Blue Cross Blue Shield, UT Southwestern, Texas Health Resources Team Up to Provide Care in North Texas

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas and Southwestern Health Resources are coming together to form an Accountable Care Organization that will coordinate services to serve Blue Cross’ more than 130,000 members in North Texas, according to Pharmiweb. The agreement provides access to Southwestern Health Resources Accountable Care Network, which was established as a partnership between Texas Health Resources and UT Southwestern Medical Center that includes doctors, caregivers, hospitals and other facilities throughout the region. An Accountable Care Organization is a group of healthcare providers who voluntarily join to coordinate care to medicare patients. They hope to avoid duplication and errors… Full Story

UTSW Researcher Sean Morrison Named to the National Academy of Medicine

The National Academy of Medicine selected UT Southwestern professor Dr. Sean Morrison, who directs the Children’s Medical Center Research Institute, to join its ranks this week. Morrison, who is known for his work in stem cell biology and cancer, is one of 17 current UT Southwestern faculty members that have been inducted into the organization. NAM was founded in 1970 as the Institute of Medicine, and is a private, nonprofit institutions that works to provide objective matters on medical questions. “It is a milestone when people get elected to a National Academy. Like a lifetime achievement award for biomedical research geeks,” he… Full Story

Baylor Scott and White Facility at The Star Wins Engineering Award

The Engineering News-Record gave Baylor Scott and White Sports Therapy and Research at The Star its award of merit this week. ENR is a weekly construction industry magazine that provides news, analysis, data an opinion. The 11-story, 310,000 square-foot facility focuses on sports performance and health, cost $93.73-million to build, and was completed in March. Located next to the Dallas Cowboys training facility, ENR highlighted the “the 60-yd-long athletic field called for 32-ft-high door panels to provide both indoor  and outdoor field experiences for pro and amateur athletes,” and the “single-boom lift for work in the tight space on the challenging… Full Story

First Look: Scottish Rite’s Frisco Facility is Open for Business

The Scottish Rite for Children Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center started accepting its first patients this week, and the entire building is a testament to movement and recovery. Color-coded floors, bands of shifting color on the facade, colorful spiral staircases, and dynamic floor and wall art are designed to reflect movement and encourage children toward recovery. HKS designed the center and partnered with general contractor Beck in construction of the building. Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children is building its second facility after 96 years in its Dallas location. Located at the corner of Lebanon Road and the Dallas North… Full Story

Meet D CEO Healthcare Panelist Melissa Threlkeld

Melissa Threlkeld focuses on developing and implementing oncology service strategy and coordinating cancer care across the treatment continuum in Dallas. She serves as the Regional Vice President of Cancer Services for Medical City Healthcare, and will be a panelist for the D CEO Healthcare breakfast panel. In a conversation of ahead of the panel, Threlkeld discussed how precision medicine is revolutionizing cancer care. As the healthcare industry increases its ability to collect data on patients, she noted that researchers can better match a patient with a cancer treatment trial. Technology can also aid patients when they are diagnosed and allow providers… Full Story

This Study Describes How M&A’s Will Impact the Future of Healthcare

A paper presented at the Texas Health Law Conference this week outlines how mergers and acquisitions and disruptive innovation are creating healthcare world increasingly focused on patients. The Polsinelli law firm’s paper analyzes several mergers and acquisitions in the healthcare industry and makes conclusions about the future of the healthcare industry, and was written by Dallas office lawyers Jon Henderson, Andrew Kinworthy, and Kevin McDonnell. Several themes arose in the study, including private equity ownership, integrated care continuum, consumerism, shifting from in-patient to out-patient care and toward value-based care centered around data analytics. The paper concludes that these changes will improve patient care… Full Story

Grand Prairie Hospital in Danger of Losing Medicaid and Medicare Funding

Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services put Texas General Hospital in Grand Prairie on notice after finding that the facility endangered patients by not providing some services and allowed staff to provide care they are not qualified to give, according to Modern Healthcare. Federal and state auditors made surprise visits to the hospital earlier this year, finding several deficiencies that could result in losing federal reimbursement from CMS. “The (hospital’s) governing body failed to provide a safe setting for patients in that there is no adequate staff to care for the patients, and no supplies and medications needed to provide safe… Full Story

Tenet Healthcare Joins Federal Program for Bundled Payments

Dallas-based Tenet hospitals joined two other healthcare providers by opting into a federal program that aims to improve care while reducing costs, Modern Healthcare reports. Tenet and Adventist Health Systems (who are opening a new hospital in North Texas soon) are two of 1,299 entities who signed agreements with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to participate in the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced model. In all, 832 acute care hospitals and 715 physician group practices are included as well, according to Modern Healthcare. In the agreement, CMS pays providers a fixed amount for a certain set of… Full Story

The First Spina Bifida Open Fetal Surgery in North Texas

North Texas’s first spina bifida open fetal surgery occurred this summer at The Fetal Care Center in Medical City Children’s Hospital, when Dr. Timothy Crombleholme operated on Uriah Powell while he was still his in his mother’s womb. Shawn Shinneman wrote about Crombleholme’s journey to Dallas and how fetal surgery arrived in North Texas in October’s D Magazine. When Uriah was born, his kicking legs signaled a successful spina bifida surgery. When Uriah’s mother Sarah was 18 weeks pregnant, she found he had spina bifida, a birth defect caused when the spine and spinal cord do not form properly, exposing a… Full Story

Clements University Hospital Named a Rising Star Again

William P. Clements University Hospital has once again been recognized for its quality and safety, receiving the Vizient Quality Leadership Rising Star Award earlier this week. The award recognizes academic medical centers that improve their year-over-year rankings in Vizient’s accountability study, which looked at safety, mortality, clinical effectiveness, efficiency, patient centeredness, and equity of care. Clements is no stranger to recognition, as they were named the number one hospital in Dalllas and number two hospital in Texas by U.S. News and World Report in August’s Best Hospitals ranking. The hospital was also named a Rising Star by the University Healthcare Consortium in 2015.… Full Story