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

Soleo Health Names New Chief Operating Officer

Ron Lindahl will be Soleo Health’s next chief operating officer this week. The McKinney-based company provides infusion services in specialty homes and alternative sites. Lindahl will oversee Soleo Health’s field sales and operations such as procurement, managed care contracting, health outcomes, research initiatives and information technology functions. He has been with Soleo Health for two years, and previously served as the vice president of information technology. Before that, he worked for Kansas infusion services provider AxelaCare Health Solutions. “In my new position, the focus will be on the Company’s continued commitment to providing an excellent clinical experience for our patients and… Full Story

UT Southwestern Wins National Diversity Award

UT Southwestern Medical Center has received an award for their commitment to diversity and inclusion in high education. Earlier this week, the center won the 2018 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, a higher education publication focused on diversity. “The Health Professions HEED Award process consists of a comprehensive and rigorous application that includes questions relating to the recruitment and retention of students and employees — and best practices for both; continued leadership support for diversity; and other aspects of campus diversity and inclusion,” said Lenore Pearlstein, publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine via media… 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

Parkland Names Two New Senior Vice Presidents

Parkland Health and Hospital System named two new vice presidents this week. Vivian Johnson has been named senior vice president of clinical services and John Raish has been named senior vice president of support services. The two positions are newly created, and both leaders were promoted from within Parkland. Johnson will supervise pharmacy, radiology, pathology, respiratory care and physical medicine & rehabilitation in her new role. Previously, she served as Parkland’s vice president of pharmacy services and interim vice president of supply chain after working her way from being a staff pharmacist. She is an expert on the federal program used… Full Story

Drug-Trafficking Couple Who Owned Richardson Clinics Convicted

A husband and wife team who ran medical clinics in Richardson have been convicted of drug-trafficking charges, according to the Dallas Morning News. Tad W. Taylor, 63, and his wife, 59-year-old Chia Jean Lee, were a doctor and nurse team who ran two locations of Taylor Texas Medicine in Richardson, and prosecutors said they distributed drugs to those without legitimate medical need. Between January 2010 and September 2011, the DEA investigators found that the clinics gave out 11,700 prescriptions for oxycodone, amphetamine salts (Adderall), hydrocodone, alprazolam (Xanax) and promethazine with codeine, according to DMN. “Dr. Taylor will give you anything you want,”… Full Story

The Impact of Healthcare Navigator Funding Cuts in Texas

The state of Texas has 4.8 million adults who don’t have health insurance, or about 17.3 percent of the population. That ranks the state dead last in the country in insured adults, according to Community Services. As a part of the Affordable Healthcare Act, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services awards grants to organizations called navigators, who help uninsured Americans work through the healthcare exchanges in each state. But since 2013, the funds for those navigators have decreased by more than 80 percent in Texas, which also voted not to expand medicare. In 2013, CMS awarded more than $10… 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