Medical City Healthcare Acquires Weatherford Hospital

Irving-based Medical City Healthcare has snapped up Weatherford Regional Medical Center, a 103-bed, all-private-room, full-service hospital serving Parker County and the surrounding area. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. The Weatherford hospital, which provides a Level IV trauma center, labor and delivery, and high-level cardiac care, has about 600 full-time employees, including employed physicians and medical residents. The facility previously was owned by subsidiaries of Franklin, Tenn.-based Community Health Systems Inc. The hospital will be renamed Medical City Weatherford, and all employees in good standing have been transitioned to Medical City Healthcare, an Medical City spokeswoman said. “We are… Full Story

Platinum Dermatology Partners Expands to Houston

Platinum Dermatology Partners, a comprehensive physician-services organization for dermatology groups based in Dallas, has made its first foray into Houston. Platinum announced that Space City-based Texas Dermatology Specialists, which serves patients in Katy, Willowbrook, and North Cypress with three board-certified physicians and two certified physician assistants, has joined the Platinum network. Texas Dermatology Specialists was founded by Dr. Joseph Sedrak, an expert in skin conditions, treatments, and cosmetic procedures. Greg DeAtkine, Platinum’s CEO, declined to disclose the terms of the organization’s partnership with Texas Dermatology Specialists. The Dallas physician-services network is backed by Sterling Partners, a Chicago-based private equity firm… Full Story

Imaging Often Triggered By More Than Just Patient Need, UT Southwestern Researchers Find

A physician’s prior image-ordering habits and ownership of the equipment itself are strong indicators of unnecessary orders for X-rays, computed topography (CT), and MRIs, researchers at UT Southwestern’s Center for Patient-Centered Research have found. The researchers’ study was published in JAMA Internal Medicine, a peer-reviewed medical journal. “Whether or not you get unnecessary imaging is partly explained by how much unnecessary imaging the clinician orders in general, and whether or not the clinician owns the imaging equipment,” lead author Dr. Arthur Hong, assistant professor of internal medicine and clinical sciences at UT Southwestern Medical Center, said in a release. “For… Full Story

Texas Health Snags National Workplace Well-Being Award

For the second straight year, Arlington-based Texas Health Resources has been recognized as a Platinum-level “Best Employer for Healthy Lifestyles” by the National Business Group on Health. The 2017 recognition also marks the ninth year that Texas Health has appeared on the list, which measures the ways organizations make a difference in their employees’ well-being with Platinum, Gold, and Silver awards. “I’m truly proud that we’ve implemented a culture of health and well-being with proven results of success for our employees,” Barclay Berdan, Texas Health’s CEO, said in a release. “Through a number of our initiatives our employees are making… Full Story

Baylor Scott & White-Grapevine Scores Level II Trauma Designation

Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-Grapevine has earned a Level II Major Trauma Center designation and verification by the American College of Surgeons. That makes the 301-bed Grapevine hospital the only such center in Northeast Tarrant County, and the fifth in Dallas-Fort Worth. Level II centers are able to provide immediate, definitive care for all kinds of traumas, from minor injuries to life-threatening injuries. Before attaining the designation, Baylor Scott & White says, ambulances had to drive half an hour, on average, from the Grapevine area to reach a Level II Major Trauma Center in Tarrant or Dallas Counties, putting… Full Story

Senator Wants Answers About EmCare ER Pricing

Envision Healthcare, the Colorado parent of EmCare Holdings, an emergency-room staffing firm, is facing an Oct. 11 deadline to tell Sen. Claire McCaskill how Dallas-based EmCare is controlling emergency care costs. The Missouri Democrat says she’s seeking the answers “following reports of skyrocketing costs at emergency rooms run by EmCare.” McCaskill, the ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, also has asked for a briefing on the matter by Oct. 11. EmCare, which provides outsourced physician services to ERs in hundreds of U.S. hospitals and healthcare facilities, has been blamed for “surprise” medical bills… Full Story

New Charges Filed In Alleged Tenet Fraud Scheme

Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare agreed last year to pay $514 million to settle allegations by the U.S. Department of Justice that it paid kickbacks for patient referrals. But on Wednesday the department filed new charges against two men in connection with the scheme, which allegedly enabled Tenet to bill Medicaid for more than $400 million in Georgia and South Carolina. The two are William Moore, formerly the CEO of Atlanta Medical Center, which Tenet had operated, and Edmundo Cota, the former head of the Clinica de la Mama network of pre-natal care clinics, which allegedly received Tenet kickbacks. Moore and Cota… Full Story

MedExpress Bringing Urgent Care Facilities to Dallas and Little Elm

Neighborhood healthcare provider MedExpress Urgent Care, based in West Virginia, is on its way to Texas. In October, Dallas and Little Elm will be the first two Texas cities to join a list of more than 200 neighborhoods in the U.S. with MedExpress medical centers. The new centers will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., with no appointment necessary. They will be part of Walgreens locations in Dallas, at 10152 Lake June Road, and in Little Elm at 2774 E. Eldorado Parkway. “Being connected to Walgreens will enable our patients to receive quality care and purchase any… Full Story

UT Southwestern Med Center Offering Free Telemedicine Access For Hurricane Victims

UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Texas Docs Care program is making life a little easier for hurricane evacuees living in the Lone Star State. Under the brand-new program, Texans will get free access to an ER physician via a video and text-messaging app from CirrusMD. They’ll be able to download the app and share images, video chat, or send a secure text message to a UT Southwestern doctor on a computer or mobile device—all at no cost. The physicians will be available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. to offer gratis advice on matters like refilling prescriptions or an evacuee’s health… Full Story

Tenet’s Fetter To Snag $22.9M In Severance Payout

Trevor Fetter, the outgoing CEO of Tenet Healthcare, will walk away from the troubled, Dallas-based hospital company with a tidy, $22.9 million severance package. According to financial documents filed by the company in March, Fetter’s package will include $10.85 million in cash, $8.29 million in “accelerated equity awards,” and $3.74 million in supplemental retirement plan and account benefits. The payout plan for Fetter, who’s said he’ll exit the company by next March 15 or whenever Tenet appoints his successor—whichever comes first—was reported this week by Becker’s Hospital Review and Modern Healthcare. A Tenet spokesman told D CEO Healthcare the company… Full Story