South Oak Cliff, Part of the Congressional District With Highest Uninsured Rate in U.S., Celebrates New $10 Million Clinic

According to Census data, about 37 percent of residents here were uninsured in 2014, the most recent statistics available. The congressional district of which it is a part has an uninsured rate of about 38 percent. The national rate is 10.5 percent. On Thursday, nonprofit Los Barrios Unidos celebrated opening a state-of-the-art 20,000 square-foot health clinic that will charge patients on a sliding scale based on their income. Full Story

The Inside Story of the Rare Surgeon Indicted for What Happened In His Operating Rooms

Lee Passmore can’t feel his feet. His right leg is as stiff as his pressed blue jeans, and when he walks, he appears to use his hips to heave it forward. He also vibrates—his chest shakes, his right hand jitters. But Passmore is one of the lucky ones. He’s alive. As cases like his became public record, rumors circulated of late-night partying leading into early-morning rounds, and whispers of drug and alcohol abuse became shouts. This is the story of Christopher Duntsch, all the way from his promising beginnings in Memphis to his current status at Lew Sterrett, where he awaits trial. Full Story

MD Medical Group Looks Beyond the Obvious By Making Medicaid Work

One of the fastest-growing chains of clinics in North Texas dots many of its underserved areas, far from the generally desirable—and profitable—privately insured middle- and upper-middle class, who will come when they get sick and be able to pay. No, the MD Medical Group, which includes the Clinicas Mi Doctor, MD Family, and MD Kids Pediatrics clinic brands, has 32 locations in communities like South Oak Cliff, Pleasant Grove, Garland, West Dallas—places where the median household income can dip tens of thousands of dollars below that of the state’s. Full Story

Meet Dr. Kris Guleserian, The Guardian Angel of Children’s Medical Center

A light rain falls outside of Children’s Medical Center at 7:30 in the morning as Dr. Kris Guleserian makes her rounds. All down the L-shaped corridor can be heard the even tone of heart monitors and the hiss and click of respirators. Guleserian absorbs the night shift’s report, issues instructions, and heads for her office on the third floor, the sharp report of her heels receding down the long hallways. She sheds her flower-print Roberto Cavalli dress and Christian Louboutin heels, and pulls on blue cotton scrubs and a pair of Dansko clogs. The tight curls of her dark, shoulder-length… Full Story

Let’s Keep the Best Doctors in Dallas; Start By Paying Women Docs What They’re Worth

Dallas, here’s a thought. We spend a lot of time courting corporations with tax breaks and large land parcels and various other amenities. What if we could also boast one of the strongest medical (or fill in any other skilled profession) communities in the nation, because we paid the fairest wage to women and minority doctors and surgeons? That would be something worthy of a party. Full Story

Survey: Just 20 Percent of American Physicians Are Familiar With MACRA

A survey by Irving’s Merrit Hawkins physician recruitment firm pins doctor familiarity with compliance for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, better known as MACRA, as pretty dismal. Just 20 percent say they’re either “somewhat” or “very” familiar with the quality incentive reform program, of which the final rule will drop in November. Full Story