Category: TX Hospitals

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

Posted in Industry Updates, Opioid Epidemic, TX Hospitals

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

Posted in Freestanding ER, Government Regulations, Industry Updates, TX Hospitals

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.”

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Journal republishes withdrawn paper on emergency care prices, amid controversy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

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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

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Comparing Utilization and Costs of Care in FSED, HED, and UC

Results Characteristics of Study Subjects The freestanding ED claims processed by BCBSTX came from 52 facilities in 2012. The number of facilities submitting claims increased to 86 in 2013, 134 in 2014, and 207 in 2015. The smaller number for

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UMC at Capacity, ER Wait Up to Eight Hours 

LUBBOCK, TX – University Medical Center started turning non-emergency patients away Tuesday morning after the hospital reached capacity. This is not the first time this happened and in fact, UMC said this happens often. The hospital being at capacity affects

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Texas Health Frisco starts construction: 3 things to know about the new medical campus

Construction started Wednesday at the new Texas Health Frisco 20-acre medical campus on the southeast corner of Cobb Hill and the Dallas North Tollway. The campus is scheduled to open in fall 2019. Representatives from Texas Health Resources and UT

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Ardent assuming majority ownership of ETMC, forming new health 

A few changes are coming to the East Texas Medical Center, as Ardent Health Services will assume majority ownership of ETMC, forming a new health system. This change is something that “Ardent Health Services is looking forward to bringing these great

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H. Kyle Sheets, MD, Receives National Honor From American Academy of Family Physicians

H. Kyle Sheets, MD, founder and CEO of Concord Medical Group in Lubbock, Texas, was awarded the 2017 Humanitarian Award by the American Academy of Family Physicians at its annual meeting. The Humanitarian Award honors extraordinary and enduring humanitarian efforts by AAFP

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