Category: TX Hospitals

Could A Co-Pay Curb Emergency Room Abuse? « CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

A U.S. Representative is weighing in on the idea of charging a co-pay to Medicaid patients who go to North Texas hospital emergency rooms for non-emergency reasons. Rep. Michael Burgess is also a doctor. The Republican Congressman says part of

East Texas tops U.S. with flu cases

East Texas and the state have fallen deep into flu season, with reports showing this area has some of the highest levels of flu activity in the country. A Walgreens index shows the Longview-Tyler area leads the nation in flu

Two Texas ERs got bad reviews online. Now they want Google to help them find out who did it

Two North Texas free-standing emergency room operators want tech giant Google to give up the identities of nearly two dozen reviewers who rated them poorly online. Highland Park Emergency Center on Lemmon Avenue and Preston Hollow Emergency Room on Walnut

HCA announces revenue increase, agreements to buy five Texas hospitals | Healthcare Dive

On its earnings call this week, HCA announced its revenues increased by 3.5% to $10.623 billion in the first quarter of 2017, which is up from $10.26 billion in the first quarter of last year. HCA also announced recent acquisitions, including definitive agreements

Tenet sells 3 hospitals to HCA as it beats Q1 earnings expectations 

Tenet Healthcare said Monday it is selling three acute care hospitals in Texas to HCA Holdings in a $725 million deal expected to close in the third quarter of this year. Tenet has also reached an agreement with Humana whereby

East Texas county becomes first in state to sue pharma companies over opioid crisis | Dallas News

Upshur County is suing more than a dozen pharmaceutical companies for their alleged role in opioid addiction, a problem taxing the resources of cities and states across the country. The lawsuit announced Wednesday makes the East Texas county the first

New law seeks to prevent surprise medical bills from freestanding ERs

Patients who visit freestanding emergency rooms in Texas should now have a better idea of whether their health insurance will cover the bill. A new state law that took effect Sept. 1 requires the facilities — which resemble urgent care clinics but

Dr. Overachiever: Award to honor Ovalo physician

Kyle Sheets jokingly calls himself an overachiever “in a bad way.” Others probably say his overachieving is a great thing, considering all he’s done and is doing. Friends and associates call him “special,” “entrepreneurial,” “amazing.” Patients call him “Dr. Sheets.”

Journal republishes withdrawn paper on emergency care prices, amid controversy

The Annals of Emergency Medicine has republished a controversial paper it withdrew earlier this year which compared the cost of emergency care at different types of facilities. Because the paper drew heavy criticism when it was originally released, the journal has published a revised

Comparing Utilization and Costs of 20 most common procedures by facility type – Annals of Emergency Medicine

Table 2 lists the 20 most common procedures by facility type for the study period 2012 to 2015. The prices in Table 2 include both the facility and professional component of each procedure’s price. Rank by frequency, percentage of all visits, and mean prices of