I’m Doug Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health Resources, with “The Business of Health Care Report.”
This time of year, businesses across the country attempt to look ahead and predict what the coming months will bring. But, as the great Yogi Berra said, “It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”
All kidding aside, there are some things we can predict that are sure to have a significant impact on the business of health care in North Texas.
The United States Supreme Court has agreed to hear cases that challenge some of the provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which set in motion health care reform. The court’s decision is expected by mid-year, and it could have enormous impact on the health care environment. But no matter how the court rules, Texas Health will continue to pursue the 10-year strategy we began in 2006 to transform the delivery of health care. We’re reshaping our entire organization to improve quality, become more patient-focused and be flexible enough to meet whatever challenges may come.
Another factor we know will impact every business is the strength of the economy. As more of the cost of care is shifted from employers and insurance companies to consumers, Texas Health is finding innovative ways to deliver more value to patients. We’re working cooperatively with physicians to provide better care, become more efficient, and reduce costs.
For our faith-based family of hospitals — Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Harris Methodist and Texas Health Arlington Memorial — I’m Doug Hawthorne.