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Texas Health Unveils Center for Population Health

Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, August 27, 2013

Opening the research center is part of a strategic plan to move Texas Health Resources squarely into a leadership role in the transition from fee-based healthcare to a value-based reimbursement model, says CEO Douglas Hawthorne.

Texas Health Resources has opened a research center intended to establish best practices for population health strategies that are intended to shift the giant health system's business model from fee-for-service to a value-based model.


Douglas Hawthorne


Douglas Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health Resources

It named Tricia Nguyen, MD, to lead the new Population Health, Education & Innovation Center. The health system, one of the largest in the state and billing itself as the largest in its north Texas home area, has spent the past seven years trying to make a transition from sick care to a value-and population health enterprise, as have many other health systems dealing with the challenge of healthcare reform.

A press release announcing the center's creation says it will be the nexus for sharing best practices, disseminating information about innovative approaches, leading physician-directed population health initiatives and coordinating community-based well-being collaboration.

It's all part of a strategic plan to move Texas Health squarely into a leadership role in the transition from fee-based healthcare to a value-based reimbursement model, says CEO Douglas Hawthorne.

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