CMS Releases Payment Schedule for 2014

Acute- and long-term-care hospitals will see small increases in Medicare payments beginning in 2014, under a proposed payment schedule released Friday by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Services. Changes to reimbursements for centers that cater to the uninsured is already drawing fire from public hospitals, Modern Healthcare reports. Proposed regulations in the 1,424-page document also include new penalties for centers that fail to curb hospital-acquired conditions.

Morning Rounds (04.26.13)

A Cedar Hill physician who ran a now-closed Terrell hospital has been indicted in a more than $1 million healthcare fraud investigation.

Pension obligations, expenses, and contributions are weighing down U.S. not-for-profit hospitals—and those demands are likely to continue for years.

CMS reports that more than 50,000 health IT jobs have been created since the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act was enacted in 2009. Full Story

Morning Rounds (04.25.13)

Former Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas executive Eduardo Sanchez, MD, has been named deputy chief medical officer of Dallas-based American Heart Association.

Two Dallas hospital system chief executives were among 30 U.S. recipients of the inaugural Becker’s Healthcare Leadership Awards.

Texas Health Resources is merging Texas Health Presbyterian Foundation and Texas Health Harris Methodist Foundation into a single organization that will have a regional focus. Full Story

Morning Rounds (04.24.13)

Physicians across the country are applauding a Georgia bill that shields them from lawsuits brought on the basis of federal quality-of-care and payment standards authorized by the ACA.

The average wait time for a physician in Dallas in 2012 was more than 19 minutes, according to a study that analyzed data from more than 870,000 U.S. physicians. Statewide, Texas came in at 22 minutes, ranking No. 42 out of the 50 states.

UNT System Chancellor Lee Jackson has appointed a 17-member presidential search advisory committee to identify candidates to lead the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth. Full Story

Salary by Market: Plastic Surgeon

Plastic surgeons examine, diagnose and perform surgical treatments on patients seeking to physically alter the appearance of their body. Plastic surgeons operate on patients because of an abnormal structure due to congenital defects, developmental abnormalities, trauma, infection, tumors, disease, or because of a patient’s personal preference. According to, a Dallas plastic surgeon makes an average annual salary of $328,006. The same plastic surgeon would make $326,038 in Houston, $358,183 in Boston, $344,078 in Chicago, $396,231 in San Francisco, $321,774 in Miami, and $382,455 in New York.

Morning Rounds (04.23.13)

Irving-based Novation has created a new company to help hospitals negotiate contracts for medical supplies.

Baylor and Emerus, a freestanding emergency care operator based in The Woodlands, plan to build a joint-venture medical center in Colleyville.

Two North Texans have been named to Modern Healthcare’s ’50 Most Influential Physician Executives’ list for 2013. Full Story

Two North Texans Named to Modern Healthcare’s ’50 Most Influential Physician Executives’ List

Kelvin Baggett, senior vice president and chief medical officer at Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare Corp., has been named to Modern Healthcare’s 2013 list of the nation’s “50 Most Influential Physician Executives,” coming it at No. 18. The only other Texan to rank on the list is U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess, co-chairman of the Congressional Health Care Caucus, who ranked No. 48. The top three for 2013 are Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber in Salem, Ore.; Mayo Clinic President and CEO John Noseworthy in Rochester, Minn.; and CDC Director Thomas Frieden in Atlanta. Click here for a photo slideshow of all 50 physicians.

Morning Rounds (04.22.13)

• The Texas Senate has passed a bill that, among other things, provides $10 million to create new residency positions.

Private insurance paid for fewer hospitalizations between 1997 and 2010; but Medicare and Medicaid payments jumped by 36 percent and 16 percent, respectively.

• Come next January, nearly 26 million Americans will be eligible for tax credits under the Affordable Care Act. Full Story

HCA Plans $114 Million Expansion of its Medical City Dallas Campus

HCA North Texas is embarking on a $114 million expansion of its Medical City Dallas campus. It’s the third big local project the hospital operator has announced in recent weeks. As D Healthcare Daily previously reported, Medical City of Plano will get started on a $66 million expansion in May, and this summer, HCA will break ground on a new $71 million full-service hospital in the Alliance area of North Fort Worth. Medical City CEO Erol Akdamar said in a statement that the decision to expand in Dallas was driven by  “robust growth” in demand for specialty services. The project… Full Story

Study: Remote Patient Monitoring Systems Poised for Rapid Growth

According to an in-depth report from Berg Insight, home monitoring systems will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 26.8 percent between 2011 and 2017 to 9.4 million. The number of devices with cellular connectivity increased to more than 1 million in 2012, and will grow at a CAGR of 46.3 percent to 7.1 million in 2017. About 2.8 million patients worldwide are remotely monitored today. Berg Insight, a research organization that serves the telecom industry, reports that: Some of the most common conditions being monitored are chronic diseases including cardiac arrhythmia, hypertension, ischemic diseases, sleep apnea, diabetes, hyperlipidemia,… Full Story