Texas Below Average In Terms of Physicians Per 100,000 Population

Texas and Kansas are tied for 10th from the bottom among the U.S. states when it comes to the supply of active physicians. According to data from the Association of American Medical Colleges, as reported Monday by Becker’s Hospital Review, Texas and Kansas both had 219.4 physicians per 100,000 population in 2016. Texas had a total of 61,132 physicians, while Kansas had 6,380. For the U.S. as a whole, there were 271.6 physicians actively practicing per 100,000 population last year. That was an improvement from the year before, when the number was 265.5. The 50 U.S. states varied greatly from… Full Story

Texas Health Aetna Snags 30K Members So Far

The new Texas Health Aetna health-plan company so far has signed up 30,000 members, including employees of State Farm insurance, Texas Health Resources, and the Grand Prairie Independent School District. The joint venture, which combines Texas Health providers with Aetna’s health-plan expertise and utilizes the Southwestern Health Resources network, serves employers and consumers in 16 counties in North Texas. The partnership was announced in May of 2016. “Employers are hungry for something new,” says Jeff Cook, Texas Health Aetna CEO, explaining the plan’s enrollees so far. The 50/50 venture between health insurer Aetna and Texas Health—the investment by both parties… Full Story

Medical City, Texas Health Tie For Bragging Rights in Fall 2017 Leapfrog Rankings

Dallas-Fort Worth hospitals snagged 15 A grades in the Fall 2017 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade rankings. The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit organization, assigns A, B, C, D, and F letter grades to general acute-care hospitals in the U.S. twice annually. The Leapfrog safety grades, drawn from 27 national measures of patient safety from the likes of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the American Hospital Association’s Annual Survey, are intended to help consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. DFW’s 15 A grades in the fall rankings were among 77 A’s in… Full Story

Restructuring Tenet Healthcare Names 10 Group CEOs

Tenet Healthcare has appointed 10 group CEOs as part of a more lean, market-based restructuring. Dallas-based Tenet will be organized into 10 operating groups, according to Becker’s Hospital Review, and the CEO of each group will report directly to Eric Evans, the company’s president of hospital operations. The 10 group chief executives, Becker’s said, are: Matt Stone (San Antonio and North Texas Group); Sally Deitch, RN (El Paso and Rio Grande Valley Group); Frank Molinaro (Arizona Group); Keith Parrott (Alabama, Tennessee, and Missouri Group); Warren Kirk (Northern California Group); Michelle Finney (Southern California Group); Ana Mederos (Miami-Dade Group); Anthony J.… Full Story

Nurse of Year Award Goes to Surgical Specialty Nurse at UT Southwestern

A UT Southwestern Medical Center surgical specialty nurse has been named Nurse of the Year by Press Ganey, a national consulting firm specializing in healthcare performance. The national award was presented Nov. 1 to Dawn Brown, RN, clinical manager of the surgical specialty unit at UT Southwestern’s William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital. The award recognizes one outstanding direct care nurse who’s demonstrated innovation, transformation, and collaboration supporting an exceptional patient experience. The recognition involved crafting successful pain management strategies for patients, according to Service Coordination Director Renee Bailey, RN, who nominated Brown. “She took the first crucial step of… Full Story

Medical City Fort Worth CEO Named Young Healthcare Executive of the Year

Jyric Sims, CEO of Medical City Fort Worth, has been named the 2017 Young Healthcare Executive of the Year by the National Association of Health Services Executives. The award is given annually to a NAHSE member under age 40 to recognize his or her contributions and commitment to the healthcare industry. NAHSE is a nonprofit association of black healthcare executives that was founded in 1968. “Jyric has always been a very active member of NAHSE, and it’s been a pleasure to watch him grow in his career over the years,” Anthony King, NAHSE’s national president, said in a news release.… Full Story

Texas Health Allen Earns Level IV Trauma Designation—Again

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen has been re-designated as a Level IV Trauma Center by the Texas Department of State Health Services and the American College of Surgeons. The designation allows the hospital to care for patients with traumatic injuries. Last year alone, more than 22,000 patients were cared for in the Texas Health Allen emergency department. Trauma designations in Texas are earned in Levels I through IV. Level I is the highest level, and IV is the lowest. Level IV centers evaluate, stabilize, and diagnose trauma patients but are likely to transfer to them to a nearby trauma center… Full Story

How Dr. John Carlo—And the Dallas County Medical Society—Helped The Victims of Hurricane Harvey

Dr. John Carlo, who became the youngest president ever of the Dallas County Medical Society in January, was running on “caffeine and fumes” when he met with former D CEO Healthcare Editor Olivia Nguyen to discuss the DCMS response to Hurricane Harvey. In a story in the November issue of D CEO magazine, Carlo, 44, explained that it was his job to coordinate staffing for the city of Dallas’ “mega-shelter” for Harvey victims at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. His task included coordinating the schedules of thousands of DCMS member-physicians who served 4 to 8-hour shifts at the shelter,… Full Story

Dallas-based Pathway Healthcare is First Private Clinic Network to Fight Opioid Epidemic With Video Technology

Dallas-based Pathway Healthcare LLC has become the first private clinic network in the country to deploy a cutting-edge new technology in the battle against the opioid epidemic. Pathway Healthcare, a 1-year-old addiction-treatment company with five locations in Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee, is using something called asynchronous video Directly Observed Therapy (or DOT) technology from emocha, a mobile health company based in Baltimore. Pathway Healthcare has begun using the video DOT platform at its clinic in Jackson, Tenn., to support patients who are starting to take buprenorphine, a type of medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder. The patients use a… Full Story

Platinum Dermatology Adds A Practice Serving Eastern Dallas

Platinum Dermatology Partners—a dermatology-focused, comprehensive physician services organization founded in 2016—has added a practice serving Garland, Rowlett, and Mesquite to its network. Dallas-based Platinum said its seventh and newest practice is Howsden Dermatology, which has a focus on skin cancer detection and treatment in eastern Dallas. Howsden was founded in 1983 by Dr. F. Lester Howsden. Today its patients are cared for by Dr. Akash A. Patel and Dr. Kevin F. Kia. “My physician partners and I are thrilled to welcome the Howsden Dermatology team to our growing network,” Dr. Kent Aftergut, a member of the Platinum Clinical Advisory Board,… Full Story