Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Larry McMurtry is currently working on five movie scripts, including the film adaptation of S.C. Gwynne‘s Empire of the Summer Moon about the legendary half-white/half-Comanche chief Quanah Parker. So when McMurtry (shown in photo by Randy Hunter)Â made a rare appearance in Snyder, Texas, Labor Day weekend to take part in the first-ever John Wayne Film Fest, you knew he would speak with authority introducing The Searchers, director John Ford’s classic western. The 1956 flick, which starred Wayne, Natalie Wood and Jeffrey Hunter, was said to have been based on the kidnaping of Parker’s then-9-year-old mother by Comanches in the 1830s–in what’s now the state of Texas, not Monument Valley in Utah and Arizona, as depicted in Ford’s masterpiece.
I’ve been meaning to update that post from last week since the day after it went up. That’s when I got an email from Bob Moos, a public affairs specialist for the Region 6 office of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), correcting an error I made in the post.
After asking the regional and national CMS offices for stats on how many “immediate jeopardy” citations it issues, and after not hearing back from them, I quoted this story, which says that CMS doesn’t keep those stats. Well, Region 6 does. After reading my post, Moos sent me the following email:
The Dallas Region 6 office of CMS oversees five states: Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico and Oklahoma.
There have been six immediate-jeopardy citations against hospitals (including Parkland and Methodist) in Region 6 since the beginning of the current fiscal year (Oct. 1, 2010). Specifically, there have been four in Texas, one in Arkansas and one in Louisiana. There are 957 hospitals in Region 6 — 517 of those are in Texas. During the previous fiscal year, there were two immediate-jeopardy citations against hospitals in Region 6. Both were in Louisiana.
So such “IJ” citations can be considered out of the ordinary.
Hope that helps.
Helps indeed. So despite Methodist’s getting an IJ citation right on the heels of Parkland’s, such citations are, indeed, rare. I was wrong to say they aren’t. What I don’t understand at this point is why the Morning News didn’t publish those same Region 6 numbers when it ran its big Sunday story on Parkland, instead choosing to quote experts. When I talked to Moos the day after I put up my post, I asked him whether anyone at the News had asked for those IJ stats. He said that, in fact, a reporter had called with that request after I put up my post. Moos couldn’t recall whether they’d previously asked for the numbers. I am forced to conclude they hadn’t, which is odd.
Anyway, mea culpa. I was wrong. And I learned something about Region 6.
I’ve learned something else since putting up that last post about Parkland. CMS’ IJ citation has lengthened wait times in the ER. Here’s an example a Parkland ER doc gave me:
Some people really do not like Garrison Keillor. I am aware of this. He may or may not be kind of a jerk. But plenty do, and I happen to be one of them. At the very least, I appreciate his work, and I am possibly one of four people who actually liked A Prairie Home Companion, the movie, because I have the hugest soft spot for Kevin Kline. The radio show is maybe the only reason my older brother survived our numerous family road trips, what with me threatening to do something drastic every time his octopus limbs encroached on my side of the backseat.
Anyway, the longtime radio host and author brings his live show to the Bass Hall in Fort Worth this evening, with fiddler Sara Watkins (of Nickel Creek and the Decemberists) in tow. He’s talked retirement for 2013, so tonight may be one of your last chances to catch him out on the touring circuit. Slate’s Sam Anderson wrote a great essay about Keillor’s mysterious throwback appeal back in 2006, and it’s still worth a read. Tickets are still available, but fair warning: the cheap seats are long gone.
There’s plenty going on around town to commemorate the upcoming tenth anniversary of 9/11, beginning tonight with a panel discussion hosted by the Press Club of Dallas. The purpose is to examine the outcome of the attacks over the past decade, and features input from professors of law, politics, ethics, and national security. Tod Robberson of the Dallas Morning News will moderate.
For more to do with your post-holiday weekend evening, go here.
Just heard that Bobby Rhine, who pretty much was FC Dallas (at least the public face of it) since arriving in the 1999 MLS draft, died yesterday, apparently of a heart attack while on vacation with his family. He was 35. Devastating. He was one of the absolute great ones. I mean, he was good at soccer, but that’s not what I’m talking about. Nicest guy you’d ever meet. Our thoughts are with his loved ones.
Normally, Cubes and I agree on most things, except music, fashion, technology,Â Entourage, the ideal taunting facial gesture, how to approach the signing of a mediocre center, t-shirt tightness, and — you know, now that I actually write this down, I guess we don’t agree on much, other than we both (me somewhat begrudgingly) consider him a genius because he brought Dallas a NBA championship.
Anyway. We don’t agree on this super conference business. After the jump, my idea.
I’ve heard elsewhere and I see here that the layoffs have begun. Holding a thought for our publishing brethren across town.
Cuban Dogs College Super Conferences. Long weekend and not a lot of news today aside from the wildfires, so you’ll allow me to point you to a post from a couple days back by Mark Cuban in which he says the NCAA football super conferences will be a big mistake. Conference talk drives me a little nervous, but Cuban makes some good points.
Dallas To Get Second Medical School. Watch out, UT Southwestern. A&M and Baylor are teaming up (sub. req.) to teach docs. The Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine will welcome 23 students in December.
Fried Bubblegum. Requisite State Fair story with punny lead about crazy new fried food. Blah, blah, blah.