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PCS wants to help private practices There is a lot that goes into running a medical practice. Between day-to-day operations, keeping patient schedules and then actually seeing each patient, Deion Whorton knows there is more to it than meets the eye. And in that chaos, responsibility for something like medical billing and insurance claims can get lost in the shuffle. Whorton has seen it for the better part of seven years working in the medical billing field. And he knows how important it is for those claims to get filed correctly and practices to be reimbursed – so he decided to step in. Whorton is the founder and CEO of PCS Revenue Cycle Management, a 100 percent U.S.-based medical billing practice. And when he says he’s in this to help, there was not an ounce of doubt or salesmanship on his face – it was a genuine desire to serve. PCSRCM will be not just a voice on the other end of the phone, but an extension of your team. In my estimation, Whorton is someone you can trust to do everything possible on your

behalf to get every penny you are entitled to in order to keep things running smoothly. He understands that some may be wary, because he said he has noticed some issues in the industry with collection practices that led him to start PCSRCM. But all he’s asking for is a chance to gain your trust. And I think he should get the benefit of the doubt – there was genuine caring in his voice and on his face when talking about helping his community. Whorton knows that a doctor’s schedule is always hectic on a daily basis - and that’s where he and his team at PCS Revenue Cycle Management step into the picture, to make the process as painless as possible and make sure every penny earned is reimbursed. So if you want to see whether Whorton and PCSRCM are the right medical billing company for your practice’s needs, give our October cover story a read inside this edition of the Fort Bend Business Journal on Page 10 and give them a call today.

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Chick’nCone coming to Sugar Land By Landan Kuhlmann LKuhlmann@fortbendstar.com There is going to be a new chicken and waffles restaurant making its way to Sugar Land in the next few months. Chick’nCone will be opening a Sugar Land location in Sugar Land Towne Square at 2268 Texas Dr. either later this year or in early 2022, according to a news release. According to Chick’nCone’s website the restaurant serves up crispy chicken in a fresh hand-rolled waffle cone along with zesty seasoned fries and an assortment of sauces, including barbecue sauce, Kick’nRanch and a hot wing sauce with a hint of bleu cheese. They also serve chicken tenders along with chicken sandwiches. Chick’nCone also has desserts such as the waffle crunch shake, a milkshake with your choice of vanilla, caramel, or chocolate that is made with crunchy waffle pieces, according to its website. For more information on Chick’nCone, visit chickncone.com or follow them on social media @chickncone.

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A kid is shown playing at Bounce Bounce - The Trampoline Park, which is on its way to Missouri City later this year. (Photo from Facebook) more. Its website says the trampolines and subsequent activities are suitable for all ages and fitness levels.

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We live in a digital world. When it comes time to leave it, will your digital assets be taken care of? If you died, what would happen to your email archives, online photos, Margie Connolly, social profiles, or other digital accounts? Attorney Statistics show that the average person has 70-80 passwords, and is more likely than not to forget and change them several times. Normally, loved ones cannot access your accounts without access to passwords. Here is a two-step strategy to help ensure that your digital estate is preserved for your loved ones, and closed down when the time is right. 1. Inventory all your digital accounts and assets. Decide what you want done with them when you pass away. Select a trusted loved one to be in charge, and leave detailed instructions. 2. Make a list of all passwords. Keep in one location, and keep updated with all changes. Make sure your trusted loved one has this information. For more information about individualized planning to protect all your assets, contact an estate planning attorney.

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New urgent care center open in Missouri City By Landan Kuhlmann LKuhlmann@fortbendstar.com There is a new option in Fort Bend County for urgent care. Prime Urgent Care began accepting patients Sept. 21 at its new Missouri City location at 8305 Hwy. 6, Suite 170, the company said. It is Prime Urgent Care’s second Houston-area location, joining the existing clinic in Pearland. According to its website, Prime Urgent Care provides minor emergency care on a walk-in basis with no appointment needed. Services include things such as cough, cold and flu treatment as

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New ice cream shop coming to Sugar Land By Landan Kuhlmann LKuhlmann@fortbendstar.com There is going to be a new ice cream shop in Fort Bend County soon for those looking for another place to satisfy their sweet tooth. Red Circle Ice Cream is looking to open a franchise store in Sugar Land in October, according to a report from Community Impact Newspaper. The store also has locations in Houston and Pearland. According to the Red Circle website, the shop will offer more than 100 rotating flavors of handcrafted ice cream on its menu for just about any palate, such as Donkey Kong, Cha-Cha Cherry Sorbet and Krack’N Coconut. They will also have nearly 20 different types of handcrafted glazed and frosty churros, as well the “King Churro,” which is a glazed churro with Cap’n Crunch or graham crackers. One of its more notable offerings is the “Pufflelicious,” which is a Hong Kong-style egg waffle made from a

