Addressing Home Health’s Greatest Challenge: Staffing

Home health staffing challenges are negatively impacting business growth, compliance, and patient outcomes. LocDallas-based home healthcare technology solutions provider Axxess teamed up with Home Health Care News to conduct a staffing survey of 570 home health providers to better assess the threats to the industry and how to address them. More than 95 percent of respondents said staffing challenges were impacting their business growth, with nearly two-thirds saying the issue was “very impactful” on growth. Staffing shortages impacted patient experience in 88 percent of the respondents, and 75 percent said it impacted compliance. Popular solutions to address these issues are better… Full Story

Meet the New TMA Physician Leaders From North Texas

Seventeen North Texas physicians will assume leadership positions at this week’s Texas Medical Association Fall Conference. They were appointed or elected to various boards, councils, and committees and look at healthcare issues to make policy recommendations to support the 53,000 physicians and medical students in the TMA, the nation’s largest medical association. See below to learn about all the new appointments. Dr. John T. Carlo, a public health and preventive care specialist, will be on TMA’s Council on Legislation, which monitors and develops strategies on pending legislation and advocates for legislation at the state and national levels. Dr. Wendy M.… Full Story

How Award-Winning Dean Foods Flipped Its Healthcare Spend

One might not expect a dairy company to be a top innovator when it comes to providing healthcare to its employees, but Dallas’ Dean Foods has an award winning benefits plan that is keeping quality high while flipping eight percent annual increases to outright annual reductions. Dean Foods began attracting attention when it won the Texas Star Award from the Texas Business Group on Health and Health Value Award from the Validation Institute, both for healthcare innovation. Behind milk and payroll, healthcare is one of the top spends for Dean Foods and its 15,500 employees, and several years ago they… Full Story

Children’s Health’s Football Stadium Sponsorship Under Fire

The ribbon-cutting of Children’s Health Stadium at Prosper ISD on August 17 was supposed to be a celebrated affair that further established the pediatric provider into a new community where they will soon have another hospital. But The Dallas Morning News‘ business columnist Mitchell Schnurman took Children’s Health to task for both where and how they spent their money. The column said Children Health’s credibility will take a hit for paying $2.5 million to sponsor the $53 million, 12,000-seat stadium. The health system is expanding into Prosper, a wealthy and highly insured community north of Frisco, in the coming years, so it makes… Full Story

Catalyst Health Network’s New Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Jeffrey Bullard will be the Chief Medical Officer for the Catalyst Health Network, a nonprofit network of physicians who coordinate care and share data and best practices. Bullard focuses on integrative medicine, behavioral health, and family medicine, and advocates for enhancing primary care through technology. He designed MaxHealth Family, Internal and Sports Medicine in Colleyville, which addresses everything from nutrition and mental health to sports medicine and chronic disease. He also founded Acuity Brain Center, which addresses mental and brain health needs with technology. “I’ve spent my life working to enrich the lives of patients and the primary care physicians who… Full Story

Get To Know the CEO of This Local Woman-Powered Ear Health Company

Elyse Dickerson runs a successful biotech firm called Eosera, whose ear health products can be found at Target, CVS, Amazon, and other retailers. But it wasn’t always a smooth path to success. Dickerson overcame dyslexia and teachers who didn’t believe in her abilities as a young age, and she lost her job after over a decade a big pharmaceutical company. But all of that didn’t stop her from putting together a multi-million dollar company, and she helps pay it forward by mentoring and guiding other women in the industry. Read the full Q and A with Eosera’s CEO Elyse Dickerson… Full Story

Parkland Joins Texas-Based Opioid Lawsuit Against Pharma Companies

Parkland Health and Hospital System is among 29 public and private hospitals in Texas that have filed a civil lawsuit against manufacturers, distributors, and retailers of opioids. The Dallas County complaint accuses the defendants of negligence, fraud, and civil conspiracy, which include Irving-based McKesson Corp., Purdue Pharma, Johnson and Johnson, and  40 other companies and individuals in the pharmaceutical industry. Last month, an Oklahoma judge ruled that Johnson and Johnson should pay the state $572 million for obscuring the dangers and overpromising the benefits of opioids. It was one of 2,000 similar lawsuits nationwide, and now Texas has joined the… Full Story

Direct Primary Care Now Offered Through Baylor Scott and White ACO

Baylor Scott and White Health is joining the direct primary care movement with a new model in several North Texas clinics this year. The model will allow employers to customize the provider network and make a regular contribution to membership fees, making pricing transparent to control costs and avoid hospitalizations. As in other DPC relationships, members are charged a monthly fee that covers office visits and lab tests. Insurance is still needed for hospitalizations and other services, but because primary care needs are taken care of, patients might be more likely to choose high deductible plans with low premiums. The… Full Story

Check Out the Next Cohort of Health Wildcatters Innovators

Healthcare accelerator Health Wildcatters announced eight new start-ups for its fall cohort, including companies that make reusable modular catheters and a product that address the social-emotional health for kids. “We have an interesting variety of startups in this year’s cohort,” said Health Wildcatters CEO, Dr. Hubert Zajicek, via release. “In previous years we’ve seen trends where more medical devices or health IT would participate. This year we have diagnostics, medical devices, telehealth and digital health companies participating, and the founders are extremely diverse in age and background as well.” Health Wildcatters has raised $70 million over the last six years… Full Story

Report: The Emergence of Clinical Supergroups

Physicians, dentists and vision-care specialists are teaming up to form supergroups as they strive to meet the growing demands for greater value, innovation, and technology while attempting to maintain independence. Law Firm Polsinelli released a white paper addressing the development and examining the movement. Historically, small-group or solo practices have been the norm for physicians, but the report indicates that such traditional clinician practice models are often unable to capitalize on changing payment systems, so consolidation within a supergroup can provide relief from various pressures such as decreasing fee for service  compensation. Other challenges include increasing financial demands on growing… Full Story