The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge continues to draw headlines and high-profile participants, bringing an enormous level of attention to the worthy cause of fighting Lou Gehrig’s Disease. With a reported $70.2 million in donations to the ALS Association since the end of July, it’s tough to argue that the challenge is not a very good thing … Continue reading ALS Ice Bucket Challenge renews interest in disease
Baylor Scott & White Health officials are celebrating this week the ranking of seven system hospitals on this year’s U.S News & World Report Best Hospitals list. But with a seemingly growing list of hospital rankings and accolades every year, it can be difficult to decipher what they all mean or which ones matter most. Officials here … Continue reading What does it mean to make the U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals rankings?
Here’s a sampling of health news articles in Texas and beyond: A Mississippi baby thought to have been cured of HIV last year is now showing signs that she is in fact infected with the virus that causes AIDS, federal health officials say. It was a particularly deflating announcement, The New York Times reports, as … Continue reading Health news headlines for Friday, July 11, 2014
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
The largest not-for-profit health care system in Texas, and one of the largest in the United States, Baylor Scott & White Health was born from the coming together of Baylor Health Care System and Scott & White Healthcare. “The new ‘mark’ represents the coming together of many providers with one focus—the patient we serve, at … Continue reading WATCH: What’s Behind the New Baylor Scott & White Health Logo
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