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.

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. 

A high-deductible health plan is a health insurance plan with lower premiums, but higher deductible than a traditional health plan. 

There is a myth that poor people eat more fast food than the wealthy. It's not about cost, it's about time. The percentage of adults who eat fast food rises with increasing income. 

Value-based insurance plans use financial incentives and disincentives to promote efficient care delivery focused on sharpening quality while decreasing costs. 

In the case of serious medical emergencies, it's better to call 9-1-1 rather than drive a patient or family member.  

The perception that e-cigs are a safe alternatiove to smoking is just that - a perception.

Expanding the cancer care toolbox.

The dangers of using alternative medicine.

Cancer Update Part 1 - The High Cost of Cancer