Texas Health Is Reorganizing Its Leadership Structure

Texas Health Resources is mixing up its organizational and operational leadership in an effort to become more consumer-centric, according to a release. The move will eliminate some positions and elevate others, moving the organization into a channel strategy that focuses on operational sectors like hospitals and physician groups rather than its current zone-based operations model. The channel strategy will focus on the ways Texas Health delivers products and services, which might include hospitals, outpatient centers, mobile provider units, or a digital platform that allows patients to schedule appointments or see lab results. The goal is to move away from brick… Full Story

The ER Doc-Blue Cross Blue Shield Conflict is More Complicated Than It Seems

Emergency Department physicians being out of network is nothing new, but a new round of failed negotiations between a local emergency physician group and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas have both sides crying foul and pointing fingers. Blue Cross Blue Shield contacted members to describe how Texas Medicine Resources, a physician group hired by Texas Health Resources emergency rooms, has terminated its deal with BCBSTX, meaning the group is now out of network at 14 area hospitals for its Blue Choice PPO and Blue Essentials HMO members. A statement on BCBSTX’s “Stand With Texas” website calls the demands of the ER doctors “unreasonable,”… Full Story

THR Awards $5.2 Million to Address Social Determinants of Health

In Johnson County, the suicide rate for seniors is 25 percent above the Texas average, but a grant from Texas Health Resources is working to help isolated seniors. THR will be distributing $5.2 million worth of community impact grants all across North Texas to address everything from depression to food scarcity. The initiative is called Texas Health Community Impact and focuses on specific ZIP codes where chronic disease and premature death are more common, and partners with agencies in education, healthcare, and government. The funds will be directed toward 12 agencies across five geographic regions made up of 401 ZIP codes… Full Story

North Texas Home to the Fortune’s Top Two Employers in Healthcare

Fortune has released is 2019 list of of Best Places to Work in Healthcare and Bio Pharma, and Texas Health Resources took the top spot followed by Encompass Health at number two. This is Texas Health’s fifth consecutive year to top the list. The two organizations have been recognized for numerous categories by Fortune, including the best place to work for women, best place to work in Texas, and Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For. The list included other North Texas healthcare employers Texas Rehabilitation Hospital at number 15, and Baylor Scott and White Health at number 34 Rankings are… Full Story

How to Bring Innovation to the Hospital – Dallas Startup Week

Agility and security are keys to startup success in the hospital space, according to panelists at Dallas Startup Week’s healthcare discussion, “Bringing Innovation to the Hospital,” hosted by healthcare startup accelerator Health Wildcatters. The panel featured major players in North Texas’ hospital systems and discussed major opportunities, how to get in touch, and where there are gaps in the market. The panel featured Jason Ickert, division director of application services for Medical City Healthcare, Aaron Bujnowski, senior vice president and chief strategy officer at Texas Health Resources, and Matt Chambers, chief information officer at Baylor Scott and White. Dallas Business… Full Story

Texas Health, Baylor, and Methodist Among TMF Health Quality Award Winners

TMF Health Quality Institute, which partners with a variety of providers to improve the quality of healthcare, has named several North Texas hospitals to its 2018 Hospital Quality Improvement Program. The award recognizes quality data reporting and readmissions reduction and other positive outcomes. Several hospitals in the Texas Health Resources, Baylor Scott and White, and Methodist systems were recognized for the Gold, Silver, or Bronze awards. The award partners with the Arkansas Hospital Association, Oklahoma Hospital Association, Oklahoma State Office of Rural Health, Texas Hospital Association and the Texas Organization of Rural and Community Hospitals and is awarded to hospitals in those… Full Story

Which Local Healthcare Companies Are Fortune’s Best Place to Work in Texas?

It will be no surprise the businesses that were awarded by Fortune as the best places to work for women and cracked the list of top companies nationwide have also been named to the 2019 Best Workplaces in Texas list by Fortune and Great Place to Work. Encompass Health and Texas Health Resources were both made the list, placing No. 18 and 19 respectively in the Large Company category. Texas Rehabilitation Hospital of Fort Worth placed 28 in the small and medium company category. The rankings are based 42,000 employees’ feedback about respect, opportunities for professional development, or team work for… Full Story

Most North Texas Hospital Systems Are Clearing More Than 10 Percent in Yearly Profits

This piece has been updated with a response from Baylor and as well as Baumgarten in regards to financial discrepancies.  If you sit and listen to health provider executives, they will tell you about how they want to improve the quality of care while cutting costs. They have noble goals, but the numbers show that the North Texas healthcare market is raking in the cash with middling quality results. Almost all of North Texas’ health systems have yearly 10 percent profit margins, and the most lucrative health systems have margins nearing 20 percent with yearly net incomes over $1 billion.… Full Story

Texas Health Resources and Encompass Make Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work

Texas Health Resources and Encompass Health have both been named to Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work this year. For Texas Health, it is the fifth year in a row the hospital system has been named to the list. Texas Health cracked the top 10 at number nine, while Encompass was ranked 54. Both companies were also named to Fortune’s best places to work for women this year as well. The publication partners with Great Places to Work to survey 300,000 employees nationwide. They evaluate their confidence in the direction of their company, pride in their jobs, and relationships with co-workers.… Full Story

Southwestern Health Resources Network is No. 1 in the U.S.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services gave the local Southwestern Health Resources Accountable Care Network a quality score of 100 percent after saving $30 million in 2017. The savings made it the top organization in CMS’ Next Generation Accountable Care Organization model. All 44 ACOs participating in CMS’ most high-risk model saved around $208 million in gross savings according to data from CMS. SHR is a joint effort from Texas Health Resources and UT Southwestern Medical Center whose network includes 30 hospitals and 4,000 physicians. The accountable care network manages nearly 69,000 Medicare beneficiaries in the region, and as CMS… Full Story