Catalyst Health Network Expands to East Texas, Adding More Than 100 Physicians

Catalyst Health Network is extending its reach by adding Strive Clinical Network, a group of over 100 primary care physicians throughout East Texas. Catalyst is a nonprofit that focuses on allowing physicians to maintain their independence while coordinating care and reducing costs for practitioners and patients through value-based care. “This marks Catalyst’s first expansion outside of the North Texas area and demonstrates the value and benefit our model can create for physicians, patients and payors across Texas,” said Christopher Crow, M.D. president of Catalyst via release. The expansion will give Strive access to Catalyst’s programs, resources, and value-based contracts that… Full Story

The Potential Impact of Blue Cross Blue Shield’s Medical Centers

Last week, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas announced its entry into the provider space with 10 clinics opening near Dallas and Houston next year. The clinics will include primary care, urgent care, lab and diagnostic imaging services, care coordination, and wellness and disease management programs, and were framed as part of the insurer’s desire to advance value-based care in the medical space – but other providers see the clinics as direct competition. Value-based care is growing in popularity as the industry transitions away from fee-for service, where providers are paid based on the number of procedures or tests that… Full Story

Bill to Allow Physicians to Distribute Medicine at the Office Takes a Hit

House Bill 1622, which would have let physicians distribute certain common prescribed medicines, has died in the public health committee in the Texas House of Representatives. Committee chair and Houston Democrat Senfronia Thompson has not allowed the bill to come before the committee, meaning there will not be public debate. The bill was introduced by Rep. Tom Oilverson from Houston, and advocates say it would get rid of the hurdle of finding a pharmacy and improve medication adherence. Nationwide, 46 states have passed legislation allowing physicians to distribute certain medications at their office, urgent care clinics, or worksite clinics. Supporters… Full Story

Smart Health and Wellness Opens Legacy-Plano Location

Smart Health and Wellness Centers has opened in Plano, uniting primary care, psychiatry, and neurology providers in a collaborative medical team. The site is the largest of Smart Health’s three locations. The new construction will be a free-standing, single story, 10,000-square-foot medical clinic with wings for exam rooms, psychiatric rooms, and advanced Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation therapy. There will also be therapy spaces for individuals, families, and groups. The location also has a nephrology lab and electroencephalogram testing. Smart Health and Wellness Centers was founded in 2016 and was originally known as Bent Tree Health Professionals, a psychiatric practice. The facility allow psychiatric… Full Story

Expert Opinion: How to Address the Physician Shortage in Booming DFW

Almost 500 people move to the Metroplex every day. Census data backs it up, and if you pull the lens back to look at the entire state of Texas, we are growing in a big way – 29 million at last count. It won’t be long before we overtake Chicago as the 3rd largest metropolis in the country. Change is coming with this type of growth. Big D is getting bigger, and older. Projections show that by 2030, Texans over the age of 65 will more than double since the last census in 2010. With age, comes the need for… Full Story

Update: Will Physicians Soon be Allowed to Dispense Drugs in Texas?

Texas is just one of four states nationwide where physicians are not able to dispense medicine onsite, but a number of organizations are hoping to change that during 2019’s legislative session. A statewide coalition of employers and healthcare providers called the Texas Employers for Affordable Medications (TEAM Rx) is working to change the law and give patients the option of filling certain common prescriptions right at their doctor’s office rather than their local pharmacy. The DFW Business Group on Health, Texas Business Group on Health, Texas Academy of Family Physicians, Fort Bend County, and others make up the coalition. A… Full Story

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