How Texas is Addressing its High Maternal Mortality Rates

Texas made ominous headlines a few years ago when studies found that the number of maternal deaths (women dying in pregnancy, childbirth or the first few postpartum weeks) were higher than any other state or any country in the developed world. The maternal death rate had been rising nationwide, as the Medical Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology showed the national rate rose 26 percent from 2000 to 2014. But the journal found that Texas’ situation was especially dire. From 2011 to 2014, it said the number doubled from 18 deaths per 100,000 to 36, a rate usually reserved for “war, natural disaster… Full Story

Children’s Health’s Ben Salinas is a 2018 ‘Up and Comer’

Ben Salinas, the Vice President of Ambulatory Services at Children’s in Dallas has been named one of Modern Healthcare‘s 2018 Up and Comers. The award recognizes young medical executives who have made significant contributions to healthcare administration, management or policy. Salinas’ work is inspired by his own time in the hospital as a child for foot surgery and has helped reduce staff turnover from 25 to 14 percent according to Children’s Health. Dr. Ray Tsai, the Senior Vice President of the Dallas Market and Salinas’ direct report, nominated him for the award. Tsai has served in a variety of roles at Children’s over the… Full Story

North Texas is Home to Five of the ‘Most Wired’ Health Systems in the Country

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives has named several North Texas Healthcare Systems to its list of the nation’s “Most Wired” health care systems. The program awards health systems use of informational technology and recognizes organizations that adopt, implement and use best practices in the field. Texas is home to 11 of the most wired health systems in the country. Children’s Health, Cook Children’s, JPS, Texas Health Resources and UTSW also made the list in North Texas. THR has been named to the list 18 of 20 times, and highlights its use of electronic health records which are shared… Full Story

Baylor Scott and White and Methodist Make Healthiest Employers Top 100 List

Two Dallas-based health systems have been ranked in Healthiest Employers 2018 list of 100 organizations recognized for employee well-being. Methodist Health System was ranked 38 nationally, and Baylor Scott and White Health ranked 59th. Neither made the list last year. Healthiest Employers gathers corporate health data to provide insight into managing population health in the wellness industry. Their assessment focuses on employers who plan for a healthy, productive, and high achieving workforce rather than reacting to sickness and injury. As the Healthiest Employers website describes, “Companies in the Healthiest 100 recognize that employee wellbeing is a strategic corporate capability, just like… Full Story

The Next Six Years Should See Microhospital Growth

The number of microhospitals is predicted to increase between now and 2024 according to a study from Goldstein Research, Whatech reports. Health systems are using the facilities to expand their reach into desirable markets in urban and suburban areas that aren’t large enough to require a full-size hospital. By 2024, the compound annual growth rate is expected to increase by 6.1 percent, Whatech reports. North Texas is no stranger to the growth of microhospitals, as we wrote earlier this year. “Especially small community hospitals, or “microhospitals,” as many have taken to calling them, are a growing trend. As outpatient revenue… Full Story

Baylor Scott and White Quality Alliance Chief Medical Officer is a 2018 Up and Comer

Dr. Tiffany Berry, the Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Baylor Scott & White Quality Alliance in Dallas has been named one of Modern Healthcare‘s 2018 Up and Comers. The award recognizes young medical executives who have made significant contributions to healthcare administration, management or policy. During her time as Chief Medical Officer, Baylor controlled the blood pressure of 20,000 hypertension patients, gave chronic care management to 16,000 patients, and saved the network $78 million over six years. Dr. Clifford Fullerton, president of Baylor Scott and White Quality Alliance, nominated Berry and has worked with her since Baylor merged with Scott and… Full Story

How does North Texas fair in Healthgrades’ Hospital Excellence Awards?

Healthgrades, an online resource for information about physicians and hospitals, analyzed 4,500 acute care hospitals for clinical quality, outcomes, and patient experience in their  2019 Report to the Nation, as well as the 2019 National Health Index, a study analyzing which cities are doing healthcare well. North Texas didn’t stand out overall, though several hospitals received awards for various procedures. See how Texas cities ranked in the National Health Index ranking of all cities nationwide as well as metropolitan areas over 1 million below. The ratings are based on access to healthcare, healthy lifestyles, hospital quality, and the availability of local specialists.… Full Story

Texas Health Opens New Pain Center That Will Aid Growing Opioid Epidemic

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano will open its Texas Health Pain Relief & Wellness Center on October 22 to deal with the wide range of patients’ pain needs. The new center will unite nurse practitioners, nutritionists, physicians, physical therapists, and chiropractors to centralize the pain care in one location. According to THR, 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, and one in 10 Americans experience pain every day for three or more months. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that in 2016, there were 1,375 opioid-related overdose deaths­­­ in Texas. Since 2010, the annual number of heroin-related deaths more than doubled from… Full Story

Texas Stays Busy as Mergers and Acquisitions Slow Down Nationwide in Third Quarter

While North Texas is abuzz with talk of healthcare mergers and acquisitions after Baylor Scott and White and Memorial Hermann work out the details of their merger, the country is trending down on such moves relative to last year. Health Exec reports that hospitals and health system merger and acquisitions  is slowing down, according to a study from Kaufman, Hall and Associates. The report says that just 18 transaction occurred during the third quarter of 2018, 38 percent less than the same period in 2017. There were 87 deals through this point last year, but only 68 this year. Texas’… Full Story

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