Dallas-based Vant Holdings Becomes Majority Shareholder in InPursuit Inc.

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. As a result of this expansion and increased demand for healthcare industry professionals, the company is seeking IT healthcare recruiters.For more information about opportunities with InPursuit Inc., contact Alex Vantarakis at alex@thevantgroup.com. About the companies: • Vant Holdings (VH) was established in 1999 as a holding company to acquire and invest in B2B and B2C businesses with revenues from $500,000 to $10,000,000 located in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. VH has an interest in investing or working with start-up to… Full Story

Morning Rounds (09.19.12)

Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare has released its  2011 corporate sustainability report, recognized by Global Report Initiative as meeting GRI’s Application Level C Guidelines. Click for a recap of the report.

Texas currently ranks tenth in obesity, but if the state can slim down by 5 percent it could reduce healthcare costs by more than $19 billion in 10 years.

For-profit systems in the second quarter of the year reported weak patient volume and the challenging operating environment is expected to persist, according to a report from Fitch Ratings.

American Medical News reports EHR systems may make it easy for employees to pull numerous records, but audit functions make them easier to catch in the event of foul play. Full Story

Study: ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Cuts Would Cost Texas 32,000 Healthcare Jobs in 2013

Texas will shed more than 32,000 healthcare jobs next year if automatic Medicare cuts are enacted, according to a study by three major healthcare organizations. The report, funded by the American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association and the American Nurses Association, predicts that the 2 percent cuts to Medicare providers in January will cause as many as 766,000 health care and health-related jobs to vanish by 2021. The number of Texas healthcare jobs lost by 2021 was estimated to be nearly 50,000. Nearly 500,000 U.S. healthcare jobs would be lost during the first year of the automatic cuts, according… Full Story

Morning Rounds (09.14.12)

UT Southwestern has been chosen as one of 25 sites for the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke’s Network for Excellence in Neuroscience Clinical Trials, or NeuroNEXT, that may lead them to receive $1.4 million in NINDS aid over the next seven years.

Extended doctors’ office hours are linked to a ten percent dip in healthcare costs for patients, according to an annual government survey.

Medical groups sent a letter to Congress urging lawmakers to halt Medicare provider cuts that, along with the expiration of the sustainable growth rate fix for Medicare are slated to take effect Jan. 1.

The American Heart Association has released a study concluding that mini strokes can lead to serious disability, highlighting that it occurs with conditions that doctors often consider too mild to treat with drugs.

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Morning Rounds (09.13.12)

The Red Cross has launched its Young Professionals Auxiliary for volunteers ages 21-30 in Dallas.

The American Hospital Association reports that up to 766,000 healthcare and related jobs could be lost by 2021 as a result of the 2 percent sequester of Medicare spending.

Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare has announced a $67 million expansion to its Sierra Providence East Medical Center in El Paso.

All 12 Baylor Health System facilities are eliminating sugar-sweetened sodas and unhealthy snacks from on-site cafés and vending machines, with hopes of setting a healthy example for visitors. Full Story

Medicare Spending Cuts Could Lead to Job Loss of More Than 760,000 by 2021

The American Hospital Association, American Medical Association, and the American Nurses Association report that up to 766,000 healthcare and related jobs could be lost by 2021 as a result of the 2 percent sequester of Medicare spending required by the Budget Control Act of 2011. According to a study by economic impact firm Tripp Umbach, anticipated cuts in Medicare payments will result in 496,000 jobs jobs lost during its first year. The report also found that the job losses will affect economic sectors beyond healthcare. This is in contrast to the role the healthcare role usually plays. According to The Bureau… Full Story

Morning Rounds (09.07.12)

Dallas officials will mark the ground-breaking of a six-story, $108 million Charles A. Sammons Trauma and Critical Care Tower at Methodist Dallas Medical Center on Sept. 11. Slated to open in 2014, the 248,000-square-foot facility will be completely dedicated to emergency and trauma care.

Patient spending among those seeking treatment for neck and back problems in the U.S. has nearly doubled since the late 1990s, with the bulk majority of spending in medical specialist care.

The American Heart Association reports that patients are more likely to survive cardiac arrest when longer resuscitation attempts are implemented. Revival rates were 12 percent higher at hospitals with median resuscitation times of 25 minutes, as opposed to hospitals treating for a median of 16 minutes.
The Institute of Medicine has released a report calling for a better healthcare system, in light of recent science and technological advances. An 18-member expert committee released its 382-page report, “Best Care at Lower Cost: The Path to Continuously Learning Health Care in America.” Here’s a synopsis.

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Morning Rounds (08.28.12)

A growing healthcare client base is sparking a hiring spree at Irving-based Aegis. The global outsourcing services company is adding 1,080 jobs at its Irving centers.

4G Biometrics and Methodist Richardson Medical Center are among the winners of the Metroplex Technology Business Council’s 2012 Tech Titans awards. UTA’s Dr. Mario Romero-Ortega and UTD’s Robert L. Robb also were among those honored. Here’s a complete rundown.

With the recent landmark Supreme Court decision, it’s no surprise that John Roberts, Chief Justice of the United States, ranked No. 1 on Modern Healthcare’s 2012 “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” list. Three local CEOs also made the list. Find out who.

Southlake and Flower Mound have voted to approve aerial spraying to combat West Nile Virus. Denton, Carrollton, and Coppell are among the Denton County cities opting out. Here’s where things currently stand. Full Story

Texas Healthcare Workforce Expected To Jump 37 Percent by 2020

The Texas healthcare workforce will grow by more than a third this decade, according to a report by Georgetown University’s Center on Education and Workforce. The 37 percent healthcare job growth rate outpaces the projected 26 percent growth rate for all other jobs in the Lone Star State. In raw numbers, the growth equates to 438,710 job openings from 2010 to 2020. Texas will have the third-fastest growing healthcare workforce, trailing only Utah and Georgia. The U.S. will create 5.6 million new healthcare  jobs by 2020, and most will be high paying and require post-secondary education. In an interview, lead… Full Story

Morning Rounds (08.01.12)

Texas has the country’s lowest physician-to-patient ratio. UNT Health Alliance Clinic hires one of few physical therapists in Tarrant County who treats pelvic problems in both men and women. Dallas is one level away from citywide mosquito spraying to prevent West Nile. Beginning today, Parkland’s Youth and Family Centers will offer expanded hours of operation. Top 21 code reasons  for denied claims, as compiled by RemitDATA.