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01/23/2013 : Genesis Physicians Group Announces Change in Executive Leadership


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January 23, 2013                                                                   214-893-2647              


Genesis Physicians Group Announces Change in Executive Leadership

James W. Walton, DO, Takes Helm of Independent Physicians Group

DALLAS – The Board of Directors at Genesis Physicians Group selected James W. Walton, DO as the new President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) effective March 1, 2013. Dr. Walton is currently Vice President of Network Performance/Baylor Quality Alliance at Baylor Health Care System. He succeeds Ron Lutz, current Genesis CEO, who is retiring after 13 years at Genesis, but will be consulting with Dr. Walton during the transition.

Dr. Walton joined Baylor Health Care System’s management team in 1996, after he and his partners sold their internal medicine practice, Ellis County Diagnostic Clinic, to Baylor. Throughout his career at Baylor, Dr. Walton focused on quality improvement strategies to eliminate health disparities in Baylor’s inpatient and ambulatory care settings. He also served as Dallas County Medical Society’s Medical Director for Project Access Dallas, a network of more than 2000 physicians and 15 hospitals providing comprehensive healthcare access to uninsured people in Dallas County.

“Dr. Walton brings exceptional balance of executive leadership and clinical experience to Genesis,” said Dr. J. Blake Bolin, Chairman of the Genesis Physicians Group board. “His focus on quality, as well as his knowledge of what it is to be a physician in private practice, will bring diverse benefits to Genesis members.”

Dr. Walton received an MBA from University of Michigan, a Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine from the Universityof North Texas Health Science Center, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, completing his residency in internal medicine at Methodist Hospitals of Dallas. He currently serves on the Advisory Board of BluePrint Healthcare IT, as the Secretary/Treasurer of the Dallas County Medical Society Board of Directors, and is also a member of TMA’s Select Committee on Medicaid, CHIP and the Uninsured.

The Genesis Physicians Group has an excellent reputation within the regional health care community—both among physicians and insurance companies,” said Dr. Walton. “I am excited to bring my experience and energy to physicians wishing to maintain their independence while transforming their health care delivery to bring more value to patients, payers and purchasers of care.

Dr. Walton and his wife are relocating to East Dallas. They currently reside in Waxahachie.


About Genesis Physicians Group


Genesis Physicians Group, founded in Dallas in 1986, is the largest IPA in North Texas. It enables more than 1,400 members to focus on patient care by providing collaborative business and clinical support. Thirty percent of Genesis members are primary care physicians, while remaining members deliver patient care in more than 70 medical specialties. For more information, visit



02/14/2012 : Genesis Physicians Group Selects McKesson to Support Accountable, Collaborative Care Delivery
Genesis Physicians Group, the largest independent practice association (IPA) in north Texas, will implement components of the McKesson Integrated Provider Management (IPM) platform (formerly from Portico Systems) to better support its physician groups in improving patient care and outcomes. The solution combines intelligent clinical data integration with comprehensive data analytics to supply a key building block for accountable care: real-time, actionable clinical and financial insights that align care best practices with value-based reimbursement strategies.
“Genesis is committed to providing the highest quality of care that is aligned with evidenced-based best practice,” said Ron Lutz, chief executive officer of Genesis Physicians Group. “McKesson’s solutions will help us optimize the performance of our physician network, make the rationale for pay-for-performance reimbursements more transparent, and highlight opportunities for our physicians to take action to improve the health of their patients.”
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01/09/2012 : Credentialing Verification Organization (CVO) Certification
In November, the National Council on Quality Assurance (NCQA) re-certified Genesis as a Credentialing Verification Organization (CVO). Genesis is one of only a handful of physician organizations certified in the country, according to the NCQA. This voluntary certification measured 10 criteria of the GPG credentialing process, including ongoing monitoring of sanctions and policies and procedures manual compliance, and included an onsite audit as well to confirm file compliance. The results of this audit found 100% compliance in all 10 criteria areas reviewed. What does this mean for our physicians? They can be confident that their credentialing will occur with best practices, in a timely and accurate manner. Congratulations to the Credentialing department on their excellent scores in this area.
10/04/2011 : Genesis Medical Foundation of Texas Secures Texas Workforce Commission Funds to Benefit Patient Care
Genesis Medical Foundation of Texas and Richland College Awarded $151,000 to Train Physician’s Offices
DALLAS – Texas Workforce Commission has awarded a $151,236 skills Development Fund grant to Genesis Medical Foundation of Texas. The grant will cover the training, books and material expenses for the employees of Genesis physicians. Medical Office Management, HIPPA Law & Ethics, CPR, Medical Insurance Coding, and Spanish for the Medical Office are among the courses that will be provided by Richland College.

“This grant will enable physician’s employees to become more efficient at administrating their medical office, thus allowing them time to focusing more on patient care,” said Nick Cleary, Executive Director of Genesis Medical Foundation of Texas.

The Skill Development Fund is Texas’ premier job training program providing dollars for Texas businesses and workers. Administered by the Texas Workforce Commission, success is achieved through collaboration among businesses, public Community and Technical colleges, Local Workforce Development Boards and economic development partners. Click here for entire Press Release.
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