Business Group and Providers Find Millions in Back Pain Savings

An employer group teamed up with local providers to codify treatment for lower back pain that they say could save local employers millions. The course of care for patients was evidence-based and is meant to improve efficiency and bring down costs. The Dallas-Fort Worth Business Group on Health created the Innovative Quality Healthcare Collaborative with the help of providers that include Baylor Scott and White Health Texas Provider Network, Catalyst Health Network, Spine Team Texas, and Texas Back Institute to create courses of care for employers to bring down healthcare costs. The course was created after researching what is normally done… Full Story

Baylor Scott and White and Methodist Make Healthiest Employers Top 100 List

Two Dallas-based health systems have been ranked in Healthiest Employers 2018 list of 100 organizations recognized for employee well-being. Methodist Health System was ranked 38 nationally, and Baylor Scott and White Health ranked 59th. Neither made the list last year. Healthiest Employers gathers corporate health data to provide insight into managing population health in the wellness industry. Their assessment focuses on employers who plan for a healthy, productive, and high achieving workforce rather than reacting to sickness and injury. As the Healthiest Employers website describes, “Companies in the Healthiest 100 recognize that employee wellbeing is a strategic corporate capability, just like… Full Story

Texas Stays Busy as Mergers and Acquisitions Slow Down Nationwide in Third Quarter

While North Texas is abuzz with talk of healthcare mergers and acquisitions after Baylor Scott and White and Memorial Hermann work out the details of their merger, the country is trending down on such moves relative to last year. Health Exec reports that hospitals and health system merger and acquisitions  is slowing down, according to a study from Kaufman, Hall and Associates. The report says that just 18 transaction occurred during the third quarter of 2018, 38 percent less than the same period in 2017. There were 87 deals through this point last year, but only 68 this year. Texas’… Full Story

Taking Stock of How DFW’s NICUs Stack Up

In 2013, state legislators passed a bill that required the Department of Health and Human Services to rate the ability of Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) to care for critically ill newborns here in Texas. After the hospitals apply for a certain level of care, ranging from more or less healthy premature babies in Level I to babies who need life support in Level IV, a team from the American Academy of Pediatrics or Texas Perinatal Services, a division of the nonprofit Texas EMS, Trauma & Acute Care Foundation, visits the hospitals and gives their rating recommendation rating to the… Full Story

New Name and Headquarters For Baylor Scott and White, Memorial Hermann?

The short answers to those questions are 1) Yes, there will be a new name, but they don’t know what it will be just yet, and 2) There are no plans for a new combined headquarters. Dallas’s Baylor Scott and White and Houston-based Memorial Hermann have signed a letter of intent to merge, combining the two health networks into one system that will span Dallas, Houston, Austin, and Temple, accounting for $14.4 billion in revenue, according to Modern Healthcare. At a press conference Monday afternoon, four of the leaders from the two systems discussed the merger and answered questions from… Full Story

Officials say Baylor Scott & White, Memorial Hermann Merger Will Reduce Costs

Two of the largest nonprofit health systems in Texas have signed a letter of intent to merge into a combined entity. Baylor Scott & White Health and Memorial Hermann Health System say they are coming together to increase integrated and cost-effective healthcare that is focused on the consumer. The two systems provide care in 30 counties across the state and employ more than 73,000 Texans. They encompass 68 hospitals, more than 1,100 care delivery sites, 14,000 independent and academic physicians, two health plans, and nearly 10 million patient interactions each year. Baylor Scott & White brings 49 hospitals and 1,000 access… Full Story

Here Are The Finalists For D CEO’s 2018 Excellence In Healthcare Awards

D CEO magazine and D CEO Healthcare online have the privilege of recognizing outstanding healthcare CEOs, physicians, and leaders with its fifth annual Excellence in Healthcare Awards program. Healthcare innovation, costs, and policy continue to guide the national discussion, and we hope that highlighting these nominees will encourage the industry and move it forward. We look back on the last year in North Texas healthcare with anticipation for what is next in one of the largest sectors of the local economy.  Finalists will be recognized in the December issue of D CEO and at an exclusive event on November 29,… Full Story

Baylor Scott & White Unveils New Logo

Baylor Scott & White Health officials showed off their new logo this week, one that symbolizes the goals and efforts of the newly combined organization. “The new ‘mark’ represents the coming together of many providers with one focus—the patient we serve, at the center of our efforts,” said Joel Allison, chief executive officer of Baylor Scott & White Health. “Like building blocks, each element of the mark represents the contributions of those of different experiences, backgrounds and beliefs, coming together to form the health care organization we are today and the ideal patient experience. Its cross shape pays respect to… Full Story

Mercer, DFW Providers Working on Medical Home for High-risk Patients

Call it Medical Home 2.0. Baylor’s Health Texas Provider Network, Village Health Partners of Plano, and consulting firm Mercer are teaming up to create a medical home for high-risk patients, or what could be called a chronic patient-centered medical home. Mercer is working with an unidentified 6,000-employee Dallas-area firm to stratify the top 20 percent of workers who are likely to spend the most on healthcare. According to the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the top 20 percent of patients incur 80 percent of healthcare costs. According to Eric Bassett, a consultant in health and benefits in Mercer’s… Full Story

Dallas Medical Society to Discontinue Project Access Dallas in 2013

The Dallas County Medical Society has decided to shut down Project Access Dallas, its successful 10-year-old program that provides charity care to the uninsured, in 2013. The DCMS board voted Wednesday to discontinue the program after falling short of getting the funding it requested under the new 1115 Medicaid Waiver. The DCMS board withdrew its support for the waiver’s regional health plan in a Nov. 15 letter to the Texas Department of Health and Human Services. Jim Walton, DO, the program’s medical director, and Richard Snyder, MD, DCMS president, issued a joint statement on the decision: “Dallas area hospitals will… Full Story