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HELPING MEDICAL PRACTICES STAY PRIVATE AND PROFITABLE COVER STORY BY

LANDAN KUHLMANN

As Deion Whorton spent time working in the medical billing field for close to a decade, he said he noticed some glaring problems in terms of revenue collection, which in turn loses a company money on medical billing claims. So he decided to do something about it, leading to him opening the doors on his own business last year. “I have about seven years of experience (in this field), and I’ve noticed that there are some issues,” he said. Whorton is the CEO and founder of PCS Revenue Cycle Management, a medical billing company located at 77 Sugar Creek Center Blvd Ste. 697 in Sugar Land. PCSRCM offers 100 percent U.S.-based medical billing, credentialing, and consulting services. He started the company, he said, to make sure private practices get what they need to stay private and in business. Between managing schedules, seeing patients, and more day-to-day practices, he knows the stress. And that’s where he and his team at PCSRCM come in. “A lot of organizations and practices are running out of a lot of money because of poor collection practices – they’re not sending out claims correctly, they’re not working denials, and it’s causing (practices) to not get reimbursed,” he said. One of the most important aspects of PCSRCM, he said, is that they don’t outsource overseas. The company is completely U.S.-based, which he believes is more beneficial to the private medical practices the company serves. Essentially, he said, they may lose money on the front end – but they’ll gain it on the back end. PCSRCM’s commitment, he said, is to increase the practice’s revenue by 30 percent within 60 days and decrease the claim rejection rate in 30 days. Whorton said they will also work to reduce claim

denials by 80 percent. “When you outsource to a U.S. based company, it’s a higher percentage, but we can increase your revenue by up to 30 percent,” he said. “Basically, you’re paying us a percentage of the extra money we got you – you’re paying us money that we got you, that you didn’t have.” Once insurance information has been verified by the practice, Whorton said he and his team at PCSRCM make sure the numbers that the provider enters are correct, add any modifiers to the claim that are necessary, and then send them out within 24-48 hours. Practices should receive notification about claims and potential denials, as well as reimbursement, within 7-28 days according to Whorton. And if a claim is denied, Whorton said digging into and remedying that is another service PCSRCM offers that’s not often seen with medical billing companies. “When that denial posts, we go in there and figure out what the root cause is and go work that to get it resolved as quickly as possible so you can get paid,” he said. In the end, Whorton said his only goal is to ensure that private medical practices can remain private and profitable. If you incur a large loss on PCSRCM’s behalf for any reason, he said the company has a policy where practices can be reimbursed up to $1 million. He started the business to help practices in need, and that’s exactly what he intends to keep doing as long as the community will have him. “I decided to start my own business to make sure all the “I’s” are dotted and the “T’s” are crossed,” he said. “It’s making sure everything is going out as quickly and smoothly as possible, revenue is coming in consistently, and they’re getting reimbursed for every penny they deserve.”

Photo by Kerri King Photography To see if PCSRCM is the right medical billing company for your private practice, give them a call at 281-937-4089 for a complimentary practice analysis. Feel free to visit us on the web at pcsrcm. com and/or follow us on social media.

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Local construction technology company expanding reach By Landan Kuhlmann LKuhlmann@fortbendstar.com Sugar Land-based Heavy Construction Systems Specialists (HCSS) has been sold to private equity firm Thoma Bravo in efforts to expand its reach within Fort Bend County and beyond, according to a Sept. 13 news release from HCSS. According to the release, Thoma Bravo will help HCSS accelerate growth for all its product on a global scale due to the company’s knowledge of international markets. HCSS has been developing software to help construction companies streamline their operations for more than 30 years, with programs to manage daily activities in the field, track labor and equipment, keep workers safe on the job, and more according to its website. The company said it believes the

partnership will be a boon to its thousands of construction clients around the globe, which include infrastructure, highway and utility contractors. “Through this partnership and the innovation and growth it will deliver, my vision is that foremen, superintendents and project managers will be able to easily order materials from the HCSS applications they already use and track the status of those materials at all times through final placement,” HCSS founder and CEO Mike Rydin said. The release said HCSS customers can expect to see “innovation and more efficiencies in supply chain software” that provides information faster and dramatically reduces administrative work and errors. “It’s a special moment for us when we have a chance to steward a legacy the likes

of which has been created,” said A.J. Rohde, a senior partner at Thoma Bravo. “The heavy construction market is poised to undergo its most significant historical change in both innovation and industry investment, and we can’t wait to see what we can do together with HCSS to enable their customers to stay ahead.” For more information on HCSS, visit their website at https://www.hcss.com/.

