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March/April 2021

Texas Hospitals’ Year-Long Fight
From the first COVID-19 cases in Texas to the arrival of a groundbreaking vaccine, we look back at the significant milestones for Texas hospitals.
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Texas Hospitals Address Disparities in Maternal Morbidity and Mortality
Achieving equitable maternal health care is a priority that hospital leaders in Texas are stepping up to meet now more than ever.
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Exploring the Future of Texas Health Care
In March, a record number of online attendees from across the state joined the Texas Hospital Association for its first virtual conference.
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Health Technology Advocates
When the word “unprecedented” has become part of everyday vernacular, hospitals need technology advocates to champion their evolving technology needs.
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Best Practices: Mitigating Your Cybersecurity Risk
To combat the growing threat of a ransomware attack, the time for hospitals and health care systems to act is now.
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Rounding
Q&A with Donna Boatright, RN, MSN
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Newsmakers
Texas health care leaders advancing in the industry.
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Digital Version
      Access a digital copy of the March/April 2021 issue.

January/February 2021

The COVID-19 Vaccine Arrives in Texas
In December, the first COVID-19 vaccines began arriving at Texas hospitals and to the health care workers who spent most of 2020 on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Addressing Texans’ Mental Health
Mental health is fundamental to our overall health and wellbeing. Texas hospitals are working to continue treating patients, both body and mind.
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Need a Leader? Call a Nurse.
Frontline nurses are equally skilled in compassionate bedside manner as they are in driving policy change.
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The Future of Health Care: Celebrating Resilience and Innovation
As Texas hospitals faced new challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, they were quick to innovate to provide the best care for their staff, patients and communities.
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Best Practices: When Hospitals Experience a Major Loss
Although rare, it’s critical for hospital administrators to be prepared for worst case property loss scenarios.
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Newsmakers
Texas health care leaders advancing in the industry.
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Digital Version
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November/December 2020

Answering the Call
How the CEO of one of Texas’ top-ranked hospitals is navigating a new health care landscape with hope and purpose.
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What’s to Come in the 87th Legislative Session
The budget shortfall, public health response and access to care will be key issues for Texas lawmakers to address in the upcoming legislative session.
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Human Trafficking: Health Care Workers Spot the Signs
Hospitals, community organizations and lawmakers come together to fight against human trafficking and put victims on the road to recovery.
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Employee Culture: Supporting Staff During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Through innovative programs, hospital administrators throughout Texas have provided support for their heroes on the frontlines.
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Best Practices: 340B Prescription Cards
Using technology and innovation to provide affordable prescription drug access for un- and under-insured patients.
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Rounding
What can hospitals and health systems do to encourage flu shots in their communities?
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Newsmakers
Texas health care leaders advancing in the industry.
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Digital Version
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September/October 2020

Rising to the Challenge: Achieving Health Equity
Health care leaders and hospitals are collaborating to address disparities and work towards health equity for all Texans.
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The Time to Expand Health Care Coverage in Texas is Now
Health care and financial challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic highlight the need for increased health coverage options.
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Hospitals Push for Vaccinations During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Medical experts urge families to stay up-to-date on routine vaccinations and get their flu shots during COVID-19.
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COVID-19’s Toll on Staffing
Texas hospitals employ new strategies to ensure adequate staffing and keep employees healthy.
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Best Practices: Supporting A Remote Financial Workforce
Employers across the U.S. are facing challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Rounding
Why is it important to encourage employee participation in elections and what can hospitals do to urge their employees to vote?
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Newsmakers
Texas health care leaders advancing in the industry.
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Digital Version
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July/August 2020

Telehealth: Here to Stay
The need to adapt to unprecedented circumstances is changing how we deliver health care now and going forward.
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Lessons Learned: How Hurricane Harvey and Other Disasters Informed Hospitals’ COVID-19 Response
Hurricane Harvey underscored the importance of collaborating, communicating and planning—all useful lessons for meeting a different disaster: COVID-19.
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Behavioral Health During COVID-19: Challenges and Opportunities for Texas Hospitals
Texas hospitals continue to provide behavioral health care for their communities, despite the challenges they face during the COVID-19 crisis.
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The New Faces of Health Care Providers
How the next generation of physician assistants and nurse practitioners is taking on COVID-19, clinical care and the future.
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Best Practices: Bringing Hospital Printers Into the 21st Century
HIPAA compliance, data loss and other issues affect the health care industry in almost every aspect of the business – including printing documents.
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Rounding
We Our Heroes.
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Newsmakers
Texas health care leaders advancing in the industry.
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Digital Version
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May/June 2020

