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Conversation With: Gary Brock, Baylor’s COO, Talks System’s Strategy

Gary Brock is president and chief operating officer of the North Texas Division of Baylor Scott & White Health. Brock will continue to provide critical operational strategy and oversight for the entire Baylor Scott & White North Texas operation. He shared his thoughts on the healthcare industry's shift to consolidation as well as the nonprofit system's expansion strategy.
Healthcare Finance

How to Make Healthcare Pricing Transparent

It’s difficult for consumers—and employers—to consider costs when making treatment decisions. There is little doubt price transparency is a must-do for the U.S. healthcare system. One in four Americans struggled to pay medical bills in 2012, and one in 10 said they could not pay medical bills at all.

Facing an Uncertain Future, Physicians Increasingly Throw in the Towel

As the healthcare landscape changes, do the economics of a solo physician practice even work anymore? Only 1 out of 4 physicians say they plan to continue practicing as they are, while half said they plan to exit the traditional full-time independent private-practice model. Here are some of the drivers pushing the changes physicians are facing.

How Physicians Overcome The Challenges of Myriad Guidelines, Lack of Time

The administrative burden on today's physician practice, coupled with increasing medical complexity, inevitably spills over into patient care. For every 100 Medicare patients, a typical primary-care physician interacts with 99 other doctors in 53 practices. The chance that a primary-care visit will result in a referral nearly doubled between 1999 and 2009.

Hospitals and Physicians Lock Arms to Face Healthcare’s Future

Hospitals are acquiring physician practices at a more rapid rate because they need a secure physician base amid impending doctor shortages, the need to create new delivery models to meet payer-driven cost and quality initiatives, and general market uncertainty.



Physicians Have a New Imperative: Pleasing the Patient

Although patient relationships consistently rank at the top of physician-satisfaction surveys, that relationship is changing. Patients, their demands, and time pressure are conspiring to sap physician autonomy.

Is Insurance Bureaucracy Lengthening Physician Workdays?

The U.S. spends about three times as much on healthcare administration and insurance per capita as Canada. Brookings Institution economist Henry Aaron estimated in 2003 that the U.S. would save more than $213 billion annually in administration and insurance costs if it had a single-payer system similar to that nation’s.

Doctors Spend More Time in the Courtroom Than the Classroom

Medical malpractice suits are time consuming and emotionally draining. The average physician spends more time—about 11 percent of his or her career—embroiled in malpractice litigation than it takes to complete medical school.

So Long, Marcus Welby, M.D.: An Out-of-Control Medicare Audit

Insurance companies used to be the prime source of administrative burden. They have been supplanted by government, according to physicians and their advocates.

The Doctor Who Does the Laundry And More Cases of Nonclinical Necessities

Ripley Hollister has been president of his county's medical society in Colorado Springs and a director of the state's. He has been a unit commander of the Medical Reserve Corps of El Paso County. Hollister also does the laundry for his medical practice each weeknight: "Is that the way it should be?" he asks.