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Fort Worth Chiropractor Faces Up to Five Years in Federal Prison in Health Care Fraud Case

Texas Business reports: The owner/operator of a chiropractic clinic in Fort Worth, Texas, pleaded guilty Friday to a federal felony offense stemming from her submission of approximately $718,000 in false reimbursement claims to Medicare and Medicaid, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.


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Cost of Hepatitis Drug Raises Questions About Access

A new treatment for hepatitis C is considered a breakthrough for people with the liver disease. But the high cost of the drug — about $1,000 a pill — has complicated efforts to get the medication to Texans who receive government-subsidized health care.

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Synthetic collagen promotes natural clotting

Texas Business reports: HOUSTON – Synthetic collagen invented at Rice University may help wounds heal by directing the natural clotting of blood.

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UT Southwestern launches Center for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research

Texas Business reports:  DALLAS—UT Southwestern Medical Center will establish a Center for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research that supports and conducts high-quality research comparing the outcomes and effectiveness of different strategies to prevent, diagnose, treat, and monitor health conditions to improve patient care. 

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Better protein capture a boon for drug manufacturers

 Texas Business reports: HOUSTON–Rice University scientists have created a way to fine tune a process critical to the pharmaceutical industry that could save a lot of time and money. 

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Vapor nanobubbles rapidly detect malaria through the skin

Texas Business reports:  HOUSTON—Rice University researchers have developed a noninvasive technology that accurately detects low levels of malaria infection through the skin in seconds with a laser scanner. The “vapor nanobubble” technology requires no dyes or diagnostic chemicals, and there is no need to draw blood.


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Texas to Give $1.75 Million to Minimus Spine

Texas Business reports:  The state of Texas plans to give an Austin medical company $1.75 million, according to officials. 

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Perry Beneficiary Behind Federal Health Website

The lead technology contractor behind the problem-ridden federal online health insurance marketplace is a beneficiary of the Texas Enterprise Fund, according to a money-in-politics watchdog group.


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Baylor, Scott & White Complete $8.3 Billion Merger

Texas Business reports: DALLAS & TEMPLE, Texas—Baylor Health Care System and Scott & White Healthcare completed the merger of the two health systems to form the largest not-for-profit health system in the state of Texas. 

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DOD Gives $75 Million Grant to Rice, UTHealth to Push Tissue-Engineering Research

Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—A $75 million Department of Defense grant to improve technologies to treat soldiers injured on the battlefield and advance care for the public will involve bioengineers at Rice University and the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). 

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FAZD receives $2 million in federal funding for new EPS technology

Texas Business reports: COLLEGE STATION, Texas—Texas A&M’s National Center for Foreign Animal and Zoonotic Disease Defense (FAZD) received $2 million in federal funds from the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate to develop a disease-surveillance technology designed to protect U.S. animal agriculture from potentially catastrophic outbreaks of infectious pathogens.

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Heart Researcher Receives $6.6 Million NIH Grant to Model Heart Valve, Improve Surgical Outcomes

Texas Business reports: AUSTIN, Texas—The National Institutes of Health is turning to researchers at The University of Texas at Austin to develop computer simulations to improve surgical repair of the heart’s mitral valve, one of the aging heart’s key points of failure. 

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Texas Again Has Highest Uninsured Rate in Nation

Texas continued to have the highest rate of people without health insurance in 2012 at 24.6 percent, according to the Current Population Survey estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Tuesday. 

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Texas Children's Hospital establishes pediatric robotic surgery program

Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—Texas Children's Hospital acquired a da Vinci Si Surgical System which will establish the hospital's first dedicated pediatric robotic surgery program.


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San Antonio’s Donald L. Mooney Enterprises Wins $11 Million Nursing Contract Change

Texas Business reports: A San Antonio firm won an $11 million contract change for military nursing, according to the U.S. Department of Defense. 

