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

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

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

Genesis Physicians Group Expands Value-Based Care with Population Health Partnership

Genesis Physicians Group has partnered with Innovista Health Solutions, a population health management organization owned by Health Care Services Corporation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas’ parent company. The move will expand Genesis’ independent physicians ability to participate in better coordinated value-based care. The partnership is meant to reduce avoidable health care cost increases by combining Genesis’ experience as an independent physician association and Innovista’s industry expertise and population health technology. It will facilitate Genesis physicians transition to value-based care from the fee-for-service model. It will also improve coordination between primary care and specialist physicians. “Genesis and Innovista have come… Full Story

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