Tenet VP will be the First Latina Chair of the Texas Hospital Association

Sally Hurt-Deitch, Tenet Healthcare’s Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care Services has been named Chair of the Texas Hospital Association. She will be the first Latina to hold the position. THA is an advocacy organization for hospitals that is focusing on funding for Texas physician residencies, behavioral health funding, enhanced Medicaid reimbursement rates, and helping Texas lose its place as the state with the most uninsured residents. Prior to her current role with Dallas-based Tenet, Hurt-Deitch rose quickly through The Hospitals of Providence in El Paso, becoming Chief Nursing Officer there at age 27. She would later become Market… Full Story

Most North Texas Hospital Systems Are Clearing More Than 10 Percent in Yearly Profits

This piece has been updated with a response from Baylor and as well as Baumgarten in regards to financial discrepancies.  If you sit and listen to health provider executives, they will tell you about how they want to improve the quality of care while cutting costs. They have noble goals, but the numbers show that the North Texas healthcare market is raking in the cash with middling quality results. Almost all of North Texas’ health systems have yearly 10 percent profit margins, and the most lucrative health systems have margins nearing 20 percent with yearly net incomes over $1 billion.… Full Story

Tenet Extends Cerner Contract

Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare has extended its agreement with information systems giant Cerner Corp. in a long-term agreement. The details of the contract were not released, but the two companies hope to continue to make healthcare information systems more efficient. Tenet’s hospital medical staff will have access to Cerner’s cloud-based infrastructure as well as CommonWell Health Alliance, a nationwide data sharing network. “At Tenet, we are focused on innovation of our systems infrastructure to enable our caregivers to better serve patients in the most effective and efficient manner,”Paola Arbour, Chief Information Officer of Tenet Healthcare, said via release. “With our expanded… Full Story

Pipeline Health Purchases 22 Freestanding Emergency Rooms in North Texas

California-based Pipeline Healthcare Management is partnering with Adeptus Health to purchase 22 freestanding emergency rooms in North Texas. The facilities will become licensed outpatient departments of City Hospital at White Rock and renamed City Hospital Emergency Care. Pipeline has been expanding in North Texas since its purchase of the 218-bed City Hospital at White Rock. The company is purchasing the majority stake of Texas Health Resources in the emergency rooms, according to the Dallas Morning News. “We have a successful track record of improving community healthcare through innovation and rethinking how healthcare is delivered. We’re confident our personalized approach to… Full Story

Tenet and Humana Reach Agreement as Tenet Plans to Offshore More Than 1,000 Jobs

Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare Corporation and Humana Inc. signed a multi-year agreement to ensure Humana members will have in-network access to Tenet providers. The contract runs through May 2023. The deal follows a similar agreement between Tenet and Cigna signed shortly after the new year that followed months of negotiations. Founded in 1961 as a nursing home facility, Humana now has over 16 million medical plan members nationwide and had over $53 billion in revenue in 2017. The company also has 3.5 million Medicare Advantage members, 5 million Medicare prescription drug members. Tenet Healthcare operates 68 hospitals with 20,000 licensed beds, 21… Full Story

Tenet and Cigna Reach an Agreement After 11 Months of Negotiations

Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare has reached a multi-year agreement with insurer Cigna, according to a statement on Cigna’s “Save Our Healthcare” website. It says “Cigna commercial customers will have uninterrupted, in-network access to Tenet Healthcare facilities and affiliated providers.” Tenet facilities will remain in-network for Cigna customers as well as Medicare patients insured by a Cigna-HealthSpring Medicare Advantage plan. Healthcare Finance reports that Cigna customers would have lost in-network access to Tenet facilities if an agreement had not been reached by the beginning of 2019, and that the 11-month negotiation was over payment rates. Ron Rittenmeyer, Tenet’s Executive Chairman and Chief… Full Story

Promotions at USPI Lead to New COO and CDO

United Surgical Partners International, a division of Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare, are promoting Mark Garvin to Chief Operating Officer and Andy Johnston to Chief Development Officer. The announcement follows the promotion of Brett Brodnax, who had been the President and Chief Development Officer of USPI, and is now its Chief Executive Officer. Garvin, who used to be the Chief Operating Officer of the West Division, will lead the company’s surgical operations portfolio in all markets. He joined the USPI in 2001, and has been a senior vice president of operations in the past. He founded the management team at OrthoLink Physicians… Full Story

Tenet Subsidiary USPI Appoints New CEO From Within

Tenet Healthcare subsidiary United Surgical Partners International announced that Brett Brodnax, President and Chief Development Officer of USPI, will be its Chief Executive Officer. Brodnax has been with USPI for 19 years, and will follow Bill Wilcox in the role. Wilcox will continue to be Chairman of USPI and Vice Chairman of Tenet Healthcare. USPI serves around 2.5 million patients each year and works with over 9,000 physicians and over 50 health system partners nationwide. With 41 ambulatory care centers in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, USPI has more than 280 surgical facilities, more than 100 urgent care centers and 24 imaging… Full Story

Texas Stays Busy as Mergers and Acquisitions Slow Down Nationwide in Third Quarter

While North Texas is abuzz with talk of healthcare mergers and acquisitions after Baylor Scott and White and Memorial Hermann work out the details of their merger, the country is trending down on such moves relative to last year. Health Exec reports that hospitals and health system merger and acquisitions  is slowing down, according to a study from Kaufman, Hall and Associates. The report says that just 18 transaction occurred during the third quarter of 2018, 38 percent less than the same period in 2017. There were 87 deals through this point last year, but only 68 this year. Texas’… Full Story

Tenet Healthcare Joins Federal Program for Bundled Payments

Dallas-based Tenet hospitals joined two other healthcare providers by opting into a federal program that aims to improve care while reducing costs, Modern Healthcare reports. Tenet and Adventist Health Systems (who are opening a new hospital in North Texas soon) are two of 1,299 entities who signed agreements with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to participate in the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced model. In all, 832 acute care hospitals and 715 physician group practices are included as well, according to Modern Healthcare. In the agreement, CMS pays providers a fixed amount for a certain set of… Full Story