Tenet Tops Among For-Profit Trend Toward Higher Revenue Per Patient

With Q1 earnings time having come and gone, Modern Healthcare on Monday took a look at a trend that emerged across first-quarter reports from the largest for-profit hospital systems: They’re making more money per patient. And among them, Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare Corp. made the largest leap by that metric, growing revenue per admission by 4.1 percent during the first quarter of 2018. Tenet leadership, as MH points out, attributed that to higher acuity, particularly within its expanding sectors of cardiovascular and trauma. It says the trend is sustainable. Interestingly, the No. 2 system by growth in revenue per admission also… Full Story

T-System Hires A New CFO

Dallas-based T-System has added Steve DeCosta as its chief financial officer. DeCosta comes over from Research Now, a digital data company, and will head the day-to-day financial operations as well as the financial and operating strategy for T-System and RevCycle+, its sister company. T-System is a healthcare IT company that specializes in emergency department documentation. “Steve brings T-System a wealth of experience and knowledge in all areas of finance and accounting, along with focused, financial discipline needed to help steer our growth,” said Tim Swango, EVP and chief operating officer at T-System, in a statement. “His background in publicly traded… Full Story

Irving-based Christus Health Gets Good News From Moody’s As Its Good Shepherd Turnaround Continues

In early 2017, Christus Health System finalized a deal to bring Longview-based Good Shepherd Health System under its direction. Late last week, the Irving-based not-for-profit’s efforts to turnaround Good Shepherd were recognized by Moody’s Investor Service. Moody’s raised Good Shepherd’s bond rating by four notches, from Caa1 to Ba3. Under the new rating, Moody’s says the hospital’s bonds have speculative elements and are subject to substantial credit risk. The old rating had the bonds judged to be of poor standing and subject to very high credit risk. Why the change? Well, Moody’s is high on the new ownership from Christus,… Full Story

Panelists from Baylor Scott & White, UT Southwestern, and Children’s Weigh In On Hospital Innovation

On Monday afternoon, some innovation-minded hospital administrators gathered at Factory Six03, a trendy spot in downtown Dallas’ West End, to talk about hospital innovation. And they didn’t disappoint, offering some straightforward thoughts on topics ranging from a trend toward smaller, community hospitals, to telemedicine, to navigating a tricky transition period between fee-for-service and value-based care. With myself asking the questions, the panelists for the Dallas Startup Week event were Matthew Chambers, chief information officer at Baylor Scott & White Health; Suresh Gunasekaran, VP and chief of operations at UT Southwestern Health System; and Julie Hall-Barrow, VP of virtual health and… Full Story

Medical City Plano and Medical City Frisco Name New CFO

The chief financial officer for Medical City Denton will take on that job at Medical City Healthcare’s Plano and Frisco facilities, the hospitals said Monday. Jon Alford has been named CFO for 513-bed Medical City Plano and 54-bed Medical City Frisco. He’ll relent his duties at the Denton locale, where he’s led the finance team for the last two years. In all, Alford has nearly 15 years in healthcare finance across systems in Arkansas, North Carolina, Michigan, and Oklahoma. Alford is taking over for Melissa McLeroy, who moved on to become CFO of Medical City Dallas earlier this year. “Jon’s… Full Story

Baylor Scott & White Health Operating Income Soared in the First Half of Fiscal 2018

Baylor Scott & White Health brought in operating income of $383 million during the first half of fiscal year 2018, which lands during the second half of the calendar year. That income represents an increase of 80 percent over the same period the previous year. The numbers came out as a part of the system’s quarterly disclosure report this week. Overall, the nonprofit brought in $4.81 billion in revenue during the first half of fiscal 2018, up about 7 percent from $4.49 billion the year before. The system did note that premium revenue was down 13.5 percent for the period… Full Story