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Remembering Parkland’s Dr. Ron Anderson, A Humble Servant Leader

The ability of one man or woman to change an entire community for the better is rare. It has been a privilege to watch Ron Anderson, MD do just that over the last 30 years. He is the perfect example of the humble servant leader, who through his own life shows others the way to care for those who suffer and need help. Full Story

Can Insurance Carriers Perform Audits The Same Way Medicare Does?

Within the last year, I have seen a significant increase in the number of insurance carriers (“insurers”) that perform prepayment and post-payment audits on providers’ claims. Moreover, many of these insurers have taken a page out of Medicare’s book by performing statistical extrapolations, which results in astronomical overpayments. Full Story

The Economic Paradox of Texas Healthcare

As has been reported repeatedly, the Texas economy is strong. But how strong is Texas healthcare? We are blessed in Texas to rank 15th in the nation with an unemployment rate of 5.1 percent. But just how healthy are we? Let’s count the numbers. Full Story

Community Benefit: Why Baylor Scott & White Exceeds State Demands In Charity Care

Texas nonprofit hospitals must spend at least 5 percent of their net patient revenue on community benefits, of which at least 4 percent must come from charity care. Prior to merging, the Baylor Health Care System gave six times that amount and Scott & White provided four times that amount. CEO Joel Allison writes about why this is important to the nonprofit’s mission. Full Story

The Power Of Five: Personalization In A Time of Technology

Will all this technological advancement actually make a difference in helping change the future disease course in patients? Instead, wouldn’t it be more effective to put your hand on the patient, look them in the eye and talk about what would be needed for him or her to live to see their grandchildren grow up? Full Story

The New Healthcare, Evidenced By Baylor’s Landmark Texas Care Alliance

Creating the right future for health care is like unwinding a ball of string, you have to start by finding the knots. The three knots in the way health care is delivered in this country today are waste, lack of coordination, and poor management of chronic disease. We as providers have never been incentivized to address any of those issues. Now, at Baylor Scott & White Health, we are building a model to change that. Full Story