New CMS Data Shows Dallas County Has the Seventh-most Enrollees for ACA Insurance

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid released final 2017 enrollment numbers relating to Affordable Care Act health insurance Tuesday, and the numbers confirm a report issued in February by an outside group. That report showed us that in Texas, Obamacare sign-ups dipped more than the national average last year. What’s interesting about CMS’ data is that you can download a set that splits it up by county. Doing that, we see that Dallas County has the seventh-highest number of consumers—106,923—who’ve selected a plan via the ACA exchange. About 36,000 of those are new consumers from the fall enrollment period, while… Full Story

Squint and You Just Might See the End of Flu Seas—Nevermind, That’s Just More Flu

Two weeks ago, I wrote about the Walgreens Flu Index, which at the time showed that seven of the 10 most active U.S. markets for the flu, at least by drugs prescribed, were right here in Texas. Since then, the state has made some improvement, with just three local markets remaining on the list. Nice! Except one problem: Dallas-Fort Worth has actually climbed during that period, from fourth-worst in the country to second-worst, slotted just behind Oklahoma City. By the numbers, getting a grasp on where we stand within the evolution of this very bad flu season is difficult. DFW… Full Story

UT Southwestern Makes ‘Best 11 Medical Schools for Primary Care’ 2018 List

UT Southwestern has placed No.8 in a four-way tie in U.S. News’ “Best Medical Schools for Primary Care” 2018 list. The University of Washington in Seattle is the best medical school for primary care, according to the U.S. News & World Report ranking, and UT Southwestern was the only school in North Texas to make the list. According to U.S. News, the rankings are based on faculty resources, a peer assessment score, and program selectivity statistics, along with other calculations. The top 11 medical schools for primary care, the publication says, are as follows: 1. University of Washington–Seattle 2. University… Full Story

Graphic: Patient Recommendation Rates At BUMC, Presby, Parkland

Our newest data set is from numbers provided by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for the fiscal year 2013, as corralled by the Texas Tribune in its interactive Texas Hospitals Explorer. For the next month, we’ll be posting graphics for three similarly sized hospitals: Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas (898 beds), Baylor University Medical Center (876 beds), and Parkland Memorial Hospital (769 beds). This week’s stat is the percentage of patients that would recommend the hospital. Graphic by Renee Blostein, interactive designer for D Magazine.

Graphic: Rates Of Death Within 30 Days Of Discharge At Presby, Baylor UMC, Parkland

Our newest data set is from numbers provided by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for the fiscal year 2013, as corralled by the Texas Tribune in its interactive Texas Hospitals Explorer. For the next month, we’ll be posting graphics for three similarly sized hospitals: Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas (898 beds), Baylor University Medical Center (876 beds), and Parkland Memorial Hospital (769 beds). This week’s stat is the rates of death within 30 days of discharge. Graphic by Renee Blostein, interactive designer for D Magazine.

Graphic: Average Time In The ER At Baylor, Presby, and Parkland

Our newest data set is from numbers provided by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, as corralled by the Texas Tribune in their interactive Texas Hospitals Explorer. For the next month, we’ll be posting graphics for three similarly sized hospitals: Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas (898 beds), Baylor University Medical Center (876 beds), and Parkland Memorial Hospital (769 beds). Full Story

COPD, Chronic Bronchitis, Emphysema

Last year, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released figures from hospitals around the country detailing the costs of the 100 most common inpatient services and the 30 most common outpatient services. The numbers sometimes illustrate significant variation in what providers charge for similar services. Full Story

Severe Skin Infection

Last year, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released figures from hospitals around the country detailing the costs of the 100 most common inpatient services and the 30 most common outpatient services. The numbers sometimes illustrate significant variation in what providers charge for similar services. Full Story