Texas Health Plano Saving More Limbs with Non-Traditional Procedure

More than two million Americans are living as amputees, and that’s expected to double by 2050. In an attempt to change the projection, Texas Health Plano is trying something different. A new and unique catheterization procedure can help salvage the legs of more would-be amputee patients. The multidisciplinary program includes emergency physicians, orthopedic surgeons, wound care physicians, podiatry, internal medicine and interventional cardiology. “The goal is to provide a cohesive plan of care for patients presenting to the ER or wound care center with ischemic ulcers of the legs (or) feet,” says Dr. Vijay Ramanath, medical director of Texas Health… Full Story

Struggling Gainesville Hospital Selects Plano Management Company

The North Texas Medical Center in Gainesville will come under the management of Plano-based Community Hospital Corp. in May, NTMC board members voted last week, according to KXII-TV. In December 2016, NTMC said it was filing for Chapter 9 bankruptcy and taking on new management by Pennsylvania-based Universal Health Systems. Under the agreement, UHS was to take over operations and lease five buildings on NTMC’s campus. NTMC announced that UHS would discontinue the agreement in late January. NTMC reported losing more than $650,000 a month prior to the announcement, according to KXII. NTMC and Community Hospital Corp. landed on a… Full Story

The Soccer Player Who Couldn’t Walk: Annie Altizer’s Battle With Transverse Myelitis

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

Morning Rounds (05.03.13)

Physician starting pay and benefits are on the rise as as concerns mount over the physician workforce shortage.

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,

Patient satisfaction has reached a 20-year high of 80 out of 100. Full Story

Ex-owner of Frisco Insurance Firm Pleads Not Guilty

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

Morning Rounds (04.16.13)

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.

Giving price information to providers at the time lab orders were placed resulted in a decrease in the numbers of ordered tests. Full Story

Pennsylvania Company Buys Allen Hospital

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.