Aligning Physicians as Care Team Leaders Could Improve Outcomes, Lower Costs|
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I’m Doug Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health Resources, with “The Business of Health Care Report.”
You’ve heard me talk before about our development of Accountable Care Organizations and physician-directed population health. The two concepts go hand-in-hand.
Texas Health and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas are developing an Accountable Care Organization — or ACO — which will make the physician the captain of the care team and put the patient at the center of focus.
What does that mean for the patient? We think it will mean higher satisfaction and lower out-of-pocket costs.
What does it mean for the employer who pays for health benefits? We believe it will mean a healthier, more productive employee and a reduction in medical costs.
Texas Health and Blue Cross Blue Shield will bring complementary capabilities to the ACO. Together we will provide health information technology, analysis of patient data and advanced medical capabilities that will enable physicians to effectively direct the care team.
We believe a coordinated care team can identify preventable and treatable conditions early on and engage people to improve their own health.
By supporting a robust, coordinated network of primary care physicians, specialists, nurses and medical technicians, the Texas Health–Blue Cross ACO could help employers control benefit costs and help employees and their families achieve optimum health.
For our faith-based health system — Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Harris Methodist and Texas Health Arlington Memorial — I’m Doug Hawthorne.