Conversation With: DCMS President Dr. Ruben Velez On Underserved Communities, Physician Burnout, and Healthcare Fractionation

Dr. Ruben Velez began his involvement with the Dallas County Medical Society through its Project Access program, a free clinic that the organization discontinued due to a lack of funding in 2013. So it should come at no surprise that, as DCMS’ president, Velez has made improving access to care for underserved communities a priority. A graduate of the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, Velez moved to Dallas for residency in 1978 and did a fellowship in nephrology at UT Southwestern Medical Center thereafter. By now, he’s a 40-year veteran of Dallas-Fort Worth’s medical scene. He’s also the… Full Story

You Need To Know AMN Healthcare’s Susan Salka

Last year, AMN Healthcare CEO Susan Salka moved herself from the company’s traditional headquarters in San Diego (where it employs 1,100 people) to Dallas-Fort Worth, setting up camp at the company’s 700-employee Cypress Waters hub. Although PR types will argue with you over this sort of thing, a company’s HQ is generally considered to be where its CEO sits. AMN didn’t wait for those questions to surface. Instead, it took a page from the Amazon playbook and deemed Dallas its second headquarters. Business verbiage aside, Salka is a relatively knew-to-the-region CEO heading a $2 billion-plus (revenue) company. AMN does healthcare… Full Story

Suspect Charged With Houston Surgeon’s Murder Kills Self

The hunt for the man suspected of murdering a Houston cardiologist killed himself on Friday as police approached, the Houston Chronicle reports. Joseph James Pappas was charged on Thursday with killing Dr. Mark Hausknecht, with the motive dating back to a surgery that left Pappas’ mother dead two decades ago. Police previously released grainy video of the incident, in which the assailant can be seen shooting Hausknecht while both men cross an intersection on bikes. Hausknecht had been on the way to work in Houston’s Texas Medical Center, on July 20, when he was shot. A lot more detail on… Full Story

AHA Set To Roll Out Subscription-based CPR Training To More Hospitals Through Joint Venture

The American Heart Association on Thursday officially rolled out its new spin off with Norwegian medical equipment maker Laerdal Medical. The joint venture, called RQI Partners, will now set its sites on signing more contracts with hospitals across the U.S. for its re-thought version of CPR training, where trainees go through more frequent but shorter-in-duration training periods. RQI (resuscitation quality improvement) functions as hands-on CPR training within the hospital. Hospital staff practice CPR on mannequins equipped with sensors and attached to computers, which allow individualized feedback. Whereas CPR certification typically requires about a day of training every two years, RQI… Full Story

Baylor Scott & White’s ACO Signs A Deal With BCBSTX

Baylor Scott & White Quality Alliance inked an agreement with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas on Tuesday to bring 140,000 of the insurer’s members under its purview. BSWQA is the accountable care organization of Baylor Scott & White Health, encompassing 6,000 primary and specialty care physician members, 50 hospitals, and 95 post-acute care facilities. ACOs are set up to tie payments to quality metrics, with reimbursements based on improving outcomes and cutting costs. The agreement goes into effect this month. The organizations are not releasing financial terms. “Members enrolled in this new ACO arrangement have access to BSWQA’s comprehensive… Full Story

Checking In On The First Joint Healthcare Campus From the Texas Health, UTSW Partnership

The alliance between Texas Health Resources and UT Southwestern Medical Center is moving toward a new milestone. The two sides have a $270 million collaborative hospital and medical office building in the works in Frisco, the first facilities resulting from the partnership known as Southwestern Health Resources. It’ll be jointly owned and operated. Construction on the complex started last summer. On Tuesday, the two sides invited people out to mark the halfway point. When all is said and done, in one chunk of land at Cobb Hill and North Dallas Tollway will be: Texas Health Hospital Frisco, a 325,000 square… Full Story

Teladoc Filing Gives A Sense Of The Size Of The Company Following Recent Acquisitions

A new regulatory filing from Teladoc sheds light on the company’s rapid growth following a couple recent acquisitions. The telemedicine pioneer disclosed financial statements on Monday that show new acquisition Advance Medical-Healthcare Management Services brought in $18.5 million during the first quarter. That goes with Teladoc’s first quarter revenue of $89.6 million to create a combined first quarter revenue of $108.1 million. The company brought in $42.9 million during the same quarter last year. Teladoc now stations its top executives in Purchase, New York, but its second corporate office remains nearby in Lewisville, where the company was founded in 2002.… Full Story

It’s Time To Submit Your Nominations For D CEO’s Fifth Annual Excellence In Healthcare Awards

For the fifth year running, D CEO and D CEO Healthcare will be honoring the area’s outstanding industry leaders and innovative projects with our Excellence in Healthcare Awards. As of Monday, nominations are open. Go! Go! Go! Our finalists will find a prominent slot in the December issue of D CEO, and we’ll reveal the winners at an event that same month. These awards span the spectrum, and we’re asking for nominations from the largest healthcare systems to the independents, and from CEOs down to volunteers. The categories: • Outstanding Healthcare Executive • Outstanding Healthcare Practitioner • Achievement in Healthcare Innovation • Achievement in… Full Story

Join Us For A D CEO Healthcare Breakfast Panel Featuring CEOs From Baylor, Texas Health, Methodist, and StratiFi

The area’s healthcare needs are expanding as North Texas booms. Meanwhile, tech and regulation have ushered in an era in which more and more medicine is practiced on an outpatient rather than an inpatient basis. This puts providers trying to figure out where to park their profits at a crossroads: Should they invest in expanding large hospitals—seeing the growing populations—or move into smaller communities with more focused models of care? We’ve already seen a wide, creative mix from the major health systems of North Texas. At an upcoming D CEO Healthcare Breakfast Panel, we’ll gather a few of their chief executives… Full Story

Texas Health Physicians Group Recalibrates Leadership As Executive Departs For Cleveland Clinic

A Dallas healthcare executive who’d been serving as chief medical officer at the Texas Health Physicians Group (THPG) has left the system for the Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Adam Myers had also served as chair of the Clinical Integration team pairing Arlington-based Texas Health Resources with Dallas-based UT Southwestern Medical Center (a collaboration known as Southwestern Health Resources). He’ll be the chief of population health and director of Cleveland Clinic Community Care at the high-profile, Cleveland-based medical center. Dr. Shawn Parsley, president of THPG, is expanding his role to include chief operations officer following the move. Dr. Lynn Myers—no relation—becomes chief… Full Story