Is Certificate of Need the Answer to North Texas Healthcare Prices?

What if Texas began to limit the number of hospitals? Would it improve healthcare spending, or just reduce competition and hurt patients? This spring, Children’s Health and Cook Children’s Hospital both announced the construction of new hospitals in Prosper. After decades of serving the growth in Dallas and Fort Worth respectively, the two pediatric health systems both felt the need to build hospitals just a few miles from each other. It felt like a change in the era of children’s healthcare in North Texas, and crossing the line of demarcation. The northern suburbs are no stranger to new hospitals, with… Full Story

Cook Children’s Expands Reach West of Fort Worth

Cook Children’s is enlarging its presence in Fort Worth with a new facility location in the quickly-growing area near the intersection of I-20 and I-30 west of Fort Worth. The new location will include urgent care, primary and specialty care and orthopedic services. The first phase of building includes a two-story, 40,000 square foot building housing primary care and urgent care on the first floor and specialty and orthopedic services on the second. The facility has plans to connect patients with their doctors via a private video conferencing system, preserve the surrounding landscape, and build adaptive play areas. It is… Full Story

North Texas is Home to Five of the ‘Most Wired’ Health Systems in the Country

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives has named several North Texas Healthcare Systems to its list of the nation’s “Most Wired” health care systems. The program awards health systems use of informational technology and recognizes organizations that adopt, implement and use best practices in the field. Texas is home to 11 of the most wired health systems in the country. Children’s Health, Cook Children’s, JPS, Texas Health Resources and UTSW also made the list in North Texas. THR has been named to the list 18 of 20 times, and highlights its use of electronic health records which are shared… Full Story

Microhospitals Have Become Part of the North Texas Healthcare Equation, But Will Some Feel The Heat from A CMS Survey Change?

Toward the end of February, Cook Children’s announced that it would close Cook Children’s Northeast Hospital and turn it into an ambulatory surgical center. The system determined that, as it’s currently operating, the Hurst-based facility would no longer meet the definition of a hospital under the tweaked guidance issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services late last year. The guidance says that to be defined as a hospital—more precisely, to get a foot in the door so that CMS can evaluate your merits by various other criteria—a facility must have an average daily overnight census of at least… Full Story

Cook Children’s Says Census Snag Will Force Hospital To Close, Reopen as Surgical Center

Hurst-based Cook Children’s Northeast Hospital will close on April 20 and begin a transition to become an ambulatory surgery center, with the new name of Cook Children’s Surgery Center, according to a news release. Here’s how the release from Cook Children’s Health Care System describes the decision: In late 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a memo defining the overnight census requirement to operate as a hospital. Cook Children’s Northeast Hospital, located at 6316 Precinct Line Road in Hurst, Texas, does not meet the census requirement and will no longer be able to operate as a… Full Story