Texas Health Aetna Takes Its Network Nationwide

Texas Health Aetna’s President and Chief Operating Officer Genevieve Caruncho-Simpson says the joint venture between insurer and provider is a total cost of care solution for the region utilizing virtual care, national coverage, and other innovations to bring down healthcare costs for North Texans. The organization covers 110,000 lives, and is working to reduce the pain points that plague the medical industry. Texas Health Aetna is making significant progress against the physician shortage, an over-reliance on emergency care care, and a significant population with chronic conditions, Caruncho-Simpson says. Embracing technology has been a key to the success. THA’s Anytime-MD has been… Full Story

Why Oscar Health Came Back to Dallas and What it Means for the Local Individual Market

The Affordable Care Act created subsidies for millions of previously uninsured Americans, and with those subsidies and potential members, new and established health insurance players waded into the space to see if they could make it work and grow their membership. But in the years that followed, the market proved to be tumultuous, and premiums jumped double digits for the first few years. Once millions of people who had not been receiving consistent quality healthcare had insurance, many medical issues were discovered; the pool was sicker than the average group of insured members. With the premium increases, 2016 saw many… Full Story

Tenet Hires Humana Veteran for VP of Investor Relations

Regina Nethery will be Tenet Healthcare Corp.’s Vice President of Investor Relations, after most recently serving as Enterprise Vice President for Humana Inc. “Regina has an impressive background – both in terms of her skills across finance and investor relations, as well as more than two decades of experience in healthcare services,” said Ron Rittenmeyer, Tenet’s Executive Chairman and CEO via release. “At Humana, she cultivated a strong rapport with the investment community and built an incredibly effective and responsive investor relations organization. Regina is well-respected as a leader in her field, and she will be a tremendous addition to… Full Story

Judge Temporarily Stops Cook Children’s from Taking Baby off Life Support

A judge has temporarily stopped physicians at Cook Children’s hospital in Fort Worth from removing a nine-month-old from life support. The hospital says that her health will not improve, but her family is still looking for a facility that will accept and treat her. Tinslee Lewis was born with Ebstein’s anomaly, a rare heart defect that has required several surgeries to improve heart function. She also has chronic lung disease and severe chronic pulmonary hypertension. Lewis has spent her entire life in the hospital, and has been on a ventilator since July. “Despite our best efforts, her condition is irreversible,… Full Story

Baylor Scott & White is a Top 10 Military Friendly Employer

Baylor Scott & White Health was ranked seventh in the country on Viqtory’s 2020 list of Military Friendly Employers for Government/Non-Profit organizations. The list evaluates organizations that emphasize recruiting, hiring, retention, advancement, support and policy compliance. Many of Baylor Scott & White’s facilities are located near Fort Hood and other military properties, and the organization participates in Hiring Our Heroes Corporate Fellowship Program, which helps transition veterans to civilian careers. The Baylor Scott & White Research Institute’s research center called the Warriors Research Institute is working on new treatment and improving care for military veterans and emergency responders as well. “We’re committed… Full Story

Leapfrog’s Safest North Texas Hospitals

Methodist and Medical City are top performers on Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Grades in North Texas. The two systems avoided any C’s in the latest evaluation of hospitals that measured hospitals’ ability to avoid errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. Methodist Health System’s four hospitals all received an A, while Medical City Healthcare’s DFW hospitals received eight A’s and three B’s. Baylor Scott & White Health received five C’s, four B’s, and three A’s, while Texas Health Resources ended up with eight C’s, three A’s, and one B. Not every hospital in the area was part of the report, including specialty hospitals… Full Story

Access Physicians Receives $9.3M in Funding to Expand Telemedicine Nationwide

Dallas-based telemedicine company Access Physicians secured $9.3M in Series A funding from Health Enterprise Partners, a private equity firm focused on healthcare with financial backing from some of the largest health systems and health plans in the country. “Today’s health care landscape continues to change rapidly. Telehealth is no longer the future – it is the present. The Texas Hospital Association identified a dependable telehealth partner for Texas hospitals in Access Physicians and we are excited to see what they do next,” said Ted Shaw, THA president and CEO via release. The investment will allow Access Physicians to grow its multispecialty telemedicine services… Full Story

Gift of Life Honors McKesson as Corporate Partner

McKesson Corp. was presented with the Corporate Partner Award from the Gift of Life Marrow Registry for its work facilitating bone marrow and stem cell transplants for leukemia and other blood cancer patients. Irving-based McKesson gives its employees opportunities to join the registry with a simple cheek swab throughout the year, and opens the drive to employees’ families and friends as well. Six life-saving transplants have resulted from the company’s matches. The Gift of Life Marrow Registry includes 354,000 individuals who have volunteered to donate blood stem cells or bone marrow since its inception in 1991. The group has coordinated… Full Story

Naturally Slim Names Chief Revenue Officer

Dallas-based Naturally Slim has appointed Doug Layman as chief revenue officer to lead growth in the employer-sponsored space. Layman brings more than two decades of experience in the employer benefit space to the company. “Adding Doug to the team is a game changer in my mind,” said Rob Butler, CEO of Naturally Slim, via release. “His experience, track record of growth success, professionalism, and breadth of relationships are best-in-class and I feel fortunate we were able to add him to the team.” Layman has been in the employee benefits industry for more than 25 years as a strategic planning, business development,… Full Story

BCBSTX Awards $1.6M in Grants to Fight CKD and COPD

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas will be awarding more than $1.6 million in Healthy Kids, Healthy Families grants to 12 Texas organizations in order to fight against and raise awareness about Chronic Kidney Disease and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Organizations were chosen for their work educating and managing CKD and COPD conditions, as well as their ability to decrease emergency room visits and increase primary care engagement. In communities with education and outreach events about CKD, medical spending decreased $103 per member, per month compared to areas without outreach, according to Richardson-based BCBSTX. “It’s important for us to collaborate with organizations that are making… Full Story