I’m Doug Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health Resources, with “The Business of Health Care Report.”
According to a recent international survey of primary care physicians by The Commonwealth Fund, the U.S. performed poorly on access to care compared to 9 other developed countries. According to the survey, many doctors in the U.S. say they don’t always have the patient information they need on a timely basis, and they spend too much time dealing with insurance companies. Almost 60 percent of the doctors said their patients often cannot afford care.
In every country surveyed, physicians said that communication and teamwork across the healthcare system is a challenge.
Texas Health is working to address these and other challenges by aligning the interests of patients, physicians, employers and payers. We are shifting the model of care toward one of physician-directed population health management that emphasizes keeping people healthy and out of the hospital.
We are implementing physician-directed population health models with Texas Health Physicians Group and with independent physician practices across North Texas.
Working side by side with our partners and collaborators, Texas Health is aligning all parts of the care team to manage and coordinate care across the continuum to enhance well-being, lower costs and help physicians better manage their patients’ health.
For our faith-based health system — Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Harris Methodist and Texas Health Arlington Memorial — I’m Doug Hawthorne.