12 North Texas Hospitals Honored for Premier Women’s Care

Healthgrades has recognized 12 Dallas-Fort Worth area hospitals for outstanding women’s services in their 2019 Women’s Care Awards. Medical City Dallas and Medical City Children’s Hospital, Methodist Charlton Medical Center, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, and Baylor Surgical Hospital at Las Colinas were among the group of hospitals selected to be honored in this year’s awards. In total, nine Medical City facilities were recognized for outstanding women’s care. Honorees are recognized for their superior performance in three areas of women’s services; obstetrics and gynecology, labor and delivery, and gynecology surgery. Each of the aforementioned hospitals received a 5-star rating in one… Full Story

HMS Announces Two New VPs

HMS has just announced two new vice presidents to their analytics department. Jason Cooper will serve as Senior Vice President, Chief Analytics Officer for Population Health Management and Sanjeev Kumar as Vice President of Data Engineering and Analytics for the Chief Technology Office. HMS’ goal is to reduce costs and improve outcomes for healthcare organizations through technology, analytics, and engagement solutions. Cooper holds a master’s degree in computer science and biomedical engineering, has worked in various executive roles for health care companies such as Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey and CVS Caremark, and will bring more than 20 years… Full Story

Local Physician Named to American Board of Internal Medicine

Dr. Nagendra Gupta has been appointed to the American Board of International Medicine’s (ABIM) Internal Medicine Board. Specialty Board members work with physicians and medical societies to develop Board Certification and Maintenance Certification credentials recognizing physicians for their commitment to staying within their current field. The Board consists of a diverse range of practice types and members who provide multiple perspectives on patient care. Dr. Gupta is a Board Certified Internist and currently serves as a the Program Director of the Hospitalist Program at Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital, leading a team of more than 20 physicians who oversee the… Full Story

THR Ranks 38 on People Magazine’s 2019 Companies that Care List

People Magazine has released their 2019 Companies that Care list, and Texas Health Resources ranked 38 of the 50 finalists. Texas Health’s The Versant New Graduate RN Residency— a one-year career advancement program offered to new nursing grads— and their priority of hiring veterans as reasons for making it on the list. People Magazine determines the Companies that Care list from feedback obtained through employee surveys that ask a variety of questions on several topics, including being treated with respect, opportunities for professional development, and team work. “It’s truly an honor to be included on this list and recognized for… Full Story

UNTHSC Researcher Will Lead National Opioid Crisis Steering Committee

Scott Walters has been named Steering Committee Chair of the HEALing Communities Study, an aggressive effort to find solutions that will put a stop to the national opioid crisis. Walters is Regents Professor and Chair of Health Behavior at the UNT Health Science Center School of Public Health. The study is a part of the National Institutes of Health HEAL (Helping to End Addiction Long-Term) Initiative, which is currently backed by more than $350 million in support. “My role as Steering Committee Chair will be like that of a stage manager,” says Walters, per release. “To keep track of all aspects… Full Story

Study: Detecting Depression Rarely Requires Psych Visit

A UT Southwestern study shows that seeing a psychiatrist is not necessarily the most practical solution to diagnosing and treating depression. The research looked at 25,000 patients and concluded that primary care doctors can successfully detect and treat depression without additional help from mental health personnel, and arrives with guidelines asking for expanded depression screenings. “It’s difficult to do proper screening for depression in a busy clinical practice,” says founding Director of UT Southwestern’s Center for Depression Research and Clinical Care, Dr. Madhukar Trivedi, per release. “This study shows that primary care physicians can do this, and do it well,… Full Story

Ranking: Texas’ Has High Hospital Capacity and Lowest Insurance Rates

Texas ranked within the middle 20 percent with an overall condition of “average” according to MoneyRates.com’s study of each state’s healthcare. Texas’ nation-worst health insurance rates and low vaccination rates were balanced out by high hospital and nursing home capacity. The state’s highest performing category was in nursing home capacity, which was in the top 20 percent of all states, and hospital capacity was in the top 40 percent. The lowest category, coming in at the bottom 20 percent, was health insurance coverage. Child vaccination and patient care doctors were the next lowest ranked categories, both being place in the… Full Story

Texas Health Resources’ Local Impact in 2018

Texas Health Resources annual Community Responsibility and Sustainability Report highlighted its ability to improve convenience for patients, provide a quality workplace for employees, and generously contribute to the community. This year saw the launch of TexasHealthFamilyCare.com, a tool that makes it easier for consumers to research primary care doctors, schedule appointments, and access health information online. The organization also helped the city of Fort-Worth become a certified Blue Zones community, and began providing mobile urgent care services through DispatchHealth. The report’s updated statistics show that Texas Health currently has more than 25,000 employees, an operating revenue of $4.8 billion, more… Full Story

Adding Transparency and Curbing Costs: Texas Legislature Round-Up

In the most recent legislative session, Texas lawmakers passed three bills addressing surprise medical billing, freestanding emergency room price-gouging, and prescription drug price transparency. The bills are a win in the fight for patient and consumer protection against unforeseen medical billing, an issue that Texas lawmakers have been seeking to put an end to for years. Perhaps the biggest success of the three is the passing of SB 1264, which prohibits heath care providers from sending surprise bills to patients when the patient had no true choice of providers as when a patient seeks care from an in-network hospital but… Full Story

North Texas’ Best Children’s Hospital, According to U.S. News

U.S. News & World Report released their 2019-20 Best Children’s Hospitals specialty rankings, and several Dallas-Fort Worth hospitals were included among the top positions in various specialties. Children’s Health was nationally ranked in all 10 pediatric specialties, and it tied with Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children as the number 2 program in the country for pediatric orthopedics. Children’s Health was the only hospital nationally ranked in 10 out of 10 specialties, its second year in a row to do so. In seven of the ten specialties, Children’s ranking improved. “For more than 100 years, Children’s Health has been dedicated… Full Story