AHA Set To Roll Out Subscription-based CPR Training To More Hospitals Through Joint Venture

The American Heart Association on Thursday officially rolled out its new spin off with Norwegian medical equipment maker Laerdal Medical. The joint venture, called RQI Partners, will now set its sites on signing more contracts with hospitals across the U.S. for its re-thought version of CPR training, where trainees go through more frequent but shorter-in-duration training periods. RQI (resuscitation quality improvement) functions as hands-on CPR training within the hospital. Hospital staff practice CPR on mannequins equipped with sensors and attached to computers, which allow individualized feedback. Whereas CPR certification typically requires about a day of training every two years, RQI… Full Story

Due To High Demand, We’re Changing The Venue For Our D CEO Healthcare Breakfast Panel

Early last week, I put a story in our daily newsletter about our upcoming D CEO Healthcare Breakfast Panel. By that afternoon, we were already discussing having to move the thing to a new venue. I’m thrilled to say that it appears we’ve touched a nerve. Consider this your notification—if you bought your tickets already, you’ll also be getting an email—that we’re moving the event to AC Hotel by Marriott Dallas by the Galleria. That’s at 5460 James Temple Drive, Dallas, TX 75240. We’re also shifting everything up 15 minutes—registration is now at 7 a.m, with the discussion kicking off… Full Story

Checking In On The First Joint Healthcare Campus From the Texas Health, UTSW Partnership

The alliance between Texas Health Resources and UT Southwestern Medical Center is moving toward a new milestone. The two sides have a $270 million collaborative hospital and medical office building in the works in Frisco, the first facilities resulting from the partnership known as Southwestern Health Resources. It’ll be jointly owned and operated. Construction on the complex started last summer. On Tuesday, the two sides invited people out to mark the halfway point. When all is said and done, in one chunk of land at Cobb Hill and North Dallas Tollway will be: Texas Health Hospital Frisco, a 325,000 square… Full Story

Medicare Moves To Pull Funding For Heart Transplants at Baylor St. Luke’s

The Houston Chronicle reported last week that Medicare is cutting off funding to the heart transplant program at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services informed the Houston hospital that it needed to notify Medicare beneficiaries awaiting heart transplants of the change. It’s also pushing St. Luke’s to assist patients in transferring to other transplant programs. Here’s the Chronicle with more details: St. Luke’s can still appeal the ruling before an administrative law judge, but that would not stop the termination of funding next month. In a statement Tuesday, a St. Luke’s spokeswoman said the… Full Story

Tenet Healthcare Sells Off Three Hospitals

Tenet Healthcare Corp. announced Wednesday that it has sold off its three acute care hospitals in Chicago in a transaction that closes the loop on the Dallas-based hospital chain’s entry into the market a half-decade ago. The facilities exiting Tenet’s portfolio are Louis A. Weiss Memorial Hospital, Westlake Hospital, and West Suburban Medical Center, plus their local affiliates. It’s expected to close during the fourth quarter. Tenet found buyers in hospital operator Pipeline Health and investment firm TWG Partners. Financial terms were not released. The move follows Tenet’s strategy to commit to its top markets, as Modern Healthcare points out. It… Full Story

Report: UnitedHealth Eyeing Tenet’s Conifer

The Wall Street Journal reports this week that UnitedHealth Group is among the companies taking a hard look at Tenet Healthcare’s Frisco-based Conifer Health Solutions. Tenet has been dangling its healthcare management subsidiary on the open market since December, although it has maintained it might choose to keep the division. It accounts for about $1.6 billion in revenue—about eight percent of Tenet’s total—but has been a bright spot for the company amid recent cuts and restructuring. The WSJ says Conifer could fetch $2 billion or more from an acquisition.

Medical City Children’s Healthy Eating Program Recognized

The kids teaching kids program at Medical City Children’s Hospital is one of five programs across the country to receive the American Hospital Association NOVA Award for its efforts to improve community health. Hospital leadership will grab the award at a summit in San Diego later this month. Kids teaching kids was created in 2010 to improve children’s eating habits by encouraging them to choose healthier snacks. A 21-day challenge associated with the program has reached 275,000 elementary-aged students and their parents with nutritional resources. Through a “Kids Fit Menu,” North Texas children have ordered 300,000 healthy menu items at… Full Story

Stamford Hospital Falls Victim To CMS Rule That Caused Hurst Facility To Change Course

Stamford Memorial Hospital ended all inpatient care and shut down its emergency room last week, citing an average daily census that has dipped to just 0.48 so far in 2018, as KTXS reports. The new requirement to be considered a hospital by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services—put into place late last year—is two. Stamford is a couple hours drive west from DFW, but I point this out because I’ve followed the rule change in this space previously. In February, Hurst-based Cook Children’s Northeast Hospital announced it would be closing down as a hospital and re-opening as an ambulatory… Full Story

Trial About Fetal Remains Burial and Cremation Kicks Off

In 2017, Texas legislators passed Senate Bill 8, requiring hospitals to bury or cremate fetal remains. Monday, a Federal courtroom in Austin played host to the opening day of a trial pitting state attorneys versus reproductive rights attorneys, as the Texas Tribune reports. A similar rule by the Texas Department of State Health Services was axed by a U.S. District Judge in 2017, prompting the legislation. The Trib sums up the opposition to such a rule: Abortion opponents have argued that the rule was a means to bring human dignity to the fetuses, while reproductive rights advocates said it was another… Full Story

More Details on Texas Health’s Planned Hospital in Mansfield

Texas Health Resources’ hospital in Mansfield will be a joint venture with Florida-based Adventist Health System. It’ll cost $150 million and be called Texas Health Hospital Mansfield. Texas Health provided the extra details about its plans late last week, after reports earlier this month on the Mansfield City Council’s approval. THR and Adventist have collaborated on hospitals previously, including 356-bed Texas Health Huguley Hospital Fort Worth South. Adventist is one of the largest not-for-profit health systems in the U.S., with nearly 50 hospital campuses. The nuts and bolts, if you missed them: This will be a four-story, 83-bed campus encompassing… Full Story