Medicaid Rule Stresses Hospitals During COVID-19, Unifies Response
Hospital executives are united in opposing a proposed Medicaid rule, warning it could force more closures.
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New Technologies and Innovations Help Texas Hospitals Fight COVID-19
As Texas hospitals deal with challenges and dangers around the coronavirus pandemic, some new approaches are saving money and much-needed equipment.
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Shifting Focus to Help Texas Hospitals
The Texas Hospital Association and care.ai were quick on their feet to refocus their plans to help Texas hospitals during the outbreak.
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Brave New World: Maternal Health in the Time of COVID-19
Texas' OB-GYN providers have proactively banded together to strategically care for expectant mothers bringing life into a brave new world.
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Best Practices: Responding to a Public Health Disaster
When disaster strikes, hospitals and health care systems stand ready to provide emergency and critical care services for any patient that comes through their doors.
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Rounding
A Q&A on Mental Health with Patrick J. Kennedy.
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Newsmakers
Texas health care leaders advancing in the industry.
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Digital Version
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March/April 2020

Health Care Organizations Harness the Power of Digital Media to Impact Change
Hospitals and health care organizations turn to digital media to improve patient care, educate consumers, engage legislators and more.
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2020 THA Annual Conference and Expo Recap
The Texas Hospital Association Annual Conference and Expo brings together health care leaders from across Texas.
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Rural Hospitals: Finding Solutions to the Health Care Gap
Rural hospital leaders are ensuring future generations of rural Texans have proper access to reliable health care.
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Social Determinants of Health: The Community Impact of Hospitals
Hospitals see value in addressing social determinants of health to improve the well-being of their communities.
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Best Practices: Launching a New Hospital Information System
Hospital information systems are an integral part of providing quality health care. There are specific steps hospitals can take when launching a new hospital information system to ensure that it's the best it can be.
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A Battlefield Surgeon Deploys Combat Solution to Save Bleeding Trauma Patients
A unique whole blood donor program and delivery system ensures a stable supply is strategically rotated among medical providers.
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Rounding
Why is an accurate Census count important for Texas?
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Newsmakers
Texas health care leaders advancing in the industry.
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Digital Version
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January/February 2020

2020 Election Preview: As Texas Goes, So Goes the Nation?
This year, millions of Texans will cast their votes. The results will be an important indicator of the future of health care policy nationwide.
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Caring for Tomorrow: Texas Hospitals Tackle Pediatric Mental Health, Vaping and Rising Uninsured Rates
Hospitals are working to address the myriad of health issues facing today’s youth.
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Uncertainty Aside, Biosimilars Moving Forward at Texas Hospitals
Complex, biologically derived drugs meant to cost less face skepticism and growing interest.
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Patient Safety in Practice: How Texas Hospitals Are Improving Care
Texas hospitals are working to improve patient safety and cultivate environments that lead to better outcomes.
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Best Practices: Finding the Right Culture Fit
Recruitment strategies focus on the link between physician burnout and culture fit.
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Rounding
What can hospitals do to both incentivize more people to choose a nursing career and create a positive work environment for their nursing staff?
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Newsmakers
Texas health care leaders advancing in the industry.
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Digital Version
      Access a digital copy of the January/February 2020 issue.

November/December 2019

Caring for the Next Generation of Success
The Texas Hospital Association’s Chair-Elect, Chris Durovich, is a leader at Children’s Health and in his Dallas community. In his new role for THA, he will help shape the health care landscape in Texas and across the nation.
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Hospitals Prepare for a New Wave of Older Texans
Texas hospitals face challenges and opportunities as the number of Americans ages 65 and older continues to surge.
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DSRIP: How Texas Hospitals Navigate the Make-or-Break Transition
Hospitals grapple with maintaining services for underinsured and uninsured Texans as DSRIP funding winds down.
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In the Spotlight: Women Changing the Health Care Game in Texas
Studies by transformative companies like Google and renowned institutions like the Harvard Business School indicate that diversity of thought fosters innovation. In Texas, female executive voices bring new perspectives as the state continues to make strides in health care innovation and improving patient care.
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Best Practices: Is your hospital’s accounts payable program still working for you?
Texas providers seek innovative ways to bring accounts payable into the 21st century.
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Newsmakers
Texas health care leaders advancing in the industry.
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Digital Version
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September/October 2019

