Tarrant County Commissioners Issue Bond Proposal To Fund More Than $1.2 Billion In JPS Upgrades

It’ll be up to Tarrant County voters to decide whether the JPS Health Network gets a host of facilities improvements including a new behavioral health hospital, new main hospital tower to include a level one trauma center, a new cancer center, four new regional health centers, and a new ambulatory surgical center. The total cost could be more than $1.2 billion, and the Tarrant County Commissioners are asking citizens to approve the issuance of a $800 million bond for the projects. The county says it can get them done without raising taxes. The bonds would be issued in several series… Full Story

CMS Set To Pull Funding From Houston Hospital’s Heart Transplant Program

Barring something out of the ordinary, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services was set to pull funding from the heart transplant program at Houston-based Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center on Friday. CMS sent a letter in June pegging Aug. 17 as the day it would cut off the program, although a St. Luke’s rep named Marilyn Gerry told ProPublica and the Houston Chronicle on Friday that the hospital was still talking with CMS about possible options. Gerry downplayed the impact of federal termination, saying that it “only affects how Medicare pays for heart transplant costs” and that it won’t… Full Story

Methodist’s Midlothian Hospital Gets The Go-Ahead

Methodist Health System’s planned hospital in Midlothian will be about 190,000 square feet and include five stories, 44 beds, with the capacity to expand to 80 beds. The project—which will sit on 67 acres west of U.S. 287, near the Midlothian ISD Multi-purpose Stadium—also includes a 45,000-square-foot medical office building. The details come out in conjunction with the Midlothian City Council’s approval of the project last week. Methodist originally announced the plans back in December. It’s the first hospital for Midlothian, which is set for some significant growth—Google-parent Alphabet Inc. is putting up a data center in town. Midlothian is… Full Story

DFWHC Announces Its Young Healthcare Exec Of The Year

The Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council has selected Medical City Fort Worth CEO Jyric Sims the 2018 Young Healthcare Executive of the Year. The award goes to a leader at a DFWHC-member hospital who is 40 years old or under, and who displays promise as a leader of the future. Sims has been CEO of 320-bed Medical City Fort Worth for about a year. He spent time in executive roles at HCA Healthcare hospitals (HCA is Medical City Healthcare’s parent company) in Florida and Louisiana before moving to DFW. He’ll be honored in October at DFWHC’s annual awards luncheon at the… Full Story

U.S. News Tags Baylor Scott & White With More ‘Best Hospital’ Honors Than Any Other System in Texas

A total of 16 hospitals within Baylor Scott & White Health were either ranked or considered “high performing” in the latest rendition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals listings—more than any other hospital system in Texas. The system’s flagship campus in Dallas, Baylor University Medical Center, was nationally ranked in Ear, Nose & Throat (No. 40) and Gastroenterology & GI Surgery (42). Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital – Plano also came in No. 21 in the U.S. for Cardiology and Heart Surgery. BUMC came in second to UT Southwestern Medical Center as the top hospital in… Full Story

UT Southwestern Named Top Hospital in DFW, Second in State by U.S. News

UT Southwestern Medical Center again took the top spot on U.S. News & World Report’s rankings of the best hospitals in Dallas-Fort Worth, topping Baylor University Medical Center and Medical City Dallas. UT Southwestern came in as the second best hospital in the state, and it was nationally ranked for seven specialties: Geriatrics (No. 18), Diabetes & Endocrinology (21), Neurology & Neurosurgery (21), Nephrology (25), Urology (34), Pulmonology (43), and Orthopedics (49). The annual Best Hospitals listings from U.S. News are a product of an analysis of data from about 5,000 medical centers, and survey responses from more than 30,000… Full Story

Alabama Hospital Owned by Tenet No Longer At Risk Of Losing Medicare Privileges

A hospital in Alabama owned by Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare is clear of immediate risk of losing its Medicare billing privileges for the second time this year, according to Becker’s Hospital Review. Birmingham-based Brookwood Baptist Medical Center was under pressure after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services notified it in July that it wasn’t in compliance with certain program requirements related to patient safety. Brookwood had until Aug. 9 to make the changes or face contract termination, and Becker’s reports that CEO Keith Parrott confirmed the changes have been made. “We will continue to fully participate in the Medicare and… Full Story

MedPAC Recommendations Could Impact North Texas’ Dozens of Stand-alone ERs

In June, when the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission issued a two-pronged recommendation regarding stand-alone emergency departments, it pointed to one metropolitan area to illustrate growth in independent freestanding ERs: Dallas. From 2013 to 2017, the Dallas metro went from having 25 such facilities to 73. The entire U.S. has just 200. The recommendation issued by MedPAC calls for changes in the way Medicare bills stand-alone ERs and, to be clear, has nothing to do with independent freestanding ERs, which are not associated with a hospital and which the federal government doesn’t recognize. It has everything to do with stand-alone ERs… Full Story

A Handful Of North Texas Hospitals Win Healthgrades Awards For Women’s Health Outcomes

Six hospitals in Dallas-Fort Worth popped up as recipients of 2018 Women’s Care Awards from Healthgrades. The awards span three categories—gynecologic surgery, labor and delivery, and obstetrics and gynecology—with some hospitals winning multiple categories. Medical City Healthcare took home the most hardware; three of the system’s facilities combined for six total awards. The awards are based on patient outcome data from 2014 through 2016, which Healthgrades analyzed to find its honorees. The award winners fall in the top 10 percent of hospitals evaluated. North Texas’ winners: Gynecologic Surgery Excellence Award Recipients: • Medical City Dallas and Medical City Children’s Hospital (Dallas)… Full Story

Medical City Dallas Adds Advanced Spine Center

Medical City Dallas has launched a new Scoliosis & Advanced Spine Center to help treat scoliosis deformities and perform complex spine surgeries and revision surgeries. The expansion of the spine program at Medical City includes a research component, as well—studying graft material, looking for ways to prevent deformities post-surgery, analysis of how preoperative evaluations can help predict good outcomes, and the like. The center compliments Medical City Children’s Hospital Orthopedics & Spine. “The Medical City Scoliosis & Advanced Spine Center is committed to providing the most advanced technology and care for our patients throughout North Texas and the Southwest,” said… Full Story