Baylor, Scott & White Finalize Merger

Baylor Health System and Temple-based Scott & White have completed a merger deal that will now create Baylor Scott & White, a company poised to become the largest not-for-profit healthcare system in Texas, officials with both companies announced Monday afternoon. Baylor Scott & White Health will have more than $8 billion in assets, a combined 43 hospitals, more than 500 patient care sites, more than 6,000 affiliated physicians, 34,000 employees, and the Scott & White Health Plan. “Over time, patients in the communities we serve will begin seeing the new brand Baylor Scott & White Health emerge,” said Baylor Health… Full Story

D Healthcare Daily Expands Team, Hires Bradford Pearson as Editor

Building on the success of its first year, D Healthcare Daily is adding to its news team, hiring Bradford Pearson as editor. He joins founding editor Steve Jacob, who will shift his focus to in-depth, enterprise stories. Pearson will concentrate on breaking news and site operations, including daily and weekly e-newsletters. D Healthcare Daily was launched last summer to cover the business of healthcare in North Texas — a sector that adds $52 billion to the local economy each year and supports more than 600,000 regional jobs. It’s produced by the business media division of Dallas-based D Magazine Partners, which… Full Story

Bipartisan Bill Aims to Lower Health Costs Associated With Obesity

A day after the American Medical Association declared obesity a disease, bipartisan legislation was introduced with the aim of reducing costs and preventing chronic diseases related to obesity. The Treat and Reduce Obesity Act, introduced in both the U.S. Senate and House on June 19, would require Medicaid to provide coverage for weight-loss counseling and drugs that help with weight management. Some experts, such as Jeffrey Cain, president of the American Academy of Family Physicians, believe that the AMA’s declaration will lead to improved physician payments for obesity-related treatments, according to American Medical News. Others remain skeptical. Robert Gilchick, a member… Full Story

D Healthcare Daily Honored With National Editorial Excellence Award

D Healthcare Daily was presented with a silver award for Best Industry E-newsletter by the Alliance of Area Business Publications at the group’s national conference last weekend in Nashville. AABP represents about 70 independent business publications across the country. The award was one of eight Editorial Excellence Awards presented to D CEO, the business title of D Magazine Partners, which produces D Healthcare Daily. It won two bronze, one silver, and five gold awards in all—including Best Magazine. The publication’s “dynamic array of features, profiles, news stories, and briefs reveals the business community’s to its audience,” the judges commented. “Great… Full Story

Salaries by Market: Paramedic

Paramedics provide advanced life support care to patients who are ill and/or injured. They transport and transfer patients and assesses the extent of an illness or injury to establish and prioritize medical procedures to follow. According to Salary.com, paramedics in the Dallas area receive a median annual salary of $38,552. The same paramedic would make just a few dollars more ($38,669) in Houston, $42,481 in Boston, $40,809 in Chicago, $46,994 in San Francisco, $38,163 in Miami, and $45,360 in New York.

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The use of a health information exchange in an ambulatory setting did not reduce the ordering of tests or save money, according to a recent study.

New guidelines are restricting the ability of some family physicians in rural settings to deliver babies—even if they have been doing so for decades.

A number of Texas laws, which take effect Sept. 1, aim to help investigate and prevent Medicaid fraud and abuse, while bringing the state into compliance with federal mandates to ensure eligibility for incentive recoveries. Full Story

New Policies Keeping Some Texas Physicians Out of the Delivery Room

As hospitals shift to a “specialist model,” rural hospitals are finding it a challenge to meet higher quality-of-care standards set by their urban counterparts. According to a Texas Tribune report in The New York Times, new guidelines are restricting the ability of some family physicians in these rural settings to deliver babies—even if they have been doing so for decades. The policies mainly affect lower-income patients in rural areas who have fewer options in choosing healthcare providers, the report found.

New Laws Aim to Prevent Fraud, Increase Federal Compliance in Texas Medicaid Program

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has signed into law a number of bills that aim to help investigate and prevent Medicaid fraud and abuse, while bringing the state into compliance with federal mandates to ensure eligibility for incentive recoveries. The bills, which take effect Sept. 1, could lead to increased Medicaid program oversight and false claims actions, according to a Minority Corporate Counsel Association report.