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SERVICE DIRECTORY A/C AND HEATING TAURUS MECHANICAL,INC Cell (832) 731-5256 www.houstonheatingandcooling.com Taurus Mechanical, Inc. is a locally-owned business and has been serving customers in Sugar Land, Missouri City, Richmond, and Katy in the state of Texas for the last 33 years since 1986. We provide residential services. We provide Quality and Integrity in our service.

ADOPTIONS AND COUNSELING RAINBOW OF LOVE 281 438-6588 www.rainbowoflove.org Rainbow of Love is a Social Services non-profit that specializes in Adoption, Counseling and Parenting Classes. The agency was founded in Fort Bend County in 2003 and continues to have a Fort Bend office in Missouri City. The Adoption program works with families and expectant parents from all over Texas and most states of the United States. The Counseling, Parenting Classes, Case Management and Charity programs focus on local Fort Bend and Harris County communities.

ADVERTISING Fort Bend Star 281-690-4200 www.fortbendstar.com We have been delivering a free community newspaper to homes throughout Fort Bend County longer than ANY OTHER newspaper. Fort Bend Business Journal 281-690-4200 www.fortbendstar.com The Fort Bend Business Journal is a monthly magazine that focuses on the business community of Fort Bend County. It is home delivered to 10,500 homes in Sugar Land and Missouri City , 500 copies to businesses in Fort Bend, and online for readers at no charge. The Business Journal  features news stories about businesses, people, and events of importance to the local business community.

ALTERATIONS & TAILORING LIZ’S TAILOR and ALTERATIONS 281-242-3193 www.lizstailor.com 3626 Highway 6 South (In the Luby’s/Big Lots Shopping Center) Sugar Land, TX 77478

Our Alterations Service for Ladies and Gentlemen include: Full resizing of your dress or prom to make a perfect fit; hem pants & jeans, taper in and out; shorten jacket sleeves and zipper changes. We fix your clothes at affordable prices. We offer professional tailoring. We will make your clothes from a catalog or pattern. For one-day or immediate service, please call Liz at 281-242-3193. We offer free estimates or visit us at www.lizstailor.com or email us at liz@lizstailor.com.

AUTO REPAIR / MAINTENANCE Charlton’s Auto Body Repair and Vehicle Detailing 281-499-1126 www.charltonsbodyrepair.com Chuck Charlton, 1131 Staffordshire @ 5th Street, Stafford, Texas 77477, Charbody@aol.com, Fax: 281-4991694, Complete collision repair. Frame & Unibody straightened. Expert computer color matching. Custom painting & pin stripping. Honest service. 79 Years Strong and 3 Generations Proud!

CHIROPRACTOR Sugar Land Health Center 281-980-1050 www.sugarlandhealthcenter.com 3425 Hwy 6, Suite 101 Sugar Land,, TX 77478

GARAGE DOOR SERVICE Alliance Garage Doors 832-768-1897 www.alliancegaragedoorstx.com Alliance Garage Doors has been locally owned and operated for the past 25 years in the Sugar Land/Missouri City/Richmond/ Rosenberg/Katy area. We install, repair, and sell all makes and models of garage doors and openers and provide free estimates on request. For all your garage door needs, please feel free to give us a call!

INSURANCE AGENCIES Goosehead Insurance 281-643-0996 www.gooseheadinsurance.com/ andrew-haley-insurance “Goosehead Insurance brings years of experience and expertise in serving your Auto, Home, Life & Commercial Insurance needs. As your Risk Management Advisor, Andrew Haley understands the value of safeguarding what matters most to you and will work on your behalf to bring you the best insurance options based on your The Fort Bend Business Journal H October 2021

individual needs. You will be met with unmatched customer service, integrity and expediency.” Tracy Walker Agent ChFC, CLU, CASL, CPCU

15510 Lexington Blvd., Ste. P Sugar Land, Texas 77478-4173 Bus. 281-265-0711 Toll 888-850-8491 Fax 281-466-4260 Cell 281-380-7786 Tracy@agentwalker.com JEWELERS Gold Connection Jewelers 281-344-9900 We Buy Gold www.goldconnection.net We are a full-service jewelry store in your neighborhood. We offer diamonds, gold and silver jewelry and watches. Repairs are done on our premises. Custom design is our specialty. We offer front door parking for your convenience. Our hours are M-F from 10:00-6:00 pm and again on Sat from 10:00-4:00 pm. We are located at 206 Hwy 90A, Richmond, 77406. Come see our fabulous inventory!

