You Need to Know Dr. John Warner – The Strategist Behind the Region’s Top Hospital at UTSW

We have all had that moment at the office when we are pulled away from our main job and are ask/told to help out with another role that we may or may not enjoy. That is precisely what happened when Dr. John Warner, Executive Vice President for Health System Affairs at UT Southwestern, was asked to sit on a committee to help design a facility. It set him on a new career path that would lead to his role in leading the design of the entirely new Clements University Hospital. His inclusive approach and clinical experience allowed him to play… Full Story

Race and the Medical Profession: How Increased Diversity Could Influence the Way White Americans View Black Doctors

An unpleasant experience I had many years ago on an airplane initially left me angry. But it has since come to shape my thoughts on race and how increased diversity in the medical profession could influence the way white Americans view black men like me. When I was 20, I boarded a flight from St. Louis to Houston for a trip home from college. The temperature was cool, so like a typical student I was wearing sweatpants and a hoodie. Shortly after finding my seat, a middle-aged white woman sat next to me. We exchanged pleasantries, as strangers on a… Full Story

TMA President: “Our Vision for Improving the Health of All Texans”

With the 2019 Texas Legislature now well underway, the time is right to issue a stark reminder: Patient care in Texas is at a critical crossroads. Let us collaborate thoughtfully and purposefully to choose the right path forward and improve the health of all Texans. Among our concerns: Texas still ranks 47th nationally in active primary care physicians per 100,000 population. Not every Texan has timely access to affordable, quality lifesaving services. Not enough of our health care dollars are going to actual health care. Corporations are pressing harder to micromanage patient care decisions in an effort to boost profits.… Full Story

Physicians Generate Almost $2.4 Million for Their Hospitals, Up 52 percent Since 2016

A survey from Dallas-based Merritt Hawkins shows that physicians generate $2,378,727 each year in revenue for their affiliated hospitals. The data helps explain the rapid purchasing of physician groups by hospital systems over the last several years. Merritt Hawkins, a physician search firm, asked hospital chief financial officers to calculate the financial impact of 18 different specialities over the last year. The revenue includes inpatient and outpatient services that result from hospital admissions, tests, treatments, prescriptions and procedures. These hospital referrals are big business for health systems, leading some systems to move into illegal behavior, as in the Forest Park… Full Story

When Your Belly Fat is Used to Treat Your Arthritis

A local doctor is using patients’ fat to treat their orthopedic issues, using the properties of fat to restore joint cushioning. Dr. Steven Meyers is a primary care sports medicine physician who works at Texas Health Care’s Bone and Joint Clinic in Fort Worth. After learning of the process a few years ago at national meetings, Meyers brought the regenerative medicine technique to his practice. Fat tissue has reparative capabilities, he says, including cells, proteins and hormones that help repair cushion and support in joint tissue. When patients come to the clinic complaining of any number of joint issues, from knee… Full Story

Convicted McKinney Surgeon Pleads Guilty to Additional Sexual Assault

McKinney orthopedic surgeon Donald Ozumba, 46, pleaded guilty to four additional sexual assault charges this week, after being convicted of assaulting an elderly patient last year and sentenced to 10 years in prison, according to the Dallas Morning News. The recent pleas will not increase the time he spends prison. According to DMN, a 71-year-old victim says Ozumba penetrated her with his finger while she was receiving steroid injection in 2016 at OSSM Orthopedics in McKinney. Ozumba was arrested in 2017 when a second woman reported the same behavior, DMN reports. His newest guilty pleas all resulted in eight year… Full Story

Texas Medical Association CEO Set to Retire

Executive vice president and CEO of the Texas Medical Association Louis J. Goodman is retiring after 22 years in that position. He helped lead the 53,000 physician and medical student members with 110 component county organizations statewide. Goodman is originally from New Jersey, and earned his bachelor’s master’s and doctorate in public affaris at New York University. He worked with the American Medical Association and at Michael Reese Medical Center in Chicago before joining the TMA staff in 1987. Since 1997 when Goodman took the role of CEO, TMA membership has grown by more than 50 percent while working with… Full Story

Texas Medical Board Suspends Orthopedic Surgeon for Missing Drug Tests

The Texas Medical Board has temporarily suspended a surgeon who formerly had privileges at area hospitals for failing to undergo drug and alcohol testing and testing positive two different times. The TMB says that Dr. Michael Francis O’Brien, an orthopedic surgeon, “poses a continuing threat to public welfare” if he continues in his practice. Past incidents impaired O’Brien, causing him to be put in a Texas Physician Health Program Monitoring and Assistance Agreement. When he missed his drug and alcohol tests, he violated the agreement. O’Brien had privileges at Children’s Health Plano Hospital from November 2015 to June 2017, but… Full Story

A New Old Model That Could Change How Employees Receive Primary Care

Is it possible to get quality primary care without worrying about deductibles, copays, or dealing with the insurance company? An old model is being revamped to simplify primary care and change the incentives. In the fee-for-service model where many primary care physicians are owned by large hospital systems, the incentives for the doctors may be skewed away from patient care and cost. More tests, procedures, and appointments mean more revenue for the doctor or hospital system, and if they are part of a large system, physicians have added pressure to refer their patients to specialists and surgeons in that network,… Full Story

Sex and Drugs Lead to Suspended License for North Texas Physician

The Texas Medical Board has temporarily suspended a Stamford, Texas physician’s license without notice because a “continuation in the practice of medicine poses a continuing threat to public welfare,” a release says. Dr. Douglas Kruckner was found to have engaged in a sexual relationship with a patient while prescribing that patient controlled substances. He was arrested for possessing marijuana and methamphetamine, which he admitted to using, and for possessing the associated paraphernalia. The release says “Kruckner also appears to be nontherapeutically prescribing opioids, benzodiazepines and other controlled substances to his patients.” The release says the the temporary suspension will remain… Full Story