Methodist’s Affiliated Physician Group Rebrands Itself

Dr. George Williams, the group’s president, said the decision is in line with the group’s growth—it’s doubled in the past four years, and the need to link itself more closely to the Methodist Health System brand was apparent. He said it will help patient communication as the system looks to highlight its clinical integration strategy and expansion into new regions. Full Story

Independent Doctors, Meet Privia Health: Dallas Indie Docs Have Another Option

For the past three or so months, an Arlington, Va.-based medical group has been quietly marching across Dallas-Fort Worth, seeking independent physician practices with whom to partner. Privia Health has attracted 65 practices and is looking for others in Dallas, Tarrant, Denton, and Collin counties. It’s already created a provider base of more than 200 physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants. Full Story

Dallas Cardiologists, Surgeons Reflect on Dr. Denton Cooley, Who Died on Friday

Denton Cooley, the Houston surgeon who pioneered heart transplants and implanted the world’s first artificial heart, died on Friday at 96 years old. In 1968, Cooley transplanted the first human heart in the United States. The next year, he implanted an artificial heart as a bridge to transplant, giving patients a chance at life even if a heart was not immediately available. He helped develop practices that spread across the industry to repair and replace diseased heart valves. He was a trailblazer in correcting congenital heart disease in pediatric patients. Along with his partner Dr. Michael Debakey, with whom Cooley… Full Story

Commonwealth Fund Expresses Concern of Losing Coverage Gains Under Trump Presidency

Now days past Donald Trump’s rise to the nation’s president elect, national nonprofits are digging into what could come out of his health policy. On Wednesday, we got insight from PwC, the Congressional Budget Office, and RAND. Yesterday, the Commonwealth Fund added another piece about the challenges of what’s ahead. Full Story

How North Texas Kickstarted the Telemedicine Revolution

Almost 15 years ago, a pair of entrepreneurs launched a telemedicine company in North Dallas that tried to monetize treating low acuity conditions over the phone. Teladoc built a physician base and targeted large employers, offering bridge services to employees when they couldn’t get into the doctor’s office for their cold or urinary tract infection or pink eye. Last year, Teladoc became the only telemedicine company to be publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange. It posted annual revenue of $77 million in 2015, a year-over-year increase of 78 percent. And it’s also found itself in the middle of a national discussion on how telehealth services should be regulated. Just how much access is still safe for patients? Full Story

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