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San Antonio, TX Healthcare Market Overview
Decision Resources, Inc, October 2012, Pages: 48
San Antonio’s growing population and healthy economy make it attractive for new healthcare services. Three hospitals have opened since June 2011. In addition, two competing medical complexes with hospitals are under development in far northwest San Antonio. A new freestanding emergency hospital will be joined by 10 more freestanding emergency facilities by 2013. Urgent-care centers are popular with patients who want medical care after hours, and the number of retail clinics is growing.
San Antonio’s uninsured rate is higher than the national average and the unemployment rate is lower, an indication that many employers cannot afford coverage for workers. Physicians are choosing employment arrangements with health systems, but they are also participating in new comanagement organizations at two health systems. Health insurers are emphasizing programs designed to reduce costs, including narrow networks and wellness programs.
The state of Texas will stop carving out pharmacy benefits from its Medicaid managed care contracts in March 2012. Texas lawmakers lowered Medicaid reimbursement rates for hospitals by 8 percent and revamped the Medicaid funding methodology for hospitals through a new five-year federal waiver. Look for a growing emphasis on care coordination as hospitals seek to reduce readmissions and as they work together on quality improvement initiatives to qualify for a new type of performance-based Medicaid funding.
SAN ANTONIO MARKET OVERVIEW
3 Updates: Key Market Events
4 Executive Summary
5 San Antonio Market
9 Health Systems & Hospitals
25 Health Plans
44 Demographics & Statistics