Texas senior health rankings spotlight strengths, challenges

The United Health Foundation recently ranked Texas No. 31 in health. The foundation also ranked the states on senior health, where Texas ranked 41st among the states. The state’s challenges include more than 11 percent of seniors living in poverty and the prevalence of households with food insecurity, meaning inconsistent access to adequate food. Texas … Continue reading Texas senior health rankings spotlight strengths, challenges

Will Gov.-elect Abbott eye Medicaid expansion dollars?

In the weeks since the November election, three anti-“Obamacare” Republican governors are attempting to parlay Medicaid-expansion dollars into insurance access for their low-income constituents. Will Gov.-elect Greg Abbott do the same in the Lone Star State? Gov. Bill Haslam of Tennessee last month said the Obama administration verbally has approved a plan that offers vouchers … Continue reading Will Gov.-elect Abbott eye Medicaid expansion dollars?

Clinical integration and the Baylor Scott & White Health merger

This is one in a series of blog posts marking the one-year anniversary of the merger of Baylor Health Care System and Scott & White Health. Baylor Scott & White Health (BSWH) executives say the 2013 merger was more about clinical integration than finances. The system’s clinical leaders say the pieces fit together almost seamlessly. Robert … Continue reading Clinical integration and the Baylor Scott & White Health merger

Integration after the merger: the hard work begins

This is one in a series of blog posts marking the one-year anniversary of the merger of Baylor Health Care System and Scott & White Health. Post-merger integration is hard work. Baylor Scott & White Health (BSWH) executives acknowledged that and moved quickly to ensure the new organization melded as seamlessly as possible. BSWH formed two … Continue reading Integration after the merger: the hard work begins

CEOs say Baylor Scott & White Health merger made strategic sense

This is one in a series of blog posts marking the one-year anniversary of the merger of Baylor Health Care System and Scott & White Health. The former chief executive officers of Baylor Health Care System and Scott & White Health say there was no urgency to merge. It simply made strategic sense for both. Joel … Continue reading CEOs say Baylor Scott & White Health merger made strategic sense

Walgreens clinic deal highlights need for new health care delivery methods

There’s a new imperative to deliver health care in the right place at the right time, and at the right price. The recently reported collaboration between Baylor Scott & White Health’s (BSWH) primary physician group, HealthTexas Provider Network (HealthTexas) and Walgreens offers a new entry point to quality health care. In this agreement, Walgreens in-store clinics (Healthcare Clinic) will … Continue reading Walgreens clinic deal highlights need for new health care delivery methods

Improved palliative, hospice care may be a factor in lower Medicare spending

Health care costs have grown faster than the U.S. economy for most of the past 50 years. Costs are on a trajectory to account for nearly 20 cents out of every $1 spent by 2020. Therefore, it was a stunning development when the Congressional Budget Office estimated Medicare spending would be $1,000 lower per beneficiary … Continue reading Improved palliative, hospice care may be a factor in lower Medicare spending