JLL Signs Facilities Management Deal With Plano-based LifeCare

Plano-based healthcare services provider LifeCare Health Partners has signed a facilities management deal with JLL, the companies announced earlier this month. It covers 19 facilities—both freestanding and of the “hospital-in-hospital” persuasion—that serve chronically ill and medically complex patients in nine states, including around Dallas-Fort Worth. The deal covers five years. The sides declined to provide financial terms. “Not only does our partnership highlight LifeCare’s dedication to improving the patient and family experience, but it also demonstrates a commitment to enhancing the work environment for medical personnel,” said Michael Marsh, managing director of the south central region for JLL Healthcare Solutions,… 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.

With A New State Law In Place, DFW Is Gearing Up For Telemedicine Expansion

Three years ago, Addison-based Concentra Occupational Health watched as Nevada joined other U.S. states in adding a telemedicine parity law. Such laws say that private insurers have to reimburse telemedicine visits the same way they do in-person visits. Nevada’s rule even specifically mentioned workers’ compensation, a key for Concentra. The shifting regulatory environment in that state and elsewhere would eventually provide reason enough for Concentra to enter the market, introducing a telemedicine product in 2017. A Concentra executive told me that it’s been well-received, prompting the company to expand within the telemed arena. The company provides workers’ compensation injury care… Full Story