Forest Park Bariatric Director: “I Did What They Told Me To Do”

After 18 days and 47 witnesses, the federal government rested its case last week against defendants in the Forest Park Medical Center case involving $200 million in insurance payments that were influenced by alleged kickbacks and bribes. On Monday, the defense began with testimony from now-bankrupt Forest Park Medical Center’s Director of Bariatric Services Carli Hempel, who is being accused of selling Medicare and Medicaid referrals to other facilities because Forest Park was not eligible to bill those entities. Hempel worked for Forest Park from 2008 to 2011. She was recruited to Forest Park by Alan Beauchamp, a co-founder who pleaded… Full Story

Lawsuit Forces Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas to Pay $75,000 to Deaf Applicant

A federal judge signed a decree requiring Richardson-based Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas to pay a deaf woman $75,000 and other relief for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act, as first reported in the Dallas Morning News. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced the results of its lawsuit against BCBS of Texas this week. According to the lawsuit, a deaf woman named Sheryl Meador applied online to be a claims examiner, and was asked to complete an assessment with an audio portion. The assessment did not have accommodations for hearing-impaired applicants, and Meador was unable to complete it. The… Full Story

Take a Look at Medical City Children’s New Pediatric Cancer Unit

There is a new pediatric cancer unit at 208-bed Medical City Children’s Hospital that will focus on all types of youth cancer and blood disorders. Previously, the hospital’s pediatric cancer patients shared space with other pediatric patients, but the new unit will be focused on cancer patients. The newly-constructed unit will include 12 patient rooms equipped with 55-inch smart HD televisions, desks, closets, a family lounge with other amenities, two playrooms, an exercise bike, a conference room and high-efficiency particulate air filters for all rooms, providing purified air for cancer patients. “Opening the new pediatric cancer unit at Medical City Children’s… Full Story

The Center for BrainHealth is Changing How Executives Function

The corporate world is all about productivity, efficiency, and continually innovating in order to stay ahead of the pack. Executives wear their busyness like a badge of honor, and time spent at the office multi-tasking is often seen as a skill to be emulated. But what if you could get more done by slowing down? At UT Dallas’ Center for BrainHealth, research is being done to help figure out how our brains work, and what we can do to make sure it is performing at its best. The advice of researchers at The Brain Performance Institute at the Center for BrainHealth… Full Story

President and CEO of Local Supplement Company Pleaded Guilty to Multimillion Dollar Fraud Conspiracy

The president and CEO of Dallas-based dietary supplement company USPlabs pleaded guilty in federal court to a role in a scheme to fraudulently sell workout supplements to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars. President Jonathan Doyle and CEO Jacobo Geissler pleaded guilty in February to conspiracy to introduce misbranded food into interstate commerce. The two were joined by three other individuals and two companies that took part in developing, manufacturing, or marketing workout and weight loss supplements known as Jack3d and OxyElite Pro. OxyElite Pro was recalled in 2013 after a Food and Drug Administration investigation to see… Full Story

Balancing Cost and Quality: Healthcare Design Experts Weigh in

Earlier this month, leading healthcare design professionals joined us at the D CEO offices for a healthcare design discussion as a part of our healthcare breakfast panel series. We discussed some of the factors impacting healthcare design, what systems, providers, and patients are looking for in systems, how technology has impacted healthcare design and how the space can be used to be more efficient for employees. The panel included Tina Larsen the Managing Principal and Healthcare Sector Leader at Corgan, Ian Sinnett a principal and regional healthcare leader at Perkins+Will, Jeff Stouffer the Executive Vice President and Health Group Director at HK, and Joshua Theodore a Vice… Full Story

Medical City President Erol Akdamar on How to Make Flu Season Less Deadly

If you feel like you have been hearing more about sepsis recently, you are right. Blame the flu. Sepsis is an overwhelming response to infection that can lead to life-threatening organ failure. It’s a serious healthcare industry concern because each year, sepsis affects more than 26 million people worldwide including 270,000 American deaths, making it more deadly than breast cancer, prostate cancer and AIDS combined. Sepsis is often linked to bacterial infections, but the past two flu seasons it has made headlines as a life-threatening complication from the influenza virus. I follow the trends of sepsis on a daily basis… Full Story

Local Pharmaceutical Developer is Among Best in the Country

Dallas-based Swiss American CDMO (Contract Development and Manufacturing Organization) has been named one of the top contract manufacturers in the country by MedTech Outlook. The company was the only organization in the southwest to make the list. For over 25 years, Swiss-American has developed, manufactured, and packaged skin and wound care products for customers around the world, and its products are used in prescription, over-the-counter, medical device, and personal care. “Being named one of the top 10 CDMO companies in the nation is a huge honor for our company and testament to our groundbreaking technology and processes in the marketplace,”… Full Story

The Government Rests Its Case Against Forest Park

After a morning session on Wednesday, the government rested its case against Forest Park Medical Center. They allege that the for-profit, physician-owned medical center located near Forest Lane and Central Expressway conducted a bribery scheme where it sent payments to doctors to direct surgeries to their facility, resulting in around $200 million in insurance payments between 2009 and 2013. What began as 21 defendants has been whittled down to a weight-loss surgeon, three back surgeons, a pain management doctor, a former top executive and three others affiliated with the hospital, according to the Texas Lawbook. They all deny any wrongdoing,… Full Story

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