Business of Health Care

Friday 4:32pm & 6:32pm

Every week, Business of Health Care segments update us on beneficial new services, innovative procedures and technologies, and also helps us navigate of the maze of regulations, terminology and codes that can make the health care system seem intimidating.

Business of Health care is hosted by Glenn Robinson, president of Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Hillcrest in Waco.

Business of Health Care is a production of KWBU and Baylor Scott & White Health.

As of mid-May, more than 800 cases of measles have been reported across 23 states. It is the highest number of cases of the illness reported in a quarter century. 

Last August, electric scooters – already common in metro areas throughout Texas – appeared unannounced on Waco sidewalks.

 

 


 

Hospital emergency departments can go from near ghost towns to overcrowded in no time at all, which can create a recipe for long waits for some patients.

 

 


 

If you take a moment to delve into the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statics jobs report for March, you would see that the healthcare industry produced more jobs than any other sector of the economy, adding nearly 50,000 jobs in one month alone.

 


 

 

Privacy concerns over technology are not just limited to social media and smart phones.

 

 


 

Each day, more than 1,500 Americans file for bankruptcy due to medical bills. The United States spends far more on healthcare per person than any other developed nation. These are familiar talking points to those who have followed the healthcare debate over the past decade. 

Although its been at the top of the list of concerns of Americans for some time, the question remains, how do we bend the cost of healthcare down?


Community health workers have emerged as an effective strategy in engaging patients and caregivers in lowering costs for healthcare's "frequent flyers" – patients who often visit emergency rooms and fill hospital beds.


Few fields of medicine have advanced over the past 40 years as much as transplantation medicine, and we continue to see encouraging developments in this dynamic specialty both nationally and right here in our own backyard. 


Recently, longtime Jeopardy game show host Alex Trebek announced that he has late stage pancreatic cancer. It’s a difficult diagnosis that many other high-profile individuals have received – including Steve Jobs, Patrick Swayze, and current Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

In fact, the American Cancer Society estimates that, in 2019, more than 55,000 Americans will be diagnosed with the disease, and 45,000 will die from it. 


For millennia, there has been a special relationship between people and animals. In healthcare, animals are being used in increasingly diverse roles to help patients as studies continue to explore more ways animals can contribute to our health. 

Move more, sit less and get kids active as young as age three, say new federal guidelines. The government's guidelines go on to stress that any amount and any type of exercise helps health. 

When communities turn to healthcare organizations, they expect to receive care that is scientifically sound. It's the kind of care the nation's leading healthcare organizations are committed to providing. But as our nation becomes more diverse, communities also expect care that is culturally competent. 

We tend to think of the flu as a nasty but temporary illness we'd like to avoid if possible - but the flu can be even more serious than many people realize. 

Among the most sound advice for navigating the U.S. healthcare system may come from a source with no formal training in medicine or healthcare adminstration: people who are chronically sick. 


The care process for cancer is often described as a journey - physical, emotional and spiritual - So one of the ways many health systems are making the road to cancer survivorship easier is by offering patient navigation. 

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