When Annie Altizer woke up one morning at the age of 13, her life changed. Her legs felt as if they were on fire. The pain gave way to numbness, which blotted out the feeling in her toes, her calves, her thighs. Soon, she would be diagnosed with the rare autoimmune disease known as transverse myelitis. And then the rest of her life began. Full Story
According to CHC’s president and chief executive, CHC expanded its leadership team in an attempt to better serve healthcare providers and hospitals in communities needing better and more highly specialized care. Full Story
Methodist Health System formally opened its new, 125-bed four-story acute care hospital in Richardson this week, offering specialized care services to residents in Collin and northeastern Dallas counties. Full Story
The former owner of a Frisco-based company that provided health insurance to Virginia Tech students has pleaded not guilty to racketeering, conspiracy, money laundering, and fraud charges,
The former owner of a Frisco-based company that provided health insurance to Virginia Tech students has pleaded not guilty to racketeering, conspiracy, money laundering, and fraud charges, according to the Associated Press. John Paul Gutschlag Sr., 73, entered his plea in federal court in Abingdon, Va., this week. A jury trial was set to start Sept. 23. Gutschlag was released on $10,000 unsecured bond. A 57-count federal indictment accuses Gutschlag and GM-Southwest Inc. of overstating claims by more than $9 million to boost profits.The company is a third-party administrator of student health insurance. Major insurance carriers provide coverage but pay… Full Story
Pennsylvania-based Post Acute Medical Friday announced the purchase of Twin Creeks Hospital, a 40-bed inpatient rehabilitation facility in Allen.
The Fort Worth Foundation and JPS Health Network will build and operate an adult medical clinic and social services complex near the East Lancaster Avenue homeless shelters.
Pennsylvania-based Post Acute Medical Friday announced the purchase of Twin Creeks Hospital, a 40-bed inpatient rehabilitation facility in Allen. The hospital name has changed to Warm Springs Rehabilitation Hospital of Allen and the hospital. “We are pleased with our continued development efforts that include the expansion into the Dallas market,” Post Acute Medical president and chief executive officer Anthony Misitano, said in a statement. The company also operates hospitals in San Antonio and five other Texas cities.
Plano-based Village Health Partners is the latest North Texas physician practice to join Cigna’s collaborative accountable care effort. Cigna’s CAC program is designed to help physician practices to achieve the same population health goals of accountable care organizations. The program will include Cigna patients treated by a VHP physician. VHP, which treats more than 50,000 North Texas patients, recently announced that it added a second Plano location. The VHP program 4 is Cigna’s third such collaboration in North Texas and its sixth in the state. VHP clinical care coordinators will help patients with chronic conditions schedule appointments, provide health education… Full Story
Preventable hospital stays reflect the hospital discharge rate for ambulatory care-sensitive conditions per 1,000 Medicare enrollees, according to County Health Rankings & Roadmaps. Hospitalization for diagnoses that could be treated with outpatient services suggests quality of care provided in the outpatient setting was less than ideal. The measure may also represent the county’s tendency to overuse the hospital as a primary source of care. Denton County’s rate of preventable stays per 1,000 Medicare enrollees is 80, which exceeds the Texas rate of 73. Tarrant, Collin and Dallas counties are below the state rate at 67, 66 and 60, respectively.
Violent crimes are offenses that involve face-to-face confrontation between the victim and the perpetrator, including homicide, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault, according to County Health Rankings & Roadmaps. High levels of violent crime compromise physical safety and psychological well-being. Crime rates can also deter residents from pursuing healthy behaviors such as exercising out-of-doors. Increased stress levels also may contribute to the obesity rate, even after controlling for diet and physical activity levels. The Dallas County rate of 618 per 100,000 residents far exceeds that of Texas. The Tarrant County rate of 501 is slightly below the state rate of 503.… Full Story