. A woman kneels to see if he’s OK. No response. A nearby man begins pushing on the chest, hoping he is doing it right. An approaching siren announces the arrival of the EMS ambulance. Paramedics come through the door and take over. Many things happen at once, each of the medics playing their role. They work on the patient until a decision is made to transport. At the nearest hospital the EMS… Full Story

Teladoc Co-founder Gary Wald Named Chief Operating Officer of InteractiveMD

Gary Wald has been named chief operating officer of InteractiveMD. The co-founder of Dallas-based Teladoc brings a solid background in telehealth, telecommunications, medical devices, and advertising to his new role. Wald—who will divide his time between Dallas and InteractiveMD’s Boca Raton, Fla., headquarters—said telehealth communications is his passion. His mission at InteractiveMD will be to help develop customized telehealth solutions and bundle medical devices and telecom tools into a patient-centric, advanced remote telehealth consultation, he said. Before co-founding Teladoc in 2002, Wald was vice president of marketing at Medtronic, where he focused on the company’s insulin pump division. He also spent five years… Full Story