15 North Texas Hospitals Earn Cardiology Achievement Award

Several North Texas hospitals have received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR Chest Pain – MI Registry Performance Achievement Award which recognizes quality heart attack care. Texas Health facilities took home six of the awards, with Baylor Scott and White receiving five honors, Methodist had two hospitals recognized, and UT Southwestern and Medical City Plano were also named. The honor comes as the rate of heart disease is increasing. A study from the National Vital Statics Reports, says that heart disease death rates increased by four percent between 2011 and 2017. “That’s a trend we want to see diminish quickly,” said Lenetra… Full Story

Medical City’s Three-Phase Plan to Fight the Opioid Epidemic

Medical City Healthcare is doing its part to reduce opioid prescriptions in North Texas in the face of a nationwide crisis. The health system is using a three-phase plan to fight the overdose epidemic, which claimed the lives of 70,000 Americans in 2017 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The first phase launched in 2018, and targets opioid reduction in the system’s emergency departments. Over that period, the system has seen a 21 percent reduction in pain treatment with opioids because of less addictive but effective treatment options such as patches, medications, injections, and other therapies. “This… Full Story

Medical City Healthcare Acquires Eight North Texas Urgent Care Locations

HCA Healthcare has purchased 24 MedSpring urgent care centers from Fresenius Medical Care, eight of which are in North Texas. They will rebranded as CareNow Urgent Care. Medical City Healthcare is the largest provider of urgent care in North Texas, and CareNow will now have 45 locations in the region after the acquisition. In 2018, these locations served 10 percent of the Dallas-Fort Worth population with 770,000 patient visits. Nationwide, CareNow has 160 urgent care centers. “This acquisition creates more access to the quality health care services our community needs, when and where they need them,” said Erol Akdamar, president of… Full Story

How to Bring Innovation to the Hospital – Dallas Startup Week

Agility and security are keys to startup success in the hospital space, according to panelists at Dallas Startup Week’s healthcare discussion, “Bringing Innovation to the Hospital,” hosted by healthcare startup accelerator Health Wildcatters. The panel featured major players in North Texas’ hospital systems and discussed major opportunities, how to get in touch, and where there are gaps in the market. The panel featured Jason Ickert, division director of application services for Medical City Healthcare, Aaron Bujnowski, senior vice president and chief strategy officer at Texas Health Resources, and Matt Chambers, chief information officer at Baylor Scott and White. Dallas Business… Full Story

Feds Don’t Act on Whistleblower Lawsuit Against Medical City Parent Company

A whistleblower lawsuit accused Medical City Healthcare parent company HCA Healthcare of bilking the federal government out of millions at their rehabilitation hospitals through inflated or fraudulent billing, Modern Healthcare reports. HCA is no stranger to former employees exposing questionable Medicare billing practices, as it was subject to one of the longest government investigations which began in 1993 and concluded when a settlement was reached in 2002 which cost the hospital chain $1.7 billion, which was the largest health fraud settlement in history at the time. A former occupational therapist alleges that HCA submitted false claims across 18 states, attempting… Full Story

Medical City President Erol Akdamar on How to Make Flu Season Less Deadly

If you feel like you have been hearing more about sepsis recently, you are right. Blame the flu. Sepsis is an overwhelming response to infection that can lead to life-threatening organ failure. It’s a serious healthcare industry concern because each year, sepsis affects more than 26 million people worldwide including 270,000 American deaths, making it more deadly than breast cancer, prostate cancer and AIDS combined. Sepsis is often linked to bacterial infections, but the past two flu seasons it has made headlines as a life-threatening complication from the influenza virus. I follow the trends of sepsis on a daily basis… Full Story

How Are Hospitals Posting Their Prices, and Is It Helpful?

The Public Health Act was enacted as part of the Affordable Care Act, which requires hospitals to make a public list of the hospital’s standard charges starting this year, but the posted price doesn’t tell the full story. Insurance, a person’s health, and the negotiated rate between insurers and providers complicates the out-of-pocket payment, the posted prices might not mean much to the average consumer. President and CEO of the DFW Hospital Council W. Stephen Love says the council’s member hospitals support transparency, but warn to proceed with caution. “We support transparency and want people to make informed decisions,” he says.… Full Story

Medical City President Re-Elected to Texas Hospital Association Board

Medical City Healthcare’s president Erol Akdamar has been re-elected to the Texas Hospital Association’s board of trustees. THA represents the needs of hospitals in the state and federal government. Via statement, the THA said that it would be focused on funding for physician residencies at Texas’ teaching hospitals, a more pressing need with the opening of another medical school at TCU. The association also wants to expand behavioral health funding, service availability and access, enhance Medicaid reimbursement rates for rural hospitals and trauma facilities among others, and to improve the number of Texans with health insurance. Akdamar has served in… Full Story

Join Us for D CEO’s Cancer-Focused Healthcare Panel Breakfast

Texas is 13th in the country in number of cancer deaths at 149 per 100,000, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, and part of the reason Texas has such a high ranking despite being one of the most uninsured states in the country is the strength of the medical community and its ability to stay on the cutting age of cancer research and treatment. To dig deeper into these strengths, D CEO will host our second D CEO Healthcare Breakfast Panel Discussion to explore how our region is shaping cancer treatment. As Americans live longer and cancer becomes more prevalent… Full Story

Medical City Plano Adds Single-Dose Radiation For Breast Cancer Patients

A new treatment at Medical City Plano is reducing breast cancer treatment from eight weeks to eight minutes. For early-stage breast cancer patients, the new procedure involves surgery and radiation using iCAD’s Xoft Electronic Brachytherapy System. The FDA-approved treatment uses a miniaturized x-ray to deliver a precise, concentrated dose of radiation to a tumor site directly after surgery, or lumpectomy. The radiation treats the remaining tumor that wasn’t removed during the surgery. The treatment isn’t limited to breast cancer, but can be used for non-melanoma skin cancer and gynecological cancer as well. Worldwide, more than 10,000 patients have been successfully treated.… Full Story