Well being Care Leaders Talk about Significance of Enhancing Equitable Entry
Addressing affordability and social determinants to enhance equitable entry to well being care is key for the way forward for Houston. That was the important thing takeaway from the Partnership’s inaugural Way forward for Well being Care occasion, which drew greater than 450 well being care leaders to debate key components driving the way forward for well being care, together with innovation and workforce challenges.
Challenges in Well being Care
“It’s not about entry to well being care. It’s about entry to well being,” Dr. David Callender, President and CEO of Memorial Hermann Well being System, stated in the course of the panel. “We’re all pondering what we have to do in a different way to enhance that entry.”
Callender and Dr. Esmaeil Porsa, President and CEO of Harris Well being System, mentioned the significance of working with group companions to deal with social determinants that forestall individuals from accessing high quality well being care. Porsa stated specializing in how we, as a group, can elevate our neighbors economically will assist enhance well being and cut back disparities.
A method Harris Well being, the biggest public main care well being community within the state, is addressing these obstacles is by constructing partnerships with native organizations. Earlier this yr, Harris Well being and South Texas School of Regulation Houston teamed as much as present free authorized providers to sufferers needing to deal with ‘well being harming’ conditions, corresponding to a affected person affected by persistent bronchial asthma caught in a mold-infested rental property.
Addressing the rising prices of well being care is one other problem. Dr. Juliet Breeze, CEO of Subsequent Degree Medical, shared that about 55-60% of Subsequent Degree’s sufferers come into their clinics with out a main care relationship.
“There’s an affordability disaster and that’s impacting entry,” Breeze stated, including that transferring towards value-based care, the place suppliers are paid based mostly on the standard and well being outcomes of sufferers as a substitute of a fee-for-service system, will enhance entry and affordability.
Dr. Tony Lin, Chairman of the Board & Managing Director of Kelsey-Seybold Clinics, agreed with Breeze, saying “outcomes as a substitute of quantity is essential for innovation in the way forward for well being care.”
Innovation and Alternatives
Since opening its first pressing care clinic in 2013, Subsequent Degree has expanded to providing main care by a membership mannequin known as Subsequent Degree Prime. This system permits employers to purchase well being care protection for workers. Breeze stated the membership mannequin for main care goals to extend entry and construct more healthy generations.
Not solely are suppliers and well being care techniques how they’ll tackle prices, however they’re additionally discovering progressive methods to deal with staffing shortages and enhance the expertise pipeline.
- Kelsey-Seybold works with excessive colleges and group schools corresponding to San Jacinto School and Houston Neighborhood School.
- Harris Well being companions with Lone Star School’s Nursing Program and different instructional establishments to offer coaching in a medical setting. The well being system has additionally began concentrating on excessive colleges in underserved areas to establish training and coaching alternatives for college kids.
The Partnership’s Advocacy Work
The Partnership is dedicated to the way forward for Houston’s well being care trade, which is a driver of progress and alternative for the area, by working with our elected officers and companions to advocate for well being care insurance policies round Medicaid protection, and maternal and psychological well being on the state degree.
On the federal degree, the Partnership supports the Houston Life Sciences Coalition’s bid to carry a headquarters location to Houston for a brand new federal company charged with well being innovation, the Superior Analysis Tasks Company for Well being or ARPA-H. The coalition is being led by the Texas Medical Middle, residence to a number of the world’s main hospitals and analysis services.
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