Report: Specialists in Demand Amidst Decrease in Calls for Primary Care

Healthcare facilities are looking for more specialists and fewer primary care physicians, according to an annual report from Merritt Hawkins tracking physicians starting salaries and other recruiting patterns. An aging population reveals shortages of both specialist and primary care physicians in years ahead. The report arrives as numerous data points suggest the importance of primary care physicians in reducing overall healthcare costs and avoiding unnecessary and often costly treatment performed by specialists. The 2019 Review of Physician and Advanced Practitioner Recruiting Incentives analyzed results from a survey of 3,131 physician and advanced practitioners conducted over the last year. Merritt Hawkins is a… Full Story

Expert Opinion: W-2 Employee vs. 1099 for On Demand Nursing

The on-demand economy is disrupting nearly every industry, and nursing is no different. Technology is allowing workers with a variety of skillsets to connect with businesses and individuals who have unmet demand for their services. Connecting facilities directly to healthcare professionals without an agency middleman means nurses make more money, healthcare facilities pay less, and patients receive higher quality of care. But creating an uber for nursing or any other industry has its drawbacks. For an industry as complex and important as nursing, two priorities have emerged. First, nurses needed to be in control of their schedules, and the technology… Full Story

Dallas Medical Resources Names New President and CEO

Kristin Tesmer will be the next President and CEO of Dallas Medical Resource. Tesmer is the president of the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council Education and Research Foundation, and her appointment was announced by DMR Board Chairman and Executive Chairman of Hunt Consolidated, Inc., Ray Hunt. “Dallas Medical Resource has benefited tremendously from outstanding leadership in the past and we are very pleased that Kristin has accepted this important leadership role. With her extensive and highly acclaimed track record, we know the transition will be seamless and insure that DMR continues to be a positive force in making sure that North… Full Story

Insights From CEOs of Baylor, UnitedHealthcare, Catalyst, Caddis, and More

Providers, health plans, and pharmacies are uniting into single entities while evidence shows that investing upstream with primary care improves quality and reduces healthcare costs. In a battle against ever increasing premiums, employers are looking at ways to spend less on healthcare, with more and more moving to self-funded plans, educating their employees about how their choices impact everyone’s cost, and redesigning their pharmacy benefit plans for up to 50 percent savings. These are just a few of the insights shared during the D CEO 2019 Healthcare Roundtable, a sponsored discussion from the July issue with North Texas Healthcare leaders.… Full Story

Medical City North Hills Will Have a New CEO

Mark Deno will be the CEO of Medical City North Hills beginning August 5 after serving as the COO of the The Medical Center of Aurora in Colorado. Deno has been part of HCA Healthcare since 2014, most recently overseeing the Colorado facility’s addition of services and increased standards in stroke care, rehabilitation, and surgical services. He began his career in surgery centers in Colorado and Texas, including as the CEO of HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Arlington. “Mark has a proven record of leadership with a dedication to providing exceptional, quality healthcare,” says Erol Akdamar, president of Medical City Healthcare… Full Story

Caris Life Sciences Adds Industry Veteran to its Advisory Board

Dr. Steven D. Averbuch will bring more than three decades of oncology drug experience to Caris Life Sciences’ Scientific Advisory Board after retiring as Vice President and Head of Precision Medicine at Bristol-Myers Squibb. The board is a group of cancer researchers, bioinformaticians and clinical oncologists who help guide and accelerate the work Caris does in improving precision cancer care. Averbuch has been a part of several drug and companion diagnostic approvals in major markets, and recently retired from BMS where he led integrated biomarker and pharmacodiagnostic work in research and development. Averbuch also had leadership roles at Merck Research Laboratories,… Full Story

Study: Detecting Depression Rarely Requires Psych Visit

A UT Southwestern study shows that seeing a psychiatrist is not necessarily the most practical solution to diagnosing and treating depression. The research looked at 25,000 patients and concluded that primary care doctors can successfully detect and treat depression without additional help from mental health personnel, and arrives with guidelines asking for expanded depression screenings. “It’s difficult to do proper screening for depression in a busy clinical practice,” says founding Director of UT Southwestern’s Center for Depression Research and Clinical Care, Dr. Madhukar Trivedi, per release. “This study shows that primary care physicians can do this, and do it well,… Full Story

A Free First Year for Fort Worth Medical School’s Inaugural Class

The first class of the country’s newest medical school arrived this week, as the TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine kicks off its inaugural class of 60 students. The students first year will be paid for by Paul Dorman, chairman and CEO of Fort Worth-based DFB Pharmaceuticals, and will be known as the Dorman Scholars. The school is a unique public-private partnership, and will present a unique curriculum that will reduce time spent sitting in class listening to lectures and focus class time on problem solving and collaboration. It will also emphasize communication skills and compassionate leadership, which are often neglected in… Full Story

North Texas’ Best Workplaces for Millennials

Texas Health Resources and Encompass Health were both named by Fortune and Great Places to Work to the list of Best Workplaces for Millennials. Texas Health Resources was No. 23 on the list, while Encompass Health placed No. 38. At Texas Health, the largest DFW employer to make the list, 37 percent of their 23,774 employees are millennials. The hospital system estimates that the generation will become the largest segment of employees by December. Of Encompass’ 10,705 employees, one third are millennials. Companies on the list are meeting the needs of Millennials, who look for flexibility, meaning, and unconventional work… Full Story

HealthMarkets Receives Marketing Honors

HealthMarkets was honored with seven different marketing industry awards at the Insurance Marketing and Communications Association Conference and Showcase Gala this month. HealthMarkets chief marketing officer Michael Stahl received the inaugural IMCA Icon Award for his inspirational strategy, energy, and performance. In addition, the North Richland Hills-based health insurance marketplace company received two Best of Show and four Award of Excellence honors. To find recipients, marketing categories such as strategy and goals, design and presentation, content/audience and focus are all evaluated by teams of marketing, advertising, communications design, and audiovisual professionals from several industries. “We are honored to have the… Full Story