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UT Southwestern, Moncrief Cancer Institute Begin $10 Million Fort Worth Expansion

Texas Business reports: FORT WORTH—UT Southwestern Medical Center and Fort Worth’s Moncrief Cancer Foundation each pledged $5 million to bring comprehensive cancer services to Fort Worth and surrounding communities through the UT Southwestern / Moncrief Cancer Institute. 

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Pharmacists Push Transparency in Medicaid Pricing

As a business owner, would you sign a contract that requires you to purchase a product, give that product away and then request payment from a third party without knowing how much you’d receive? What if you also didn’t know how much you’d be reimbursed before signing the contract, and that the other party could change that reimbursement rates without notice?


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Lack of Revenue Limits Experimental Health Projects

Texas received federal approval in May to begin more than 1,100 experimental projects that could transform the way health care is delivered to the state’s poor and uninsured. But there is a catch: To receive billions of dollars in federal financing, health care providers across 20 Texas regions must start the projects using local financing and meet some performance benchmarks.


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Policy Keeps Some Rural Doctors From Delivery Room

When Dr. Jeff Alling, a family physician, moved to Wise County more than 20 years ago, he was one of only two doctors in the rural North Texas community qualified to deliver babies. Since then, he has delivered more than 2,000. 

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New UTA Therapies Targets Cancer Without Typical Side Effects

Texas Business reports: A team of UT Arlington researchers has identified two ruthenium-based complexes they believe could pave the way for treatments that control cancer cell growth more effectively and are less toxic for patients than current chemotherapies. 

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Texas A&M Research Using Special Foams To Treat Aneurysms

Texas Business reports: COLLEGE STATION, Texas—An innovative method for treating potentially fatal brain aneurysms by filling them with foam-like plastics is a step closer to clinical trials after demonstrating an ability to promote healing at unprecedented levels, said a Texas A&M University researcher who is developing the treatment. 

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Parkland Memorial Hospital Pays Nearly $1.4 Million To Resolve Allegations It Submitted Improper Physical Medicine And Rehabilitation Claims

Texas Business reports: DALLAS—Dallas County Hospital District d/b/a Parkland Health and Hospital System (Parkland) settled allegations it violated the civil False Claims Act and Texas Medicaid Fraud Prevention Act, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas. 

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Department of Defense awards $2 million to spinal cord injury research

Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation and Capstone National Partners won a $2 million grant from the United States Department of Defense (DOD) to further support the expansion of translational research to find treatments for individuals living with spinal cord injury, including servicemen and women. 

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$536 Million Medical Center at Fort Hood, Texas Topped Out

Texas Business reports: DALLAS—The Balfour Beatty | McCarthy joint venture, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Health Facilities Planning Agency (HFPA) and Medical Command (MEDCOM) recently celebrated the official topping out for the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center Replacement at Fort Hood, Texas. 

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Humana to Open Mail-Order Pharmacy Facility in Irving, Texas

 Texas Business reports:  IRVING—Humana Inc., a healthcare company, plans to open a RightSource mail-order pharmacy call center and support operation in Irving in August, bringing more than 620 new jobs to the area over the next three years. 

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Dell Medical School Construction Plans Unveiled

Texas Business reports:  AUSTIN, Texas — The University of Texas System board of regents recently considered a $334 million plan to build a medical school at The University of Texas at Austin. 

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Texas A&M System announces potential residency program with DeTar Healthcare System

Texas Business reports:  The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents authorized the execution of a contract to create a family medicine residency program with Texas A&M Health Science Center (TAMHSC) and DeTar Healthcare System in Victoria, Texas. 

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Las Palmas Medical Center Among First in Nation To Perform Single-Site Robotic Hysterectomy Surgery

Texas Business reports: EL PASO—The Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery at Las Palmas Medical Center recently became one of the first facilities in the nation to perform a hysterectomy using a new single-site platform for robotic surgery. 

