D CEO’s Excellence in Healthcare Awards 2016

There are efforts to tackle the societal implications of diabetes incidence in poor neighborhoods. There are independent doctors who are aligning with other independents, teaming up in order not to be swallowed whole by a health system. There are innovators who are using technology to take healthcare out of the hospital and into the home. But all share a common thread: adapt to the market forces that have made medicine more of a business than ever, and try to regain the intimacy that attracted so many caregivers to the profession in the first place. Full Story

See Photos from Last Week’s Excellence in Healthcare Event

Last week, D CEO took over the Venetian Room at the Fairmont Hotel downtown to celebrate the December issue’s Excellence in Healthcare Awards. In attendance were officials from Baylor Scott & White Health, Texas Health Resources, Christus Health, Village Health Partners, the Methodist Health System, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Parkland Health & Hospital System, and many, many more. Full Story

Survey: Physicians Split on Price As Chief of HHS

On Monday, Irving’s Merritt Hawkins released its own findings from a survey of more than 1,000 doctors. It found a predictable party-line split: Forty-six percent of physicians feel “generally positive” about Price’s selection while 43 percent said they’re “generally negative” about it. Full Story

Contract Extension Negotiations Collapse Between Texas Health, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas

Discussions to extend an expiring contract between Texas Health Resources and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas fell apart on Monday afternoon, putting the Arlington-based provider’s dozens of hospitals and emergency centers as well as its hundreds of outpatient clinics at risk of falling out of network come January 1. Full Story

Feds Allege Mass Forest Park Medical Center Kickback Scheme; 21 Indicted

A grand jury has returned indictments on 21 individuals allegedly involved a scheme that funneled more than $40 million in kickbacks through the defunct Forest Park Medical Center chain of luxury hospitals in return for patient referrals that resulted in “well over half a billion dollars” in billed claims. Full Story

Despite Rising Costs, Americans Report More Satisfaction With Insurance Plans

Over the last few years, the way people interact with their health insurers on a regular basis has changed dramatically. Thanks in large part to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the health coverage landscape is quite different these days, although it’s important to note that policy providers have risen to the potential challenges that came with the new requirements. Full Story

Head of DFW Hospital Council Calls For Unity Ahead of Legislative Session

This legislative session will be challenging because the budget will be front and center. The decrease of oil prices, reduction of sales tax and budget priorities will certainly impact the atmosphere in Austin. We are in this together and working collaboratively will produce meaningful results for all stakeholders. Full Story

California Radiology Practice Inks Partnerships With DFW Hospitals

The California-based Radiology Partners physician practice announced that it would be expanding into North Texas through partnerships with a long term acute care hospital chain and a pair of hospitals in Sunnyvale and Dallas, both of which are joint ventures between Baylor Scott & White Health and the Tenet Healthcare Corp. Full Story