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'The Business of Health Care Report'

Effective Health Care Reform Will Happen at the Local Level
07/02/2012

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

As you know, the Supreme Court of the United States announced its decision June 28 on legal challenges to the Affordable Care Act. The court, in essence, affirmed the law as passed by Congress.

Now there is some degree of certainty, but we expect there will continue to be challenges to the legislation, and we will work with others to improve the law.

As I have said before, the most effective health care reform will happen through collaboration at the local level among health systems, physicians, employers and payers.

No matter what happens in Washington, D.C., Texas Health is moving forward with the transformation strategy we began implementing years before the Affordable Care Act passed.

We must inspire change in the way people think about their own health. That is the only way we can improve the health of our people, reform health care and bend the cost curve of health care away from its upward trajectory. We're working in several areas with physicians and other health systems to strengthen the primary care network across the continuum of health needs and keep people out of the hospital.

The changes we must make will not happen overnight. But if employers, payers, physicians and health systems work together, we can begin to drive meaningful, lasting changes that will improve the health and well-being 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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