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'The Business of Health Care Report'

New Models Emerging for Accountable Care
04/16/2012

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

Our nation’s current health system focuses on sick care. Texas Health is transforming our entire organization to develop new models of accountable care designed to keep people healthy, reduce health risks by changing behaviors, and optimize care for those with serious health concerns.

By providing a wide variety of tools and resources, Texas Health will help people access tailored services at home, at work, in the physician’s office, in the fitness club or in the hospital.

That is the essence of “population health management.” We’re identifying the needs of defined groups of people, and connecting each individual with the right service, at the right time, in the right place. Our goal is to create a seamless network across the continuum of services from wellness, prevention and primary care services to acute care, rehabilitation and long-term care, home care and hospice care. With time, each person will have their own individual health record.

Texas Health is collaborating on pilot projects to develop different models of accountable care, tailored to the population served. For example, we’re working with North Texas Specialty Physicians in a Pioneer ACO project involving Medicare patients. In the coming months you’ll see us engage with other organizations on wellness and prevention, home health care and fitness.

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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