Report: DCHHS Relents On Cuts To Medicaid Therapy Rates

Proposed $350 million in cuts to Medicaid services will not come to pass if it means affecting the care provided to disabled children. That’s according to The Amarillo Globe News, which over the weekend reported that Health and Human Services Commissioner Chris Traylor wrote a letter to Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and state Sen. Jane Nelson saying the agency would relent on the cuts, which have been stayed by a state district judge. The cuts, $150 million in state dollars and $200 million in federal, were ordered in the last legislative session to save taxpayer dollars. But before they were… Full Story

DHCD Panel: Learn About What Physicians Are Facing In A Post-Reform Environment

Healthcare reform has issued in another host of requirements and mandates for physicians, leaving the door open to new, more intensive models of how to treat patients. D Healthcare Daily is pleased to announce a panel focused solely on the most important segment of our healthcare system: the caregivers. Hear firsthand about how the new environment has affected how physicians, both employed and independent, do their jobs. Full Story

Is Physician Employment Here To Stay In This Post-Reform Environment?

The prevalence of employment opportunities over private practice in the physician workforce is similar to what occurred during the HMO push of the 1990s. There is a similar trend toward physician alignment with hospitals and insurers again today, as there was with the HMO boom. With sweeping health reform legislation now transforming healthcare, the most recent cycle of physician employment seems much more widespread and all-encompassing than before. So is it here to stay? Full Story

Baylor Scott & White Health Has A New Board Chair And He Starts Today

Baylor Scott & White Health has a new chairman of the board. Former soft drink magnate Jim Turner assumed the role on Thursday, taking over from Drayton McLane Jr., who has completed a two-year term and will return to the board. This is Turner’s second tour of duty; he had a major role in steering the landmark merger between Dallas’ Baylor Health Care System and Temple’s Scott & White Health. He served as chair for 15 months immediately following that deal. The merger, which created the largest nonprofit health system in Texas, is now two years old and was finalized… Full Story