Frisco Edition - June 2020

FRISCO EDITION 2020 HEALTHCARE EDITION

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Frisco doctors are rebuilding Practices returning after furloughs, visit declines

Then came local orders that urged people to avoid going out except for essential activities. Local doctors said in-oce visits dried up after that. Bent Tree Family Physicians, which normally sees about 200 patients a day, had as few as ve patients in its Frisco oce at one point, founder Dr. Guy L. Culpep- per said. But as stay-at-home orders and restrictions on medical care have been lifted, people are slowly

BY WILLIAM C. WADSACK

Many primary care physicians throughout Frisco have reported steep losses in revenue due to the coronavirus pandemic. A March 22 executive order from Gov. Greg Abbott post- poned all elective surgeries and non-emergency procedures. The order was part of an eort to con- serve resources for those with COVID-19, he said.

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Baylor Scott & White Medical Center—Frisco oers drive-thru coronavirus testing. ROAD TO REOPENING FIRST: • Keep sick and well patients separated • Ask patients to call from their vehicles when they arrive • Provide face masks or ask patients to wear their own • Oer telehealth options, when appropriate THEN: • Call patients to reschedule appointments and send previsit instructions • Update policies and procedures manual with any changes • Lengthen appointment times • Increase communication through emails and newsletters

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As the COVID-19 curve attens, the Texas Medical Association is oering guidance to help health care practices reopen.

SOURCE: TEXAS MEDICAL ASSOCIATIONCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

FINALLY: • Let patients know the oce has reopened • Update practice information on website and social media • Reassure patients that coming into the practice is safe • Automate processes, like online bill pay and appointment scheduling • Stay on top of payer changes

SPONSOREDBY • Baylor Scott & White Medical Center—Centennial • Wildower Dental & Orthodontics Health Care Snapshot 15

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SamRayburnTollwaymoving alongwith$200Mwidening

The Sam Rayburn Tollway expansion will add a fourth lane in both directions through the entire SRT corridor. Much of this work takes place in the center median.

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Construction on the Frisco portions of the Sam Rayburn Tollway and its intersections is expected to ramp up in the coming months as part of a $200 million expansion. The North Texas Tollway Authority’s SRT widening project began in January 2019 and will add a fourth lane in both directions from Denton Tap Road in Coppell to US 75 inMcKinney. The project also calls for ramp improvements between the Dallas North Tollway and Preston Road. The entire 26-mile corridor is under construction at once to get ahead on project progress, said NTTA spokesperson

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