The House Call Has Returned to North Texas

Texas Health Resources is teaming up with DispatchHealth to bring back the house call. Dallas-area residents in select zip codes  can now receive urgent care in between Netflix binges. Users make a request via phone, web, or app, and, if the request is medically appropriate, a DispatchHealth medical team will arrive in their vehicle outfitted with medical supplies. Patients should be seen in under two hours, according to DispatchHealth. The teams consist of either a physician assistant or nurse practitioner, medical technician, and includes access to an on-call emergency medicine-trained physician. Reports are made and provided to the patient’s care team… Full Story

How Are Hospitals Posting Their Prices, and Is It Helpful?

The Public Health Act was enacted as part of the Affordable Care Act, which requires hospitals to make a public list of the hospital’s standard charges starting this year, but the posted price doesn’t tell the full story. Insurance, a person’s health, and the negotiated rate between insurers and providers complicates the out-of-pocket payment, the posted prices might not mean much to the average consumer. President and CEO of the DFW Hospital Council W. Stephen Love says the council’s member hospitals support transparency, but warn to proceed with caution. “We support transparency and want people to make informed decisions,” he says.… Full Story

Texas Health Makes Best Place to Work List, Children’s Health Tops in Liver Transplants

Glassdoor recognized Texas Health Resources on its 2019 Employee’s Choice Best Places to Work in the U.S., with the health system coming in at 89 on the list of large national companies. The award is based on employee feedback. Employees were asked about their satisfaction based on career opportunities, compensation, benefits, culture, work/life balance and more. “This is truly an honor because it came from the positive feedback of our employees,” said Michelle Kirby, executive vice president and chief people officer, Texas Health said via release. “This distinguished list again places Texas Health among some of the best companies in… Full Story

How Do You Make Your Workplace Great For Women? We Asked the Healthcare Experts

When Fortune released its 75 Best Large Workplaces for Women, two North Texas healthcare companies made the list. Texas Health Resources and Encompass Home Health were both included, and we talked to leaders at the two providers to find out what makes their companies work well for women. Based on employee feedback surveys, mutual respect, opportunities for professional development, and team work are all taken into account to make the list. Michelle Kirby is the chief people officer at THR, and has been there for 28 years. She says that her career serves as an example of what THR can… Full Story

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