Texas Health’s Senior Meal Programs are Reducing Emergency Care Usage

A Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas pilot program is delivering food to seniors via Meals on Wheels and using the interaction to determine if future medical care is needed. The program, called Meals that Heal, is reducing visits to the emergency room by senior patients who have been recently discharged. The meals are delivered through the Visiting Nurse Association and Meals on Wheels. Deliverers ask patients a series of questions when they visit the patient’s home. They typically ask open-ended questions regarding a patient’s medication schedule and feelings of health since their discharge. Are they feeling better? Taking their medication,… Full Story

How Much Does it Cost to Treat Diabetes in Texas?

Diabetes treatment is becoming more frequent and more expensive, according to CDC data compiled by QuoteWizard, an insurance comparison service. The company analyzed the rise of diabetes and cost increases in insulin state by state from 2007 to 2017. The analysis found that the number of people with diabetes in Texas increased from 10.3% to 11.9% over the last 10 years, an overall 16% growth. Comparatively, the national diabetes percentage increased by 29% from 2007 to 2017. Medical costs nationwide increased 26% from 2007 to 2017, indicating that insurance premiums for diabetic treatment may likely follow the same rise. According… Full Story

BSW Heartburn Research Finds New Solution to Symptoms

Research conducted by Baylor Scott and White Health found that the 66 percent of patients using proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) for persistent heartburn have symptoms that are not caused by acid production, as previously assumed. PPIs reduce stomach acid levels and are considered optimal treatment for gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD. However, even after taking PPIs consistently, approximately 30%-40% of patients complain that their heartburn or GERD symptoms still persist.  “There is a huge misconception among patients and physicians that heartburn means GERD” says Dr. Stuart Spechler, Chief of Gastroenterology at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. The study evaluated… Full Story

Texas Health Wins Best Employer, Top 5 Best Place for Women

For the fourth consecutive year, Texas Health Resources scored two prestigious recognitions. Texas Health received Platinum-level recognition as a Best Employer: Excellence in Health & Well-Being award winner by the National Business Group on Health, and achieved was ranked 5th of 75 Best Large Workplaces for Women by Great Places to Work. The Platinum designation is awarded to organizations that have demonstrated exceptional commitments to the increase of employee well-being. Healthy work environment contributors include job satisfaction, community involvement, financial security, emotional health and social connectedness. Texas Health was one of only 19 employers to receive this distinction. “We are… Full Story

Report: Infant Mortality and Suicide Increases Nationwide

A report from America’s Health Rankings found an increase in teen suicide by 25 percent and an increase in infant mortality by 6 percent since their last report in 2016. The most significant indicator of influence on youth health is geography. Teen suicide is 7.3 times higher in Alaska than in Rhode Island. Tobacco use among youth is 2.8 times higher in Kentucky than in Hawaii. Male youth have notably higher rates of child mortality and teen suicide than female youth. Child mortality is 1.8 times higher among males than females and teen suicide is three times higher among males… Full Story

Avoiding Hospitals When Administering Specialty Drugs Could Save $4 Billion

A new research brief conducted by UnitedHealth Group found that patients who receive specialty drugs may save significant costs on healthcare if they switch their drug infusions from hospitals to private physician offices or homes. The research finds that a total of $4 billion could be saved each year if specialty drugs were administered in physician offices or homes instead of hospital outpatient settings. Patients and employers could save an estimated $250 billion between 2020 and 2029 if hospital price increases simply slowed to physician price increase levels. UnitedHealth Group focused on the top five health conditions that make up… Full Story

Only Half of Employer and ACA-Insured People Can Afford Their Emergency Care

In the case of emergencies, only half of respondents with employer-provided plans (46.7 percent) and respondents with ACA plans (47.8 percent) were able to afford emergency medical bills, according to a study by health insurance marketplace, HealthMarkets. The company’s survey analyzed healthcare costs under varying medical circumstances for insured and uninsured families. The survey highlighted healthcare costs under three cost conditions – monthly out-of-pocket costs, emergency medical costs, and costs related to pre-existing conditions. Almost 40 percent of respondents with employer-provided plans needed six months or more to pay off emergency costs, and 14.2 percent could not afford any costs associated… Full Story

Texas Health Fort Worth’s Joint Commission Gold Seal for Brain Tumors

Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth is recognized by The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Brain Tumor Certification. It is the hospital’s subsequent honor as the hospital’s brain tumor program was the first brain tumor program to be certified by The Joint Commission in 2016. “This recertification demonstrates the tireless work and commitment exhibited daily by our employees and physicians on the Texas Health Fort Worth medical staff,” said Joseph DeLeon, hospital president via release. “Our customized approach to treating brain tumors hopefully allows patients to appreciate the quality care we strive to give – not for… Full Story

Eosera Doubles Its Footprint in Fort Worth

Eosera, Inc., the biotech company that specializes in product ear-treatment will expand to a larger facility in Fort Worth by the end of this month. Eosera’s founder and CEO, Elyse Dickerson hopes the larger space will benefit the company’s increasing consumer demand for their ear-care products. The expansion doubles the size of the company’s warehouse and manufacturing space, where all manufacturing of Eosera’s products are done. The growth arrives with the addition of two new products. “The main driver is expansion of retail distribution and expansion of our product line. So because of both of those, we’ve had to increase our production of… Full Story