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'The Business of Health Care Report'

Texas Health is Building 'Continuum of Care' Through Partnerships

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

As we near the end of the election season, I want to reassure you that no matter who is elected, Texas Health will continue to move forward with the health care reform strategy that we began almost five years ago.

Texas Health will continue to focus on patients’ needs. We will strive to deliver greater value through improved patient outcomes, better service and lower cost. To do that, Texas Health is transforming from a hospital system to a health system.

I’d like to recap some of the collaborative efforts we’re undertaking to integrate different parts of the care continuum.

In August, we began implementing a joint venture with Methodist Health System and LHC Group to coordinate home health care and reduce readmissions.

We’re also working with North Texas Specialty Physicians on the Plus Accountable Care Organization, and with UT Southwestern Medical Center on research and medical education initiatives.

We recently began implementing programs with Healthways to apply their science-based tools to help physicians manage and improve the health of their patient populations.

Together, these and other collaborative efforts at the local level can drive meaningful 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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