Concentra Expands Telemedicine Platforms To Reach A Dozen States

Concentra has expanded its telemedicine platforms, including its tele-rehabilitation offering, to 12 states. The Addison-based company, which is the largest occupational medicine provider in the U.S., caters the platforms to injured employees of workers’ compensation plans. Concentra announced the expansion on Monday. For those who read my telemedicine column in May, this will act as an update—Concentra is the lead in that story. It has dealt with red tape in its efforts to expand telemedicine around the country, as the laws that govern the industry can vary pretty significantly from state to state. Of note: Concentra telemed is yet to… Full Story

With A New State Law In Place, DFW Is Gearing Up For Telemedicine Expansion

Three years ago, Addison-based Concentra Occupational Health watched as Nevada joined other U.S. states in adding a telemedicine parity law. Such laws say that private insurers have to reimburse telemedicine visits the same way they do in-person visits. Nevada’s rule even specifically mentioned workers’ compensation, a key for Concentra. The shifting regulatory environment in that state and elsewhere would eventually provide reason enough for Concentra to enter the market, introducing a telemedicine product in 2017. A Concentra executive told me that it’s been well-received, prompting the company to expand within the telemed arena. The company provides workers’ compensation injury care… Full Story

Texas Center for Proton Therapy Treats Its 1,000th Patient

The Texas Center for Proton Therapy is reaching a milestone this week with the treatment of its 1,000th patient. The Las Colinas-based center has been around since 2015, and remains the only provider in North Texas for the extremely precise form of radiation treatment. It’s a collaboration of Texas Oncology, the US Oncology Network, McKesson Specialty Health, and Baylor Scott & White Health. A 68-year-old man from Duncanville will bring the center into quadruple digits, as doctors target a rare plasmacytoma tumor at the base of his skull. Three years into existence, 43 percent of patients at the Texas Center… Full Story

Startup With Platform To Take Retinal Video Wins Health Wildcatters Pitch Competition

The 2018 Healthcare Dealmakers Conference took place this week at the Adolphus Hotel in Dallas, and a healthcare startup went home a little richer. Insight Optics, which has a technology that allows primary care providers to take retinal videos to send off to eye-care specialists, won the Health Wildcatters pitch competition, as Dallas Innovates reports. Eleven startups were in the running. As the winner, Insight Optics takes home $14,000 in cash and in-kind services. Read more on the three-year-old startup, which is “co-located” in Dallas and Atlanta, at Dallas Innovates.

Dallas-based T-System Partners with Precision Practice Management on Urgent Care Tech

T-System, which was acquired last year for $200 million by Fidelity National Financial, Inc., announced this week that it’s moving further into the urgent care space. The Dallas-based company partnered with Precision Practice Management to create T-System Complete Care, a business process software for urgent care centers. T-System was established in 1996 as a documentation product for emergency departments, and has expanded to freestanding ERs and urgent care centers since. The company says that about 40 percent of hospital-based emergency departments, freestanding ERs, and urgent care centers use T-System. “Urgent Care centers play a vital role in today’s healthcare ecosystem,”… Full Story

Parkland Set to Bring Video Interpretation In-House

Parkland Health and Hospital System will hire as many as 80 in-house, full-time employees to serve the bulk of its interpretation needs, an “insourcing” decision the system says will save more than $1 million. The county hospital has been plugged into a video interpreter network for the last five years. Patients with a language barrier speak to providers via out-of-county interpreters on a screen. Many of them were based at their homes in Guatemala or Mexico, the system says. The video part won’t change under Parkland’s new plan. Meredith Stegall, Parkland’s director of language services, says that when her team… Full Story

Read this D Magazine Feature on Deep Brain Stimulation

If you’re like me—and you’re not, because you’re a doctor or nurse or something else brilliant—you’ll be surprised to hear that it’s actually possible and at times advisable for a surgeon to drill a hole in a person’s head while that person is still fully awake. I am still astonished by that little factoid. It’s one of many that made reporting this feature for D Magazine so fun. To accompany the magazine’s Collin County Doctors series—view the best of them, as selected by their peers, here—I wrote about deep brain stimulation, a procedure once tagged by Smithsonian as “the most… Full Story

Texas Health Data Breach Impacted About 4,000 Patients

Texas Health Resources suffered a data breach in October that impacted about 4,000 patients, the system said this week. Hackers gained access to Texas Health emails that included details like patient names, medical record numbers, dates of birth, addresses, insurance information, clinical information, and in some instances social security numbers as well as driver’s licenses and state ID numbers. Arlington-based Texas Health was notified of the breach by law enforcement on Jan. 17 but hadn’t been given the green light to notify patients until last week. Authorities at times will ask that businesses wait on notifying impacted customers if an… Full Story

Panelists from Baylor Scott & White, UT Southwestern, and Children’s Weigh In On Hospital Innovation

On Monday afternoon, some innovation-minded hospital administrators gathered at Factory Six03, a trendy spot in downtown Dallas’ West End, to talk about hospital innovation. And they didn’t disappoint, offering some straightforward thoughts on topics ranging from a trend toward smaller, community hospitals, to telemedicine, to navigating a tricky transition period between fee-for-service and value-based care. With myself asking the questions, the panelists for the Dallas Startup Week event were Matthew Chambers, chief information officer at Baylor Scott & White Health; Suresh Gunasekaran, VP and chief of operations at UT Southwestern Health System; and Julie Hall-Barrow, VP of virtual health and… Full Story