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In the News:  KelseyCare Network Plan featured in Sunday's Houston Chronicle
Chris Tomlinson's article "A smaller network but better health?", which appeared in the March 26 edition of the Houston Chronicle. Read the Article.

The Promise of ACOs
With the new healthcare reform law, more employers are looking to Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) to help them reduce healthcare costs without sacrificing quality. In the June 2015 issue of Benefits Magazine, Kelsey-Seybold Sales Manager Matt Horn discusses the evolution of the ACO and network-based health plans.​

City of Houston
The City of Houston’s HR Director Omar Reid shares how KelseyCare and Kelsey-Seybold Clinic helped the city save $42 million in healthcare spending in this audio clip of his 740 KTRH radio interview.​

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KTRH:
Shara Fyer and Matt Horn discuss the cost-saving benefits of KelseyCare.

Houston Chronicle:
Sunday, July 27, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic’s Chief of Family Medicine and Medical Director for Care Coordination and Quality Improvement, Patrick Carter, M.D., was featured in an article that highlighted Kelsey-Seybold “no drug rep” policy in the Houston Chronicle’s Business Section, titled: “Federal website to shine light on drugs, doctors.” The article, written by reporter, Lora Hines, focused on the impact that drug reps have on influencing prescriptions. In the article, Dr. Carter comments on research that indicates that “direct pharmaceutical company interactions with doctors led to higher prescribing frequency and higher costs.”
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Houston Chronicle:
Sunday, July 27, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic’s Chief of Family Medicine and Medical Director for Care Coordination and Quality Improvement, Patrick Carter, M.D., was featured in an article in the Health Zone of the Houston Chronicle titled: “Taking steps to reduce risk of prediabetes.” The article describes in detail how individuals can take steps to reduce the risk of prediabetes. When asked how Dr. Carter would handle the question of whether or not a patient without a family history of diabetes would be tested, he is quoted as saying that: "If an adult sees me and is overweight, I at least get a fasting blood-sugar level. If there are chronic illnesses, such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol, I do additional testing because the three (including diabetes) happen together even without a family history." 
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Houston Chronicle:
Sunday, July 27, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic’s Chief of Family Medicine and Medical Director for Care Coordination and Quality Improvement, Patrick Carter, M.D.,  was featured in an article in the Health Zone of the Houston Chronicle titled: “Survey: Medical bills surprise many patients.” The article is focused on transparency of cost in the healthcare industry.  Dr. Carter shares that state law requires providers to give patients their best estimate of what services cost. However, the issue arises when a patient comes into the office for one thing, but needs additional testing or follow up. “If a patient comes in for a cough, it’s very difficult to say, sometimes, what could be wrong. I might hear something in the lungs. I might need to do a chest X-ray. I don’t know that until I see you.”
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Houston Chronicle:
"Employer Profile: Kelsey-Seybold Clinic features KelseyCare One Plan"
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Houston Chronicle:
"Kelsey-Seybold gains first recognition in new care model"  On December 13, 2012, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic became the first healthcare organization in the nation to receive national accreditation as an Accountable Care Organization, an emerging model intended to coordinate care and reduce costs.
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Houston Business Journal:
"Kelsey-Seybold Clinic becomes first accountable care organization in country" Kelsey-Seybold Clinic is the first in the nation to be recognized as an accountable care organization, a designation indicating its proven ability to deliver coordinated, affordable, quality care.
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Houston Chronicle:
"Doctors teaming up to treat patients" ​Kelsey-Seybold is one of the nation's oldest accountable care organizations, or ACOs. Read why more healthcare organizations are moving to this model of care and how patients can benefit from it.
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Hospital & Health Networks Digital Magazine:
"Why are insurers buying physician groups?" More insurance companies are creating narrow network plans, such as the private-label plan KelseyCare® Powered by Cigna, based on the accountable care organization model.


New York Times:
"Trying Out New Ways to Deliver Health Care"  Kelsey-Seybold Clinic Board Chairman and Managing Director Spencer Berthelsen, M.D. discusses the Accountable Care model as a proven solution to our country’s rising healthcare costs.
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The Wall Street Journal:
"Choosing the Right Health-Care Plan" The Wall Street Journal talks about the upcoming open enrollment season and how the Cigna KelseyCare plan helped the City of Houston control costs.
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Time Moneyland:
"Patients Prefer HMOs (And Other Healthcare Surprises)" When it comes to patient satisfaction, Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs) received higher marks than Preferred Provider Organizations (PPOs) even though HMOs require that patients remain “in network.
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NCQA
"Sixteen Kelsey-Seybold Clinic Locations Earn National Recognition for Patient-Centered Care"  Sixteen multi-specialty care centers at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic have been named Patient-Centered Medical Homes by the National Committee for Quality Assurance.
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Houston Business Journal:
“Plans address businesses struggling with health care.”   Dr. Patrick Carter, a board-certified physician specializing in Family Medicine and Geriatrics and Kelsey-Seybold Clinic’s chief of Family Medicine and medical director for care coordination and quality improvement, was interviewed recently by Houston Business Journal health reporter Allison Wollam for the article. Dr. Carter shared Kelsey-Seybold’s story of KelseyCare powered by CIGNA and how the capitated, accountable care plan mitigates the high cost of healthcare, especially for small businesses.
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Houston Business Journal:
"Electronic Medical Records (EMR) Best Practices"  Dr. Spencer Berthelsen, Chairman and Managing of Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, was interviewed recently by Houston Business Journal Technology and Life Sciences reporter Christine Hall for the article “A booster shot for electronic health records.” Dr. Berthelsen shared Kelsey-Seybold’s story of EMR implementation, physician transition, and the challenges and opportunities this new technology presented to Kelsey-Seybold Clinic and our patients. He also discussed how this technology is an integral part of the Accountable Care Organization.
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CNN Health:
"Healthcare Industry Sick With Medical Waste"  In a home office, slipped inside file cabinets and stacked on top of workspaces, Cindy Holtzman has amassed a collection of "medical waste." She's not hoarding used syringes or old bandages. She's hanging on to hospital bills that are loaded with outrageous examples of money that was poorly spent.
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Houston Chronicle In Memoriam:
John Kelsey, M.D. is remembered for his dedication to quality healthcare in the Houston Chronicle.
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The New York Times
The New York Times recently discussed how the country's biggest insurers are promoting affordable healthcare plans.
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Houston Chronicle Editorial:
Accountable Care Model Deserves a Close Look In the May 21, 2010, Houston Chronicle editorial section, the editors endorse the accountable care model and discuss why it just might be the right prescription to control rising healthcare costs.
Read the editorial.


Houston Chronicle
Spencer Berthelsen, M.D., chairman and managing director of Kelsey-Seybold, speaks out on organized systems of care.
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The New Yorker
"The Cost Conundrum: What a Texas Town Can Teach Us About Healthcare," by Atul Gawande
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Houston Business Journal
"More isn't always better in health treatments," by Thora Qaddumi
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Additional
Articles:
Seen in the The Conroe Courier

"KelseyCare helps save on health premiums."
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S
een in the The Woodlands Villager

"KelseyCare helps lower health premiums"
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Seen in Investor’s Business Daily
“Employers Adopt Health Insurance Alternatives”
Read the article. (pdf)


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