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

New CFO at Lake Granbury Medical Center

Lake Granbury Medical Center has named Amie Turner as its new Chief Financial Officer. She will replace Matt Bytler, who will now be the CFO at Abilene Regional Medical Center. Turner will lead finance, patient registration, information management, case management, accounts payable, revenue integrity, and supply chain oversight at the 73-bed facility. The 750 employees serve residents in Hood, Somervell, and Erath counties. Prior to Lake Granbury, Turner was the Assistant CFO at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center in North Carolina. She also worked in South Carolina at Mary Black Health System. She has been in accounting since 2008.

Children’s Health Names New Chief Nursing Officer

Children’s Health has named Tammy Webb as its new executive vice president and chief nursing officer, where she will lead the system’s nursing practice. She will guide nursing strategy, culture, and operational excellence for patient care at the nation’s eighth largest pediatric health provider. “Tammy embodies the clinical nursing, strategic planning and hospital administration expertise necessary to successfully fulfill this multifaceted position, bringing nearly three decades of experience ranging from bedside nursing to nursing leadership,” said David Berry, system clinical and scientific operations president at Children’s Health via release. “With a demonstrated history of strategic leadership and collaboration, we are… Full Story

Baylor and Former Texas Health Leaders Honored by DFW Hospital Council

The Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council has named Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – McKinney President Kyle Armstrong the 2019 Young Healthcare Executive of the Year and former chair of the Texas Health Resources Board of Trustees John R. “Bob” Ferguson the 2019 Kerney Laday, Sr. Trustee of the Year. The Young Healthcare Executive of the Year honor recognizes high achievement of those under the age of 40 in a DFWHC-member hospital. The trustee of the year honor is named for Kerney Laday Sr., who was on the THR board for 10 years, and acknowledges excellence in the trustee role. Armstrong… Full Story

Expert: How Reference Pricing and Consumerism Reduce Healthcare Costs

Reference pricing leverages a shopping model with an allowance component to give employees an incentive for comparing providers for particular procedures by shifting any costs above a target price to the patient. It’s a consumerism approach that encourages employees to become informed about their healthcare especially with respect to costs.  The Employee Benefits Research Institute estimates industry-wide savings of $9.4 billion or 1.6% of total aggregate US healthcare spend, so it has the potential to lower healthcare costs for the country. Blue Cross Blue Shield developed the shopping model in 2011 for the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPers) and… Full Story

UnitedHealth Brief: Hospitals Will Cost Payers $250 Billion Over the Next Decade

Healthcare is expected to cost the country $6 trillion by 2027, an increase from $3.5 trillion in 2017, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services – but it can be difficult to pinpoint the source of the swelling. Hospitals complain about low reimbursement rates from insurance companies while insurance companies point to rising hospital costs. Consumer behavior and social determinants of health are huge factors that are even more difficult to address. The most troubling piece of the puzzle is that despite the cost increases, overall quality in the United States (and Texas in particular) have not risen… Full Story

Avoiding Pre-Term Birth with Text Messages in Dallas

It is good business to engage with consumers, but when it comes to healthcare, engagement may be a matter of life and death. Texas’ maternal mortality rate has been debated a good deal in recent years, but nearly everyone agrees that it is much too high, especially for women of color. At the Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation, data analytics and technology are improving outcomes for underserved pregnant women in Dallas. One significant way to reduce maternal and infant mortality is to avoid pre-term birth, and in 2017, Texas had a 10.4 percent pre-term birth rate – earning a D… Full Story

UT Southwestern Expanding in Frisco

With all the hospital growth in DFW, it can be difficult to keep up with what is being built where and for whom. UT Southwestern is no stranger to growth, both at its main campus in Dallas and outlying districts. Frisco has been a hot spot for hospital growth, with Baylor Scott and White, Texas Health Resources, Medical City, and Scottish Rite of Texas building hospitals in the booming suburb in recent years. The two will soon be united. UT Southwestern will add to the healthcare explosion in Frisco with a four story multi-specialty clinic set to open in late… Full Story