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

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 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