Southwest Transplant Alliance’s Expansion is More than Brick and Mortar

When it is time for an organization to expand, calls are made to real estate brokers and contractors to figure out what the next move will be. If staying put is the answer, architects are consulted and plans drawn up for growth. Most times, these are efficient and business-like interactions between professionals, but when it came to the expansion of Southwest Transplant Alliance, a new facility was more than just a contract. In this D CEO Magazine feature, read about how the world of transplants impacted the CEO, contractor, and architect of the project, as well as the unique facility… Full Story

Expansion of Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery in North Texas

As the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services considers expanding transcatheter aortic valve replacement, a minimally invasive heart surgery, a study in the New England Journal of Medicine authored by the Baylor Scott and White Plano Heart Hospital’s Dr. Michael Mack shows that results improve as TAVR centers increase surgery volume. TAVR involves inserting a collapsed valve through an artery near the hip and expanding it once it is in place in the aorta, and is becoming more common because of its reduced recovery time and risk compared to open heart surgery. The surgery was first used for older, more fragile… Full Story

“Providers Will Run Amok” – Dallas Does Too Many Surgeries

Half of all adults are impacted by musculoskeletal conditions, greater than the number of people impacted by chronic heart and lung conditions, according to the Centers for Disease Control. But because of mismanaged care, many of these injuries are costing patients, their employers, and taxpayers much more than they should. At a recent meeting of the Dallas-Fort Worth Business Group on Health, Dr. Scott Conard of Converging Health moderated a discussion about how to bring down MSK costs between Catalyst Health CEO Dr. Chris Crow, Vice President of Clinical Strategy at Airrosti Dr. Chris Cato, and Administration Services Manager for the… Full Story

How Much are Patients Paying to Deliver Babies in Dallas?

In the Dallas area, new moms will find a nearly $5000 range in price range to deliver their baby. As healthcare costs continue to rise, price transparency has become a key strategy for those trying to bring high prices and the stress they put on the system under control. Hospitals are now asked to post their prices online, but most are difficult to interpret and somewhat meaningless unless one knows how their insurance deductible and coinsurance will impact the final cost. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded the Healthy Marketplace Index, where they analyzed negotiated rates between providers and insurance… Full Story

Baylor’s Uterine Transplant Symposium Aims to Take the Surgery Worldwide

Baylor University Medical Center’s uterus transplant clinical trial team will play host to a first-of-its-kind international Uterus Transplant Symposium on Friday and Saturday, with the hope of educating other medical centers around the world with a procedure that will provide an innovative solution to infertility. Baylor is the only site in the country to successfully deliver two babies after transplanting a donated uterus into a woman, and is on the cutting edge of the procedure worldwide as the medical center makes its way through the second round of 10 new uterine transplants and donations. The symposium will share the latest findings,… Full Story

Texas Back Institute Surgeon Named President of International Surgery Society

Dr. Jack Zigler has been appointed President of The International Society for The Advancement of Spine Surgery. Zigler is an orthopedic surgeon at the Plano-based Texas Back Institute, and will serve as president for the 2019-2020 year. ISASS helps provide patients access to top spine surgery options and serve as an educational forum to advance new techniques such as minimally invasive spine surgery and robotics. More than 3,000 members in 78 countries are prolific researchers and have produced 4,200 scientific papers since the organization’s founding in 2000. In 2001,  Zigler was the first surgeon to implant the ProDisc lumbar artificial disc in… Full Story

Tiger Woods’ Masters Victory Aided by Plano’s Texas Back Institute

In one of the greatest sports comebacks in recent memory, Tiger Woods became the second oldest player to win the Masters this weekend. With eleven years since his last major win and 14 since he last put on the green jacket at Augusta, the embattled former champion overcame a DUI, plenty of media shaming, and significant injury woes to win his fifth Masters this weekend. His return to form included many starts and stops and took him through North Texas when he received surgery at the Texas Back Institute. In 2017, the Dallas Morning News wrote a piece about Dr.… Full Story

Forest Park Defendant: “That’s Not How it Works”

The Forest Park Medical Center trial continued Friday morning, with testimony from Dr. Michael Rimlawi, one of the 10 remaining defendants in the alleged $40 million kickback scheme at the for-profit hospital. Testimony was focused on the nature of the payments that were made to physicians. The government attempted to frame these payments as kickbacks that were connected to the volume of value of surgeries done at the hospital, while Rimlawi vehemently denied it. Rimlawi is the director and founder of the Minimally Invasive Spine Institute, and had operating privileges at the now bankrupt hospital. Rimlawi made the news when… Full Story

Former UT Southwestern Plastic Surgeon is One of the Nation’s Best

Castle Connolly’s Top Doctor program honored Dallas plastic surgeon Dr. Rod J. Rohrich as one of the best plastic surgeons in the country. Rohrich is known for promoting safety and innovative surgery practices at lectures around the world, and was formerly a professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Rohrich has been chairman of the Dallas Rhinoplasty meeting, chairman of the Dallas Cosmetic Surgery and Medicine meeting, and the Editor-in-Chief of  the highly cited peer reviewed journal in the world, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Nominations and feedback are solicited from 50,000 healthcare professionals nationwide in the search for top doctors in… Full Story

Physician Partners of America is Expanding From Texas to California

The root causes of the United State’s opioid crisis are numerous and complex, but at least some of the blame lays at the feet of overprescription of pills in order to reduce pain for patients. Hospital evaluations were tied to patients’ pain, and many patients were prescribed addictive opioids for chronic pain to keep their evaluations positive. According to Physicians Partners of America founder Dr. Rodolfo Gari, physicians believed these medicines were not as addictive as they ended up being. At the 13 Dallas-area PPOA clinics, physicians focus on avoiding addictive painkillers and look for alternative ways to treat pain.… Full Story