MACHINE TOOLS Schofield Company 281-217-4799 The Schofield Company, has been in business since 1980, in Fort Bend County, specializing in American Made Machine Tools. Primary products are Wellsaw metal cutting bandsaws, made in the Kalamazoo, Michigan since 1926. Also McEnglevan, (Mifco), melting furnaces made in Danville, Illinois, for melting non-ferrous metals such as Brass, Bronze, Aluminum, Gold, and Silver. Used primarily in college art departments to make sculptures from wax art work. Contact Mike Schofield for further details.

NETWORKING Fort Bend Chapter - BNI Fort Bend Business Network International, the oldest networking chapter in the Fort Bend Chapter - BNI network, is a group of like-minded business owners who meet to network every Thursday morning at 7 am on Zoom meeting. Membership is limited to one professional per category. However, the organization does have some open categories and is looking for entrepreneurs who want to connect with a great group of people and grow their business! For CONTINUES

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information on how to come visit, please email jsazma@fortbendstar.com The Oyster Creek Rotary Club www.OysterCreekRotary.org This local club has been a member of Rotary International since 1979 and is a volunteer organization dedicated to serving the Missouri City and Stafford communities. The club’s mission is to promote world peace, eradicate polio and to support various organizations within our servicing area, through our annual fund raiser. Our volunteers come from many walks of life in the business world. We welcome your visit the first Friday of every month, 12 p.m. at the City Centre, 2880 LaQuinta Dr. Missouri City, TX. 77459.

OPTOMETRIST My Eye Dr. 6026 Hwy 6 Missouri City, TX 77459 281-499-2600

PEST CONTROL Integrated Pest Management, Inc. 281-341-1761 1118​E. Highway 90A Richmond, TX 77406

PHARMACIES Ed’s Pharmacy 281-499-4555 Ed Sziy, 3740 Cartwright, Missouri City, TX 77459, Fax: 281-499-7088.

PHYSICIANS The Immunization Clinic Be wise, test and, immunize 281-313-7468 office 281-313-7470 fax www.houstonvaccines.com houstonvaccines@gmail.com 3727 Greenbriar Dr. #403 Stafford, TX 77477 CDC certified Yellow fever provider of domestic and travel vaccines, Flu vaccines, TB skin tests, Drug testing and titer testing for adults and children for college, work, travel, immigration, pre-employment and post-accident testing. Open for appts M-F and 2 Saturdays a month.You can come to our site TB skin tests, Drug testing and titer testing for adults and children for college, work, travel, immigration, pre-employment and post-accident testing. Open for appts M-F and 2 Saturdays a month.You can come to our site or we come to you for mobile testing and administration of

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PREGNANCY RESOURCES Pregnancy Resource Medical Center 281-232-2375 www.prmcfortbend.org The Pregnancy Resource Medical Center is a nonprofit that helps women by offering free pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, peer consultations, classes and parenting resources. We are looking for volunteers, financial partners and church liaisons to help us reach our community. You can share the joy of helping hurt hearts and saving lives. We are located at 4411 Avenue N Rosenberg, TX 77471

REAL ESTATE Colliers International, formerly Curtice Commercial Real Estate 281-494-4769 kolbe.curtice@colliers.com Kolbe M. Curtice, CCIM, CLS, 15999 City Walk, Suite 250, Sugar Land Square located at U.S. Highway 59 & State Highway 6, Fax: 281-494-3227, Brokerage, Development, Investment and Tenant Representation, 30 years experience in Fort Bend. Johnson Development Corp. 713-960-9977 www.johnsondevelopment.com More top-selling communities than any other developer in America. Larry Johnson 5005 Riverway Dr., Suite 500 Houston, TX 77056`

RESTAURANTS AKI Steak and Sushi 281-565-1110 www.akisteakandsushi.com 510 Highway 6, Suite #180 King’s BBQ 832-532-7816 Kingsbbqcatering.net 9920 Hwy 90A Suite # D- 120 Sugar Land, TX 77478 Las Haciendas Mexican Bar & Grill 281-240-3060 LasHaciendasGrill.com 12821 Southwest Freeway Stafford, TX 77477

COUNTY’S LARGEST SCRAP DEALER serving Fort Bend and surrounding counties for the past 31 years. As a proud and responsible member of the Fort Bend, Texas business community, we accept aluminum, copper, brass, stainless steel, vehicle radiators, air conditioning coils, lead and other scrap metal. We seek to protect the environment through our intake and processing of scrap metal product usually destined for landfills. Our friendly staff values you as a customer and provides the VIP treatment to make your experience with us a profitable and efficient one. If you’re not selling me your metal, we both lose money!

