Two DFW Hospitals Make Best Organ Transplant Outcomes List

Two Dallas–Fort Worth hospitals, Plaza Medical Center in Fort Worth and Methodist Dallas Medical Center, made the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients list for the highest-rated organ transplant adult patient outcomes for 2016. According the United Network for Organ Sharing, the U.S. hit a record high last year for the number of organ transplants performed, with 33,606 conducted. The SRTR assessed transplant patient outcome data collected from other organizations and compiled a list of centers with the best outcomes that perform liver, heart, lung, kidney, and kidney-pancreas transplants. The registry says it uses a risk-adjusted assessment to determine how often… Full Story

Children’s Health Pays $3.2 Million in HHS Fines

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights, fined the Children’s Medical Center of Dallas $3.2 million for failing to comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 based on its “impermissible disclosure of unsecured electronic protected health insurance information” and non-compliance on multiple occasions. The HHS OCR issued a notice of proposed determination, which included instruction for how Children’s Health could file a request for a hearing. Children’s Health did not request a hearing and opted to pay the full $3.2 million. The Children’s Health fine is based on its disclosure of electronic… Full Story

Love: Looking Ahead, Let’s ‘Swim in Circles’ to Solve Our Healthcare Challenges

As we begin 2017, I feel we should look at some federal, state and local initiatives that can benefit the health of Texans. The permanent Medicaid 1115 waiver, state Medicaid funding, trauma funding, and the expansion of telehealth are priorities that, if adopted in a bipartisan manner, will benefit millions of Texans. Full Story

A Glance Inside the Rare Rural Hospital That’s Doing Well

Since 2010, 13 rural hospitals have closed in Texas, more than in any other state. Seventy of its remaining 162 deliver babies. It’s perhaps the most acute example of the struggle facing rural caregivers in the nation—with declining reimbursements, it’s getting harder to keep the lights on and maintain the volume needed to serve their communities. Full Story

Becker’s Names One Dallasite Among Last Year’s Most Powerful Americans in Healthcare

Each year, in December or January, Becker’s Hospital Review releases a list of what it deemed to be the prior year’s 60 most powerful people in healthcare. And, for 2016, just one from Dallas-Fort Worth made the list: Trevor Fetter, the CEO of publicly-traded Tenet Healthcare.

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