Improved nursing staffing can translate into lower hospital readmission rates.
More than half of the nation’s cardiologists have become fully integrated with a hospital.
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As a stronger-than-normal influenza outbreak sweeps the nation, a growing list of groups are recommending mandatory flu vaccinations for all healthcare workers. The American College of Physicians (ACP) has urged mandatory immunizations, except for staff with valid medical reasons or religious objections. The ACP estimates that 40,000 to 50,000 Americans die each year from vaccine-preventable diseases. The American Medical Association endorsed mandatory shots for nursing-home employees with direct patient contact. The American Nurses Association backs mandatory shots if required by individual states. Mandatory immunization appears to be the standard policy for healthcare workers at Dallas-Fort Worth hospitals. “We crafted our… Full Story
Addison-based Concentra has opened a new location in Lewisville—one of its largest.
Parkland Health & Hospital System has completed construction of its $72 million Central Utility Plant.
Fewer than half of children under 5 years old typically receive a flu shot, according to a study in Pediatrics. Full Story
Neal Richards Group will soon start construction on Forest Park Medical-Fort Worth. The 140,000-square-foot facility will sit on 7 acres along the Trinity River within the Clearfork mixed-use community. The specialty surgical center is expected to employ about 250. It was designed by Perkins + Will and will be built by Balfour Beatty. Along with 12 operating rooms, it will feature two procedure rooms, 44 private patient rooms, 10 ICU rooms, full ancillary services, structured parking, outdoor spaces, vegetated roof systems, and an outdoor reflection pond. This will be the fourth North Texas hospital for for Dallas-based Neal Richards Group, led… Full Story
Getting older doesn’t mean losing the ability to make decisions, according to the UT Dallas Center for BreanHealth and the MetLife Mature Market Institute.
Physician leaders believe consumer-website ratings are inaccurate and unreliable, according to the American College of Physician Executives.
The OIG says private contractors tasked with finding fraud and abuse in Medicare community mental health centers have been ineffective in Texas and other states. Full Story
Plano-based Village Health Partners is the latest North Texas physician practice to join Cigna’s collaborative accountable care effort. Cigna’s CAC program is designed to help physician practices to achieve the same population health goals of accountable care organizations. The program will include Cigna patients treated by a VHP physician. VHP, which treats more than 50,000 North Texas patients, recently announced that it added a second Plano location. The VHP program 4 is Cigna’s third such collaboration in North Texas and its sixth in the state. VHP clinical care coordinators will help patients with chronic conditions schedule appointments, provide health education… Full Story
County health department officials in Texas are reporting a worse flu season than in the past.
Children’s Medical Center is opening a new MyChildren’s site at St. Philip’s School and Community Center.
The North Texas Food Bank is funding a study by SMU economics researchers on the role social networks and isolation play in fighting hunger. Full Story
Before he arrived at UT Southwestern, Bruce Meyer, MD, was part of a team that was able to decrease the average number of days babies were in the neonatal intensive care unit from 27 to 19. The more-efficient care cost his hospital $20 million in reimbursements. Hospital executives asked the physicians to return to the old protocols to drive up the number of NICU days to the old levels. Meyer, executive vice president of health system affairs at UT Southwestern, said, “We need healthcare leaders who think this is a perverse conversation.” Meyer is leading UTSW’s drive to refashion itself… Full Story
The Medical Center of Plano will break ground on a $66 million expansion and renovation in May 2013. The upgrade is slated for completion in late 2014. The hospital, at 3901 West 15th Street in Plano, is part of HCA North Texas, one of the region’s largest, most comprehensive healthcare providers. The Plano expansion is the second major project announced by HCA in the past week. The company also is building a new $71 million full-service hospital in the Alliance area north of Fort Worth. Renovations to The Medical Center of Plano will allow what’s now a 427-bed acute-care center to support a… Full Story
More than 40 percent of primary physicians earned less than $150,000 in 2012.
Fewer physician assistants are choosing to work in primary care.
The recession made a dent in physician office visits across various ethnic groups. Full Story