‘Blue Zones’ Project Ready To Launch In Fort Worth, Aiming To Slice Healthcare Costs, Improve Well-Being

The Blue Zones project, a community engagement effort aimed at increasing the well-being of an entire city, is set to launch in Fort Worth. Cowtown is the largest city to take on the challenge to become Blue Zone certified—what will it mean for its residents? Full Story

Experimental Payment Method Used In Fort Worth Slashes Cancer Treatment Costs By A Third

According to a Journal of Oncology Practice report, an experimental payment method directed by insurer UnitedHealthcare and employed at Fort Worth’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, among other facilities, has reduced the total cost of cancer treatment in its participating oncology programs by more than a third. Full Story

United Way of Tarrant County Gets Nation’s Largest ‘Navigator’ Grant

The United Way of Metropolitan Tarrant County has been awarded nearly $6 million to help Texans navigate the health insurance exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) grant of $5,889,171 was the nation’s largest navigator grant. Texas overall, which originally was supposed to receive about $8.2 million, was awarded $10.9 million—representing the largest amount given to any state. The United Way chapter, one of eight Texas organizations receiving grants, garnered more than half of the state’s grant money. It told HHS it planned to work with 16 organizations statewide to promote… Full Story

‘Blue Zone’ Project May Be Heading to Fort Worth

Fort Worth could become the nation’s largest Blue Zones urban project, designed to improve community health using methods based on the best-selling book of the same name. Officials from Franklin, Tenn.-based Healthways will be meeting with community stakeholders over the next two weeks to determine whether there is sufficient commitment to launch the project. If selected, Fort Worth would receive assistance from experts to develop and implement a plan to make environmental, social and policy changes that encourage healthier behavior. Local restaurants would be guided to offer healthier food choices, and the city would invest in walking and cycling paths… Full Story

Morning Rounds (04.16.13)

Pennsylvania-based Post Acute Medical Friday announced the purchase of Twin Creeks Hospital, a 40-bed inpatient rehabilitation facility in Allen.

The Fort Worth Foundation and JPS Health Network will build and operate an adult medical clinic and social services complex near the East Lancaster Avenue homeless shelters.

Giving price information to providers at the time lab orders were placed resulted in a decrease in the numbers of ordered tests. Full Story

JPS, Fort Worth Foundation Build Adult Community Clinic To Target Homeless

The Fort Worth Foundation and JPS Health Network will build and operate an adult medical clinic and social services complex near the East Lancaster Avenue homeless shelters, the organizations announced Friday. The Fort Worth Foundation will build the resource center on about 1.5 acres of land it has agreed to purchase from JPS, which will operate the adult community clinic.  A non-profit operating entity created and funded by the foundation will govern the center’s overall operations. A 2011 JPS study identified more than 230 homeless patients who were frequent users of JPS’s emergency and inpatient services, incurring charges of more… Full Story

UNT Creates Fort Worth Advisory Panel

The University of North Texas System has created a taskforce of more than 20 Fort Worth community leaders to advise the university as it expands the UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth. The group will be chaired by attorney Dee Kelly Jr., and include Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley and former mayors Mike Moncrief and Kenneth Barr. The taskforce will be involved in legislative initiatives, selection of the next president to replace Scott Ransom and have a voice in appointing Fort Worth residents to the UNT board of regents.