Executive Perspectives

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas' (BCBSTX) executives advocate for public health in communities across the entire state of Texas. Scroll down to read articles and watch videos that reflect their thought provoking dialogue within the health care industry. Additional conversations can be found on Blue Promise Learn more about third-party links, a vlog and podcast hosted by Texas Plan President Dr. Dan McCoy.

SAN ANTONIO SPORTS HELPS FAMILIES GET FIT

June 19, 2019

Southeast Texas Market President Dr. Bob Morrow sat down with Mary Ullmann Japhet of San Antonio Sports to discuss the Fit Family Challenge on Fox 29 San Antonio’s Focus on South Texas Learn more about third-party links show. Fit Family Challenge is a 12-week summer program with a goal to help families get active, eat better and learn about health and fitness.

TEXAS LAWMAKERS CRACK DOWN ON ‘SURPRISE MEDICAL BILLS,’ TIGHTEN RULES ON FREESTANDING ERS

June 18, 2019

New Texas laws establish vital protections for patients by providing greater transparency about pricing. These are significant wins for Texas patients! Read more in this San Antonio Express-News article Learn more about third-party links featuring BCBSTX Chief Medical Officer Dr. Paul Hain.

DOES PRICE TRANSPARENCY HELP YOU SHOP AROUND?

June 6, 2019

Health care pricing transparency is “here to stay” according to BCBSTX Chief Medical Officer Dr. Paul Hain. Check out his full perspective on why transparency can help reduce overall health care costs in this D CEO Healthcare op-ed Learn more about third-party links.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN AN URGENT CARE CENTER BECOMES A FREESTANDING ER?

June 3, 2019

In Texas, some urgent care centers are transitioning into freestanding emergency room facilities. What happens when this change occurs? The number of patients treated goes down & the cost goes up. More from Shara McClure, Divisional Senior Vice President of Texas Health Care Delivery for BCBSTX, in this blog Learn more about third-party links.

THAT STRIP MALL ER MAY COST MORE THAN YOU THINK: ARE FREESTANDING ER'S GOOD FOR TEXAS?

June 2, 2019

There's no wait. The rooms are big. But some patients are getting huge bills from freestanding emergency rooms. Are these facilities good for Texas? See what our Chief Medical Officer Dr. Paul Hain thinks in this story Learn more about third-party links from WFAA in Dallas.

HEALTH CARE’S PAYMENT MODEL NEEDS CHANGING BEFORE THE MEDICAL SYSTEM WILL IMPROVE

May 13, 2019

It's time for a shift to transform health care delivery. Read about BCBSTX's solutions in this Dallas Business Journal article Learn more about third-party links by Southeast Texas Market President Dr. Bob Morrow.

BCBSTX PRESIDENT DAN MCCOY HAS A THING FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

May 2019

Get to know more about what makes BCBSTX President Dr. Dan McCoy tick outside of the workplace in this D CEO magazine feature article Learn more about third-party links.

BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD OF TEXAS, SANITAS USA TO OPEN 10 CLINICS BY 2020

April 30, 2019

Read more about BCBSTX's partnership with Sanitas USA Learn more about third-party links in this Houston Chronicle article Learn more about third-party links Southeast Texas Market President Dr. Bob Morrow gives his perspective about how the new health care centers will help increase access to primary care in the Houston area.

BATTLING THE SICKEST ZIP CODE IN DALLAS

April 23, 2019

Why is one ZIP code in southern Dallas more unhealthy than other areas in the city? Chief Medical Officer Dr. Paul Hain recently joined a panel during Dallas Startup Week to discuss some of the social determinants that help explain the disparity. Read more in this write-up Learn more about third-party links from D CEO Healthcare.

AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES AND DRONES MAY HELP ADDRESS RURAL HEALTHCARE DISPARITIES

April 11, 2019

In this D CEO Healthcare article Learn more about third-party links featuring BCBSTX President Dr. Dan McCoy, learn how autonomous vehicles, drones and tele-enabled ambulance services could make an impact in addressing rural health disparities through BCBSTX’s partnership with the Texas A&M Health Science Center.

BLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD OF TEXAS WANTS CLINICS TO DO THINGS DIFFERENTLY, SO IT’S OPENING ITS OWN

April 10, 2019

In a recently-announced partnership with Sanitas USA, BCBSTX plans to open ten of its own clinics in the Houston and Dallas areas, a plan that highlights an emerging method of controlling health costs. Learn how this partnership is the next step in our journey toward value-based care in this Houston Public Media article Learn more about third-party links, featuring Southeast Texas Market President Dr. Bob Morrow.

BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD OF TEXAS TRIES NEW APPROACH TO DRIVE DOWN HEALTH COSTS

April 8, 2019

Through our new primary care clinics with Sanitas USA, BCBSTX aims to expand health care access, cut costs and boost outcomes. These efforts are part of our goal to reward providers for keeping patients healthy rather than paying service fees for each lab test, doctor's appointment or X-ray. Read more from Chief Medical Officer Dr. Paul Hain in the Dallas Morning News Learn more about third-party links.

BIG BLUE CROSS PLANS TO OPEN PRIMARY CARE CLINICS IN TEXAS AND BEYOND

April 8, 2019

With Sanitas USA, BCBSTX will bring advanced primary care clinics to Dallas and Houston, a move that will help improve quality and lower costs for our members. In this Forbes article Learn more about third-party links, BCBSTX President Dr. Dan McCoy gives his perspective on the new partnership.

THERE IS A MENTAL HEALTH CARE CRISIS IN TEXAS

April 3, 2019

Why was mental health declared a priority for the Texas Legislature in 2019? Self-harm could be one reason. BCBSTX health data reveals some alarming statistics about the epidemic in Texas. Read more from Chief Medical Officer Dr. Paul Hain in this blog Learn more about third-party links post.

Poll shows Texas voters oppose price-gouging by medical providers

March 20, 2019

You expect to know the price of your everyday purchases like bread, milk and gas before you buy them. Why is health care any different? A new poll shows Texans want transparency. Read this TribTalk editorial Learn more about third-party links from Chief Medical Officer Dr. Paul Hain to learn more.

Do You Know the Price of Your Health Care?

March 15, 2019

You wouldn’t book an expensive vacation or buy a new car without knowing how much it cost ahead of time. So why are Texans expected to receive health care services without knowing how much they cost upfront? Learn about BCBSTX’s price transparency solutions in this blog post Learn more about third-party links from Darrell Beckett, our Divisional Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

Healthcare Industry Experts At SXSW: The Future Is Rural

March 12, 2019

The Plugging Into Rural Healthcare Solutions panel, featuring BCBSTX President Dr. Dan McCoy, took place at the Texas A&M [Power] House at the South by Southwest® (SXSW®) festival in Austin. The group of health care and innovation experts dissected the role automation and artificial intelligence will play in increasing access and affordability in rural areas, and explored why drones could take the place of some medivac helicopters in the very near future. If you missed the discussion live, you can listen to a recording Learn more about third-party links on Texas A&M Today’s website.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas and Texas A&M Health Science Center Finalize Terms for New Rural Health Project

March 11, 2019

The details of BCBSTX’s collaboration with the Texas A&M Health Science Center (TAMHSC) and the A&M Rural and Community Health Institute (ARCHI) have been finalized. Learn more about our work to improve access to health care in rural areas of Texas from BCBSTX President Dr. Dan McCoy in Business Insider Learn more about third-party links.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Corporate Wellness

Feb. 25, 2019

Did you know successful corporate wellness benefits a company’s bottom line as well the health of its employees? Read this D CEO Healthcare article Learn more about third-party links about the North Texas Corporate Wellness Forum to find out why. BCBSTX Chief Medical Officer Dr. Paul Hain was featured in the discussion.

Tarleton gala recognizes 2019 Legacy Award winners

Feb. 19, 2019

BCBSTX President Dr. Dan McCoy was honored with the Civility with Integrity award from his alma mater, Tarleton State University. The President’s Legacy Awards recognize individuals and supporters who exhibit Tarleton’s core values of tradition, integrity, civility, leadership, excellence and service. Get more details about the 2019 Legacy Award winners in this article Learn more about third-party links from The Flash Today.

Technology and employee expectations continue to change the work environment

Feb. 12, 2019

How are companies preparing to handle the workforce of the future? The changing nature of the workplace was the topic of discussion at a recent Houston Business Journal panel event. Check out this recap Learn more about third-party links that includes Southeast Texas Market President Dr. Bob Morrow’s perspective on the issues.

Collaborating to take on the rural health crisis

Feb. 10, 2019

Why is rural health care in critical condition in Texas? Read this Making the Health Care System Work article Learn more about third-party links featuring Southeast Texas Market President Dr. Bob Morrow to learn how BCBSTX’s work with the Texas A&M Health Science Center (TAMHSC) and the A&M Rural and Community Health Institute (ARCHI) aims to help communities across the state.

It’s time for a “moonshot” to fix rural healthcare in Texas

Jan. 17, 2019

Our Affordability Cures Learn more about third-party links project with the Texas A&M Health Science Center (TAMHSC) and the A&M Rural and Community Health Institute (ARCHI) will work to find solutions to the problems with rural health care in Texas. BCBSTX President Dr. Dan McCoy and Dr. Carrie Byington, senior vice president of TAMHSC, discuss the initiative in this TribTalk editorial Learn more about third-party links.