Microhospitals Have Become Part of the North Texas Healthcare Equation, But Will Some Feel The Heat from A CMS Survey Change?

Toward the end of February, Cook Children’s announced that it would close Cook Children’s Northeast Hospital and turn it into an ambulatory surgical center. The system determined that, as it’s currently operating, the Hurst-based facility would no longer meet the definition of a hospital under the tweaked guidance issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services late last year. The guidance says that to be defined as a hospital—more precisely, to get a foot in the door so that CMS can evaluate your merits by various other criteria—a facility must have an average daily overnight census of at least… Full Story

Watson Says Texas Health Southwest Is One of the Top 100 Hospitals in the U.S.

Texas Health Southwest was named a top 100 hospital from IBM Watson Health, marking the third straight year that the Fort Worth hospital appeared on the list. The facility is the only one in North Texas to crack the top 100 and one of just eight hospitals on it from Texas. Watson Health uses a national scorecard and public data to create the list, evaluating more than 2,700 hospitals based on patient care and satisfaction, operational efficiency, and financial stability. It compiles the list of 100 in various categories: teaching hospitals, major teaching hospitals, large community hospitals, medium community hospitals,… Full Story

Texas Hospital Association Recognizes Project in Vickery Meadow

The Texas Hospital Association has awarded its 2017 Excellence in Community Service Award to Texas Health Dallas for its collaboration on a project in Dallas’ refugee-heavy Vickery Meadow neighborhood. The Northwest Community Center is the result of a group effort between Texas health Resources, Texas Health Dallas, Northwest Bible Church, and Healing Hands Ministries. The organizations built a center to provide english classes, pastoral care, job training tutoring, and a primary care clinic operated by Healing Hands. Vickery Meadow is a community of more than 26,000 people speaking more than 40 languages. The staff at Northwest Community Center covers an impressive… Full Story

Texas Health, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas Find Themselves in Another Contract Dispute

A little more than a year after Texas Health Resources and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas ended a contract impasse in the final hour, the two sides again find themselves in a dispute. The current contract between the two parties runs through March 31. If they aren’t able to reach a new agreement by then, Texas Health care sites will be out of network for BCBSTX plan holders. The BCBSTX side of the equation says negotiations are hung up on what they classify as $1 billion in increased payments over the life of a four-year contract, as well as… Full Story

Texas Health Resources Comes In High on Fortune’s List of Best Companies to Work For

Texas Health Resources comes in at 15th on Fortune’s newly released list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For, making it the highest-ranking Texas company listed. The nonprofit system registered at 31st last year. Fortune says 92 percent of the 1,107 Texas Health employees who answered their survey said their workplace is great. They pointed to pride, atmosphere, rewards, and bosses as some of the top-notch attributes. The hospital has 24,569 employees, with another 1,154 job openings currently, according to Fortune. Texas Health did $4.5 billion in revenue last year. If you’re curious about what other perks vaulted Texas… Full Story

How Texas Health Resources Managed Its Ebola Crisis

CEO Barclay Berdan had been on the job for less than a month when the deadly virus struck Presbyterian hospital. In his March cover story in D CEO, Senior Editor Matt Goodman delves into how the leaders of Texas Health Resources and Presby managed the system and the hospital during an unprecedented crisis: Treating the first three people to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States. Full Story

How DFW Organizations Pursue Population Health

The triple aim promoted by former Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Administrator Donald Berwick—lowering per-capita costs, improving the patient experience and improving population health—is taken as an article of faith. The vaguest of these three is population health. What exactly does it mean? In a widely cited Journal of the American Medical Association article, Douglas Noble and Lawrence Casalino wrote that accountable care organizations were interpreting population health in medical terms, or “as a responsibility to provide preventive care for all of their patients and care management for their patients with serious chronic disease.” “Population health,” they wrote, “depends not… Full Story

North Texas Hospitals Focus on Food to Improve Outcomes, Patient Satisfaction

Hospitals are paying more attention to food for two reasons: cutting readmissions and increasing patient satisfaction. With malnutrition increasing costs, length of stay, and poor patient outcomes, more than 100,000 U.S. dietitians, nurses, hospitalists and other physicians and clinicians launched an interdisciplinary partnership called the Alliance to Advance Patient Nutrition in May to improve patient outcomes through nutrition intervention in the hospital. The alliance urged early nutrition screening, assessment and intervention in hospitals. It also launched a website—www.malnutrition.com—to provide hospital-based clinicians guidance on how to combat the problem. One out of three patients enters the hospital malnourished, and more become… Full Story

Texas Health Resources Named as ‘Most Wired’ Health System

Arlington-based Texas Health Resources have been designated among the nation’s “most wired” institutions in recognition of its implementation and use of information technology in its health-care delivery systems, Hospitals and Health Networks announced this week. “We see IT as a strategic lever that enables us to achieve superior business and clinical outcomes,” said Edward Marx, senior vice president and chief information officer at THR. “Our IT strategy is completely aligned with our overall strategy as an organization. Everything we are doing has a technology underpinning. If our organization is going to get to the next level, then we need all the… Full Story

THR, Cooper Aerobics Offer New Mental Health, Wellness Services in McKinney

Texas Health Resources has begun providing behavioral healthcare and “integrated wellness” services at the Cooper Craig Ranch in McKinney. Services include health consultations, counseling, and group therapy that address physical and mental well-being. Group therapy will include sessions for adolescents and women. Special programs will address the emotional aspects of chronic pain, heart and cancer issues, and anxiety. The services are provided by about a dozen employees from Texas Health Springwood Hospital in Bedford and the Seay Behavioral Health Center at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano. THR and Cooper officials say the new services comprise a wellness center. Cooper Craig… Full Story