Morning Rounds (02.05.13)

The Texas Medical Association Board of Trustees has formally adopted a resolution to develop a bipartisan solution to reform and to expand the state’s Medicaid program.

More than 2 out of 3 health insurance executives said their organizations plan to participate in or support ACOs or pay-for-performance programs in the next three years.

Accountable Healthcare Holdings Corp. has opened a nursing staffing company in North Texas. Full Story

Accountable Healthcare Holdings Corp. Opens DFW Office

Accountable Healthcare Holdings Corp. has opened a nursing staffing office in North Texas and named Jim Risher as regional branch manager. The operation will place healthcare professionals at acute and sub-acute healthcare offices. Risher previously ran his own nursing staffing company for 16 years. Most recently, he worked with Randstad USA as a senior account executive in its healthcare department. Based in Boca Raton, Fla., Accountable Healthcare Holdings Corp. say it’s one of the fastest-growing healthcare staffing agencies in the United States.

Dallas County Medical Society Names its 130th President

Dallas County Medical Society has named Cynthia Sherry, M.D. its 130 president. Sherry is chairman of the Department of Radiology at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas and is a member of Radiology Associates of North Texas, the largest radiology practice in the nation. Sherry also serves on the Presbyterian Foundation Board and is past president of the American College of Physician Executives. The mission of the Dallas County Medical Society, according to its site, is to “advocate for physicians and their patients, to promote a healthy community and to enhance professionalism in the practice of medicine.”

Morning Rounds (01.29.13)

The Health Industry Council has named its board of directors for 2013.

The Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine at UNT’s Health Science Center leads other Texas medical schools in percentage growth of student applicants.

Nearly 7 out of 10 U.S. adults track a health indicator for themselves or a loved one, and many say it has changed their approach to health. Full Story

The Health Industry Council Names its 2013 Board of Directors

The Health Industry Council has named its board of directors for 2013. The nonprofit, member-driven organization was created to bring together the health industry in North Texas. New members of the board include: Mark Denissen, vice president, Worldwide Strategic Marketing, Texas Instruments Randy Jones, DHA, FACHE, FACMPE, associate vice president and chief administrative officer for ambulatory care,  UT Southwestern Medical Center Karen Kennedy, chief operating officer and chief administrative officer, USMD Matt McMurphy, vice president of strategy and general counsel, Encompass Home Health Steve Mitchell, vice president of healthcare,  AT&T Neil Smiley, CEO, Loopback Analytics For a complete list of… Full Story

Morning Rounds (01.28.13)

Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare Corp. has formed a joint venture with California-based John Muir Health.

Hospital merger and acquisition activity in 2012 was the highest in a decade, according to Fitch Ratings.

Physician practices are now able to bill for coordinating care of patients who have been discharged from a hospital or for those who have more than one chronic condition. Full Story

Morning Rounds (01.17.13)

County health department officials in Texas are reporting a worse flu season than in the past.

Children’s Medical Center is opening a new MyChildren’s site at St. Philip’s School and Community Center.

The North Texas Food Bank is funding a study by SMU economics researchers on the  role social networks and isolation play in fighting hunger. Full Story

Fewer Physician Assistants Choosing Primary Care

New physician assistants (PAs) appear to be following the same employment trend as that of medical students: Fewer are opting for careers in primary care. More than half of PAs entered primary care in 1996. That has dropped to less than 1 out of 3 in 2010, according to a study in the Annals of Family Medicine.