Dallas-based Caddis Partners Launches Senior Living Brand

Caddis Partners, a Dallas-based healthcare real estate development firm, has announced the launch of its senior living brand, Heartis, which will be develop its first location in Cleburne. “Our goal is to create a distinctive, unique brand that people will associate with the high-quality, high-value assisted living services and amenities that we will provide in our developments,” said Caddis Partners CEO and Partner Jason L. Signor in a statement. Heartis, which got its name playing off the saying, “Home is where the heart is,” will be developed and owned by affiliates of Caddis Partners, with management being provided by Eugene,… Full Story

Carrollton-based Cantex Has Aggressive Expansion Plans

Carrollton-based Cantex Continuing Care Network has been able to thrive despite 2011 Medicare reimbursement cuts by continuing relentless expansion and tightening its belt. The post-acute care provider has 24 nursing and rehabilitation facilities in Texas, half of which are in North Texas. It plans to break ground on a Flower Mound facility this month and owns land in Plano for future expansion. It has long-range plans for four additional facilities in DFW. The resort-style settings are named after famous hotels such as the Carlyle or San Remo. The company, which began in 1978, began to expand aggressively in 2005 by… Full Story

Morning Rounds (02.26.13)

Each year Truven Health Analytics finds the Top 100 Hospitals in the nation. This year, one North Texas hospital made the list in the Small Community Hospital category.

Health information technology can be a boon or a bane for addressing health-care disparities, according to a new report by four not-for-profit consumer and minority rights organizations.

A study of southern California nursing homes found a drug-resistant and potentially deadly skin infection in 20 out of 22 facilities tested.

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MRSA Pervasive in Nursing Homes, Study Finds

A study of southern California nursing homes found a drug-resistant and potentially deadly skin infection in 20 out of 22 facilities tested. The findings point to the need for more attention to the spread of drug-resistant infections, such as community-associated strains of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Community-associated strains begin in settings other than hospitals or other health care facilities. The strain of MRSA can lead to bloodstream infections, abscesses and pneumonia, and those in nursing homes are especially vulnerable, researchers said.

Dallas-based Encompass Home Health Picked for CMS Bundled Payment Pilot

Dallas-based Encompass Home Health is among the more than 400 U.S. healthcare organizations participating in the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement initiative, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) announced last week. Encompass plans to test the initiative in Dallas-Fort Worth, where it has 12 locations and about 2500 patients. The company provides home health care, hospice and continuous pediatric care. It has 118 locations in 12 states and had about $300 million in revenue in 2012. The initiative, originated by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), seeks to test whether bundling payments for episodes of care can improve coordination of… Full Story

CMS Eyes Patient Satisfaction Surveys for Hospice, Outpatient Surgery Centers

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) is requesting information for patient-satisfaction surveys for outpatient surgery centers and hospice care, according to written requests in the Federal Register. The surveys are part of an effort by the federal government to pursue a national quality strategy to promote patient satisfaction, coordination of care and communication across all sites of health care. CMS plans to submit the surveys to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality for official recognition as approved patient assessment instruments.

Dallas-based Epic Health Buys Boston Home Health Agency, Expands Services

Dallas-based Epic Health Services Inc., a provider of pediatric and adult home health care, has acquired AmeriCare, a Medicare-certified home health agency with three locations in Boston. The AmeriCare acquisition provides Epic with three new service lines: home nursing for clients with psychiatric and other behavioral issues, private-pay personal care for older adults, as well as nursing and aide services for other elderly and disabled clients. Epic plans to launch pediatric therapy and private duty nursing services in Massachusetts. Epic has 17 branch offices in Texas—including one each in Dallas and Fort Worth—as well as three in New Jersey and… Full Story

Morning Rounds (11.18.12)

Former American Board of Internal Medicine executive Christine Cassel, M.D., has been named president and CEO of the National Quality Forum, effective mid-summer 2013.

More than $2.3 trillion was spent on healthcare in 2010, the latest year for which detailed information is available. Here’s a breakdown of where that money went.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has released its final sets of approved test procedures providers will need to follow for the EHR Incentive program. Full Story

Dallas-based US Memory Care to Add Two Texas Centers; 20 More Expected in Three Years

Dallas-based US Memory Care is opening two new Texas centers, one in North Dallas and one in the Houston. The North Dallas and Houston locations are slated break ground in January 2013 and to open later in the year in addition to a Colleyville location that is set to open next month. This is just part of the growth plan for US Memory Care, which aims to build up to 20 new communities over the next three years throughout the Southwest. The North Dallas location will be built on 4.4 acres at Silverglen and Mapleshade. That center and the one… Full Story