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'The Business of Health Care Report'

Coordinating Home Health Services is Vital to Improved Outcomes
07/09/2012

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

Just over a year ago, Texas Health Resources and Methodist Health System of Dallas agreed to seek collaborative opportunities to improve health care services for the people of North Texas.

As we began working together, both organizations realized that quality, coordinated post-acute care services are one of the keys to improving outcomes for patients, reducing readmissions and controlling costs.

We recently announced the formation of a joint venture of Texas Health, Methodist Health System and LHC Group that will provide home health and other post-acute care services for patients of both health systems. Working together, Texas Health and Methodist Health System identified LHC Group as an organization with values similar to our own and a dedication to quality, physician-involved care.

This partnership is intended to create a stable, quality, high-integrity home health agency that operates according to high ethical and clinical quality standards. The services will operate under two names — Texas Health HomeCare and Methodist HomeCare.

Texas Health is committed to coordination across the continuum of access points for health services, whether we own the service or partner with another organization. Working closely with physicians, this partnership will provide better coordination of care to 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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