Live Free Or Die: Village Health Partners Plots an Independent Course

Health systems are circling overhead like hawks. They’re buying independent physician practices that have all but collapsed in the post-Obamacare environment. The costs of providing healthcare are now so high that employers and insurance plans are demanding that the providers show their value. What’s a solo practitioner to do? Village Health Partners is building a model of survival—and health plans, employers, and patients are all taking notice. Full Story

Sean Morrison Is Trying To Cure Cancer—No, He Really Is

When the cures come out of Dr. Sean J. Morrison’s lab—and he’s certain they will—almost no one will remember when the place used to be just a couple of empty concrete boxes. There were no centrifuges, no dissection microscopes, no imaging flow cytometers. The founding director of the Children’s Medical Center Research Institute’s home base at UT Southwestern looks more like a startup space now—and he has populated it with some of the best young researchers in the country. Full Story

How Texas Health Resources Managed Its Ebola Crisis

Thomas Eric Duncan was already isolated in the emergency department at Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas last September when Barclay Berdan, the CEO of the hospital’s nonprofit parent company, Texas Health Resources, heard for the first time that Duncan had probably contracted Ebola. Full Story

Why Dallas Is Building So Many Hospitals

The future of hospital construction in this country is evident in nearly every sector of North Texas. Healthcare reform, a population spike, and the aging of the baby boomers spur the construction of more—and more high-tech—new facilities. Full Story

How ‘Presenteeism’ Costs Employers Hundreds of Billions

Many companies do not write checks for their highest health-related costs. A decade ago, two studies  found that on-the-job productivity losses from pain and depression cost U.S. employers more than $90 billion in today’s dollars.  The phenomenon is known as “presenteeism.”