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January/February 2018

New Medicaid 1115 Waiver: What’s Next for Texas Hospitals
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How Texas Hospitals are Battling the Drug Shortage Crisis
Communication, adaptability are crucial ingredients to addressing scarcity issues, experts say
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How Texas Hospitals Put Together the Public Policy Puzzle
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Leadership Rooted in Respect, Integrity and People
THA Salutes the 2017 Earl M. Collier Award Winner, Tim Lancaster
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Newsmakers
Texas health care leaders advancing in the industry.
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Rounding
Q&A: How has the heavy flu season impacted operations in your hospital?
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November/December 2017

The Uncomfortable Path to Excellence
A leader not afraid to push her own boundaries, Phyllis Cowling prepares to take the helm as THA’s 2018 board chair.
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What does the future hold for EHRs? Fixes, new data streams and maybe Amazon.
Some experts say that the bumpy road to electronic medical record adoption will eventually pay off, perhaps in unexpected ways. Last in a three of a three-part series on EMRs.
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Green Is Good
Why Hospitals are Putting Sustainability and Transparency at the Top of Their Reporting List.
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For Texas Hospitals, Investing in Youth is Key for a Strong Future Workforce
For Texas Hospitals, Investing in Youth is Key for a Strong Future Workforce.
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Newsmakers
Texas health care leaders advancing in the industry.
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Rounding
Q&A: As your hospital transitioned to plain-language emergency alerts, what process did you use to train staff and implement changes? What, if any, reaction did you receive from the public and patients as your hospital transitioned away from color-based emergency codes?
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September/October 2017

Working Through the Promises and Pitfalls of Electronic Health Records
Electronic medical and health records have been widely adopted, but today, security, interoperability, and basic usability are still issues for medical professionals. Part two of a three-part series on EMRs.
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Texas Hospitals Step Up to Face Hurricane Harvey
As impacted hospitals get back up and running, leaders reflect on what it took to weather the storm and what it will mean for next time.
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Readmissions Declines May Be Stalling But Hospitals Are Determined to Push Forward
Hospitals made fast progress to reduce readmission rates but hospitals and communities are finding creative solutions to take results farther.
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Implementing Antibiotic Stewardship Programs: Defeat “Superbugs” and Improve Patient Safety
To combat the risk “superbugs” pose, hospitals are taking steps to halt antibiotic misuse and overuse through antibiotic stewardship programs.
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Newsmakers
Texas health care leaders advancing in the industry.
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Rounding
Q&A: How would you characterize your hospital’s preparations for Hurricane Harvey to meet facilities and staffing needs?
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July/August 2017

How the Great Electronic Medical Records Mess Happened
The evolution to digitization has raised questions about the utility, security and costs of electronic medical records. Part 1 of 3-part series on EMRs.
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EMR Implementation: Thorough Preparation Foils Failure
Are hospital leaders prepared to make the right move?
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Jim Hinton: A Pragmatic Leader
Jim Hinton shares his vision for the future as he takes the helm at Baylor Scott & White.
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Newsmakers
Texas health care leaders advancing in the industry.
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Rounding
Q&A: What are some key tactics c-suite leadership need to take to ensure a stable EMR rollout?
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May/June 2017

Texas Legislature Closes Door On Regular Session, Prepares for Legislators’ Return
On Memorial Day, the 85th Texas Legislature came to an end, at least temporarily. With a special session scheduled to begin July 18, the reprieve from the politics of lawmaking is brief. Nonetheless, the 140 days that composed the regular legislative session yielded some significant outcomes for Texas hospitals.
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Are Rainier Days Upon Us?
Despite Texas’ wide tax base and diversified economy, the recent decline in oil prices brought a loss of tax revenues and budget shortfalls — about a $10 billion drop from the last time lawmakers crafted the state budget two years ago. A twist on the standard budget debate — that usually centers on the amount of money to spend on certain items — was how to pay for services.
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The Opioid Crisis: How Texas Hospitals Are Fighting Back
Cities across the United States are struggling to keep up with the wake of tragedy left behind by the opioid epidemic. The regions hardest hit are the Northeast and Midwest, where overdose deaths from prescription pain killers and their synthetic look-a-likes have skyrocketed over the last decade.
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Serving An Aging Population In A Changing Health Care Landscape
Roughly 75 million Americans were born during the post-World War II baby boom between 1946 and 1964. This year, they will range in age from 53 to 71. About 3 million baby boomers will reach retirement age every year for the next 20. This exponential growth in the elderly patient population presents both challenges and opportunities for the health care system.
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Newsmakers
Texas health care leaders advancing in the industry.
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Questions?

Anna Charnitski, editor, 512/465-1543