Article: Dallas Has Become a ‘Major Center’ For the Surrogacy Business

With the abundance of doctors in Texas and the increasing popularity here of “gestational surrogate pregnancy”—that’s where the surrogate carries the biological embryo of parents who couldn’t have children on their own—Dallas has become a major center for the surrogacy business. That, at least, is the conclusion of this recent article in The Dallas Morning News (subscription required), which said that a community has sprung up in North Texas to support both surrogates and intended parents. Citing three North Texas women who’ve served as surrogates multiple times, the article said they’ve done so not just for the money, but to… Full Story

New Dallas Store Offers Hemp-based Health Products

A new hemp shop in Dallas says it sells the likes of edibles and capsules containing cannabidiol, a compound found in cannabis that’s said to help with pain, mood, and mental function. The shop, called CBD Kratom, also stocks something called kratom, an herb from the coffee family, in powder form. The supplement is said to increase energy and help with pain. D CEO magazine’s Danielle Abril has the complete story here.

Projecting the Shortage of Nurses in Texas by 2030

A report from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration says that, by 2030, fewer states will see a shortage of registered nurses than in years past. Unfortunately, those lucky states don’t include Texas, which has long been plagued by a deficit of nurses. According to the U.S. report, which was recounted in a Dec. 28 feature in Modern Healthcare, national demand for RNs should hit 3,601,800 by 2030, while the supply of RNs that year will be 3,895,600. However, the report says, the supply/demand ratio will vary dramatically across the states: “Looking at each state’s 2030 RN supply minus… Full Story

Viral Video Leads to Reunion Between Former Patient and Caregivers at Medical City McKinney

Seventeen years ago, caregivers at Medical City McKinney saved the life of then-1-year-old Caleb Johnson, who’d been the victim of a horrible car crash that killed his parents and injured Caleb and his four siblings. Caleb, who’s now 18 and living in Utah, posted a plea on Facebook to meet the nurse who’d saved his life that November morning in 2000, when he’d been just 13 months old. Sadly, the nurse, Dennie Miller, died of cancer years ago. But Caleb’s social-media post—which went viral with more than 35 million views—resulted in a recent reunion via Skype between Caleb and five… Full Story

Texas, and DFW, Hit Hard by Influenza Activity

Texas is reporting more incidence of influenza than all the U.S. states, and Dallas-Fort Worth is one of the individual markets experiencing the most flu activity. That’s according to the Walgreens Flu Index, which is compiled with retail prescription data for antiviral medications used to treat flu at Walgreens locations throughout the country. For the week ending Dec. 23, the index shows Texas ranking No. 1 for flu among all the states. Arkansas, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Nebraska round out the top five. The index put DFW at No. 7 among the nation’s individual markets for flu activity, behind six… Full Story

Methodist Health System to Build Midlothian’s First Hospital

Dallas-based Methodist Health System announced plans to build its 11th hospital—and Midlothian’s first—on 65 acres in the Ellis County town. Methodist said the fully licensed hospital, which will break ground next summer and open by late 2019, will include an emergency department and a full range of specialties and services. The new facility will be operated “in conjunction with the existing Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, in order to facilitate the opening with all reasonable diligence,” the system said in a news release. A Methodist spokesperson added that Methodist Mansfield’s leadership team would oversee operations of the Midlothian hospital for the… Full Story

California Buyer of White Rock Hospital is Bullish on East Dallas

The California company that’s buying Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-White Rock says it’s bullish on business prospects in East Dallas, in part because of the impending closure of Baylor’s hospital in Garland. “We’ll see a decent portion of those [Garland] patients heading for White Rock,” said Dr. Vincent Green, a principal with Pipeline Health LLC, which has reached a definitive agreement to acquire the White Rock facility. “They’ll need help. The ER [at Garland] saw 55,000 patients a year.” Green added that Pipeline, a hospital management company based in Manhattan Beach, Calif., is “excited” to establish a presence in… Full Story

Medical Management Company Admits Submitting False Insurance Claims

A physician-owned, medical management company based in Irving said it would plead guilty to mail fraud after submitting phony claims for anesthesia services, The Dallas Morning News reported. The company, Limbic Partners, was charged earlier this month in the scheme, which had the company submitting false claims for about $3.4 million over a two-year period for anesthesia services it did not provide, The News said. Limbic confessed to cheating UnitedHealth Group and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas out of about $1 million for the phony claims, federal court documents said. The company—but no doctors—were charged on Dec. 5, and… Full Story

Private Equity Firm Acquires Carrollton-based Operator of Hospital Gift Shops

Atlantic Street Capital, a private equity firm that invests in middle market firms, has snapped up a majority stake in Lori’s Gifts, a Carrollton-based company that’s the largest operator of gift shops in U.S. hospitals. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Lori’s, which was founded in 1981, had been owned by the Bernick family. The retailer has more than 1,700 employees—including 50 at its North Texas corporate headquarters—and more than 350 shops in hospitals nationwide. Lori’s assumes all staffing, buying, accounting, and operational responsibilities for the shops and provides gift service at each location, including same-day in-room delivery. According… Full Story

Holiday Message From Texas Health Resources CEO Strikes the Right Note

Here’s a different kind of healthcare “news,” but one that seems appropriate to the season. A few days ago, Texas Health Resources CEO Barclay Berdan sent out a holiday message to the system’s 24,000 employees, as well as volunteers and others. Entitled “Lighting The Way With Compassion,” Berdan’s missive—an adaptation appears below—seemed to strike just the right note and, as a result, serves as something of a model of effective CEO communications. Here is Berdan’s message: What do you associate with the end-of-year holidays? For many of us, the season involves time with family and friends, giving of presents, enjoying… Full Story