Cynthia R Stuart DO

Dr. Stuart is Board Certified in Family Medicine. Originally from Georgia, she spent most of her youth in Miami, Florida and has been a Texas resident since the early 1990s. She attended UNTHSC-Fort Worth and completed her residency at UTSW/Methodist Hospital System where she was Chief Resident in her senior year. She is an Associate Professor at UTSW and UNTHSC, participating as a preceptor for medical students and residents. She completed a two-year course at SMU Cox School of Business in Advanced Leadership that enables her to advocate for quality health care providers and local public health programs in her community. She is the head of the Credentials Committee, sits on the Medical Executive Committee and the Ethics Committee at Baylor Scott and White Hospital of Carrollton. She has appeared on numerous news and radio programs to educate the public about various health topics. Dr. Stuart has managed her private practice in Carrollton since 2005 and is now a Direct Primary Care Physician.

The Big Three

A newly released analysis of almost 12,000 medical malpractice claims sponsored by the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM), found that the three most common misdiagnoses leading to harm include vascular events, infections, and cancers. These events make up 75% of diagnostic errors leading to patient harm.  According to David E. Newman-Toker, MD, Ph.D., professor of Neurology…

Forrest Park: A Cautionary Tale

I am going to preface this piece by stating I know almost all of the physicians indicted in this case. They are incredibly skilled physicians who provided quality care. Those who lost their medical licenses will leave a void in our local healthcare community. As someone who once had dreams of becoming a lawyer, I…

Airlines Can’t Say Nay

Over the past few years, I have noticed a sharp increase in my practice in the number of requests for documentation to indicate patients require an emotional support animal. I have heard the same trend from my colleagues. With more and more animals providing emotional support, it is not unusual to see a menagerie in…

The American Pain Society is in a World of Hurt

The American Pain Society (APS) announced it is ceasing operations on Friday after responding to multiple lawsuits claiming its policies contributed to the opioid crisis. The group has been “named a defendant in numerous spurious lawsuits related to opioid prescribing and abuse. The organization’s financial health has deteriorated as a result of the litigation” and “resources are…

The Manipulation Proclamation

At my office, these letters get a cursory look and are then dropped directly into the shredder. This study assessed the impact of “behavioral nudges” to stem over-prescribing of quetiapine in the Medicare Part D program. Issuing peer comparison letters led to “substantial and durable reductions” in prescriptions for the antipsychotic drug quetiapine, with no…

No Magic Bullet for Ebola

The Ebola outbreak, the second largest and second deadliest in history, continues to rage in the Congo, despite a 90% vaccination rate. According to Michael Ryan, MD, Executive Director of WHO’s Health Emergencies Program, all of the 2031 confirmed cases are in those who are unvaccinated. As of June 5th, 1367 of those infected have succumbed to…

Get Grandma Out Because There Are No More Copays Coming

Fundamentally, the US healthcare system is flawed. Access to mental health, obstetrical and gynecological care, essential health services for underserved populations, and comprehensive care for the elderly are where most of the gaps exist. A recent study looked at the discharge patterns of Medicare beneficiaries requiring skilled nursing services. Medicare pays for 100 percent of…

Patient recruiter handed 188 months for $20M scam in Texas

What is the penalty for fraudulently billing Medicare formore than $20 million in claims? Apparently, 188 months in federal prison. A Houston area patient recruiter for four home health care agencies and owner of one agency was sentenced this past week for money laundering and Medicare fraud. Egondu “Kate” Koko, 54, was sentenced, ordered to…

News Flash: Chiropractor Charged

Benjamin Zimberoff Darrow, 48, a licensed Chiropractor from Daly City, California, pleaded not guilty to several federal charges on Monday, May 20, 2019. Charges include insurance fraud, the unlicensed practice of medicine, illegal laboratory markup, and the theft of over $100,000. He faces up to two years in prison.  Prosecutors claim Darrow engaged in illegal…