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UT Researchers Work to Make At-Home Diagnosis Easier

Researchers at The University of Texas are developing technology that may soon allow individuals to be tested for a number of infections and diseases without having to make a trip to the doctor’s office. 

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Episcopal Diocese Of Texas Sells St. Luke's Episcopal Health System To Catholic Health Initiatives

Texas Business reports:  HOUSTON—The Episcopal Diocese of Texas approved today a Definitive Agreement for the transfer of St. Luke's Episcopal Health System to Catholic Health Initiatives, a nationally recognized  health care system.


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San Antonio’s MedTrust Wins $20.3 Million Military Medical Service Contract

Texas Business reports:  A San Antonio firm won a $20.3 million contract to provide military medical services, according to the U.S. Department of Defense. 

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Cheers for a comfy chair

Texas Business reports:  HOUSTON—A new chair developed by engineering students at Rice University will make radiation therapy sessions for cancer patients more comfortable and more effective. 

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GlaxoSmithKline, Texas A&M to Build $91 Million Vaccine Plant

Texas Business reports:  Texas A&M University and GlaxoSmithKline plan to build an influenza-vaccine manufacutirng plant in College Station. 

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Center for Cell and Gene Therapy receives $11.3 million for T cell therapy for cancer

Texas Business reports:  HOUSTON—The Center for Cell and Gene Therapy at Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children’s Hospital and The Methodist Hospital received a $11.3 million renewal grant from the National Institutes of Health to advance the development of more effective and less toxic targeted T cell therapies for children and adults with cancer. 

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Fort Worth’s Alcon Wins $23.4 Million Military Pharma Contract

Texas Business reports:  A Fort Worth firm won a $23.4 million contract to supply pharmaceutticals to the U.S. military, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.


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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awards $648 million Fort Bliss Replacement Hospital | Fort Bliss, Clark McCarthy,
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awards $648 million Fort Bliss Replacement Hospital

Texas Business reports:  EL PASO—The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District awarded a $648 million contract January 29 to Clark McCarthy Healthcare Partners II for the construction of the Fort Bliss Replacement Hospital. 

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Scott & White to Open Emergency Hospital in Cedar Park

Texas Business reports: ROUND ROCK, Texas—Scott & White Healthcare plans to open an emergency hospital at 900 E. Whitestone Boulevard in Cedar Park on February 27. 

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Harris Health System Joins UHC

Texas Business reports:  HOUSTON—UHC, an alliance of 119 academic medical centers and 283 of their affiliated hospital organizations, announces that Harris Health System of Harris County, Texas, has become UHC's newest member. 

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Texas To Give $3.1 Million to Start-Up Health Care Companies

Texas Business reports: The state of Texas plans to give $3.15 million to health care start-up companies.  The money will be funneled through the Texas Emerging Technology Fund (TETF) to three early stage companies that are developing technologies to help treat and diagnose diabetes and heart failure.

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MD Anderson Cancer Center Joins Research Consortium on MRI-Guided Radiation Therapy

Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—Elekta and Royal Philips Electronics announced that The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center signed an agreement to join a research group to advance the development of an image-guided treatment technology for cancer care. 

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Texas Children's Hospital performs more liver transplants than any other pediatric hospital in the nation

Texas Business reports:  HOUSTON—A Houston hospital is publicizing that it performs more liver transplants than any other entity in the U.S. 

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Foundation Gives $50M to Establish the Dell Medical School at University of Texas-Austin

Texas Business reports: AUSTIN—The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation plans to give $50 million to establish the Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin. 

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$1.75 Million Grant Funds Developmental Therapeutics Program at Baylor College of Medicine

Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—A five-year, $1.75 million grant from Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation was awarded to Texas Children’s Cancer Center to establish the Developmental Therapeutics Center of Excellence. 

