Tenet Announces Closure of 232-bed Hospital in West Phoenix

Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare says it will shutter its Abrazo Maryvale Campus in West Phoenix effective Dec. 18, after the 232-bed hospital experienced shrinking patient volumes. The hospital is part of the Tenet-owned Abrazo Community Health Network, which includes six acute-care hospitals along with freestanding emergency centers, urgent care centers, primary practices, and specialty practices. “Over the past several years, Abrazo Maryvale has experienced a significant decline in community demand for its services,” Frank Molinaro, CEO of Abrazo Community Health Network, said in a news release. Abrazo’s “top priority is delivering high-quality, cost-effective care to residents of the greater Phoenix area,… Full Story

Dr. Adrian E. Flatt (1921-2017)

A memorial service will be held Friday at Dallas’ Church of the Incarnation for Dr. Adrian E. Flatt, a world-renowned hand surgeon and former chairman of the orthopedics department at Baylor University Medical Center. He died Oct. 14 at the age of 96. Born and educated in England, Flatt came to the United States in the 1950s. He worked at New York’s Roosevelt Hospital and in New Orleans before beginning the first academic hand surgery unit in the United States at the University of Iowa. There, Flatt taught and developed the hand-surgery department and won a number of awards. He… Full Story

DOJ Charges Fort Worth Trainer With Healthcare Fraud

A Fort Worth fitness trainer was arrested and charged by the Department of Justice with submitting at least $25 million in fraudulent claims for medical services to health insurance companies. The DOJ says David Williams, 54, offered in-home fitness training and therapy, falsely registered with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services as a healthcare provider, and billed insurance companies as though he were a physician. He also used inaccurate codes and billed for services he hadn’t provided, according to the DOJ. But Williams’ lawyer, Wes Ball of Arlington, told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that Williams doesn’t believe he did… Full Story

Plano Hospital to Open Center Targeting Seniors

Medical City Plano on Friday will hold a grand opening for its new Center for Living Well, aimed at adults aged 60 and up. The 2,600-square-foot facility, located across the street from the main hospital, will offer classes geared toward helping seniors improve their strength and balance and create healthier lifestyles. The cost of the new space, which Medical City Plano already owned and renovated to accommodate the center, was not disclosed. The classes at the Center for Living Well were previously offered inside the hospital’s main building. But as demand for them increased, the hospital says, it created a… Full Story

Healthcare Transparency Company Rates Dallas-Fort Worth Hospitals

The least expensive hospital in the Dallas metropolitan area is Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-Sunnyvale. The most expensive hospital in the area is Methodist Richardson Medical Center. And the “best value” hospital is Medical City-North Hills. That, at least, is according to a report released Wednesday by Amino, a five-year-old, San Francisco-based healthcare transparency company. The company said it rated North Texas hospitals based on their “relative expensiveness,” and also included something called Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, “so you can compare cost and quality side by side.” Read the full report for Dallas here. Besides No. 1 Medical City-North… Full Story

How The Visa Process Contributes to DFW’s Physician Shortage

Dallas-Fort Worth’s physician shortage could be eased if more foreign-born physicians were allowed to practice here. But under the current rules, visas are limited and the processes are lengthy and arduous, taking months if not more to complete, with no guarantee in the end that physicians can permanently practice in North Texas. These difficulties—and how they contribute to DFW’s medical staffing shortage—are explored by former D CEO Healthcare Editor Olivia Nguyen in this article in the October issue of D CEO magazine.

A Mother’s Prayer That Her Son Lives 10 Years Longer

A Lewisville woman whose teenage son has a rare and fatal genetic disorder says it’s “vitally important” that the U.S. Federal Drug Administration approve a new drug that could add five to 10 years to his life. Teresa Wood’s 15-year-old son, Matthew, was born with a form of Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a progressive muscle-wasting disorder, that’s caused by something called a “nonsense” mutation. While the typical life expectancy for someone with DMD is 20 to 30—and many patients lose their ability to walk in their early teens—Matthew “still walks and runs and is raising a goat,” his mother says. The… Full Story

California Firm Snaps Up Richardson Home Healthcare Agency

Alpine Plus Home Health, a Richardson-based home healthcare agency, has been acquired by Jet Health Inc., a California-based home healthcare provider, giving Jet Health a stronger toehold in the North Texas market. Jet has existing locations in Fort Worth; Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Denver and Grand Junction, Colorado. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. One-year-old Jet Health, which offers services including skilled nursing care and occupational therapy, said that the former owner of Alpine Plus, Maria Bacud, RN, would continue to lead and serve as administrator of the 5-year-old Richardson business, which will operate under the Alpine name. Bacud’s… Full Story

DFWHC’s Steve Love: Trump Actions On ACA Could ‘Cripple’ North Texas Healthcare Marketplaces

Steve Love, president and CEO of the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council, says President Donald Trump’s recent directives on the Affordable Care Act—including last week’s move to eliminate cost-sharing reduction subsidies to payers—may increase the number of uninsured North Texans and could “cripple” the health insurance marketplaces in Dallas-Fort Worth. The subsidies effectively offset the cost of health insurance for many lower-income Americans using the ACA exchanges, “This is very serious for all states, but especially Texas,” Love told D CEO Healthcare. “As you know, we did not expand Medicaid, and currently lead the nation with the highest uninsured rate in… Full Story

Opening of Brain Performance Institute HQ Said To Mark Start of ‘Global Movement’

“I feel like I’m on a mountaintop,” Sandra Bond Chapman, Ph.D, told D CEO Healthcare with a smile. Chapman, founder and chief director of the Center for BrainHealth at the University of Texas at Dallas, was greeting friends inside the center’s gleaming new Brain Performance Institute building off Mockingbird Lane in Dallas. There, 220 people had gathered for a private event Thursday, Oct. 12, to help Chapman mark the grand opening of the $33 million, 62,000-square-foot facility. It’s the headquarters of what’s said to be the world’s first institute focused on scientifically-based programs aimed at increasing brain performance, enhancing brain… Full Story