Texas Health Resources (Texas Health) and Healthways (NASDAQ: HWAY) today announced the launch of two initiatives in their ongoing strategic alignment to deploy an integrated physician-directed population health solution to drive health outcomes and cost savings.
The first initiative is implementation of a consistent system-wide approach to optimize the care of inpatients with diabetes and improve coordination of care after the patient is discharged. Texas Health launched the diabetes care coordination initiative in January at five Texas Health hospitals in Dallas, Plano, Arlington, Hurst-Euless-Bedford and Fort Worth.
The second initiative identifies inpatients who are most at-risk for readmissions, and aligns inpatient and post-hospital care teams around the patient’s needs. Effective coordination of care after the patient is discharged can improve quality and patient safety, lower cost, improve patient outcomes and help prevent costly readmissions. Coordination of care across the continuum of services is part of Texas Health’s overall strategy to integrate health services and help patients navigate through the complex environment of care.
Both approaches involve the patient’s primary care provider to facilitate monitoring and timely interventions. These initiatives are critical elements supporting the construct of the accountable care agreement announcement made by Texas Health last week and the ACO agreement announced in mid-January between Texas Health and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas.Doug Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health Resources, said, "Texas Health is collaborating with physicians, commercial insurers and employers to develop an accountable care model that not only cares for people when they are ill, but also focuses on keeping people healthy and out of the hospital unless they are acutely sick or injured. Beginning with the physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants of Texas Health Physicians Group, we are leading the way in transforming from the fee-for-service model to a value-based model. We are creating a physician-directed care-team approach that we believe will foster more accountability across the continuum of care, from the individual patient to the physician to every other provider on the team. Our ultimate goal is to help physicians manage the health of their patient populations and improve their health and well-being.”