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China Firm Acquires Ownership Interest in MD Anderson Cancer Center Proton Therapy Center

Texas Business reports:  HOUSTON— Concord Medical Services Holdings Limited, a specialty hospital management solution provider and operator of the largest network of radiotherapy and diagnostic imaging centers in China, closed the acquisition of 19.98% of indirect ownership of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Proton Therapy Center (MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center). 

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XBiotech Receives Fast Track Designation from FDA for True Human Monoclonal Antibody Therapy Targeting Inflammatory Cytokine IL-1a for Restenosis

Texas Business reports:  AUSTIN— XBiotech, a privately held biotechnology company, has been granted Fast Track designation by the FDA for its therapeutic monoclonal antibody MABp1 (CV-18C3) as a treatment to reduce the need for re-intervention after superficial femoral artery (SFA) revascularization. 

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S&P Wins $2.1 Million Contract To Build Hospitality Center For Patients and Families   | patient, hospitality,
S&P Wins $2.1 Million Contract To Build Hospitality Center For Patients and Families

Texas Business reports: HOUSTON—The Nora’s Gift Foundation selected Satterfield & Pontikes Construction (S&P) to build the new Nora’s Home hospitality facility near the Texas Medical Center in Houston. 

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Epic Health Services Buys Sante Pediatric Services

Texas Business reports: DALLAS—Epic Health Services Inc., a provider of pediatric and adult home health care, acquired Sante Pediatric Services.


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Houston Man Arrested for Health Care Fraud

Texas Business reports:  HOUSTON – Lawrence T. Tyler, 40, has been indicted on charges of health care fraud and conspiracy to commit health care fraud, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced. 

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Two Deaths, Wildly Different Penalties: The Big Disparities in Nursing Home Oversight

To see the federal government’s inconsistent oversight of nursing homes, one needs only to look at what happened after two residents died — one in Texas, one in South Carolina. 

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Heart cells beat in bioscaffold for babies   | hou_txbz, Jeffrey Jacot, Rice University, Acta Beiomaterialia,
Heart cells beat in bioscaffold for babies

Texas Business reports:  HOUSTON—A painstaking effort to create a biocompatible patch to heal infant hearts is paying off at Rice University and Texas Children's Hospital. 

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 At $7.7 Billion, Baylor Scott & White Health Will Be the State’s Largest Not-for-Profit Health System   | dal_ftw_txbz, kil_tem_fth_txbz, wac_txbz, Baylor, Scott & White,
At $7.7 Billion, Baylor Scott & White Health Will Be the State’s Largest Not-for-Profit Health System

Texas Business reports:  DALLAS and TEMPLE, Texas—The boards of Baylor Health Care System and Scott & White Healthcare have approved the signing of an agreement of intent to combine the strengths of their two health systems to create a $7.7 billion organization with the vision and resources to offer its patients continued exceptional care while creating a model system for an industry undergoing fundamental transformation.


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CVS/pharmacy to Acquire 19 Medicine Chest Pharmacy Locations in Texas

Texas Business reports: WOONSOCKET, R.I. and SULPHUR SPRINGS, Texas—CVS/pharmacy and Medicine Chest Pharmacy announced CVS will acquire 19 Medicine Chest drug stores in Texas during the last weekend of December. 

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MedSpring Urgent Care Opens Katy Center

Texas Business reports:  HOUSTON—MedSpring Urgent Care, a provider of quality urgent health care, announced the opening of a new center located at 6501 South Fry Road, at the southeast corner of South Fry Road and Grand Parkway, near the planned Whole Foods Market.


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Injunction prohibits Corpus Christi Supplements Manufacturer from Falsely Claiming to be a Doctor

Texas Business reports:  CORPUS CHRISTI – A state district court in Nueces County issued a permanent injunction prohibiting Silverio Salinas, owner of Corpus Christi-based Silverio Salinas Inc. d/b/a Neohealth Inc., Natural Doctor Center, and Maya Wellness Center from selling unauthorized supplements:


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