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'The Business of Health Care Report'

Integrating and Coordinating the Pieces

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

You’ve probably heard many people, including me, say that our nation’s current health care system is not sustainable.

Today’s health care environment is made of disconnected pieces. The payment structure is complex, and navigating among the various providers is often confusing and frustrating. Changing economics and other pressures to reform the health care system make it clear that health care organizations and physicians can no longer operate in independent silos.

So Texas Health Resources is changing the model.

This will not happen overnight, but you will see Texas Health become a national benchmark for coordinated, integrated health services that span the continuum of care. Under what we call an “Accountable Clinical Management” model, hospital administrators and physicians will work hand-in-hand with one another, collaborating on all aspects of individual and population health care.

Our physician-directed, care-team approach emphasizes keeping people healthy and out of the hospital. At the same time, the care-team approach enhances coordination across the continuum of care when people need acute-care, rehabilitation, home health and other services.

This new model will provide physicians with a wide variety of technology, management tools, specialized programs and support from administrators, other physicians and providers. Together, we will improve the health of the people in the communities we serve.

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

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