Today, on National Women Physician Day, we pause to reflect on the past, celebrate the present and look toward the future of women in medicine. The reason we’re celebrating on this day is because it’s the birthday of Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman in America to receive a medical degree. Blackwell, a pioneer in promoting … Continue reading National Women Physician Day: Celebrating today, paving the way for tomorrow
More than one in 10 American adults experienced pain every day for the past three months, according to data from the National Institutes of Health. When pain lasts three months or longer, it is considered chronic pain. The prevalence of chronic pain in the U.S. lies at the root of an ongoing epidemic of prescription … Continue reading For chronic pain, opioids are not a good long-term solution
The road to solving our healthcare challenges may seem long and bumpy at times, but an industry-defining collaboration benefiting the employees of Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) could be the start of a more common practice for employer healthcare options in Texas. Beginning Jan. 1, 2018, Baylor Scott & White Quality Alliance (BSWQA) is joining … Continue reading What the DART collaboration means for healthcare in Texas
This is one of six articles in the Business of Health Care series. Amongst all the debate about how the health care system could be changed to be better, more affordable and more accessible, what’s often lost is that being able to provide health care services at all begins with having enough doctors and other … Continue reading Business of Health Care: Addressing national shortage of physicians
This is one of six articles in the Business of Health Care series. For most people in the developed world, their long-term health outcome is not dependent on the amount of medical care readily available to them. Instead, environmental and lifestyle factors are typically much better predictors of longevity. But that’s not to say that … Continue reading Business of Health Care: Lowering health care costs
During World War II, federally imposed controls prohibited employers from raising wages to attract workers, but the War Labor Board at that time decided that “fringe” benefits, such as health insurance, didn’t count as wages. And that was the rise of employer-sponsored health insurance as we know it today—a way for companies to differentiate themselves … Continue reading Businesses, Not the Government, Still Steer Health Care Innovation
This blog post is the third in the Supply, Demand and Medicine series on health care reform. That question (or some variation of it) is something that my colleagues and I across the healthcare industry are asked all the time. It’s also something that we spend a lot of time studying. I wish the answer simply was … Continue reading Why Does the U.S. Spend More On Healthcare Than Other Countries?
Working in the health care industry, especially in a hospital, caring for others is a way of life. One of the great things about working at Baylor is, whether you are clinical or not, you feel a genuine responsibility to follow the golden rule, treating others as you want to be treated. Our staff is … Continue reading Oklahoman’s Resiliency Serves As a Lesson For All