More than 1.2 million Texans are enrolled in a health plan through the federal marketplace—that’s more than the residents in any other state. This means that Texans had the most to lose if the U.S. Supreme Court had not upheld the legality of the Affordable Care Act’s financial assistance in last week’s King v Burwell … Continue reading A sigh of relief with King v Burwell Decision
Personalized health is the future of medicine and a focus of Baylor Scott & White Health’s mission. For several years, we have been exploring opportunities in what is known as precision medicine with the goal of developing personalized treatments tailored to a patient’s individual gene sequence. Baylor Scott & White’s progress in this area is … Continue reading Our fight against cancer gets personal
It’s something that has touched many of us personally or someone we care about. It’s a disease we face every day with patients throughout Baylor Scott & White Health, guiding them through treatment and seeking innovative options for patients in our research centers. And it’s the focus of a documentary that aired this week on … Continue reading A National Cancer Conversation
I am often asked why Baylor Health Care System and Scott & White Healthcare merged in 2013. Like many big ideas, it had simple beginnings. Believe it or not, it actually began with a discussion over breakfast that eventually led to the board approving the merger. Dr. Bob Pryor, now the president, chief operating officer … Continue reading Was Baylor Scott & White merger the right thing to do?
It’s a Wonderful Life is one of the most critically acclaimed films ever made. James Stewart, as George Bailey, is shown by his guardian angel what his hometown of Bedford Falls would be like if he had never been born. It is interesting to imagine what it would be like if a hospital system such … Continue reading Allison: Charity care key to Baylor Scott & White mission
Remember smoking sections on airplanes? It’s hard to imagine now for most of us, especially for young travelers who never flew in those days. And to think, back in the early 1990s when Delta Airlines made the bold move to become the first U.S. carrier to ban smoking on all flights, there were thousands of … Continue reading Smoking Will Continue To Be Snuffed Out
Last week, I attended the inaugural Texas Healthcare and Bioscience Summit in Austin, Texas. This exciting event brought together health care leaders, innovators and government officials from around the great state of Texas to discuss some of the tough issues we’re facing in the industry today. I was honored to be asked to serve as the keynote … Continue reading What is the Future of Health Care?
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
When 50-year-old Michael Kelly recently ended up in a Dallas emergency room, he was told his diabetes was out of control and was now threatening his life. He already knew he was diabetic—he was actually diagnosed 10 years earlier, but he says he simply wasn’t eating right or taking care of himself and didn’t realize … Continue reading What’s the Cost of Not Incentivizing Preventative Care?
It’s no secret I’m a huge Baylor Bears fan. And Baylor football fans could hardly ask for a better season. Saturday’s game day experience is always one of the highlights of my week. I sit on the edge of my seat watching the plays that work, the plays that didn’t, and thinking about the plays … Continue reading Football and the Affordable Care Act