Morning Rounds (11.02.12)

The CMS has laid out plans for the Medicaid primary-care payment increases.

UNT Health received a NIH grant exceeding $600,000 for the next two years in partnership with the Texas Alzheimer’s Research and Care Consortium.

The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs is looking to double last year’s estimated 460,000 veterans who connected through telehealth within the coming year.

State health officials have announced that Texas’ Planned Parenthood will not lose federal funding for the time being.


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Morning Rounds (10.29.12)

The pharmacy linked to the fungal meningitis outbreak may have known it was contaminated by mold and bacteria.

Dallas-based ambulance billing services company Emergicon has opened a new facility in Gun Barrel City.

Baylor Health Care System researchers tackle an approach that could help normalize blood pressure without medication.

Parker University creates EHR program to respond to healthcare IT trends that are reflected in a graphic. Full Story

Parker University Adds Bachelor’s Degree in Response to Health IT Trends

Beginning January 2013, Parker University will add a Bachelor’s degree specific to health information management that will train future HIM admins in technologies related not only to EHRs, but also on email communications, clinical alerts, and patient reminders. Parker University selected this program after market research, in which they identified huge trends and opportunities with electronic health records and the surges in Health IT that are reflected in the below infographic from Texas State University.

Morning Rounds (10.12.12)

CareView Communications Inc. of Lewisville has been awarded a GSA contract, allowing it to sell its video patient monitoring systems to VA and DOD hospitals.

Dallas-based developer Market Center Management Co. has suspended plans for its Nashville Medical Trade Center project.

Tenet Healthcare Corp.’s previously announced stock split took effect yesterday on the New York Stock Exchange.

About 35 percent of medical directors have received bonuses this year, nearly 8 percent more than last year, according to a study from Dallas-based Integrated Healthcare Strategies. 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

First Female Chief of Medical Staff Named at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth

Cheryl McDonald, M.D. has become the first female chief of the medical staff at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth in the hospital’s 82-year history. McDonald, an infectious disease specialist, has been on the hospital’s medical staff since 1998, during which time she has served in numerous leadership roles, including secretary of the medical staff; chief, vice chief, and secretary of the medical staff’s internal medicine division; and chair of the quality assurance committee. “I’m honored to make history at Texas Health Fort Worth as the first female chief of staff, and look forward to serving such a dedicated… Full Story

Morning Rounds (09.27.12)

Prime Healthcare Services  has purchased Dallas Medical Center, a 155-bed full service acute-care hospital in Farmers Branch.

Three North Texas companies have made Modern Healthcare’s “Healthcare’s Hottest” list.

Two Dallas clinics have been awarded $500,000 in grants under the GE Foundation’s Developing Health initiative.

The U.S. Supreme Court has taken on three healthcare cases. Full Story

Morning Rounds (09.20.12)

The Joint Commission has released its annual report of top performing hospitals as part of its Top Performers on Key Quality Measures program. This year, more than 30 North Texas hospitals made the cut.

According to a report issued by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, fewer jobs were added to the payrolls of physician offices over the summer as a result of a still-lagging economy.

The Vant Group has announced that Dallas-bast Vant Holdings has become a majority shareholder in InPursuit Inc., a premier Dallas-based healthcare IT recruiting firm.

Novation has awarded an agreement to Pulmodyne for their Blom cuffed tracheostomy tubes system that allows patients the ability to speak in their own natural voice. Full Story