Parkland One of 622 Hospitals to Sue HHS for Reimbursement Reduction

Parkland Hospital and Health System is one of 622 hospitals suing the Health and Human Services Department for cutting hospital reimbursement by around $840 million per year nationwide. For each hospital that participates in Medicare reimbursement, the suit alleges a loss of about $200,000 per year. An adjustment to the way HHS paid hospitals in 2008 resulted in overpayments to providers, and the government made adjustments to the reimbursement rates to recoup $11 billion from the hospitals between 2014 and 2017.  The suit says that the law required that the reimbursement cuts be reversed in 2017, but the suit alleges that… Full Story

Parkland Police Officer Arrested on Rape Charge

Authorities say a Parkland Hospital police officer was arrested on a rape charge over the weekend, WFAA reports. An altercation between a woman in the parking lot and officer Keivon Gamble, 28, led police to make the arrest. Gamble was booked into Dallas County jail on a rape charge and two assault charges, and is accused of raping and assaulting the woman earlier this month. Police say he is accused of pulling the woman’s hair, punching her to cause bruising, and forcing her to have sex with him, WFAA reports. Gamble, a former TCU football player, is on administrative leave… Full Story

Parkland and THR Named to List of Conservation-Friendly Companies

Parkland Health and Hospital System and Texas Health Resources have been named to the Texan by Nature 20, which recognizes 20 companies with Texas operations that show a commitment to conservation. Texan by Nature is a conservation nonprofit led by former First Lady Laura Bush. “At Texan by Nature, our firm belief is that our long term prosperity and health is dependent upon our natural resources. In launching the TxN 20, we aim to spotlight innovation in conservation and inspire more substantial efforts to create a new model of conservation for Texans and our shared future,” said Joni Carswell, CEO &… Full Story

Parkland’s Lawsuit: Are Drug Distributors to Blame for the Opioid Epidemic?

Earlier this year, dozens of health systems in Texas filed a civil lawsuit against opioid manufacturers, distributors, and retailers. Two local entities, Parkland Hospital and Health System and McKesson Corp., are on opposite sides of the lawsuit. But why are the health systems taking legal action, and should distributors be held accountable for what physicians are prescribing? In 2010, opioid prescriptions peaked when providers wrote 81.2 prescriptions per 100 persons. In 2017, around 57 million people had at least one prescription for opioids, with 191 opioid prescriptions dispensed, according to CDC data. Darren Nicholson, of Burns Charest LLP in Dallas,… Full Story

Dallas County’s Growing Physician Shortage

In Dallas County, the shortage of primary care physicians is expected to grow by 90 percent in coming years, according to a Dallas County Health and Human Services Community Health Needs Assessment.  This complication is compounded by the fact that 60 percent of the ZIP codes in Dallas County are described as places with great “challenges and opportunities for addressing health disparities.” A tall test awaits the North Texas healthcare industry. The report dives deep into a number of health indicators, from sexually transmitted diseases and mortality to housing and physician shortage. Many of the disparities that exist in the… Full Story

Texas’ Dismal Health Insurance Rate: Causes and Economic Impact

Texas has the worst rate uninsured people in the country for the second year in a row, according to information released by the U.S. Census Bureau. Texas was one of only nine states to see an increase in the number of people without health insurance, as the rate increased from 17.3 percent in 2017 to 17.7 percent (around five million people) in 2018. The increase could see increased stress put on the healthcare system in North Texas and statewide, having significant economic impacts. Texas has nearly twice the rate of uninsured people as the country, with had an 8.9 percent… Full Story

Parkland Joins Texas-Based Opioid Lawsuit Against Pharma Companies

Parkland Health and Hospital System is among 29 public and private hospitals in Texas that have filed a civil lawsuit against manufacturers, distributors, and retailers of opioids. The Dallas County complaint accuses the defendants of negligence, fraud, and civil conspiracy, which include Irving-based McKesson Corp., Purdue Pharma, Johnson and Johnson, and  40 other companies and individuals in the pharmaceutical industry. Last month, an Oklahoma judge ruled that Johnson and Johnson should pay the state $572 million for obscuring the dangers and overpromising the benefits of opioids. It was one of 2,000 similar lawsuits nationwide, and now Texas has joined the… Full Story

Avoiding Pre-Term Birth with Text Messages in Dallas

It is good business to engage with consumers, but when it comes to healthcare, engagement may be a matter of life and death. Texas’ maternal mortality rate has been debated a good deal in recent years, but nearly everyone agrees that it is much too high, especially for women of color. At the Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation, data analytics and technology are improving outcomes for underserved pregnant women in Dallas. One significant way to reduce maternal and infant mortality is to avoid pre-term birth, and in 2017, Texas had a 10.4 percent pre-term birth rate – earning a D… Full Story

Parkland Adds to Its LEED Gold Certified Clinics

Parkland has its fifth LEED Gold Certified building in the new Ron J. Anderson, MD Clinic for its commercial interiors from the U.S. Green Building Council. Parkland’s Women & Infants Specialty Health Clinic, Central Utility Plant, Tower Garage and main hospital are also LEED Gold facilities. The 227,420-square-foot clinic houses surgery, cardiology, pre-anesthesia and neurology clinics, among others. Radiology, phlebotomy and a 24-hour outpatient pharmacy are also onsite at the clinic. The certification is given to structures that are built sustainably, focusing on water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. “We have focused on sustainability throughout the planning, design… Full Story

The Do’s and Don’ts of Dementia

Around 5.7 million Americans are currently living with dementia, and as many as 13.9 million individuals 65 years or older are projected to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias in the US by 2060. Physicians can help patients reduce their chances of developing dementia and educate families how to cope with a challenging situation. “It can be frustrating for families and caregivers because the disease makes people behave unpredictably,” says Dr. Raja Paspula, senior lead physician at Parkland’s Geriatrics and Senior Care Center, via release. “They no longer have proper judgment or impulse control so they can act… Full Story