UTSW Research Details Positive Impact of Exercise on Brain Degeneration

For those at high risk for Alzheimer’s disease, frequent exercise can help fight brain deterioration, according to a report from UT Southwestern. Scientists say further research is necessary to solidify the link between fitness and dementia. Research says that regular exercise slowed brain degeneration in those who had a build up of an amino acid that is a sign of Alzheimer’s disease, though it did not completely stop the effects. “What are you supposed to do if you have amyloid clumping together in the brain? Right now doctors can’t prescribe anything,” Dr. Rong Zhang, who led the trial, told UTSW. “If… Full Story

Avoiding Hospitals When Administering Specialty Drugs Could Save $4 Billion

A new research brief conducted by UnitedHealth Group found that patients who receive specialty drugs may save significant costs on healthcare if they switch their drug infusions from hospitals to private physician offices or homes. The research finds that a total of $4 billion could be saved each year if specialty drugs were administered in physician offices or homes instead of hospital outpatient settings. Patients and employers could save an estimated $250 billion between 2020 and 2029 if hospital price increases simply slowed to physician price increase levels. UnitedHealth Group focused on the top five health conditions that make up… Full Story

Only Half of Employer and ACA-Insured People Can Afford Their Emergency Care

In the case of emergencies, only half of respondents with employer-provided plans (46.7 percent) and respondents with ACA plans (47.8 percent) were able to afford emergency medical bills, according to a study by health insurance marketplace, HealthMarkets. The company’s survey analyzed healthcare costs under varying medical circumstances for insured and uninsured families. The survey highlighted healthcare costs under three cost conditions – monthly out-of-pocket costs, emergency medical costs, and costs related to pre-existing conditions. Almost 40 percent of respondents with employer-provided plans needed six months or more to pay off emergency costs, and 14.2 percent could not afford any costs associated… Full Story

Women Leaders Share Insights at D CEO’s Healthcare Breakfast

“I had basically thrown myself into a men’s club at the age of 26, as general surgery is sort of the last bastion of maleness,” said Terre McGlothin, a breast cancer surgeon and owner of Breast Cancer Surgeons of Texas, as she compared her early career to a Dallas Cowboys locker room. “It was like stacking two hats on my head. I was a girl, but got counted as a member of a guy’s group.” Four women leaders each representing hospital administration, pediatrics, surgery, and nursing were invited to speak at the Women Leaders Healthcare Breakfast Panel on August 28th… Full Story

Texas Health Fort Worth’s Joint Commission Gold Seal for Brain Tumors

Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth is recognized by The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Brain Tumor Certification. It is the hospital’s subsequent honor as the hospital’s brain tumor program was the first brain tumor program to be certified by The Joint Commission in 2016. “This recertification demonstrates the tireless work and commitment exhibited daily by our employees and physicians on the Texas Health Fort Worth medical staff,” said Joseph DeLeon, hospital president via release. “Our customized approach to treating brain tumors hopefully allows patients to appreciate the quality care we strive to give – not for… Full Story

Ruling Saves Trees and Halts Methodist Dallas Wellness Center – For Now

The pecan grove on the Methodist Dallas campus has been saved for now, The Dallas Morning News reports. East Kessler resident Katherine Homan has won a court decision that invalidates the City Council’s decision earlier this year that paved the way for the hospital to build a new fitness center ad take down 11 large pecan trees. A bitter feud erupted over the construction of a state-of-the-art fitness center that would disrupt the preservation of 11 pecan trees and the beloved green area surrounding the Methodist Dallas Medical Center.  State District Judge Bonnie Goldstein’s Monday ruling has put a halt… Full Story

How Three North Texas Docs Allegedly Defrauded the Federal Government

Three local physicians are caught up in the 58-person health care fraud indictment across the state of Texas for their relationships with marketing companies and compounding pharmacies. The charges say the doctors received kickbacks for writing prescriptions for patients covered by the Department of Defense health care program even though the doctors never saw the patients. Dallas has been a frequent target for health fraud investigations, and the region is coming off another kickback/marketing scheme in the Forest Park trial this winter. Dallas is one of the more expensive cities in the country to receive healthcare, and is a hotbed… Full Story

Meet Cooper Wellness Strategies’ New Director of Wellness For VentanaFit

Cooper Aerobics has named  Elizabeth Niksich as the Director of Wellness for VentanaFit with Cooper Wellness Strategies. She will manage fitness programs at the new luxury high-rise senior living collaboration between Buckner International, Baylor Scott and White, and Cooper Wellness Strategies. Niksich has more than 30 years of experience managing wellness programs at Texas Health Resources, Mayo Clinic and Texas Instruments, and will provide wellness services and programming at the senior living community. “We are pleased to welcome Elizabeth to the Cooper Wellness Strategies team for our newest client Ventana,” said Dr. Tyler Cooper, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cooper… Full Story

Texas Health Fort Worth Selected for Research to Improve Maternal Mortality

Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth is one of ten hospitals across the nation to participate in a program to improve the lives of newborns and their mothers and reduce maternal mortality with Premier Perinatal Collaborative. “The idea is that by the hospitals working together we can learn from each other,” said Lindsey Canon, director of women and infant services at Texas Health Fort Worth via release. “We’ll identify best practices and ultimately share these learnings with hospitals around the country.” The hospitals in the collaborative will apply evidence-based treatment to fight maternal mortality and share their results in… Full Story

Direct Contracts Are Growing Because “PPOs Don’t Work Anymore”

Direct contracting is quickly growing in the insurance world because “PPOs don’t work anymore,” according to Bud Brooks, Vice President of Sano Surgery. Brooks spoke at a Free Market Medical Association luncheon in Dallas earlier this month and has 25 years in the healthcare and benefits space. PPOs artificially inflate the cost of medical care, Brooks says, because the carriers who build the networks need to take a cut for themselves. Direct contracting offers a level playing field for payors and providers, where neither are dependent upon discounts on inflated prices, or threats to cut people out. If the price… Full Story