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Baylor Reacts to Supreme Court Ruling on Health Care Law

Our leaders share insight into historic decision, explain how it will impact hospitals

June 28, 2012

Media Coverage: Baylor leaders share insight into historic decision

Affordable Healthcare Act: Supreme Court Approves Overhaul
KDAF-TV (CW33 News at 9PM)

June 28, 2012 – CW33 talked to Joel Allison, President & CEO of Baylor Health Care System about the Supreme Court’s approval of the Affordable Healthcare Act. Mr. Allison said the big question is: “How do we take care of all of those new patients?” when we have a shortage of primary care physicians. WATCH VIDEO

South Dallas Preventative Care Program May Be Health Care’s Future
KTVT-TV (CBS11 News at 6PM)

June 28, 2012 – Bud Gillett reported live from Baylor’s Diabetes Health & Wellness Institute on the day the Supreme Court’s decision on Accountable Care Act was announced. The South Dallas clinic was featured as an example of health care reform initiated by Baylor – “a pilot program that may be able to provide the blueprint for others moving forward.” WATCH VIDEO

North Texas Medical Industry Responds to SCOTUS Ruling
KTVT-TV (CBS11 News at 5PM)

June 28, 2012 – Joel Allison, President & CEO of Baylor Health Care System, was interviewed live on CBS11’s 5PM news and talked about what the Supreme Court’s decision means for North Texas. Mr. Allison said Baylor has been planning a new model of care to improve health care outcomes even before the Affordable Care Act was passed in Congress. WATCH VIDEO

Baylor Med CEO: "We Don't Have Enough Doctors in TX"
KXAS-TV (NBC5 Today at 11AM)

June 28, 2012 – Joel Allison took notes at a feverish pitch as he listened to news reports of the Supreme Court's ruling concerning the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. Allison told NBC 5 that Baylor has been preparing for the new mandates since the law was passed in 2010, and had actually been planning to expand its healthcare outreach prior to passage of the health care act. His concern at this point is that Texas is not ready for the increased demand in care.


Supreme Court ruling should ease pressure on emergency rooms, Dallas providers say
The Dallas Morning News

June 28, 2012 – Overcrowded emergency rooms, a major issue at North Texas hospitals, should eventually get some relief because of Thursday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding the health care law. That’s the opinion of the leaders of the three largest not-for-profit health care systems in the region. As more people get insurance and access to care, “it will definitely reduce pressure on emergency rooms,” said Joel Allison, president and CEO of Dallas-based Baylor Health Care System. READ ARTICLE

Dallas-Fort Worth Healthcare Execs, Physicians Weigh in on Supreme Court Decision
D Magazine FrontBurner Blog

June 28, 2012 – D Healthcare Daily Editor Steve Jacob checked in with healthcare executives and physicians across North Texas to get their reactions to the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act. Joel Allison, president and chief executive officer of Baylor Healthcare System, said the ruling “validates the pathways we have put in place. We have been moving toward (the ACA mandates). This reinforces the opportunity to own, joint venture or partner (with others) to provide the full continuum of care, and connect all of that digitally.” READ BLOG

Gallery: Supreme Court health care reform ruling (via The Associated Press)

June 28, 2012 – A photo of Baylor Health Care System president and CEO Joel Allison and Chief Legal Counsel Steve Boyd is included in the photo gallery. The photo was captured as they discuss the United States Supreme Court's ruling on President Obama's healthcare law at Baylor Hospital in Dallas on Thursday, June 28, 2012. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY

DMN photog captures CNN’s “Dewey Defeats Truman” moment
The Dallas Morning News Photography Blog

June 28, 2012 – A Dallas Morning News photographer was there as Baylor Health Care System president and CEO Joel Allison and chief legal counsel Steve Boyd watch as the United States Supreme Court issues its ruling on President Obama's healthcare law on Thursday, June 28, 2012. On the TV screen in the background, CNN reports incorrectly that the court's decision struck down a main provision of the law. Both CNN and Fox News Channel incorrectly reported Thursday that the law's central provision, requiring virtually all Americans to have health insurance, had been struck down. READ BLOG

Supreme Court decision still leaves some large issues unresolved, Baylor Health Care System CEO Joel Allison says
The Dallas Morning News Biz Beat Blog

June 28, 2012 – Baylor Health Care System CEO Joel Allison said that today’s Supreme Court ruling on health care offers some clarity but there are still large issues to resolve, such as Medicaid expansion. “This going to be a huge part of the debate for the presidential and other elections this year,” Allison said in an interview. As for the ruling’s impact on Baylor, Allison said, the system will remain focused on its overall strategy. READ BLOG

Health care ruling clarifies the path ahead
Dallas Business Journal

June 28, 2012 – Clarity. Certainty. Relief. Those were the types of words that top executives at two of North Texas' largest health care systems used when DBJ writer Bill Hethcock spoke with them today about the Supreme Court ruling upholding most of the federal health care reform act. "It did provide some clarity, and for us, we continue on our strategy and our Vision 2015" plan, said Joel Allison, president and CEO of Baylor Health Care System. READ ARTICLE

Ruling on health care law won't slow down growing consolidations of Texas hospitals
The Dallas Morning News

June 27, 2012 – Texas hospitals are increasingly growing and consolidating themselves into colossal health systems — a trend that will continue regardless of how the U.S. Supreme Court rules on the Affordable Care Act. Experts say the growing number of mergers and acquisitions is fueled by the pressure to cut Medicare spending, which constitutes 36 percent of revenue for U.S. hospitals.

Some physicians and health policy experts argue that larger systems, stitched together by robust health data systems, do a better job of coordinating health care. “That is going to call for continued consolidation,” said Joel Allison, president and chief executive of Baylor Health Care System. “Scale is important. … You have to have the ability to invest in information technology systems that will be essential in managing the health of the population.” READ ARTICLE

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