UT System Employees Have a New Medical Plan Via Southwestern Health Resources

Employees and retirees of the University of Texas System in North Texas will now have access to a new medical plan through Southwestern Health Resources, the accountable care organization formed by UT Southwestern and Texas Health Resources. More than 4,000 people have enrolled in the medical benefit option, named UT CONNECT, since it opened September. This is the first time the UT system has offered a program based on the ACO model of care, where providers collaborate and have payments tied to quality of care rather than fee for service. The UT system in the area, which include UT Arlington, UT… Full Story

Texas Health is Fifth on Fortune’s List of Best Places to Work for Women

Texas Health is number five on Fortune’s 75 Best Large Workplaces for Women, making the list for the third year in a row. It is both the top-ranked Texas business as well as health system on the list. The rankings value organizations that highlight transparency and are committed to creating a positive work environment, and are based on employee feedback surveys. Mutual respect, opportunities for professional development and team work are some of the criteria for excellence. At Texas Health, almost 80 percent of employees are female, and it offers a maternity support program, tuition reimbursement for mothers who want… Full Story

North Texas is Home to Five of the ‘Most Wired’ Health Systems in the Country

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives has named several North Texas Healthcare Systems to its list of the nation’s “Most Wired” health care systems. The program awards health systems use of informational technology and recognizes organizations that adopt, implement and use best practices in the field. Texas is home to 11 of the most wired health systems in the country. Children’s Health, Cook Children’s, JPS, Texas Health Resources and UTSW also made the list in North Texas. THR has been named to the list 18 of 20 times, and highlights its use of electronic health records which are shared… Full Story

UT Southwestern Now Part of Care ‘N Care’s Health Plan

Care N’ Care Health Plan announced that UT Southwestern Medical Center hospitals and physicians will now be part of its provider network, Business Wire reports. Care N’ Care is a ten-year-old health plan that has more than 10,000 clients in North Texas in its Medicare Advantage HMO and PPO packages. “Having UT Southwestern in the Care N’ Care network will be a tremendous boom for our members as it will provide access to a broader network of hospitals and physicians along with additional added resources that will make healthcare more accessible and affordable,” said Care N’ Care CEO Wendy Karsten via… Full Story

How Fort Worth is Reducing Healthcare Costs for City Employees

Talk to any healthcare executive, and they will discuss “bending the cost curve.” That means most healthcare providers, insurance networks, and employers are hoping just to slow the increase in healthcare costs, not reduce them. But for Fort Worth’s 14,000 employees, dependents, and retirees, their healthcare spending is heading toward being $4.8 million under budget for fiscal year 2018, according to the Dallas Morning News. How are they doing it? The city is offering an option to sign up with  Southwestern Health Resources, an accountable care organization where UT Southwestern and Texas Health Resources have partnered to offer coordinated care.… Full Story

Texas Health Opens New Pain Center That Will Aid Growing Opioid Epidemic

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano will open its Texas Health Pain Relief & Wellness Center on October 22 to deal with the wide range of patients’ pain needs. The new center will unite nurse practitioners, nutritionists, physicians, physical therapists, and chiropractors to centralize the pain care in one location. According to THR, 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, and one in 10 Americans experience pain every day for three or more months. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that in 2016, there were 1,375 opioid-related overdose deaths­­­ in Texas. Since 2010, the annual number of heroin-related deaths more than doubled from… Full Story

Blue Cross Blue Shield, UT Southwestern, Texas Health Resources Team Up to Provide Care in North Texas

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas and Southwestern Health Resources are coming together to form an Accountable Care Organization that will coordinate services to serve Blue Cross’ more than 130,000 members in North Texas, according to Pharmiweb. The agreement provides access to Southwestern Health Resources Accountable Care Network, which was established as a partnership between Texas Health Resources and UT Southwestern Medical Center that includes doctors, caregivers, hospitals and other facilities throughout the region. An Accountable Care Organization is a group of healthcare providers who voluntarily join to coordinate care to medicare patients. They hope to avoid duplication and errors… Full Story

Texas Health Aetna Hopes to Reduce Drug Costs Through Data and Education

Texas Health Aetna’s new campaign hopes to educate physicians on inexpensive versions of drugs to reduce healthcare costs across the board. Called Go-to Green, the health insurance provider is using data to find cheaper prescription options. Texas Health Aetna’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Delanor Doyle says that the company utilizes data from Texas Health Resources and Aetna to find out what drugs are being prescribed by which physicians and to whom in their netowrk. If they are aware of a medicine that is equally effective and cheaper, they will contact the physicians and let them know about the more inexpensive… Full Story

Texas Health Dallas Has A New Nurse-Assisting Robot

Texas Health Dallas will soon deploy, on a pilot basis, a new artificial intelligence-fueled nurse-assisting robot named Moxi, which the system says could help it free up its nursing and other staff members to do the more important work. Texas Health Resources will first explore whether Moxi, built by Austin company Diligent Robotics, can effectively ease the burden in a neurology and stroke unit in Dallas. From Texas Health: On a typical day, someone on the nursing or support staff at Texas Health Dallas may have to fill shelves in supply rooms, set up and stock patient rooms, run labs… Full Story

Texas Health Expands HELP Program To An Additional Nine Campuses

Texas Health Resources’ Healthy Education and Lifestyles Program (HELP) will be expanding to nine locations over the North Texas area by the end of October. The program provides resources and education for those that lack healthcare support and assists uninsured patients by managing chronic conditions such as diabetes, congestive heart failure, high cholesterol, and hypertension. The HELP program first launched at Texas Health Azle in 2012, with a mission to make high-quality healthcare more accessible to North Texans. Each month, patients are seen in groups of four, providing a support system for people living with chronic diseases. The program costs… Full Story