DFW Leader in Healthcare Building Boom, Analyst Says

Care coordination and value-based purchasing are making major inroads in Dallas-Fort Worth, according to the HealthLeaders 2013 market overview. However, that is overshadowed by the current building boom in healthcare facilities. DFW includes 11 accountable care organizations (ACOs) and health plans increasingly have introduced value-based reimbursement for physicians. The report noted other DFW healthcare market highlights: A surge in hospital construction, with five new hospitals opening in the past year, five more under construction and four more planned. Traction in the use of narrow networks, noting the market entry of Utah-based Imagine Health working with self-funded employers to achieve savings… Full Story

Morning Rounds (06.03.13)

Three North Texas companies and 11 people were recognized in this week’s Accolades.

Iatric Systems has acquired Dallas-based Accent on Integration, which develops technology for connecting medical devices.

Dallas-based BenefitMall has launched a resource intended to help employers determine the impact of the Affordable Care Act. Full Story

Experts ID 10 Hot Healthcare Investment Opportunities

Panelists at the Health Industry Council’s recent Southwest Transactions conference in Dallas identified 10 promising areas for health investment: Health insurance exchanges: Dave Eichler, managing member for Psilos Group Managers in New York City, said his company invested six years ago in Medicare exchange company Extend Health, which was sold to Towers Watson. He said Extend Health was successful because Medicare is a guaranteed revenue stream. He said he is unable to predict the impact of exchanges under the Affordable Care Act, but “there will be a big migration.” Consumerism: Christopher Graber, vice president of Waud Capital Partners in Chicago,… Full Story

Fort Worth Surgeon Sets Priorities as TMA President

Fort Worth orthopedic surgeon and newly elected Texas Medical Association President Stephen Brotherton is still seething about a remark uttered by the late University of Texas football coach Darrell Royal more than a half-century ago. In 1961, Texas Christian University upset No. 1-ranked UT 6-0. The following year, Royal compared the TCU situation to that of a cockroach: “It’s not so much what he gets into and carries away, but what he falls into and messes up.” Brotherton, 57, who was a youngster at the time, said, “I hated that man from then on.” Brotherton’s father went to TCU on… Full Story

Forest Park Opens, Baylor Expands in Northeast Tarrant County

Northeast Tarrant County will be adding nearly 100 hospital beds in the next month, thanks to a new hospital and a major expansion. Forest Park Medical Center Southlake has its grand opening today and will begin seeing patients June 10. The 142,000 square-foot facility will have 54 private inpatient rooms, including 10 VIP suites, 12 operating suites, and an emergency department. Robert Wyatt, MD, one of Forest Park’s founders, said the Southlake hospital preceded similar projects in larger cities such as Fort Worth, Austin, and San Antonio because a “motivated” group of local physicians had approached the company. He said… Full Story