Dallas County Health and Education Workers Lose Ground on Wages

Dallas County education and health services employees lost ground in pay during the second quarter of 2012, in new figures released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. However, the local average still was significantly higher than elsewhere in the U.S. and in Houston. The average weekly wage for an education and health services worker in Dallas County was $964 in April-June 2012, which was 1.7 percent lower than the average wage in the second quarter of 2011. Local employment rose 2.8 percent in the sector to 172,700. Nationally, wages rose 1.4 percent in education and health services to an… Full Story

MedSys Consulting Names New President, Board Chairman

MedSys is shoring up its senior executive ranks. The Frisco-based health IT consulting firm has named Steven Heck as president and Luther Nussbaum as chairman of the board. Heck previously served as First Consulting Group; Nussbaum is the retired chairman and CEO of that same company. At MedSys, Heck will focus on building a new Healthcare IT Advisory Services Division, which will focus on IT resources, practice redesign, working to improve the returns from the IT investments of the last five years, and IT Planning. Nussbaum, who had been serving as a MedSys board member, will step up to chairman… Full Story

Morning Rounds (01.11.13)

Dallas-based Visiting Nurse Association plans to end its home health-care operations in March and shift to a focus on hospice and private-duty nursing service.

In a provocative Health Affairs study, researcher said the physician shortage is overestimated and could be avoided by the proper deployment of physicians and clinicians.

According to a Mercer salary study, Hospital and health system CFOs earned an average compensation of $227,700 in 2012; those at hospitals with at least $1 billion in net revenue made an average of $428,500. Full Story

VNA Plans to End Home Health Care Operations

Dallas-based Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) plans to end its home health-care operations in March, according to a notice filed with the Texas Workforce Commission. The company plans instead to concentrate on its hospice and private-duty nursing service. In an interview with the Dallas Morning News, VNA President and Chief Executive Officer Robert Carpenter cited the fierce competition with 1,400 for-profit home health agencies in North Texas as the reason for exiting that business line. The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has recommended a Medicare moratorium on new home health care agencies in Texas. In an August report, the OIG… Full Story

Morning Rounds (01.10.13)

This year, 27 healthcare professions made it onto U.S. News’ top 100 professions list, with four in the top five.

U.S. nonprofit hospitals delivered a record $41.1 billion in uncompensated care in 2011, according to the American Hospital Association’s annual survey.

Hospitals in Dallas and Fort Worth fared better than the national average in Medicare’s new incentive program, which pays for quality of care. Full Story

U.S. News Ranks 27 Healthcare Professions in its Top 100 List

This year, 27 healthcare professions made it onto U.S. News’  list of the top 100 professions, with four of the top five. Rankings are based on “employment opportunity, good salary, manageable work-life balance, and job security.” Healthcare professions listed among the top 100 include: 1. Dentist 2. Registered nurse 3. Pharmacist 5. Physician 8. Physical therapist 10. Dental hygienist 11. Occupational therapist 14. School psychologist 15. Physical therapist assistant 19. Epidemiologist 22. Diagnostic Medical Sonographer 24. Respiratory therapist 25. Medical secretary 27. Substance abuse counselor 30. Radiologic technologist 33. Marriage & family therapist 34. Medical assistant 39. Clinical laboratory technician 46. Dental… Full Story

Morning Rounds (01.08.12)

Northstar Healthcare Inc. has closed a second round of re-syndication at its Dallas-area ambulatory surgery center, Microsurgery Institute LLC.

Physicians looking for a job this year will have more options than they did in 2012, although last year was still a good one in terms of employment offers.

Not-for-profit hospitals maintained margins in 2011 despite pressures on revenue, according to the American Hospital Association’s annual statistical guide.

A recent study underscores the difficulty in getting patients on board in the effort to cut overuse of healthcare services. Full Story

Morning Rounds (01.07.12)

A review of 61 studies in the Annals of Internal Medicine found no clear relationship between the cost and quality of healthcare.

Texas is leading the nation in drowsy drivers, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

The number of healthcare jobs added in December made up of more than a quarter of the increase in overall employment. Full Story

Healthcare Adds 45,000 Jobs in December

The number of healthcare jobs added in December made up of more than a quarter of the increase in overall employment Almost 45,000 jobs were added to the healthcare industry this December, nearly double the number of healthcare jobs added in November, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Modern Healthcare reports hospitals accounted for about 12,000 of the jobs added last month, compared with 9,400 in November, ambulatory services added 23,000 jobs in December, up from 4,400 in November, and physician offices added 6,800 up from 1,300 in November. The total number of healthcare employees as of December… Full Story

Morning Rounds (01.04.13)

Medical City Children’s Hospital has hired a new director of Business Development.

The GAO advises that Medicare should emulate private-sector strategies to strengthen quality and efficiency incentives for physicians.

Parkland officials say they plan to tell the Board of Managers at a Jan. 22 meeting that the hospital is on schedule to meet 97 percent of the action items on its Corrective Action Plan. Full Story