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'The Business of Health Care Report'

Coordination Across the Continuum of Care
04/02/2012

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I’m Doug Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health Resources, with “The Business of Health Care Report.”

Our nation’s healthcare system is fragmented to the point of being broken. That’s why Texas Health launched a 10-year strategic plan in 2007 to create an integrated, coordinated system for delivering health services.

Today, patients often have to coordinate their own health services. Sometimes they even have to carry their paper health records from one physician office to another. Doctors and hospitals are reimbursed on a fee-for-service model that can result in duplicate tests and unnecessary utilization. This “old-world” environment is focused on sick care.

The “new world” we are building focuses on wellness, prevention and coordinated services across the continuum of care.

Envision this — the acute care hospital is the centerpiece of the system, a box in the middle of a table. To the left of the hospital, we will have wellness, prevention and primary care services. To the right, we will have rehabilitation, long-term care, home health services, palliative and hospice care. All of these pieces will be tied together through a secure electronic health information system that makes patient information immediately available no matter where the individual shows up in the system.

Over the next few months, we’ll begin to see the results of Texas Health’s plans for the new world of health services.

For our faith-based family of health care — Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Harris Methodist and Texas Health Arlington Memorial — I’m Doug Hawthorne.

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