VETERINARIAN Sugar Creek Animal Clinic 281-242-9070 www.sugarcreekanimalclinic.com​ 14015 S.W. Freeway, Bldg. 2 Sugar Land, TX 77478

VIDEO SERVICES Star Digital Studios 281-690-4280 www.starvideoproductions.com A full service video production studio providing all phases of video production including professional writing, videography, editing, DVD duplication, distribution; also video deposition services to the legal community. For video needed for a TV commercial, website posting, employee training, promotional DVDs, special presentations, coverage of live events/ trade shows, or corporate videos, give us a call. If you are interested in something you do not see on our website, let us know and we’re ready to accommodate your needs!

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One of the most hotly-contested and high-profile races in Fort Bend County history is over. Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls, a Republican, defeated Democrat Sri Preston Kulkarni to assume U.S. Rep. Pete Olson’s seat in Texas’ 22nd Congressional District, which includes Fort Bend County and parts of Harris County and Brazoria County.

Per the Texas Secretary of State, Nehls prevailed by a margin of 50 percent to 45 percent, or 155,809 votes to 138,694 votes. “I want to personally send heartfelt thanks and sincere gratitude to the many volunteers who made calls, worked the polls, and served on advisory committees,” Nehls said in a Nov. 8 Facebook post. “This is a tremendous team effort and I could not be more appreciative to you. I’m especially proud of our interns for getting involved and learning more about

the political process. Lastly, thank you to all who cast votes. I will work tirelessly to represent

the best interests of all residents in our district.” In a Nov. 6 message to his supporters on Facebook, Kulkarni said he was “not done fighting for our future.” “Our campaign in (Texas’ 22nd Congressional District) has always been about bringing real representation to our communities and ensuring everyone has a voice in our political system,”

Kulkarni said. “Over the past three years, we built the most diverse and inclusive grassroots campaign for Congress Texas has ever seen, with more faiths and ethnic and linguistic communities than anything we have ever seen before. This campaign was about all of us, not any one person running for office, and about the potential we have to restore reason, compassion and

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Fort Bend couple to open winery, bistro By Stefan Modrich SMODRICH@FORTBENDSTAR.COM

Candice and Eric Elliott are no ordinary business partners. During the COVID-19 pandemic, and throughout the various stages of their new business venture, the two have learned a lot about each other both personally as a married couple and professionally. Together they are franchising a Waters Edge Winery & Bistro location in Richmond, which is set to open Nov. 24. “I think it’s kind of like

Kids residing at Parks Youth Ranch, a nonprofit homeless shelter in Richmond, hold “thank you” signs to honor volunteers and donors who helped them with snacks and activities in July. (Contributed photo)

Parks Youth Ranch offers respite for homeless kids, teens By Stefan Modrich SMODRICH@FORTBENDSTAR.COM

Nearly 7,000 children, or 2 percent of all students in Fort Bend County, are affected by or are in some proximity to experiencing homelessness, according to data from the Coalition for the Homeless.

executive director of the Parks Youth Ranch in Richmond, the county’s only nonprofit emergency shelter for children ages 7-17. The organization’s mission, Stavinoha said, is to “serve abused and neglected youth by providing a safe and supportive environment.” The Parks Youth Ranch is

over the past few years to exceed that mark,” Stavinoha said. “So this year if we could make $100,000, I would just be over the moon.” Those who are interested in sponsorships or volunteering can visit parksyouthranch.org. The children served by the Parks Youth Ranch, which has a capacity of 28 beds, come from

(3,607 students) had as well. Through interviews with students, the coalition determined 1,091 FBISD students and 88 SMSD students were in doubled-up or unsuitable housing, meaning the number of occupants exceeded the number that was designated for the type of dwelling or it did not contain electricity.

to find another voucher so they can live in Fort Bend County,” Stavinoha said. “It’s a struggle.” In addition, she said the COVID-19 pandemic has made it more difficult to track down students who are at risk of experiencing homelessness. Social workers and truancy officers are reporting to the last known address of the student if


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