ADDISON, Texas—Hospital executives, development partners, physicians and state and local leaders recently celebrated the opening of Methodist Hospital for Surgery, a specialty hospital. The facility is a joint venture of area physicians, Methodist Health System, Dallas, and Nueterra Healthcare, a management company based in Leawood, Kan., according to a news release from Methodist. The hospital provides specialized surgical care for ear, nose and throat, spine surgery and orthopedics. The more than 100,000-square-feet facility includes seven operating rooms, 32 private inpatient rooms and an ICU unit. The hospital offers diagnostic imaging services including CT scans, MRIs and bone-density scanning, as well as inpatient and outpatient physical therapy, according to Methodist. The hospital also offers gourmet room service for patients, free parking and wireless Internet accessibility throughout the building. Chris Shoup is president of the hospital and Rajiv Pandit is medical director, according to the Methodist Hospital for Surgery website.
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas—Scott & White, Temple, Texas, unveiled plans to build a 143-bed hospital with its purchase of 98 acres of undeveloped land in College Station. Construction on the five-story, 320,000-square-foot hospital, to be called Scott & White Hospital-College Station, is expected to begin this year and is estimated to be completed in the summer of 2013, according to a news release from five-hospital Scott & White. The hospital will be expandable by another 24 beds if needed. Also part of the project is a 75,000-square-foot clinic. Jason Jennings, who previously was chief operating officer of Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center, Waco, Texas, will be CEO of the new hospital, according to Scott & White. Hillcrest is jointly run by Scott & White and Hillcrest Health System, according to Scott & White.
THOMASVILLE, Ga.—Archbold Medical Center agreed to pay $13.9 million to settle allegations that its flagship facility misrepresented itself as a public hospital in order to get enhanced Medicaid payments. The U.S. Justice Department and HHS' inspector general's office allege 264-bed John D. Archbold Memorial Hospital submitted falsified documentation to Georgia's upper-payment limit and disproportionate share programs from 2002-2008. Archbold identified the matter during an internal audit and disclosed it to the government in November 2007, according to a written statement. “We sincerely regret this unfortunate incident; however, we worked closely with the authorities to resolve it appropriately,” Archbold President and CEO Perry Mustian said in the statement. The settlement agreement stipulates that Archbold does not admit liability. The hospital's chief financial officer at the time, William Sellers, resigned in 2008 and later pleaded guilty to charges related to his role. This month a jury in Valdosta, Ga., convicted former CEO Ken Beverly of falsifying documents, making false statements and witness tampering. Beverly's attorney has asked the judge for a new trial.
HARKER HEIGHTS, Texas—LHP Hospital Group, Plano, Texas, and the Seton Family of Hospitals, Austin, Texas, formed a joint venture to construct a hospital to be called Seton Medical Center Harker Heights (Texas), the two organizations announced. LHP will be contributing 80% of the cost of the estimated $100 million hospital while Seton will contribute 20%, according to the two companies. The joint venture will have a governing board that is evenly represented by appointees of LHP and Seton, while the hospital's board of trustees will aim to be half physicians and half community members, said Thomas Gallagher, senior vice president of business development for Seton. Groundbreaking for the 180,400-square-foot, 83-bed hospital is expected in the first quarter of 2011, according to a news release. The hospital is set to open in the third quarter of 2012. The hospital will be between the Texas towns of Killeen and Temple in Bell County. “Incredible growth in Bell and the surrounding counties, and the overwhelming desire in the local community to have a choice in healthcare providers, were two of the factors that drove our decision to partner with LHP Hospital Group in this venture,” Charles Barnett, president and CEO of Seton, said in the release.
BECKLEY, W.Va.—Appalachian Regional Healthcare has filed suit against the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources in Kanawha County Circuit Court on behalf of the system's 160-bed Beckley (W.Va.) Appalachian Regional Hospital, claiming reimbursements from the state Medicaid program cover only two-thirds of the cost to provide services to Medicaid patients. The system had given the state 30 days' notice before taking legal action, according to Rocco Massey, community CEO at Beckley Appalachian. According to Massey, for fiscal 2009—ended June 30, 2010—Beckley provided about $15 million in services to Medicaid patients, but was paid about $10 million from the state. Massey also said that if the state had kicked in $800,000 more in the Medicaid program for that year, the federal government would have matched that figure with an additional $4 million, which would have eliminated the shortfall that Beckley experienced. “The Bureau of Medical Services is responsible to set reimbursement rates to hospitals based on them being reasonable and accurate,” Massey said. “Sixty-seven percent of cost is neither.” The state health department is not commenting on the pending litigation.
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