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Healthcare Briefing (10/12/20)

Parkland is most wired, Methodist doc wins DFWHC award, UTSW wins diversity recognition, Blue Cross relief funding, and more.
By Jenny Rudolph |

The Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council (DFWHC) was awarded funding for the second phase of its Community Mental Health Grant Program this month. The Texas Health and Human Services Commission is providing financial support for the program, created to address issues in behavioral health care across North Texas. Funding for the second phase of the program will support training of 10,000 North Texans in Mental Health First Aid.

CareNow and American Airlines are working together to provide pre-flight COVID-19 testing to passengers at DFW International Airport. Through convenient rapid testing, passengers can test out of quarantine requirements if results show they are negative for COVID-19. Three options for pre-flight testing will be made available to passengers starting October 15.

The Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council (DFWHC) presented its 2020 annual award recipients last week. Recipients include Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, Methodist Charlton Medical Center Vice President of Operations Dustin Anthamatten, and Baylor Scott & White Board Member John W. Creecy. Recipients will be honored via an online tribute video on October 21 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) named Parkland Health & Hospital System a 2020 CHIME Digital Health Most Wired recipient, with the Acute Care and Ambulatory setting quality awards. Parkland has been named a Most Wired organization five times in recent years. CHIME uses an annual survey to evaluate over 30,000 healthcare organizations across the country, awarding recipients in Domestic, Ambulatory, Long-term care, and International categories.

UT Southwestern Medical Center received the 2020 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award this week. Every year, INSIGHT Into Diversity Magazine presents the award to universities and colleges across the nation that have shown commitment to promoting diversity in health education. UT Southwestern Medical Center is one of 46 national recipients.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) is contributing over $100 million towards relief funding in response to the pandemic. At the same time, parent company Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC) has provided over $930 million in premium credits, group rate adjustments, and waiver extensions for cost-sharing telehealth services. HCSC Markets Senior Vice President Jeff Tikkanen says, “Providing meaningful support to our members, customers, and the communities we serve in Texas has been our primary focus.”

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