Poll: Healthcare Execs Nervous About Maintaining ACA Coverage Gains

The magazine published the results of its recent Power Panel survey, of which 93 of 123 chief executives responded. Most are health system heads, but some are insurers, technology, and association chiefs. Nevertheless, 82.8 percent “strongly agree” that the wholesale appeal of the Affordable Care Act should be rejected if there’s not a replacement. They worried about the rise of health savings accounts, “which they believe are discouraging patients from seeking needed care.” Full Story

We Now Have More Details on Medical City’s Women’s Hospital, Which Will Bring 222 Total Rooms Under One Roof

Construction will begin later this month on the upgrade to Patient Tower D, which will feature 222 total patient rooms. The project will bring all of its women’s healthcare providers under one roof and allow for routine services as well as complex needs that would require a neonatal intensive care unit. “It’ll be the first dedicated women’s hospital in the Metroplex, if you can believe it. it’s truly dedicated to the care of women,” said Erol Akdamar, the president of Medical City Healthcare, formerly HCA North Texas. Full Story

On the Heels of $1.5 Billion Worth of Expansions, HCA North Texas Becomes Medical City Healthcare

HCA North Texas is doubling down on the reputation of its most well-known property and rebranding all 13 hospitals as part of Medical City Healthcare. The news comes two years into a $1.5 billion capital improvement initiative, which began in 2014 with the purchase of the CareNow chain of urgent care centers. Full Story

Boone Pickens Hospice and Palliative Care Center Names Clinical Director

Jannetta Lingle, a registered nurse, will oversee all clinical operations at the $43 million standalone residential and inpatient center. The 53,388 square-foot facility is set to open in the first quarter of 2017. Located on a 9.3 acre campus, the center has 36 lake-facing patient rooms with balconies and beds that are easily moved outdoors. The Pickens Center will serve terminally ill patients who need a bridge setting after the hospital stay while their families prepare the home for hospice care. Full Story

Irving’s Christus Health To Acquire Longview Health System Good Shepherd

In May, the Catholic, nonprofit health system closed on the purchase of Tyler’s Trinity Mother Frances, the largest health system in East Texas, to expand its network through southern Louisiana and the eastern border of Texas. In August 2015, Good Shepherd’s board called for its leadership to find a suitable partner with whom to merge. Full Story

Commonwealth Fund Expresses Concern of Losing Coverage Gains Under Trump Presidency

Now days past Donald Trump’s rise to the nation’s president elect, national nonprofits are digging into what could come out of his health policy. On Wednesday, we got insight from PwC, the Congressional Budget Office, and RAND. Yesterday, the Commonwealth Fund added another piece about the challenges of what’s ahead. Full Story

Texas Health Rockwall Wins Permission from the Feds to Double its Capacity

Texas Health Presbyterian Rockwall has achieved permission from the Obama administration to double its capacity, a mandate required by the Affordable Care Act due to its physician ownership. It is the fourth physician-owned hospital to get the OK from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to expand. Full Story