How to Change the Infusion Center Game

With increasing medical costs nationwide, businesses are looking to squeeze efficiency out of every aspect of their industry, and infusion centers are a market where the fragmented market has caused inefficiencies. Infusion centers are a $30 billion dollar industry that serve a patient population of 50 million people, many of whom have an autoimmune disease. Part of the inefficiency comes from infusion centers not being utilized as affectively as they could. Coordinating scheduling, keeping track of medication, and running the back office of an infusion center can be a tall task because of the constantly shifting nature of the patients… Full Story

Lower Costs Increase Hospitals’ Pursuit of Surgery Centers

Advocates for shoppable healthcare say that patients should look for ambulatory medical centers to avoid the higher prices found in hospitals, but hospitals are increasingly the owners of these centers. Over 40 percent of hospitals own an ambulatory surgery center, according to a survey from Texas-based Avanza Healthcare Strategies, a healthcare strategy firm, and 74 percent of hospitals are pursuing or looking for ambulatory surgery center expansion. The number of hospitals that own five to seven ambulatory surgery centers jumped seven percent in 2019. As physician consolidation continues an upward trend, hospitals are adding physician-owned ACSs to their portfolios. Of… Full Story

UnitedHealthcare’s Has a New Local CMO for Medicare and Retirement

Dr. Kenneth Adams will be the Chief Medical Officer for Medicare and Retirement of UnitedHealthcare in Texas. He arrives from VBHealth where he was CEO. Adams was also Chief Medical Officer at Pro Care Advantage, where he helped developed models of care for Medicare Advantage in nursing homes. “We are excited to add this strong physician executive with significant Medicare experience to our team in Texas,” wrote Dr. James Metcalf, Chief Medical Officer of Medicare and Retirement for the West Region in United Healthcare.  

Hyperbaric Unit at Presbyterian Hospital Receives Accreditation

The Hyperbaric Medicine Unit at the Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine (IEEM) at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas is now accredited as a Level 1 facility with distinction by the Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS). It is the largest multi-place facility in the region to receive this accreditation. “Achieving accreditation with distinction is a testament to the dedication of our team,” said Renie Guilliod, M.D., medical and fellowship director of the Hyperbaric Medicine Unit, and a physician on the medical staff at Texas Health Dallas via release. “Our dedicated team members work together to provide our patients with… Full Story

UT Southwestern Medical Center Headed to Redbird

UT Southwestern will play a role in the rebirth of Red Bird in southern Dallas, and it will open a new medical center to anchor the development. The agreement between UTSW and ReImagine Redibird, which is redeveloping the area, will include a new facility that will occupy 150,000 square feet in the former Sears space at Redbird Mall. “As part of our mission to improve the health of our community, we are excited by the opportunities presented by this redevelopment effort to bring additional medical services to those living and working in southern Dallas,” said Dr. Daniel K. Podolsky, President… Full Story

“There is No Silver Bullet” for Fixing Texas’ Uninsured Problem: D CEO Breakfast Panel Recap

Last week, D CEO and the Dallas Regional Chamber hosted another installment of our D CEO Healthcare Breakfast Panels. We were fortunate to have some of the brightest minds in health insurance join us and educate guests on what is next for health insurance in North Texas. With representatives from the C-suites of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, UnitedHealthcare, Cigna, and Texas Health Aetna, we discussed what role the major health insurers have in everything from improving the social determinants of health to price transparency. Improving the social determinants of health is not an easy task, but research shows… Full Story

Expert: The Risks and Rewards of Medical Tourism

Each year, thousands of Americans travel abroad to seek medical care elsewhere. Their motivations vary, but oftentimes, this is motivated by finances. Certain pharmaceutical agents, as well as surgical procedures, can be less costly overseas. However, this portends risks about which the individual may not necessarily be aware. Some patients seek aesthetic surgery in the Caribbean, Mexico, or Central America because it is cheaper than compared to undergoing the procedure by a qualified, trained plastic surgeon in the U.S. While there are many well-trained surgeons in these nations, it may be hard for the average consumer to appropriately evaluate if… Full Story

76 Percent of Female Physicians Said They Have Experienced Gender Discrimination

Around three-fourths of women physicians said they have been discriminated against because of their gender and believe men are paid more for the same position, a new survey from Dallas-based physician search firm Merritt Hawkins says. Unconscious employer discrimination and a lack of negotiating assertiveness are believed to be the main culprit. “Women are entering medicine in record numbers and are having a profound impact on the medical profession,” said Travis Singleton, executive vice president of Merritt Hawkins via release. “However, despite these achievements, female physicians continue to be paid less than their male counterparts and face other forms of… Full Story

McKesson Names New EVP, CIO, and CTO

Nancy Flores will be McKesson’s new executive vice president, chief information officer and chief technology officer beginning Jan. 13, 2020. She is currently the CIO for Johnson Controls, a multinational company that makes fire, HVAC, and building security equipment now based in Ireland. Flores will succeed Kathy McElligott, who announced her retirement earlier this year. Flores will be responsible for the enterprise business technology strategy and technology governance for the corporation. She will also lead the development and application of healthcare technology products at the company. Prior to her time at Johnson Controls, Flores was vice president for business and technology… Full Story

Cigna Contract with Southwestern Health Resources Could End Jan. 1

The new year may mark the end of a relationship between two of the largest players in the local healthcare industry, as Southwestern Health Resources and Cigna have been unable to agree to a new contract, meaning SWHR will be out of of network for Cigna members on January 1. The conflict centers upon the connection between cost and quality, and how each organization measures them. The conflict could impact hundreds of thousands of people across the region. Over the past 18 months, there have been 136,000 interactions between Cigna members and SWHR, 66,000 of those interactions were at SWHR… Full Story