Texas Scottish Rite Opens New Clinic at Baylor Scott and White in Frisco

Baylor Scott & White Sports Therapy & Research at The Star in Frisco will be the new home of a clinic from Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. The Star is the home of Dallas Cowboys World Headquarters, and the clinic is meant to add pediatric sports medicine and orthopedics expertise to Baylor Scott & White’s sports medicine practice. Frisco is a booming community full of growing families, and newly-opened Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Frisco allows local families to receive treatment without venturing down to Dallas. With elite soccer, gymnastics, lacrosse clubs in the area with a growing… Full Story

15 North Texas Hospitals Earn Cardiology Achievement Award

Several North Texas hospitals have received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR Chest Pain – MI Registry Performance Achievement Award which recognizes quality heart attack care. Texas Health facilities took home six of the awards, with Baylor Scott and White receiving five honors, Methodist had two hospitals recognized, and UT Southwestern and Medical City Plano were also named. The honor comes as the rate of heart disease is increasing. A study from the National Vital Statics Reports, says that heart disease death rates increased by four percent between 2011 and 2017. “That’s a trend we want to see diminish quickly,” said Lenetra… Full Story

Medical Community Mourns T. Boone Pickens

T. Boone Pickens’ passing last week rippled through nearly every community in North Texas, and the medical community joined in its mourning of one of the nation’s greatest philanthropists. The old-school oil tycoon, known as the “Oracle of Oil,” was a larger than life character who risked a great deal to become one America’s greatest entrepreneurs. After a series of strokes in 2017 and a fall in 2018, he stopped most public appearances, but he still made it to D CEO‘s Oil and Gas Awards last October where he received the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award. Pickens was known as much for… Full Story

Judge Dismisses Baylor Scott and White False Claims Lawsuit

Baylor Scott and White Health has escaped an lawsuit alleging they upcoded claims after a Texas judge dismissed a False Claims lawsuit, according to Law360. The whistleblower lawsuit claims BSW was responsible for more than $61.8 million in fraudulent claims to medicare over seven years. Filed in 2017, the claim says BSW’s medical director led the effort to increase higher billing codes without medical justification. U.S. District Judge David Ezra said the claimant failed to provide a claim a relief, saying there is nothing wrong with hospitals taking advantage of coding opportunities to increase Medicare payment  that is supported by documentation.… Full Story

Insights From CEOs of Baylor, UnitedHealthcare, Catalyst, Caddis, and More

Providers, health plans, and pharmacies are uniting into single entities while evidence shows that investing upstream with primary care improves quality and reduces healthcare costs. In a battle against ever increasing premiums, employers are looking at ways to spend less on healthcare, with more and more moving to self-funded plans, educating their employees about how their choices impact everyone’s cost, and redesigning their pharmacy benefit plans for up to 50 percent savings. These are just a few of the insights shared during the D CEO 2019 Healthcare Roundtable, a sponsored discussion from the July issue with North Texas Healthcare leaders.… Full Story

Fighting Maternal Mortality with Baylor’s Perinatal Outreach Team

Anyone who has ever had a job knows this routine. There is an unfamiliar person in the break room or lobby, often adjacent to a table with some bright signage, swag, and perhaps a tray of brownies. They are a bit too friendly, searching desperately for your eye contact. You want that treat or stress ball, but you will end up having to do something between signing up for a newsletter and starting a Roth IRA in order to get it. If you worked in healthcare and a group from an unaffiliated hospital showed up in the break room, you… Full Story

North Texas CEOs Team Up to Fund Hope Lodge

The North Texas CEOs Against Cancer chapter of the American Cancer Society has pledged to raise funds for a year of operating expenses for the Hope Lodge, a lodging facility for patients and their families receiving treatment for cancer in Dallas. The Dallas-Fort Worth-based executives will show their commitment to cancer care by helping fund the 40,000 square foot facility, which will have 50 private suites, common living areas, laundry, a library and more. It is expected to provide 18,000 nights of free lodging each year, and guests can benefit from American Cancer Society programming. The facility is being built… 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

Barber Shops, Baylor, and CitySquare are Fighting Health System Stigma

Clippin Crownz 4Christ, Jay Vee Burberry’s shop next to the Forest Theater in South Dallas, is decked out with Dallas Cowboys gear and the plaid pattern that shares his last name. Burberry used to be homeless, but with the help of a nearby nonprofit he was able to start his own business. Every fourth Monday he can be found cutting hair for free at his shop, paying forward his good fortune.  In addition to his services for the homeless, Burberry is one of several barbers in mostly black South Dallas who have partnered with Baylor Scott & White and CitySquare… Full Story

First Look: Baylor Scott and White’s Neuro Transitional Rehabilitation Facility

When a patient experiences brain trauma, their path often takes them to the emergency room, possibly to neurotrauma surgery, and they recover in acute inpatient rehab before they head home. But often times, the jump from inpatient facility to the home can be a bumpy one for patients with neurological trauma. Baylor Scott and White’s Neuro Transitional Rehabilitation Facility, which had its grand opening last week, hopes to smooth the transition. The nine bed, 7,000-sqaure-foot facility allows each patient to have their own suite, and provides a domestic environment where they use a kitchen to prepare food, clean up and… Full Story