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

Becoming MACRA Compliant: This is What Physician Practices Face

This story is published in concert with the Dallas County Medical Society, which produced the content. It’s an ongoing resource guide to making your practice complaint with MACRA. Enjoy.  In November, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will pass a final rule regarding how physician practices will need to shift to become compliant with a new quality-based reimbursement program. These proposed changes, which the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has named the Quality Payment Program, replace a patchwork system of Medicare reporting programs with a flexible system that allows physicians to choose from two paths that link quality… Full Story

Dallas-Fort Worth Leads Texas in Healthcare Companies on Inc. 5000 List

Eighteen healthcare companies in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metropolitan Area made Inc. magazine’s annual 5,000 list, which attempts to chronicle the fastest growing private companies in the nation. That’s more healthcare companies than any other metropolitan area in Texas, and shows the variety that exist here: Home health, tech, pharmaceutical, provider networks, staffing centers, and services companies. Full Story

MACRA, MIPS, APMs, Oh My! Details on Preparing For the Onslaught of Value-Based CMS-Imposed Contracts

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) is bipartisan legislation that replaced the Sustainable Growth Rate formula. Under the legislation, Medicare aims to pay clinicians for the value and quality of care they provide. Here is a rundown of what the government will be looking for. Full Story