Texas Health Resources Reopens Former Forest Park Location With a Focus on Joint Replacements

It’s been rebranded the Texas Health Hospital Clearfork and is operating as a department under the Texas Health Harris Methodist Southwest Hospital. In a statement, Joseph DeLeon, that hospital’s president, said that Clearfork would be focused on joint replacement surgery. Full Story

Announcing the Finalists of D CEO’s 2016 Excellence in Healthcare Awards

The editors of D Healthcare Daily’s parent publication are pleased to announce the finalists of the forthcoming Excellence in Healthcare Awards. We hope that in highlighting the people and the places and the trends that moved the industry along in the last 12 months that the package gives a nice overview of the year that was. Full Story

Let’s Keep the Best Doctors in Dallas; Start By Paying Women Docs What They’re Worth

Dallas, here’s a thought. We spend a lot of time courting corporations with tax breaks and large land parcels and various other amenities. What if we could also boast one of the strongest medical (or fill in any other skilled profession) communities in the nation, because we paid the fairest wage to women and minority doctors and surgeons? That would be something worthy of a party. Full Story

Survey: Just 20 Percent of American Physicians Are Familiar With MACRA

A survey by Irving’s Merrit Hawkins physician recruitment firm pins doctor familiarity with compliance for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, better known as MACRA, as pretty dismal. Just 20 percent say they’re either “somewhat” or “very” familiar with the quality incentive reform program, of which the final rule will drop in November. Full Story

Is the Texas Dental Board Doing Enough to Regulate In-Office Anesthesia?

There is a battle brewing over how dental anesthesia is practiced in Texas. One side has argued for the status quo, allowing it to continue in-office with little oversight. But the others, including the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission, which audits state agencies, is urging a change. Currently, the dental board does not mandate inspections of general dentists with anesthesia permits; 39 states require those inspections, and three others allow it. The board also suspended its inspection of dental and oral surgery practices in 2014, although it plans to resume it this year. Full Story

Becoming MACRA Compliant: This is What Physician Practices Face

This story is published in concert with the Dallas County Medical Society, which produced the content. It’s an ongoing resource guide to making your practice complaint with MACRA. Enjoy.  In November, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will pass a final rule regarding how physician practices will need to shift to become compliant with a new quality-based reimbursement program. These proposed changes, which the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has named the Quality Payment Program, replace a patchwork system of Medicare reporting programs with a flexible system that allows physicians to choose from two paths that link quality… Full Story

Plano-Based Community Corp. to Manage Fairfield Hospital

Plano’s Community Hospital Corporation has won a contract to manage the Fairfield Hospital District beginning on January 1, 2017. The board of the town 90 miles south of Dallas approved the decision last week, which will put the 37-bed hospital under the management of the Plano company’s consulting segment. Full Story