North Texas Nursing Home With Alleged Sexual Assault Has Third Most Fines Nationwide

Over the last three years, Texas leads the nation for financial penalties at nursing homes by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services at 249 fines, and it isn’t close. Second place is California with only 139 fines over the same period, even though California has more nursing home residents. CMS is constantly evaluating the 15,000 nursing homes around the country, keeping detailed reports that keep track of everything from bed sore frequency to sexual assault. Thanks to an interactive map and search engine from ProPublica‘s Nursing Home Inspect, Texas’ nursing home struggles are on full display. Emerald Hills Rehabilitation And Healthcare… Full Story

AccentCare Inc. Acquires Steward Home Care and Hospice

Steward Home Care and Hospice has been acquired by Dallas-based AccentCare Inc. as of December 31. The acquisition will not impact Steward Home Care’s services, which serve more than 14,000 patients in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. AccentCare, Inc. provides post-acute healthcare and specialized care management before acute episodes. Its services include skilled nursing, rehabilitative therapies, hospice, private duty, care management, and healthcare management services. It employs over 24,000 people in 190 locations and 2,0000 facilities. The purchase of Steward will expand AccentCare’s reach to 16 states and 110,000 patients and clients annually served. Steward Home Care and Hospice was previously owned… Full Story

Dallas Healthcare Exec is First Texan in Two Decades to be on American Health Care Association Board

Dallasite Derek Prince, the president and CEO of HMG Healthcare, is the first Texan in over 20 years to be elected to the American Health Care Association’s Board of Directors. Prince began his career as a Certified Nurse Assistant 20 years ago, and now oversees 20 long term facilities in Texas and Kansas and one assisted living facility in Texas with Woodlands-based HMG. He has served on the Texas Health Care Association Board of Directors since 2005. The AHCA  is the nation’s largest association of providers for long term and post-acute care, and they work to improve care for frail,… Full Story

Have A Look At How Nursing Homes In DFW Are Performing With This Searchable Database

Healthcare is overrun with messy data, so I’m all for projects that pare it down, organize it, and spit it back at us in a way that’s easy to digest. That’s the case with a Kaiser Health News piece that dropped this week, pulling data from the markedly less-easy-to-use “Nursing Home Compare” tool from Medicare. The story is about how, after being released from a hospital to the care of a nursing home, one in five Medicare patients “boomerang” back to those hospitals within 30 days. Some nursing homes are better than others. In the middle of the story, we… Full Story

New Research Says Discouraging Continuity Of Care Could Be A Mistake

These days, thanks to the intertwined factors of regulation and consolidation, long-lasting patient-physician relationships are fewer and farther between. But recently, a few researchers have set out to quantify the positive effects of care continuity. One of those researchers is right here in Dallas. Southern Methodist University’s Vishal Ahuja, an assistant professor of operations management, looked at a massive swath of Veterans Affairs data related to Diabetes patients. He analyzed how care continuity—in other words, long-term relationships between patients and doctors—impacted hospitalizations, length of stay, and 30-day readmissions. “In all three cases, what I found was: the better the care… Full Story

Epic Health Services Acquires Georgia Pediatric Care Company

Another day, another new service line for the aggressively growing Epic Health Services. The company on Thursday announced the acquisition of Pediatria Healthcare for Kids, a Georgia-based pediatric home healthcare company that offers skilled nursing and therapy services. It also offers those services beyond in the home, in a center-based outpatient setting. Epic previously had nothing like that before this acquisition. Full Story