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'The Business of Health Care Report'

Delivering On Our Promise to Improve Care Coordination (Part 1)

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

Diabetes is a critical factor underlying the continuing increase in the cost of healthcare in the U.S. Texas Health is attacking this problem on several fronts, including community-based education, patient awareness, advanced treatment capabilities and improved coordination of care, both inside and outside the hospital.

Diabetes is often not the primary reason a person enters the hospital but it is a critical factor in determining the course of treatment and outcomes for the patient. Texas Health is implementing a consistent system-wide approach to optimize the care of in-patients with diabetes and improve coordination of care after the patient is discharged.

Critical elements of diabetes care coordination include identifying patients who have diabetes, and aligning in-hospital and post-hospital providers around the patient’s needs. It also involves the patient’s primary care provider to facilitate ongoing monitoring and appropriate interventions.

Physicians, nurses and others on the care team are working together to launch the diabetes care coordination initiative at five Texas Health hospitals in Dallas, Plano, Arlington, HEB and Fort Worth.

Our ultimate goals are to improve health outcomes for patients with diabetes, reduce their frequency of readmission to our hospitals, and establish Texas Health as the preeminent place to go for diabetes care, education and support.

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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