How Community Health Workers at Baylor are Reducing Trips to the Hospital

As healthcare costs continue to rise, stakeholders are looking for ways to bring down costs. Dallas is one of the most expensive places in the country to receive healthcare, and emergency room visits and hospital admissions are two of the most expensive contacts a patient can have with the healthcare system. Consumers, payers, and even health systems are looking for ways to reduce these high cost visits. One might think that hiring more nurses or social workers might provide patients contact that could help keep them out of the hospital, but at Baylor Scott and White, a grant has helped… Full Story

Join Us for D CEO’s Value-Based Care Healthcare Breakfast Panel

In many of today’s medical practices, patients and their insurers pay for the procedures and time spent treating their illness, regardless of the outcome. Whether or not the patient needed that blood test, brain scan, or knee scope, they are paying for it directly or indirectly. While it would be bad business to intentionally stack up unnecessary charges, even the most well-meaning providers are incentivized to provide more medical treatment than is actually necessary because of the fee-for-service model of healthcare. But with skyrocketing health costs adding pressure to the employers and taxpayers who pay for healthcare, new systems have… Full Story

Medical City Plano and Frisco CEO is Being Promoted

As first reported in Community Impact, Medical City’s Plano and Frisco hospitals are looking for a new CEO as Charles Gressle is being promoted to become the Chief Administrative Officer for HCA Healthcare’s East Florida division. Gressle has been CEO of Medical City Plano for six years, and three years ago he became the CEO for Medical City Frisco as well. A nationwide search for his replacement is taking place, as Gressle’s last day will be May 31. “It has been my honor and privilege to serve the North Texas community. Together, we have accomplished many important medical milestones that… Full Story

Texas Falls in Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Grades, Despite Local Successes

Texas fell from fifth to ninth in the 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades despite 26 of the 56 hospitals in 20 North Texas counties receiving an A. The Leapfrog Group gives independent ratings to acute care hospitals in the US based on their ability to protect patients from avoidable errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. Texas had 41.43 percent of its hospitals receive an A, which dropped it to ninth overall after 43.06 percent of the state’s hospitals received an A in the fall. Oregon, with 58.06 percent of its hospitals receiving an A, was first overall in the 2019 spring… Full Story

Local Biotech Company Expands National Retail Footprint with Ear Care Product

Biotech ear care company Eosera is expanding into Rite Aid stores after Amazon and CVS picked up the products. Earwax MD and Ear Pain MD are over-the-counter products targeting the millions of people who suffer from earwax impaction and ear pain. While earwax naturally accumulates, it can be impacted if it hardens within the the ear canal, which can result in pain and hearing loss. Six percent of the global population suffers from earwax impaction, including up to 10 percent of children and 65 percent of seniors over 65, according to the National Institutes of Health. In the US, 12… Full Story

Local Physician Named Chancellor of American Association of Endocrinologists

Managing Partner of the North Texas Endocrine Center Dr. Jonathan Leffert has been elected Chancellor of the American Association of Endocrinologists, where he will serve an an officer on the Board of Directors for the 2019-2020 term. He served as AACE President from 2017-2018. AACE represents more than 7,000 endocrinologists in the U.S. and abroad, and is the largest association of clinical endocrinologists in the world. The North Texas Endocrine Center cares for adults with diabetes, thyroid disease, osteoporosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome, testosterone deficiency, adrenal disease, pituitary disease and cholesterol and metabolic disorders. Leffert completed internship and residency at Parkland Memorial Hospital… Full Story

Fort Worth’s Medical School Curriculum to Avoid Burnout and Emphasize Empathy

Fort Worth’s new medical school is taking an original look at curriculum, with flipped classrooms and a focus on provider compassion and communication, and will be using the medical education platform Osmosis to deliver instruction when it opens up this July. The learning will not be focused on the traditional lecture format and will include the Empathetic Scholar’s program for the TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine. Created by Johns Hopkins the former Khan Academy Health & Medicine team, Osmosis is used by over 1.5 million healthcare students worldwide, and is contributing to impending physician shortages at home and abroad. The… Full Story

Texas Bill Targets Abortion Providers, but Local Providers Worry About Impact on Sexual Health

After debate long into the night Friday, Senate Bill 29 was passed by the Texas House of Representatives, meaning all government funds will be cut off from any part of an organization that provides abortion in Texas. As abortion bills across the south make headlines, the bill in the Texas legislature may impact women’s health in Dallas and across the state. Taxpayer dollars have long been barred from funding abortions, but this bill would not allow Dallas County or another government entity to send any funds to an organization like Planned Parenthood, which provides a number of health services. Senate… Full Story

The Economic Impact of Texas’ Clinical Trial Industry

Texas’ clinical trials are working to come up with new cures for previously untreated disease, but the economic impact of the trials is another added benefit. They have generated $6.61 billion in economic development in the state. Texas was third in the nation for active clinical trials, with 1,989 trials across the state according to a report from TEConomy Partners. The largest group of surgeries by enrollment is oncology. Commercially available prescription medicines go through a long process and requires involvement from government, academia, non-profit organizations, patient advocacy groups, and health care providers before the medicine reaches medicine cabinets. It can… Full Story

Genesis Physicians Group Partners With Specialty Group for Comprehensive Care

Genesis Physicians Group is partnering with a network of specialty physicians to better manage care as patients move between primary physicians and specialists. The relationship with Dallas-based Aspen Specialty Physicians Network is meant to reduce healthcare costs and improve coordination of patient care. The co-management process will utilize “smart referral” technology and will streamline the treatment of chronic disease conditions. Genesis currently has over 500 primary care and 1,000 specialty physicians members and will add Aspen’s 400-plus specialists in an effort to be successful in contracts with more risk while expanding the ability of primary care physicians to stay independent… Full Story