Children’s Health Announces Strategic Alliance with Privia Health

Children’s Health has formed a strategic alliance with population health management firm Privia Health, connecting the pediatric health system’s network of independent physicians to Privia’s services. “I’m thrilled that our alliance creates new opportunities to align with local pediatricians who are delivering high-quality care to children and families,” says Shawn Morris, CEO, Privia Health via release. “Our physician-led model enables providers and health systems to build healthier communities by allowing physicians to focus on what matters most: caring for their patients.” The independent physicians associated with Children’s Health, known as Pediatric Partners, will join Privia Medical Group North Texas to… Full Story

The Doctor You See When Nothing Else Works

Last fall, D Magazine profiled UT Southwestern’s Dr. Juan Pascual, the Spanish-born neurologist who is a physician of last resort for patients all over the world when they run out of answers about their brain condition. Pascual’s unique and innovative outlook on treating brain disease has led to a committed patient base and numerous accolades in his work running UT Southwestern’s Rare Brain Disorder Program. Several things set him apart. First is his love of philosophy and respect for the power of language. Especially with brain disorders, he knows that a patient’s emotional state and psychology can be just as… Full Story

Expert: When Physician Real Estate Owners Should Buy and Sell

Dallas-Fort Worth is a unique market for physician real estate owners. The city’s growing population affords the benefits of a primary market, allowing a practice to operate in a large medical office building in a densely populated area alongside a major freeway all while creating synergies with neighboring providers. However, given DFW is less dense than other major metropolitan areas like San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York, providers here have a unique opportunity.  Physician groups can actually build their own facility at a reasonable price, allowing them to offer comprehensive services under one roof, providing a more convenient and… Full Story

Catalyst and LeadingReach Save $50 Million Over Three Years

While we know exactly when our new pair of shoes are going to arrive at our house with a click of the mouse, finding out if a patient went and saw a specialist after a referral or picked up their medication and its refills is usually a bit more difficult for primary care physicians. But a partnership between Austin-based LeadingReach and Catalyst Health Network is enabling physicians to know where their patients are in the care cycle. Catalyst is a network of 650 independent primary care providers and 85 care team members in Texas, and they have employed LeadingReach’s communication… Full Story

Genesis Physicians Group’s ACO Earned $3.4 Million in Shared Savings

Genesis Physicians Group of Dallas was part of a group of TMA PracticeEdge ACOs that earned more than $7 million in shared savings while caring for 26,500 Medicare beneficiaries in 2018. Of the 53 Texas ACOs that achieved quality requirements from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, only 28 lowered the cost of care. TMA PracticeEdge helps individual physicians form ACOs and remain independent, and leads 15 physician-owned ACOs statewide, assisting in data analytics, technology, and clinic management. “When the Texas Medical Association created our organization in 2015, we knew that with the right tool set, ACOs owned and… Full Story

Texas Health to Increase Graduate Medical Education Commitments

In a move to improve the growing physician shortage, Texas Health Resources announced that it is increasing its graduate medical education commitments, growing the number of residents who serve in its hospitals. The physician shortage is becoming more acute with the retirement of the Baby Boomers coinciding with that generation needing more healthcare services. While more pronounced in rural areas, Dallas-Fort Worth has fewer residency clots per capita than Chicago, Houston, New York, and Los Angeles. The American Association of Medical Colleges says the country will have a shortage of 42,600 and 121,300 physicians by 2030. In the next 12 years,… Full Story

Expert: The Risks and Rewards of Medical Tourism

Each year, thousands of Americans travel abroad to seek medical care elsewhere. Their motivations vary, but oftentimes, this is motivated by finances. Certain pharmaceutical agents, as well as surgical procedures, can be less costly overseas. However, this portends risks about which the individual may not necessarily be aware. Some patients seek aesthetic surgery in the Caribbean, Mexico, or Central America because it is cheaper than compared to undergoing the procedure by a qualified, trained plastic surgeon in the U.S. While there are many well-trained surgeons in these nations, it may be hard for the average consumer to appropriately evaluate if… Full Story

76 Percent of Female Physicians Said They Have Experienced Gender Discrimination

Around three-fourths of women physicians said they have been discriminated against because of their gender and believe men are paid more for the same position, a new survey from Dallas-based physician search firm Merritt Hawkins says. Unconscious employer discrimination and a lack of negotiating assertiveness are believed to be the main culprit. “Women are entering medicine in record numbers and are having a profound impact on the medical profession,” said Travis Singleton, executive vice president of Merritt Hawkins via release. “However, despite these achievements, female physicians continue to be paid less than their male counterparts and face other forms of… Full Story

Dallas to be One of Optum’s “Wired Together” Markets

Dallas will be one of 10 markets where UnitedHealthcare’s Optum healthcare services is rolling out a plan to integrate medical care across the country. At the 2019 Forbes Healthcare Summit, UnitedHealth Group president and Optum CEO Andrew Witty said that hundreds of clinics, surgery centers, and urgent care facilities acquired by the growing group will be “wired together,” Forbes reports. The thought is that increased connection will increase access to health data revealing new insights that will improve patient care across the country. Dallas will join Denver, Seattle, Southern California, Las Vegas, and the New York and New Jersey markets in the… Full Story

Expert: Why Disc Replacement Might Be Right for Your Patient

One of the most innovative technologies in spine surgery within the past 20 years has been the ability to replace a damaged cervical or lumbar disc with an artificial joint instead of a fusion. Because cervical and lumbar disc replacements were considered “novel technologies” by the FDA, multicenter randomized studies were required for approval of each new device before commercialization.  These studies were performed under rigorous governmental oversight. The first lumbar disc replacement studies in the US began in 2000, and cervical disc replacement studies started in 2002. Interested patients had to meet strict inclusion and exclusion criteria before they… Full Story