In the News
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.
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 it's proven to deliver coordinated, affordable, quality care.
Houston Chronicle: Doctors Teaming Up to Treat Patients
Kelsey-Seybold, founded in Houston in 1949, is one of the nation's oldest accountable care organizations, or ACOs, although it wasn't called that when it was created. Read the story.
Only Certainty from Health Care Ruling is Change
One out of every four Texans is uninsured, the highest rate in the country. Many would gain coverage under the reform law approved two years ago, along with subsidies to help pay for it. Read the story.
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. Read the story.
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. Read the story.
Time Moneyland: Patients Prefer HMOs (And Other Healthcare Suprises)
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. Read the story.
New York Times: Disruptive Innovation, Applied to Health Care
The country needs to innovate its way toward a new health care business model - one that reduces costs yet improves both quality and accessibility. Read the article.
Press Release: Sixteen Kelsey-Seybold 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. Read the story.
Houston Business Journal: Dr. Spencer Berthelsen Discusses Electronic Medical Records 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 story titled: “A booster shot for electronic health records.” Dr. Berthelsen shared Kelsey-Seybold’s story of EMR implementation and physician transition, as well as the challenges and opportunities this new technology presented to Kelsey-Seybold Clinic and our patients. He also shared his thoughts on how this technology is an integral part of the Accountable Care Organization. Read the story.
NY Times: Employers Push Costs for Health on Workers
As healthcare costs continue their relentless climb, companies are increasingly passing on higher premium costs to workers. Read the story.
NY Times: Health care Wastefulness is Detailed in Studies
In a snapshot of systemic waste, researchers have calculated that more than half of the 354 million doctor visits made each year for acute medical care, like for fevers, stomachaches and coughs, are not with a patient’s primary physician, and that more than a quarter take place in hospital emergency rooms. Read the story.
KUHF-FM: Bauer Business Focus: Dr. Spencer Berthelsen
The accountable care organization health care model is being advocated as a solution to current health care issues in the United States. Dr. Spencer Berthelsen, Chairman and Managing Director of Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, was interviewed about the subject by NPR on-air radio personality Ed Mayberry on KUHF-FM (88.7). Read the story.