Judge Says Cook Children’s Can Remove Baby From Life Support

After a judge had previously prevented Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth from removing a child from life support, a different judge has sided with the hospital, which says the 11-month old girl is in pain and her condition won’t improve, according to the Dallas Morning News. The mother of the girl, Trinity Lewis, asked Judge Sandee Bryan Marion to make sure Cook Children’s didn’t end the life-saving treatment her daughter Tinslee was receiving. Doctor’s had initially planned on removing her from life support on Nov. 10, when the hospital had been unable to find a facility willing to take… Full Story

JPS Health Network Names New COO

Pediatrician Dr. Karen Duncan will be the JPS Health Network’s Chief Operating Officer. She brings more than 20 years of clinical and executive leadership experience to the role. Duncan previously served as Executive Vice President of Community Health Services of JPS, which she assumed in 2017. She will officially take over at the end of the January for Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Bill Whitman when he retires. “With a background in pediatrics and years of executive roles, she has devoted her professional life to the improvement of public hospitals across the country, and she has done… Full Story

Healthcare Exec Sentenced to 66 Months for Role in Forest Park Scheme

Dallas healthcare executive Andrew Hillman was sentenced to 66 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $3 million in restitution for playing a part in the Forest Park Medical Center and NextHealth fraud schemes. Hillman plead guilty in October 2018 to being a part of a conspiracy to pay and receive bribes and kickbacks in the Forest Park scheme. Hillman admitted that he and his partner Semyon Narosov were paid $190,000 by Forest Park to refer patients to the facility or surgeons who operated there. The payments went through a shell entity and were done with phony invoices. Hillman… Full Story

See Who is on the 2020 DFW Hospital Council Board of Trustees

The 2020 Board of Trustees for the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council has been announced. The board governs the 50-year-old 90-hospital and 90-associate trade member organization and is made up of hospital executives from across North Texas. This year’s trustees are below: Chair John Phillips, President, Methodist Dallas Medical Center Chair-Elect David Berry, President System Clinical and Scientific Operations, Children’s Health Past Chair Scott Peek, Senior VP Joint Ventures, Baylor University Medical Center Trustee Blake Kretz, President, Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital Trustee, Jessica O’Neal, CEO, Medical City Children’s Hospital Trustee Sharn Barbarin, CEO, Medical City Lewisville Trustee, Dr. Karen Duncan,… Full Story

Medical City Frisco Launches Radiation-Free Imaging System

Medical City Frisco is working to replace intraoperative radiation devices by using a radiation-free tool to aid spine and cranial procedures. The device will allow surgeon to safely place spinal implants or remove cranial tumors while improving patient safety. The system is called the Machine-Vision Image Guided Surgery platform, which uses camera technology to identify anatomy and guide tools during procedures. The technology uses only visible light and not radiation to create the image, and is similar to what is used in self-driving vehicles. “Medical City Frisco has always been proactive in ensuring that we have the right tools to protect… Full Story

Cigna and SWHR Reach a New Three-year Agreement

After coming dangerously close to severing the in-network ties between one of the largest providers and one of the largest insurers in North Texas, Cigna and Southwestern Health Resources have come to an agreement that will keep Cigna members in-network at Southwestern Health Resource facilities for the next few years. The three-year deal became effective on January 1, avoiding an interruption of in-network coverage. The agreement lasts until Dec. 31, 2022, and keeps all Texas Health Resources and UT Southwestern hospitals, facilities, and doctors in-network until then. “Southwestern Health Resources, on behalf of Texas Health Resources and UT Southwestern Medical… Full Story

Watch Two Floors Get Added to Methodist Richardson

Over the last 18 months, Methodist Richardson Medical Center has been working on an $85 million expansion that adds two floors to a fully functioning hospital while it remained open. The 104,000-square-foot expansion includes 150 acute care beds, a ninth operating room, seven pre-op rooms, two post anesthesia care beds, and a 671 space, seven-story parking garage. Richardson-based general contractor Skiles Group handled the project, which will have its grand opening Wednesday, December 18th at 4:00 p.m. Watch a time-lapse video of the project from start to finish here.

Medical City Fort Worth Reduces Radiation Exposure in Heart Patients

Medical City Fort Worth is implementing a new device to reduce radiation exposure for heart arrhythmia patients. With this device, X-ray imaging won’t be the only method available for physicians to visualize and treat heart arrhythmias. Medical City Fort Worth is the only hospital utilizing this new technology in Fort Worth. It provides surgeons with a 3D image to clearly see the heart’s anatomy without solely relying on X-ray radiation. The device also helps electrophysiologists position the catheter used to treat abnormal electric signals in the heart. The innovation is part of Medical City Healthcare’s Radiation Right program, which is meant… Full Story

Presbyterian Hospital Overcharges Medicare Over $10 Million, According to Audit

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Department estimates that Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas incorrectly billed Medicare more than $10 million, based on an audit performed by the Office of the Inspector General. The routine audit looked at 100 randomly selected claims from the hospital in 2016 and 2017, and found that only 59 of them complied with Medicare billing requirements. The other 41 claims were incorrectly billed and resulted in overpayment of $500,323 for the audit period. The audit said that errors included rehabilitation claims that did not meet coverage or documentation requirements, inpatient claims that… Full Story

Texas Health to Increase Graduate Medical Education Commitments

In a move to improve the growing physician shortage, Texas Health Resources announced that it is increasing its graduate medical education commitments, growing the number of residents who serve in its hospitals. The physician shortage is becoming more acute with the retirement of the Baby Boomers coinciding with that generation needing more healthcare services. While more pronounced in rural areas, Dallas-Fort Worth has fewer residency clots per capita than Chicago, Houston, New York, and Los Angeles. The American Association of Medical Colleges says the country will have a shortage of 42,600 and 121,300 physicians by 2030. In the next 12 years,… Full Story