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Houston | Texas | 2017 | Market Overview (Event Driven)

Population growth is driving health system expansion strategies, as the market's surrounding communities offer opportunities to grow market share. At the same time, health systems and physician groups are integrating in order to improve communication and prepare for payment reform. Health plans are looking to reduce costs by expanding alternative payment models and supplying the market with more restrictive plan designs. The outlook for pharma sales remains mixed, as positive trends such as population growth are counterbalanced by negative ones, including a high uninsured rate.

Questions Answered in This Report:

  • Memorial Hermann Health System has opened its first acute-care facility in growing northwestern Houston. Which communities are key targets for health system expansion projects? What types of convenient care facilities are being built across the market? Which health system opened a new hospital of its own in northern Houston? Which health systems operate clinically integrated physician networks and how does this prepare those health systems for healthcare reform?

  • Houston's physician supply rate continues to lag behind the nation as a whole. Which physician groups are expanding telemedicine services? Which physician groups operate patient-centered medical homes? Which physician groups participate in health information exchanges as a means to enhance their level of clinical integration?

  • UnitedHealthcare is driving new payment reform models into the Houston market. How could proliferation of expensive freestanding emergency departments impact insurers? Why are consumer-driven health plans positioned to grow in the market? What alternative payment models are popular among insurers operating in Houston, and which models are poised to expand?

Scope:

Market Includes: the counties of Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, and Waller

Primary Research: Analysis of Decision Resources Group data, local and state news and industry reports, and interviews with local healthcare executives.