Irving-based HMS Settles $60 Million Breach of Contract Verdict for $20 Million

Irving-based HMS Healthcare has settled litigation with the founders of a business it bought in 2010, agreeing to pay plaintiffs Dennis Demetre and Lori Lewis $20 million. In November, a New York jury ruled in favor of Demetre and Lewis’ breach of contract claim, awarding the two $60 million in damages. HMS had filed a post-trial motion for an order granting it judgment notwithstanding the verdict or to set aside the award of damages, according to the most recent quarterly report of HMS-parent HMS Holdings. The two sides signed the settlement on June 27, and HMS—which surpassed $500 million in… Full Story

Heat Exhaustion Season Is Here, Warns Parkland

By now Dallas has become one big outdoor sauna, and Parkland Health & Hospital System is warning individuals to be aware of the risks. Additionally, hospitals should be prepared to deal with more cases of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Parkland Hospital has seen more than 430 patients with heat-related diagnoses itself since 2010. And about 618 people per year have died from exposure to excessive natural heat from 1999 to 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Heat exhaustion is the lesser evil of the two, resulting when people are exposed to high temps and become… Full Story

Texas Health To Build 83-bed Hospital in Mansfield

Texas Health Resources will build an 83-bed, 195,400-square-foot hospital in Mansfield, adding a second hospital to the booming Tarrant County suburb. It will have an Emergency department, patient rooms, ICU, women’s services, a surgery center, cardiovascular care, and a pharmacy, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, which had the news on Tuesday afternoon. The Startlegram says Texas Health’s plan is for a four-story hospital, with 59 beds to open by 2020 and the remaining 24—which will be on the third floor—to be finished at some point in the future. It’ll employ 300 people for starters, and Texas Health is planning… Full Story

Baylor Scott & White’s Fort Worth, Dallas Campuses Experience Baby Booms

A whopping 48 babies were born at Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center – Fort Worth during a 41-hour span from June 26 to June 28. That compares to the hospital’s average of about 15 a day (5,700 total in 2017), which already makes it the busiest labor & deliver unit within the Baylor Scott & White Health system. The facility was well-equipped for the rush, with 64 postpartum rooms and 19 L&D rooms, although it did call in extra staff. That stretch follows a previous rush at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, where 42 babies entered… Full Story

Here Are The Indictments For The Tyler Nurse Charged With Murder And Aggravated Assault

Let’s close the loop on an aside I slid into a story last week about William George Davis, 34, the Tyler nurse charged with murder and now two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly injecting air into the arterial lines of patients recovering from heart surgery. Based on verbiage in a different news story, I’d figured the recent indictment—the reason for that story—would be sealed. I was wrong about that. It’s available, and the Smith County District Attorney’s office sent it right over when I asked for it Friday. The new details contained within it, however,… Full Story

Bridal Shop Suing Texas Health Over Inadequate Ebola Training Wants Texas Supreme Court To Take A Look

An Ohio bridal shop is asking the Texas Supreme Court to look at its claims against Texas Health Resources, which the business says failed to adequately educate staff during the Ebola scare in 2014, Law360 reported last week. A Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas nurse who contracted the virus visited the Akron, Ohio-based shop—Coming Attractions Bridal and Formal—between her exposure to Ebola and her diagnosis, prompting Ohio authorities to force the store’s temporary closure for an analysis and cleaning. The store reopened three weeks later, but Coming Attractions claims its reputation took a permanent hit. The store announced in early 2015… Full Story

Texas Rates Poorly In New Child Well-being Study

Texas rated eighth-worst among the 50 states when it came to overall child well-being in a new study by the nonprofit Annie E. Casey Foundation, which focuses on improving well-being for kids. This might feel like a repeat to the readers of this site—I covered a WalletHub report in April that had the Lone Star State third-to-last. That study put a greater focus on health-specific factors, all the way down to things like sugar-sweetened beverage consumption. For this one, the Annie E. Casey Foundation took a broader approach, looking at 16 measures across economic well-being, education, health, and family and… Full Story

Planned Parenthood Adds Services for Transgender People To More Texas Locations

Based on demand, Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas (PPGT) is adding services for transgender people to two additional health centers, one in Denton and another in Austin. Those are in addition to locations in Arlington, Austin, and Plano, which started offering gender affirming hormone therapy last year. Planned Parenthood plans to expand to more locations later this year, and says it’s receiving overwhelmingly positive feedback from patients. “Our health centers have always provided not just trans-friendly, but trans-competent healthcare to patients who too often have previously gone without necessary care out of fear or uncertainty,” said Elizabeth Cardwell, PPGT lead… Full Story

Carrollton Woman Arrested In Home Healthcare Fraud Scheme

A Carrollton woman has been arrested in a home healthcare fraud scheme in which she allegedly used a doctor’s signature stamp to sign orders and certifications on patients she’d never seen. Nehaj Rizvi, 29, is charged with healthcare fraud amounting to $2.5 million. Rizvi, of Life Spring Housecall Physicians Inc., sent doctors’ orders and certifications to more than 100 home health agencies using a physician’s signature stamp. The falsified docs led those agencies to bill for about $2.5 million in fraudulent Medicare claims. Many of the patients weren’t even eligible for home healthcare, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern… Full Story

Texas Health Alliance Designated as Level IV Trauma Center

The Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Alliance increased its emergency department from 15 to 44 beds, and earned a Level IV trauma designation. It now has four trauma rooms, updated telemetry, and switched things around for a better patient flow, Texas Health says. The facility has also added staffing. Texas Health Alliance serves patients in Northeast Tarrant County. It’s seeing more trauma patients this year so far—about 57 per month compared to 48 a month last year. “This is an exciting time for Texas Health Alliance,” says Clint Abernathy, president of Texas Health Alliance, in a statement. “We are growing… Full Story