Future Workforce: How Artificial Intelligence is Transforming Health Care
Artificial intelligence is improving efficiency and patient outcomes by empowering physicians and making health care more human.
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Faith in Health Care
Texas hospitals prioritize connecting with the community and caring for the whole person by integrating spiritual care throughout the healing ministry.
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Innovations in Supply Chain Management: When Shortages Create Solutions
Health care providers invest in supply chain management efficiencies to ensure patient safety, care quality and payment.
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Access to Care: Addressing Texas' Physician-to-Population Ratio
The future of Texas health care requires significant investment in physician recruitment, training and education.
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Best Practices:
Avoiding Pitfalls, Pushback & Problems on the Road to a Successful Telemedicine Program
Launching a telemedicine program can come with pitfalls, pushback and problems if not done strategically and with full leadership and clinical team buy-in.
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Newsmakers
Texas health care leaders advancing in the industry.
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Rounding
How does your hospital prioritize rapid response and what processes do you have in place that allow you to deploy care and communicate effectively during emergencies or natural disasters?
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Digital Version
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July/August 2019

The Texas Oil Boom & Health Care Transformation
Hospital leaders in West Texas shift their focus to finding innovative ways to improve provider capabilities, infrastructure and population health.
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Population Health Strategies Yielding Results
Texas hospitals are linking patients to primary care, focusing on prevention and more.
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Creating Buy-In with (the Right) Data: What's the Secret?
Texas hospitals harness unique tech partnerships to get the most out of their information.
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Off the Mark
Adapting Business Strategies: How Hospitals are Adjusting so They Capture Referrals from Independent Facilities Hospitals adjust to a changing health care landscape, build partnerships with independent “convenient care facilities" to capture referrals, integrate care and improve patient outcomes.
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A New Standard for Retirement Planning
Employees win as THA levels the playing field for rural hospitals.
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Newsmakers
Texas health care leaders advancing in the industry.
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Rounding
What are your strategies and advice as hospital media relations communications professionals to pitch news media in order to localize national media stories like surprise billing, Medicare for All, maternal health and others?
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Digital Version
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May/June 2019

A Safe Place to Work: Retooling Hospitals to Make Them More Secure
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The 86th Texas Legislature Gavels Out: Texas Hospitals Achieve Notable Policy Wins to Protect Access to Care
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Building Resiliency: How Hospitals Prepare for the Unexpected
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Off the Mark
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Going Beyond Board Certification
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Newsmakers
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Rounding
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March/April 2019

Responding to a Behavioral Health Care Shortage
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Telehealth Programs Make Inroads in Texas
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Culture Fit: Defining a Hospital’s Culture to Recruit and Retain Hospital Employees
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Reflecting on the 2019 THA Annual Conference and Expo
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Creating Efficiencies in Hospital Inventory
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Newsmakers
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Rounding
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January/February 2019

A New House in Texas: Is it a New Day for Health Care?
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Hospital Leaders Take on Emotional Intelligence
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Preparing for the New CMS Price Transparency Requirement
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Rounding
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Newsmakers
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November/December 2018

Thinking Like a Nurse. Serving as a Leader.
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86th Texas Legislature Preview
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When Burnout Hits Caregivers
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More Rural Texas Hospitals Forced to Shutter Labor and Delivery: ‘This is a Silent Crisis’
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Care Coordination Technology Reduces Opioid Prescribing, Boosts Care Coordination
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Newsmakers
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Rounding
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September/October 2018

Rethinking Nurse Workforce Recruitment and Retention: Texas Hospitals Get Personal
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U.S. Hospitals Build Momentum, Cultivate Community Partners to Advance End-of-Life Planning
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Newborn Screening in Texas Hospitals: A Privilege and Responsibility
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Value-based Payments Take a Firm Foothold in Texas Hospitals
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Managing Leadership Succession
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Catching Up on Bill Collecting: Medical Arts Hospital Finds an Outstanding Partner for Collecting Outstanding Debt
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Newsmakers, Sept/October 2018
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Rounding: What can hospital leaders do to help facilitate recent graduates’ clinical and professional development?
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July/August 2018

Texas Hospitals Join Forces to Improve Maternal Health
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Long-Acting Contraception Programs
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Payers Do the Texas Two-Step with Claims Denials
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Hospitals and the Unexpected Impacts of Hurricane Harvey
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Texas Hospitals Take the Lead to Train New Nurses in Advanced Skills
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Newsmakers
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Rounding
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May/June 2018

Enhancing Hospital Revenue: Tactics to Stem Narrowing Margins
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Addressing Mergers & Acquisitions Major Pain Points
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The Changing Landscape of Hospital Supplemental Payments
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What You Need to Know Before Your Next EMR Contract
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How Texas Hospitals Help Patients Craft An End-Of-Life Plan
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Cracking the Code for Better and Faster Billing in Rural Hospitals
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Newsmakers
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Rounding
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March/April 2018

Stemming the Opioid Tide in the ER
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The Power of the Nudge: Behavioral Economics
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Rural Hospitals Struggle With Transportation for Emergencies, Transfers
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Making Wellness Programs Work Well
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Rounding
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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?

Emily Cheslock, editor, 512/465-1543