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'The Business of Health Care Report'

Accountable Care Model Could Have Positive Impact on Employer’s Bottom Line
07/01/2013

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

Texas Health and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas believe the accountable care models we’re developing could have a positive impact on an employer’s bottom line. But more important, we believe our physician-directed accountable care model will lead to healthier, more productive employees.

Together, Texas Health and Blue Cross are committed to helping our customers control medical cost increases through efficient, coordinated care delivery and improved outcomes.

We are transforming a number of our network delivery models from fee-for-service contracting to value-based care models. This is a long-term approach that we believe can help improve outcomes and lower costs over time.

We don’t expect every employer to join us. But many forward-thinking companies that want to improve the health of their employees will join us.

Texas Health is considering many innovative approaches to deliver quality health services closer to where people live and work.

For example, an on-site clinic could make it more convenient for employees to access timely preventive care. Or an executive health program offered near the workplace could help an employer attract top talent.

By collaborating with employers and payers, Texas Health is developing new models of care that will focus on improving health, enhancing customer satisfaction and controlling costs.

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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