Medical City Dallas Trustee To Be Chair of 2017 AHA Committee of Governance

The American Hospital Association announced that Andrew M. Stern, from Medical City Dallas, will be chair for the AHA’s 2017 Committee on Governance. He succeeds Margaret Wagner Dahl, who served as chair for the 2016 Committee on Governance. AHA is a national organization representing nearly 5,000 hospitals, healthcare systems, networks, providers, and 43,000 members. The AHA provides education for healthcare leaders and information about healthcare issues and trends. According to AHA, the COG is a specialized committee of the AHA Board of Trustees. The COG is responsible for providing input for AHA’s policy development, leading the involvement of U.S. hospital… Full Story

Former Tenet Healthcare Corp. Executive Indicted for Alleged Role in $400 Million Fraud Scheme

A former executive of Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare has been indicted for allegedly paying kickbacks for patient referrals and intentionally misleading federal authorities. According to the Department of Justice, the indictment alleges from 2000 through 2013 the executive played a role in an over-$400 million scheme to defraud, victimizing the U.S. government, the Georgia and South Carolina Medicaid programs, and prospective patients of Tenet hospitals. John Holland, 60, was charged on Jan. 24 in the Southern District of Florida with one count of mail fraud, one count of healthcare fraud, and two counts of major fraud against the U.S. Holland previously… Full Story

THA Testifies Before Senate Finance Committee’s Workgroup on Containing Cost Growth

The Texas Hospital Association testified before the Senate Finance Committee’s Workgroup on Feb. 3 to discuss healthcare costs, specifically, the financing environment in which hospitals operate and initiatives they are investing in to reduce costs and improve healthcare quality. John Hawkins, senior vice president of governmental relations at THA, represented the organization while presenting his case to to the SFC, chaired by Sen. Charles Schwerner (R-Georgetown). “Texas hospitals understand the state’s challenge of stretching limited revenue to cover growing budget needs,” Hawkins said in a statement. “Every day, Texas hospitals face the need to serve more patients, invest in the… Full Story

Good Shepherd Health System Joins Christus Health

Good Shepherd Health System, based in Longview, has finalized an agreement to become a part of Irving-based Christus Health and create the Christus Good Shepherd Health System. The merger will allow the two systems to work together to improve access to care for patients and expand healthcare services throughout East Texas. Christus Good Shepherd will become part of the Christus Health Northeast Texas region. It ideally will play a pivotal role in growth across East Texas and throughout the area. The agreement also states that the experienced physicians and medical providers of Good Shepherd Medical Associates will become part of… 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

Conversation With: Richard Feldman, President and CEO of Diamond Healthcare Corp.

Diamond Healthcare Corp., a population health company focused on developing contemporary services that enhance the mental and physical well-being of communities, has offered management and consulting expertise to hospitals, healthcare systems, and real estate investment firms nationwide for 32 years. Now the Richmond, Va.-based company is making moves in North Texas, most recently partnering with Dallas-based SRP Medical to bring improvements in the behavioral healthcare field. I chatted with the president and CEO of Diamond, Richard Feldman, about his plans for the company’s development in DFW and what he has in mind for the future. What prompted you to partner… Full Story

Wray Borland Leaves Medical City Plano, Named VP of Operations at Christus Spohn Hospital

Medical City Plano Assistant Administrator Wray Borland will leave the hospital to join Christus Spohn Health System as the vice president of operations at Christus Spohn Hospital Corpus Christi-Shoreline in Corpus Christi. Christina Roscoe, assistant resident at Medical City Plano, will take Borland’s place In his new role at Shoreline, Borland will oversee a number of the organization’s clinical support and ancillary operations. Borland says he and his family are excited to be moving closer to the ocean and look forward to all the outdoor activities Mustang Island has to offer. “It’s great to be back in the city I grew up… Full Story

Baylor Scott & White Medical Center–Garland President Retires

Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-Garland President Tom Trenary retired on Feb. 1. Donas Cole, who joined the medical center in 2012 and served most recently as its vice president of administration, will serve as its interim president. Trenary became president of the Garland medical center in July 2008, according to Baylor Scott & White Health. Previously, Trenary had served as vice president of operations for Medcath, a cardiac healthcare system in Charlotte, N.C. Trenary’s healthcare career spans more than 40 years. He worked at multiple healthcare organizations across the U.S. in senior leadership positions at systems like Transitional Hospitals… Full Story

Methodist Dallas Performs First Robotic Kidney Auto-Transplant in North Texas

Methodist Dallas Medical Center surgeons Alejandro Mejia, MD, FACS, and Richard Dickerman, MD, FACS, have performed the first robotic auto-transplantation in North Texas. The surgeons used the da Vinci® Surgical System in December on a 42-year-old female patient who suffers from loin pain hematuria syndrome, a rare condition causing persistent or recurrent pain in the upper abdomen or back and sides and blood in the urine. While she possesses both kidneys, one needed to be moved to the other side to alleviate her pain. According to Methodist Dallas, Dickerman and Mejia believed the patient would be a good candidate for… Full Story