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Dr. Carl Couch

Dr. Couch currently serves as President of the Baylor Scott & White Quality Alliance, an integrated network of more than 3,700 physicians, 43 hospitals, 31 surgery centers, 29 skilled nursing facilities, 10 home health agencies, three hospices and additional points of care aligned with Baylor Scott & White Health.

BSWQA: A tested way to control health care costs, ensure quality

In spite of the recent advertising blitz for the online health insurance exchanges, where individuals can purchase insurance, most Americans who are privately insured have acquired coverage through their employer. For most employers in metropolitan areas like DFW, insurance companies simply act as third-party administrators, while the employer bears the actual risk of the cost …

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Financing health care, not sick care, the BSWQA way

This is the third and final post in a series about Baylor Scott & White Quality Alliance, a clinically integrated accountable care organization. Read part 1 and part 2. It’s ironic: we regularly refer to the American “health care” system, when what our country really has is a “sick care” system. That’s because for the …

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Population health: care for patients on or off the radar

This is the second post in a three-part series about Baylor Scott & White Quality Alliance, a clinically integrated accountable care organization. Read part 1. When you’re sitting in front of a doctor in an exam room, you expect that you and your health are the sole focus of that doctor’s attention. And any good …

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BSW Quality Alliance a game changer for Texas health care

This is the first in a three-part series about Baylor Scott & White Quality Alliance, a clinically integrated accountable care organization.  Part I: CLINICAL INTEGRATION There has been much written about the radical ways in which American health care is changing or will change, especially with health care reform and the introduction of accountable care organizations (ACOs) …

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Health Care Goes Digital (Finally!)

This blog post is the sixth in the Supply, Demand and Medicine series on health care reform. Over the past 75 years, few other industries or fields have advanced further faster than health care. Vaccines have been developed. Cures for diseases have been discovered. Life expectancy has risen by many years. It’s been like going from a covered …

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Aiming High: 3 Big Goals for Better Health Care

This blog post is the fifth in the Supply, Demand and Medicine series on health care reform. What patients want most out of any health care experience is a good outcome at a reasonable cost. That’s also what your health care provider wants out of each and every patient encounter. But transforming the way health care is delivered in …

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Doesn’t Your Health Deserve a Home?

This blog post is the fourth in the Supply, Demand and Medicine series on health care reform. If you received your childhood education in America, chances are you spent much of your youth under the watchful eye of a homeroom teacher. You may have passed through many other classrooms with many other teachers, but your homeroom teacher was …

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Why Does the U.S. Spend More On Healthcare Than Other Countries?

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 …

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Redesigning Care Because of Health Care Reform

This blog post is the second in the Supply, Demand and Medicine series on health care reform. In the first of our Supply, Demand and Medicine series, we looked at some of the challenges facing the health care industry, particularly related to the number of physicians who will care for the newly insured and our aging population. While …

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