Texas Health Aetna Takes Its Network Nationwide

Texas Health Aetna’s President and Chief Operating Officer Genevieve Caruncho-Simpson says the joint venture between insurer and provider is a total cost of care solution for the region utilizing virtual care, national coverage, and other innovations to bring down healthcare costs for North Texans. The organization covers 110,000 lives, and is working to reduce the pain points that plague the medical industry. Texas Health Aetna is making significant progress against the physician shortage, an over-reliance on emergency care care, and a significant population with chronic conditions, Caruncho-Simpson says. Embracing technology has been a key to the success. THA’s Anytime-MD has been… Full Story

Judge Temporarily Stops Cook Children’s from Taking Baby off Life Support

A judge has temporarily stopped physicians at Cook Children’s hospital in Fort Worth from removing a nine-month-old from life support. The hospital says that her health will not improve, but her family is still looking for a facility that will accept and treat her. Tinslee Lewis was born with Ebstein’s anomaly, a rare heart defect that has required several surgeries to improve heart function. She also has chronic lung disease and severe chronic pulmonary hypertension. Lewis has spent her entire life in the hospital, and has been on a ventilator since July. “Despite our best efforts, her condition is irreversible,… Full Story

Tenet Hires Humana Veteran for VP of Investor Relations

Regina Nethery will be Tenet Healthcare Corp.’s Vice President of Investor Relations, after most recently serving as Enterprise Vice President for Humana Inc. “Regina has an impressive background – both in terms of her skills across finance and investor relations, as well as more than two decades of experience in healthcare services,” said Ron Rittenmeyer, Tenet’s Executive Chairman and CEO via release. “At Humana, she cultivated a strong rapport with the investment community and built an incredibly effective and responsive investor relations organization. Regina is well-respected as a leader in her field, and she will be a tremendous addition to… Full Story

Baylor Scott & White is a Top 10 Military Friendly Employer

Baylor Scott & White Health was ranked seventh in the country on Viqtory’s 2020 list of Military Friendly Employers for Government/Non-Profit organizations. The list evaluates organizations that emphasize recruiting, hiring, retention, advancement, support and policy compliance. Many of Baylor Scott & White’s facilities are located near Fort Hood and other military properties, and the organization participates in Hiring Our Heroes Corporate Fellowship Program, which helps transition veterans to civilian careers. The Baylor Scott & White Research Institute’s research center called the Warriors Research Institute is working on new treatment and improving care for military veterans and emergency responders as well. “We’re committed… Full Story

Leapfrog’s Safest North Texas Hospitals

Methodist and Medical City are top performers on Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Grades in North Texas. The two systems avoided any C’s in the latest evaluation of hospitals that measured hospitals’ ability to avoid errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. Methodist Health System’s four hospitals all received an A, while Medical City Healthcare’s DFW hospitals received eight A’s and three B’s. Baylor Scott & White Health received five C’s, four B’s, and three A’s, while Texas Health Resources ended up with eight C’s, three A’s, and one B. Not every hospital in the area was part of the report, including specialty hospitals… Full Story

Texas Health Receives Federal Grant Targeting Youth Sports in Pleasant Grove

Texas Health Resources is the only health system in the country to receive a federal grant to promote youth sports through the Salvation Army Pleasant Grove Corps. The $800,000 grant is from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services for the federal Youth Engagement in Sports (YES) initiative.  “Texas Health has enhanced its engagement with the communities we are blessed to serve by intentionally partnering with community-based organizations, corporations and funders,” said David Tesmer, Texas Health chief community and public policy officer via release. “We are serving as a catalyst for meeting local needs.” The program is funded through August… Full Story

How MedStar Saved $25 Million by Avoiding Unnecessary Emergency Services

These days, every aspect of the medical industry is looking to find cost savings, and 9-1-1 service is part of that movement as well. MedStar Mobile Healthcare, a North Texas organization that provides emergency services, has avoided over $25 million in medical costs for residents and payers over the past seven years. The emergency department is one of the most expensive pieces of the medical industry, especially when it is full of problems that don’t belong in an emergency room. And when emergency physicians are operating out-of-network at in-network hospitals, surprise bills are end up with those who thought they… Full Story

Medical City Healthcare Raises Market-Wide Minimum Wage

The new minimum wage at all Medical City Facilities is $13/hour, nearly double the federal minimum wage of $7.25/hour. The wage increase will apply to more than 500 employees across the system. The wage increase accompanies other retention benefits that include tuition reimbursement, nursing school support, and loan repayment programs. “This wage increase reflects our commitment to recruit and retain the very best talent,” says Erol Akdamar, president of Medical City Healthcare via release. “Helping to ensure that our colleagues are financially stable contributes to the high quality care they provide to our patients.” The battle to retain talent is fierce… Full Story

How Baylor Scott and White’s ACO Became Top Ten in the Nation

Baylor Scott & White Quality Alliance, the accountable care organization operated by the state’s largest nonprofit health system, saved Medicare $39.3 million through the Medicare Shared Savings Program last year. It was the highest total in Texas of reported data, and the ACO’s savings put the organization in the top ten in the nation according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. While ACO’s have had mixed results nationwide in their attempt to put some of the risk on the provider, local ACOs have made headlines by providing quality care more efficiently and saving CMS money. Methodist and Catalyst… Full Story

Meet the New VP at Texas Health Huguley

Sean Lemon will be the new vice president of ancillary services for Texas Health Huguley Hospital Fort Worth South, and will begin his role in January. He arrives from Orlando, Florida, where he is director of strategic planning, multi-state division for AdventHealth. He will manage departmental operations for laboratory, radiology, therapy services, human resources, occupational medicine, fitness center, community wellness, nutrition, marketing, and the Texas Health Huguley Surgery Center. “Sean’s ability to build relationships, problem solve and empower people to achieve their goals make him a great fit for our culture,” said Ken Finch, president/CEO of Texas Health Huguley and AdventHealth Southwest Region… Full Story