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'The Business of Health Care Report'

Improving Well-Being May Reduce Hospital Admissions
08/05/2013

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

A study published recently in the journal Population Health Management says that middle-aged people with high well-being are less likely to be admitted to a hospital than younger people with medium to low well-being. The study was conducted by Healthways' Center for Health Research.

This study adds valuable insights to our knowledge of how to improve health and lower costs. The research shows that improving well-being can keep people out of the hospital, which can have a dramatic impact on cost and productivity for employers.

For example, the study shows that incrementally higher well-being has a strong mitigating factor on the risk of a hospital admission in people 45 to 64 years old.

The interaction between well-being and age illustrates the importance of improving well-being as people grow older. As our population continues to age, employers will need a variety of health management tools to maintain a healthy and productive workforce.

Working with our strategic partner Healthways, Texas Health is the vanguard of well-being, helping employers and communities understand how to manage the health of populations and improve overall well-being. To learn more about improving well-being, visit TexasHealth.org/well-being.

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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