Rural Hospital Group Endorse Dallas-Based Telemedicine Provider to Deliver Care

The Texas Organization of Rural and Community Hospitals has endorsed Dallas-based Access Physicians as its preferred provider for telemedicine. Access Physicians provides inpatient and multispecialty telemedicine for clients across the country in both rural and urban facilities. “Many of the issues confronting our members, including financial challenges, personnel shortages, and access to care, can be addressed by telemedicine,” said Vicki Pascasio, FACHE, President and CEO of TMSI via release. “After a rigorous due diligence process that included research, performance evaluation, and references, our board is delighted to welcome Access Physicians to the family of Endorsed Business Partners.” TORCH-member hospitals and… Full Story

Blue Cross-Knox City Conflict May Be Going to Federal Court

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas is hoping to move the legal battle with Knox County Hospital District to federal court, and the temporary restraining order hearing scheduled for September 10 has been suspended. After 50th District Court Judge Bobby Burnett issued the TRO ordering BCBS to pay Knox County Hospital more than $21 million in what they allege are unpaid insurance claims, BCBS filed a motion in U.S. District Court for Northern Texas in Wichita Falls to move the case to federal court because BCBS of Texas is owned by Health Care Services Corporation in Chicago. “Blue Cross Blue… Full Story

Medical City’s Three-Phase Plan to Fight the Opioid Epidemic

Medical City Healthcare is doing its part to reduce opioid prescriptions in North Texas in the face of a nationwide crisis. The health system is using a three-phase plan to fight the overdose epidemic, which claimed the lives of 70,000 Americans in 2017 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The first phase launched in 2018, and targets opioid reduction in the system’s emergency departments. Over that period, the system has seen a 21 percent reduction in pain treatment with opioids because of less addictive but effective treatment options such as patches, medications, injections, and other therapies. “This… Full Story

Children’s Health’s Football Stadium Sponsorship Under Fire

The ribbon-cutting of Children’s Health Stadium at Prosper ISD on August 17 was supposed to be a celebrated affair that further established the pediatric provider into a new community where they will soon have another hospital. But The Dallas Morning News‘ business columnist Mitchell Schnurman took Children’s Health to task for both where and how they spent their money. The column said Children Health’s credibility will take a hit for paying $2.5 million to sponsor the $53 million, 12,000-seat stadium. The health system is expanding into Prosper, a wealthy and highly insured community north of Frisco, in the coming years, so it makes… Full Story

Parkland Joins Texas-Based Opioid Lawsuit Against Pharma Companies

Parkland Health and Hospital System is among 29 public and private hospitals in Texas that have filed a civil lawsuit against manufacturers, distributors, and retailers of opioids. The Dallas County complaint accuses the defendants of negligence, fraud, and civil conspiracy, which include Irving-based McKesson Corp., Purdue Pharma, Johnson and Johnson, and  40 other companies and individuals in the pharmaceutical industry. Last month, an Oklahoma judge ruled that Johnson and Johnson should pay the state $572 million for obscuring the dangers and overpromising the benefits of opioids. It was one of 2,000 similar lawsuits nationwide, and now Texas has joined the… Full Story

Why Texas Health Hospital Mansfield is Going Modular

Texas Health Hospital Mansfield is set to open early in 2021, but with labor shortages and unpredictable weather plaguing the construction industry all over North Texas, they found a solution that improves quality, consistency, and could be the future of the construction industry. Partnering with design and construction firm Beck Group and Factory Blue, the hospital is being built with modular restroom pods for the surgical and ICU patient rooms. The prefab rooms are built completely offsite and delivered to the hospital when they are complete. Factory Blue is the only multi-trade prefabrication facility in North Texas and is located… Full Story

Texas Doctor and Steward Hospital in Battle Over Rent, Hospital Records

A Radiation Oncologist in Port Arthur, Texas says he is locked out of his office and unable to access his patient records after the cancer center closed without notice in a Steward Health Care owned hospital, KBMT news reports. But Dallas-based Steward says the physician is involved in an ongoing lawsuit for non-payment of rent and that his claims are false. Dr. Tripp Chaudhury says the facility closed after a dispute over repairs following Hurricane Harvey, and that he cannot access patient records in his private cancer practice. “At this time we don’t have any medical records, they’re all locked in… Full Story

With BSW’s Help, FDA Approval for Low-Risk Valve Replacement

A trial led by Baylor Scott and White’s Heart Hospital in Plano has led to FDA approval of Trans Aortic Valve Replacement for low risk patients. The approval will open up the surgery to virtually all patients with aortic stenosis. TAVR is a procedure to replace an aortic valve without open-heart surgery, resulting in decreased risk and recovery time. The procedure has quickly become popular in high risk patients who cannot undergo surgery, but the approval means that younger, stronger patients will now be eligible. The majority of patients who are treated for aortic stenosis, which is a narrowing of the… Full Story

UT Southwestern Under Federal Scrutiny After Nurse Deaths

After two nurses died from fentanyl overdoses at UT Southwestern, The Dallas Morning News reports that the Drug Enforcement Agency is investigating the hospital, though the DEA and the U.S. attorney’s office did not confirm or deny the inquiry. DMN confirmed the probe by requesting documents from UT Southwestern following the death of the nurses in 2016 and 2018. The federal agencies were notified of the request because the documents included correspondence between the health system, a federal prosecutor, and the DEA. The nurses deaths prompted an inspection by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which found that UT Southwestern had not… Full Story

Tenet Appoints Army Surgeon General as Independent Director

Tenet Healthcare Corporation has appointed of Dr. Nadja West to its Board of Directors. West is a lieutenant general in the U.S. Army, the 44th Surgeon General of the U.S. Army and the former Commanding General of the U.S. Army Medical Command. She will join the board when she retires from the Army in October. West was previously the Joint Staff Surgeon at the Pentagon, where she advised the Chairman of the joint Chiefs of Staff and coordinated health services issues. She has been in combat deployment and healthcare leadership positions in the US and abroad, and has received the… Full Story