Methodist’s Midlothian Hospital Gets The Go-Ahead

Methodist Health System’s planned hospital in Midlothian will be about 190,000 square feet and include five stories, 44 beds, with the capacity to expand to 80 beds. The project—which will sit on 67 acres west of U.S. 287, near the Midlothian ISD Multi-purpose Stadium—also includes a 45,000-square-foot medical office building. The details come out in conjunction with the Midlothian City Council’s approval of the project last week. Methodist originally announced the plans back in December. It’s the first hospital for Midlothian, which is set for some significant growth—Google-parent Alphabet Inc. is putting up a data center in town. Midlothian is… Full Story

JPS Looks To Add A Revenue Stream With Fort Worth Development

JPS Health Network has lined up CBRE to market a 5.6-acre mixed-use development the organization will break ground on in 2019. CBRE says in a news release that the site is being offered via long-term ground lease. Potential projects are valued north of $100 million. The development will sit on a parking lot currently used by JPS patients and employees. Developing the desirable space, which affronts Magnolia and Main Streets, allows JPS to add a long-term revenue stream. “We are pleased to offer a world-class development opportunity next to our main Fort Worth campus,” said Robert Earley, President and CEO… Full Story

DFWHC Announces Its Young Healthcare Exec Of The Year

The Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council has selected Medical City Fort Worth CEO Jyric Sims the 2018 Young Healthcare Executive of the Year. The award goes to a leader at a DFWHC-member hospital who is 40 years old or under, and who displays promise as a leader of the future. Sims has been CEO of 320-bed Medical City Fort Worth for about a year. He spent time in executive roles at HCA Healthcare hospitals (HCA is Medical City Healthcare’s parent company) in Florida and Louisiana before moving to DFW. He’ll be honored in October at DFWHC’s annual awards luncheon at the… Full Story

Medical Equipment Firms Partner To Form Combined Fort Worth Company

A couple of medical equipment and med equipment delivery companies are forming a partnership under the brand name JMeds, which will be based in Fort Worth. J-Meds, Inc. and Kalos Health Services are coming together, the two sides announced on Wednesday. The company will have five Texas locations, including two in DFW, plus facilities in McAllen, Houston, and San Antonio. J-Meds CEO Jerry Williams will serve in the same role at the new, combined company. “My position will allow me to deepen relationships with our customers – people who have entrusted their business with us over the years,” Williams said… Full Story

U.S. News Tags Baylor Scott & White With More ‘Best Hospital’ Honors Than Any Other System in Texas

A total of 16 hospitals within Baylor Scott & White Health were either ranked or considered “high performing” in the latest rendition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals listings—more than any other hospital system in Texas. The system’s flagship campus in Dallas, Baylor University Medical Center, was nationally ranked in Ear, Nose & Throat (No. 40) and Gastroenterology & GI Surgery (42). Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospital – Plano also came in No. 21 in the U.S. for Cardiology and Heart Surgery. BUMC came in second to UT Southwestern Medical Center as the top hospital in… Full Story

UT Southwestern Named Top Hospital in DFW, Second in State by U.S. News

UT Southwestern Medical Center again took the top spot on U.S. News & World Report’s rankings of the best hospitals in Dallas-Fort Worth, topping Baylor University Medical Center and Medical City Dallas. UT Southwestern came in as the second best hospital in the state, and it was nationally ranked for seven specialties: Geriatrics (No. 18), Diabetes & Endocrinology (21), Neurology & Neurosurgery (21), Nephrology (25), Urology (34), Pulmonology (43), and Orthopedics (49). The annual Best Hospitals listings from U.S. News are a product of an analysis of data from about 5,000 medical centers, and survey responses from more than 30,000… Full Story

Alabama Hospital Owned by Tenet No Longer At Risk Of Losing Medicare Privileges

A hospital in Alabama owned by Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare is clear of immediate risk of losing its Medicare billing privileges for the second time this year, according to Becker’s Hospital Review. Birmingham-based Brookwood Baptist Medical Center was under pressure after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services notified it in July that it wasn’t in compliance with certain program requirements related to patient safety. Brookwood had until Aug. 9 to make the changes or face contract termination, and Becker’s reports that CEO Keith Parrott confirmed the changes have been made. “We will continue to fully participate in the Medicare and… Full Story

Teladoc Teams With CVS On MinuteClinic Offering

Teladoc has secured a partnership with CVS Health. The companies said late last week that CVS is rolling out a virtual care offering associated with its retail medical clinic, MinuteClinic. The MinuteClinic video visits will cost $59 and be available 24 hours a day through a mobile phone. CVS says video visits are for patients age two and older who want to get checked out for minor illnesses, minor injuries, or skin conditions. Each patient will complete a health questionnaire, then be matched to a board-certified health care provider licensed in their state, who will review the completed questionnaire with… Full Story

MedPAC Recommendations Could Impact North Texas’ Dozens of Stand-alone ERs

In June, when the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission issued a two-pronged recommendation regarding stand-alone emergency departments, it pointed to one metropolitan area to illustrate growth in independent freestanding ERs: Dallas. From 2013 to 2017, the Dallas metro went from having 25 such facilities to 73. The entire U.S. has just 200. The recommendation issued by MedPAC calls for changes in the way Medicare bills stand-alone ERs and, to be clear, has nothing to do with independent freestanding ERs, which are not associated with a hospital and which the federal government doesn’t recognize. It has everything to do with stand-alone ERs… Full Story

Texas Tribune Runs Through Factors On States’ Side in Fight To Dismantle ACA

All arguments have been submitted in the case that pits Texas and 19 other states against the Affordable Care Act, according to the Texas Tribune. That means a federal judge, right here in North Texas, now holds the key to the healthcare law’s future. Experts say a ruling should come in the next few months, according to the Trib, which ran through several factors in Texas’ favor in a story this week: It’s not the first time Texas has sued over Obamacare, but this attempt has several weighty advantages. One comes from Congress, which in December shrunk the penalty for… Full Story