Fighting Physician Shortage Through the Workspace

The physician shortage is likely to get worse before it gets better, but there are best practices facilities can do to recruit and retain top talent, according to Kurt Mosley, VP of Strategic Alliances at Merritt Hawkins, who spoke at the North Texas Hospital, Outpatient Facilities, and Medical Office Buildings Summit. Over half of all doctors today are older 56, according to the American Medical Association. In Texas, more than 27 percent of physicians are over 60, while over a third of doctors in New Mexico are 60 or older. Meanwhile, the population is growing, and will have added 50 million… Full Story

Parkland Joins 17 Other North Texas Hospitals With “Pathway to Excellence” Designation

Parkland Health & Hospital System has joined 17 other hospitals in the area as a Pathway to Excellence designee. According to the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), which assigns the designations, Parkland is the first Pathway organization in the U.S. of its kind—a public, safety-net system that provides correctional healthcare as part of its services. (Jumping in here: After this went up, the Tarrant County-supported JPS Health Network notified us that it was named a Pathway designee on the same day as Parkland, meaning Parkland isn’t the only public, safety-net system that also provides correctional healthcare to be designated.) The… Full Story

UT Southwestern Becomes the First Center of Excellence in North Texas for Genetic Heart Disorder

UT Southwestern Medical Center has become the first hospital in North Texas to get certified as a Center of Excellence in treating Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. The condition can cause shortness of breath, chest pain, abnormal heart rhythms, or sudden cardiac death, and is the most common genetic heart condition. Only about 30 centers nationwide have been certified as Centers of Excellence by the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association. UT San Antonio is the only other HCM Center of Excellence in the state. HCM leads to a thickening of the heart muscle and is usually, but not always, inherited from family members who had… Full Story

Ex-CEO of Epic Health Services: ‘I Was in Sick Care, Not Healthcare, And Didn’t Know It’

You might remember longtime Dallas healthcare executive Chris Roussos most recently as the president and CEO of locally based Epic Health Services. Before Bain Capital Private Equity agreed to buy Epic in 2016 for an estimated $1 billion, Roussos presided over an acquisition tear, snapping up eight healthcare companies for Epic in one year, for a total of 17 over three years. Now the Dallas exec has switched gears, becoming the chief executive officer of 24 Hour Fitness—the nation’s third-largest fitness chain—in May. Though 24 Hour Fitness is based in California, Roussos is continuing to live in Dallas, where he… Full Story

Dallas-Fort Worth Physicians Lead ‘Walks With A Doc’ To Promote Health

Although the Surgeon General of the United States says walking is one of the best ways to stay healthy, many people haven’t gotten the message yet. So to boost awareness of walking’s benefits, North Texas doctors have teamed up with an Ohio nonprofit to lead regular walks in Dallas and Fort Worth. According to the Ohio-based Walk With a Doc group, Texas leads the nation in the number of physicians hosting walks through WWAD, thanks to a $100,000 annual grant from the Texas Medical Association. (The grant is a joint effort of the TMA, the Texas Medical Association Insurance Trust,… Full Story

Riding Out the Storm: Hospital Planning For a Catastrophe

When disaster strikes, evacuation is not an option for many hospital patients and the people who care for them. As Hurricane Harvey bore down on Texas recently, dedicated health providers sheltered in place at hospital facilities to maintain continuity of care for patients throughout the storm. Designated ride-out and recovery teams remained on site at hospitals for several days before, during, and after the hurricane to ensure critical health care services were not interrupted. The design of a facility can impact a health care organization’s ability to house hospital staff for the duration of an event like Hurricane Harvey. By… Full Story

TMA Endorses Rep. Cindy Burkett for Dallas State Senator

TEXPAC, the political advocacy arm of the Texas Medical Association (TMA), voted to endorse Rep. Cindy Burkett (R- Sunnyvale), candidate for Texas Senate District 2. Burkett has served in the Texas Legislature representing Dallas since 2010 in Districts 101 and after redistricting, District 113. “TEXPAC is proud to support Rep.Burkett for Texas Senate, because she has been a consistent strong vote for medicine throughout her years of legislative service,” said TEXPAC Chair Dr. Robert Rogers, in a statement. “She clearly understands the growing health needs of our state and works to address them.” TEXPAC voted to endorse Burkett during TMA’s… Full Story

In 2017, Tarrant County Will Be Down to Just One Carrier on ACA Exchanges

Tarrant County will be the largest in the state to have only one insurance provider offering plans through President Obama’s healthcare exchanges in 2017. Fort Worth Star-Telegram columnist Teresa Mcusik last week chronicled the departures in the state’s third most populated county (1.98 million residents there, according to Census data.) Only Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas remains. Aetna, Scott & White, Cigna, and UnitedHealth have all yanked their plans out of Tarrant County, leaving their only presence off exchange—and off from the subsidies that make the insurance plans affordable for 84 percent of Texans. At its height, the county… Full Story

Wisconsin City Uses Fort Worth’s Mental Health Program As A Model

Tarrant County’s mental health program is influencing others in states as far away as Wisconsin. The Gannett-owned Appleton Wisconsin Post-Crescent had an interesting piece on Sunday about how the Northeast Wisconsin Mental Health Connection has taken Tarrant County’s collaborative strategy of involving stakeholders from hospitals, public office, education, and philanthropy to build a well-rounded support system for those who need behavioral healthcare. Fort Worth redeveloped its behavioral health safety net system in 1999 after a man with an untreated mental illness killed seven people before shooting himself. Mayor Kenneth Barr charged the county, city, and healthcare providers to join and… Full Story