Fort Worth Projecting $11 Million in Healthcare Savings in 2019

The City of Fort Worth had experienced healthcare cost increases of eight percent for six straight years of  when City of Fort Worth Human Resources and Civil Service Director Brian Dickerson took on the position. During that time, the cost of the health plan had increased 50 percent. “I had the realization that the city could not continue like this,” he said. The city has a fixed  yearly budget, so increased spending on healthcare meant fewer potholes, police officers, or city parks. But fixing the problem was about as complex as a problem gets in America. Dickerson made it his… Full Story

What is Fort Worth’s Medical Innovation District?

A medical innovation district is planned for 1,200 acres south of downtown Fort Worth, with the hope of attracting healthcare business and serving as an innovation partner with the soon to open TCU and UNTHSC Medical School, Dallas Innovates reports. The area, called Near Southside, is already home to housing and restaurants as well as Cook Children’s Healthcare System, Texas Heath Harris Methodist, Baylor Scott & White, and Medical City Fort Worth. The hope is for innovative healthcare businesses to collaborate with more established entities, which already employ 30,000 people in the healthcare industry in the area. Modeled after similar districts… Full Story

JPS Health Network Expands Its Oncology and Infusion Center

JPS Health Network has opened a 50,170 square-foot Oncology and Infusion Center to provide more space for cancer patients that need those services. The facility will also include a nutritionist, psychological services, a surgical oncologist, an on-site pharmacy and an office for the JPS Cancer Survivors Clinic. Dr. Bassam Ghabach, director of the Oncology and Infusion Center, says that 38 percent of cancer patients who seek treatment at JPS are in Stage III or IV when diagnosed, but the new center will allow more space for earlier detection and increased likelihood to beat the cancer. Oncology visits have increased by… Full Story

Dallas County Ranks 54th in Texas for Health Outcomes

Dallas is just below average relative to the state in nearly every health measure, according to the County Health Rankings and Roadmaps from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Though we aren’t far off the average, Dallas residents are more likely to smoke, be obese, be killed on the road due to alcohol, have a teen pregnancy and catch a sexually transmitted disease than rest of the state. We are less likely to be physically active or have access to exercise opportunities. Dallas does have less excessive drinking and fewer preventable hospital stays than the state average. Overall Dallas County ranks… Full Story

Texas Oncology Consolidates Its Fort Worth Presence With A New, 100,000 SF Facility

Texas Oncology has opened a new facility in Fort Worth’s medical district. The new place is a consolidation of three other Texas Oncology locations within the city and brings medical, gynecologic, and radiation oncology services under one roof, the organization says. A bit more: Texas Oncology occupies three of the four floors of the new 100,000 square foot building at 500 South Henderson Street, developed by Cambridge Holdings, Inc. The project includes an adjacent parking garage with free parking for patients and caregivers. With construction of the larger center concluded this summer, Texas Oncology followed through on plans to consolidate… Full Story

Rehab Center Expands To DFW With $22M Facility

Rapid Recovery Center, a post-hospital rehabilitation center, opened its first North Texas location on Tuesday. The $22 million Fort Worth facility is RRC’s fourth overall, with another four planned to open in 2018 or 2019. All are in Texas. With space for 70 patients, the Fort Worth center offers both physical and occupational rehab seven days a week, as well as a pharmacy dispensing system, dialysis coordination, electronic medical records, and other clinical support services. It also has its own hair salon and in-room dining prepared by an executive chef. It will have live-in assisted living, as well—unfurnished units with… Full Story

Conversation With: Texas Health CEO Barclay Berdan On New Construction, Investment Approach

Earlier this month, Texas Health Resources announced its largest construction project in history, a $300 million investment at its Fort Worth campus that will modernize surgery suites and include the addition of a nine-story patient tower. Construction is scheduled to start in the middle of this year and reach completion in late 2021. When all said and done, the new tower will add 144 beds to what is already one of the busiest hospitals in the state. I hopped on the phone with Texas Health CEO Barclay Berdan to hear more about what prompted the massive project and how the… Full Story

New CMS Data Shows Dallas County Has the Seventh-most Enrollees for ACA Insurance

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid released final 2017 enrollment numbers relating to Affordable Care Act health insurance Tuesday, and the numbers confirm a report issued in February by an outside group. That report showed us that in Texas, Obamacare sign-ups dipped more than the national average last year. What’s interesting about CMS’ data is that you can download a set that splits it up by county. Doing that, we see that Dallas County has the seventh-highest number of consumers—106,923—who’ve selected a plan via the ACA exchange. About 36,000 of those are new consumers from the fall enrollment period, while… Full Story

Report: CMS’ Star Ratings Favor Specialty Hospitals

Higher accolades in Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ star ratings system tend to go to specialty hospitals rather than major teaching hospitals, according to Modern Healthcare. With the help of a consulting firm, the publication analyzed the most recent data and found that 61 percent of specialty hospitals received five stars—the highest-possible rating. Meanwhile, only 15 of the 172 major teaching hospitals, or about nine percent, received five stars. The star ratings is CMS’ attempt to boil down a lot of data into a format that consumers can digest. It’s based on a formula that takes into account up to… Full Story

Medical City Fort Worth Remodels Cancer Care Unit As Part of $100M Improvement Plan

Medical City Fort Worth put $700,000 into remodeling its cancer care unit, cutting the ribbon Friday on an opening that fits into $100 million in expansion and improvement projects at the facility. The 18-bed unit got new bathrooms with larger showers, new lighting and flooring, germ-resistant paint, and a new nurses’ station that will help facilitate better assistance for patients, the hospital says. Each room now has a new, more mobile computer station, as well as a 43-inch big screen. Two VIP suites will accommodate patients and families in for longer stays. The pending projects at Medical City Fort With… Full Story