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HCA acquires 14 locations in Las Vegas

Hospital Corporation of America purchased Urgent Care Extra’s 14 locations in Nevada last month.

“This acquisition adds a strong network of leading urgent care centers to our Las Vegas network and complements our presence in the market,” said Sam Hazen, HCAchief operating officer.

“Additionally, the acquisition builds on HCA’s strategy to improve patient access to our health care system in the markets we serve.”

The purchase adds to HCA’s Sunrise Health System of four hospitals and four surgery centers in the Las Vegas area.

Six sites that are under development also were bought by HCA last month.

HCA made purchases in the Dallas-Fort Worth area last year that included 24 urgent care centers from CareNow.

HCA has 65 urgent care centers in several markets. HCA operates 168 hospitals and 114 surgery centers in 20 states and the United Kingdom.

HCA cared for more than 20 million patients in 2014. It operates 5 percent of the hospital services in the United States.

State Behavioral Health Division gets $100,000 grant

The Nevada Public and Behavioral Health Division received a $100,000 grant from the national coordinator for health information technology. The grant was given to the division to support providers that can’t receive incentive payments from the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive programs.

The state will work with HealtHIE Nevada, HealthInsight Nevada’s statewide health information exchange, and Netsmart, a knowledge and technology partner for health and human services providers, so it can reach the uncovered providers.

“This grant will allow the state to fund the important work of connecting Nevada’s mental health system with other health care providers. HealtHIE Nevada is happy to partner with (Public and Behavioral Health Division) and Netsmart to provide more comprehensive information that will help to improve patient care,” said Deborah Huber, HealtHIE Nevada board member and executive director of HealthInsight Nevada.

The partnership will aid Nevada in connecting the state mental health system to the exchange. That will allow existing participants the capability of viewing a patient’s behavioral health history. The grant gives the partners one year to put the plan together.

“Providing continuity of care to those with co-morbid mental and medical conditions is a major factor in improving the health both of individuals and larger populations,” said Mike Valentine, CEO of Netsmart. “Netsmart is proud to help facilitate ‘whole person’ care in the state of Nevada.”

This grant is among more than $38 million in awards issued across the country in 2015.

The awards are aimed at improving care coordination and health information exchange and interoperability across the country.

More information is available at www.heathit.gov.

Redefy brings flat-fee brokerage to Silver State

Redefy Real Estate, a company that operates in several major markets in the United States, is expanding to Las Vegas, bringing its flat-fee brokerage concept with it.

Redefy offers home sellers a $2,500 flat rate that includes every service that a traditional real estate agent offers.

“Our goal at Redefy is to bring fairness to the marketplace through our process, and we saw an opportunity to bring our services to Las Vegas,” said Jordan Connett, co-founder and CEO of Redefy. “We are excited about the expansion into another housing market that continues to see year-over-year growth.”

The local office will be headed by Chuck Maxfield, a 20-year veteran in the industry.

“We are thrilled to have a presence in Las Vegas, one of the nation’s fastest growing real estate markets,” said Maxfield, who will have the title of general manager. “Together with the experience of our team, and our flat fee full-service model, I believe we have a true prescription for success.”

According to a news release, statistics from the Colorado market from October shows that Redefy sells homes closer to the listing price, with having their properties on the market for half the time of houses listed by traditional real estate agents.

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