2017 BCBSTX Executive Perspectives
How to become a better health care consumer
Nov 29, 2017
Health costs continue to rise at an unsustainable rate. Here are some tips from Southeast Texas Market President Dr. Bob Morrow in the Houston Business Journal that can help you become a better health care consumer and save money.
Watching out for health care waste, fraud and abuse
Nov 20, 2017
What defines healthcare fraud, waste and abuse? Find out and read Southeast Texas Market President Dr. Bob Morrow’s thoughts on these contributors in this Houston Business Journal editorial.
BCBSTX Grants AIM to battle chronic diseases
Nov 19, 2017
BCBSTX claims data is helping drive many decisions, such as the company’s community investment strategy. Read President Dr. McCoy’s comments on the new grants aimed to combat chronic kidney disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which greatly impact the lives of Texans.
Transforming health care to incentivize value and quality over volume
Oct 16, 2017
Our health care system is at a critical moment of transformation, straddling the line between the fee-for-service payment model and value-based care (VBC). Read how BCBSTX is aligning incentives to motivate providers to be good stewards of health care costs in this Dallas Business Journal editorial by North Texas Market President Dr. Paul Hain from the Healthcare Value in Texas series.
New Texas legislation protects health care consumers
Oct 10, 2017
While much was discussed and debated during the 85th Texas Legislative session, two important and successfully passed bills will help protect Texas healthcare consumers from the outrageous costs and confusion associated with freestanding emergency rooms. Read more from Texas Plan President Dr. Dan McCoy in this TribTalk
How health care delivery is evolving
Oct 2, 2017
In health care, yesterday’s thinking rarely solves tomorrow’s complex challenges. Read this Austin Business Journal editorial by Chief Medical Officer Dr. Esteban López from the Healthcare Value in Texas series to learn how BCBSTX is using innovation, technology and data analytics to engage and better serve our members.
4 things to know about the top drivers of rising healthcare costs
Sept 18, 2017
There are some current realities – from hospital consolidation to free-standing emergency rooms to prescription drugs prices – which employers as well as their employees should know to understand what is contributing to the cost of care. Read this Dallas Business Journal editorial by North Texas Market President Dr. Paul Hain from the Healthcare Value in Texas series.
Why Houston is primed for health care disruption
Sept 8, 2017
BCBSTX Southeast Texas Market President Dr. Bob Morrow is featured in this Houston Business Journal article about “The Future of Health Care” panel at the Power Breakfast Series.
How employers and employees can make effective health care decisions
Sept 1, 2017
The right tools, aligned with the right incentives, can engage employers and employees in the process of making wise decisions concerning their health care. Read this Houston Business Journal editorial by Southeast Texas Market President Dr. Bob Morrow from the Healthcare Value in Texas series.
Experts Weigh in on ‘Future of Health Care’ at Houston Business Journal Panel
Aug 31, 2017
In spite of the relatively unstable environment that is the current American health care system, five experts offered their thoughts on the evolution of Houston’s health care ecosystem at the “The Future of Health Care” panel. BCBSTX Southeast Texas Market President Dr. Bob Morrow spoke on the panel as part of the Houston Business Journal’s Power Breakfast Series.
HEALTH INSURER: OBSERVATIONS IN EMCARE STUDY ARE REAL
July 27, 2017
The emergency department is the most expensive place to access care because both hospital and physician costs are steep and continue to escalate. Shara McClure, Divisional Senior Vice President of Texas Health Care Delivery, commented on a study about out-of-network costs in this D CEO Healthcare article .
THE COMPANY BEHIND MANY SURPRISE EMERGENCY ROOM BILLS
July 23, 2017
A study by Yale researchers found that the rate of out-of-network doctor's bills jumped when a certain staffing company entered a hospital. Shara McClure, Divisional Senior Vice President of Texas Health Care Delivery, discussed why out-of-network charges lead to higher overall health costs in this The New York Times article .
WHY SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH ARE IMPORTANT
June 23, 2017
Your health is determined by more than your lifestyle and genetics. In this video from the 2017 AHIP Institute, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Esteban Lopez explains how social determinants of health impact the lives of our members and why we are partnering with our communities to make a difference.
Delivering Health Care When Future Health Policy is Unpredictable
May 5, 2017
Amidst the rapidly changing health care environment, health care providers, insurers and nonprofit organizations are investing to meet the needs of newly insured patients, assist the uninsured in obtaining coverage and comply with new ACA regulations.Watch this video from the Baker Institute Center for Health and Biosciences at Rice University in Houston, featuring BCBSTX Southeast Texas Market President Dr. Bob Morrow.
Freestanding Emergency Centers Increase Healthcare Costs, Not Access
May 2, 2017
“Freestanding emergency centers are not solving the cost of healthcare in Texas. They are multiplying it.”Read more from North Texas Market President Dr. Paul Hain in his D Healthcare Daily editorial .
Legislation to protect Texans from “surprise bills” at freestanding emergency rooms
March 29, 2017
Imagine walking into a freestanding emergency room because you have a cough. Imagine walking out with a prescription and a bill for over $3,000. Although this seems like a nightmare, it has been a reality for thousands of Texans over the past several years.Read more about surprise bills in this TribTalk editorial by Division Senior Vice President of Health Care Delivery Jack Towsley .
CEO Spotlight with Dr. Dan McCoy
March 28, 2017
Health care is always changing. Sharing the latest and greatest, KRLD’s David Johnson interviewed Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas’ President Dr. Dan McCoy during the CEO Spotlight.Listen to the podcast .
Freestanding ERs: Astronomical costs and statistics tell the real story
March 8, 2017
As a physician who practices in the ER, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Esteban Lopez recognizes that many people may find it hard to determine when they are in real medical emergencies. However, it's imperative to understand that where you go for care matters.Click here to read Dr. Lopez’s TribTalk editorial that brings awareness to freestanding ERs .
Building Innovation to Drive Health Care Solutions
February 21, 2017
Innovation is more than just a buzzword, more than just a reference to the latest and greatest technology. An innovative mindset is critical to many industries — especially health care, where costs continue to climb.Hear President Dr. Dan McCoy’s perspective on inspiring innovation and the role it plays in the C1 Innovation Lab , coming soon to the West End of Dallas.
Latino health interview on Univision Radio
January 17, 2017
Univision radio host Luz Elena interviewed Southwest Texas Market President Dr. Robert Morrow about health insurance and Latino health.Listen to the podcast .