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2017

A smaller network but better health

The KelseyCare network plan was featured in an article by Chris Tomlinson in the March 26 edition of the Houston Chronicle.

2015

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 issue of Benefits magazine, Kelsey-Seybold looks at the evolution of the ACO and network-based health plans.

Omar Reid saves city money while helping employees get healthy
City of Houston's former 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 AM 740 KTRH News Radio interview.

2014

Federal website to shine light on drugs, doctors
In the Sunday, July 27 Houston Chronicle, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic's Chief of Family Medicine and Medical Director for Care Coordination and Quality Improvement Patrick Carter, M.D., was interviewed about Kelsey-Seybold's "no drug reps" policy. Reporter Lora Hines focused on the impact drug reps have on influencing prescriptions. Dr. Carter comments on research that indicates that "direct pharmaceutical interactions with doctors led to higher prescribing frequency and higher costs.

Taking steps to reduce risk of diabetes
In the Sunday, July 27 Houston Chronicle Health Zone section, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic's Chief of Family Medicine and Medical Director for Care Coordination and Quality Improvement Patrick Carter, M.D., was asked how he would handle the question of whether or not a patient without a family history of diabetes would be tested, he said, "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."

2013

Employer Profile: Kelsey-Seybold Clinic features KelseyCare One Plan
Self-funded companies in the Greater Houston area now have a new option for high quality health care. Kelsey-Seybold Clinic's newest offering to employers, the KelseyCare One Plan administered by Boon-Chapman.

2012

Kelsey-Seybold gains first recognition in new care model On Dec. 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, as reported by the Houston Chronicle.

Kelsey-Seybold Clinic becomes first accountable care organization in country
Kelsey-Seybold's designation as the nation's first ACO indicates its proven ability to deliver coordinated, affordable, quality care, as reported by the Houston Business Journal.

Doctors teaming up to treat patients
​Kelsey-Seybold is one of the nation's oldest Accountable Care Organizations, or ACOs. The Houston Chronicle reports why more healthcare organizations are moving to this model of care and how patients can benefit from it.

Why are insurers buying physician groups?
More insurance companies are creating narrow networks, such as the private-label plan KelseyCare powered by Cigna, based on the Accountable Care Organization model.

2011

Trying out new ways to deliver healthcare
Kelsey-Seybold Clinic's former Board Chairman and Managing Director Spencer Berthelsen, M.D., discusses the accountable care model as a proven solution to our nation's rising healthcare costs.

Choosing the right healthcare plan
The Wall Street journal talks about the upcoming open enrollment season and how the KelseyCare powered by Cigna plan helped the City of Houston control costs.

Patients prefer HMOs (and other healthcare surprises)
As reported in TIME's The Economy section: 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.

Sixteen Kelsey-Seybold Clinic locations earn national recognition for patient-centered care
Several multispecialty care centers at Kelsey-Seybold have been named Patient-Centered Medical Homes by the National Committee for Quality Assurance.

2010

Plans address businesses struggling with healthcare

Patrick Carter, M.D., Chief of Family Medicine and Medical Director of Care Coordination and Quality Improvement at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, was interviewed by Houston Business Journal health reporter Allison Wollam to share 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.

A booster shot for electronic health records
Spencer Berthelsen, M.D., former Board Chairman and Managing Director of Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, was interviewed by Houston Business Journal Technology and Life Sciences reporter Christine Hall to share Kelsey-Seybold's story of Electronic Medical Record implementation, physician transition, and the challenges and opportunities this technology brings to Kelsey-Seybold and its patients.

In memoriam: John Kelsey, M.D.
Dr. John Kelsey is remembered for his dedication to quality healthcare in the Houston Chronicle.

Rx for costs? Accountable care model deserves close look
In the May 21 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.

A remedy to our healthcare woes
Spencer Berthelsen, M.D., former Board Chairman and Managing Director of Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, posed the question in the Houston Chronicle: "How exactly do we go about getting it right in making needed corrections to our healthcare system?" In the midst of healthcare reform, serious consideration should be given to organized systems of care, which provide​ millions of Americans with high-quality care at a lower overall medical cost.

2008

More isn't always better in health treatments

"You get what you pay for" and "more is better" become fallacies when applied to healthcare, and they drive up costs for everyone," said Patrick Carter, M.D., Chief of Family Medicine and Medical Director of Care Coordination and Quality Improvement at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic. Patients benefit from coordinated, accountable care.

2007

KelseyCare helps save on health premiums
Houston-area employers working directly with KelseyCare are reaping lower costs and lower monthly premiums for consumers, as reported by Houston Chronicle reporter Tiffany Williams for the Conroe and The Woodlands editions in an interview with Patrick Carter, M.D., Chief of Family Medicine and Medical Director of Care Coordination and Quality Improvement.

2006

Employers adopt health insurance alternatives

Large employers are seeing lower total healthcare costs when they contract directly with medical groups, reported in the Aug. 28 issue of Investor's Business Daily.