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CRC Press Publishes Groundbreaking Health Care Quality Improvement Book by the V.P. of Baylor Scott & White Innovation Center

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December 9, 2015

CRC Press is pleased to announce the publication of a groundbreaking health care improvement book by Carl Couch, MD, MMM, former President of the Baylor Scott & White Quality Alliance (BSWQA) and current Vice President of Baylor Scott & White Innovation Center: Accountable: The Baylor Scott & White Quality Alliance Accountable Care Journey.

Many health care delivery organizations perceive the need to improve health care quality and lower costs but lack specific strategies and tactics for implementing these changes. Accountable tells the story of the BSWQA, the accountable care organization (ACO) established and developed by Baylor Scott & White Health (BSWH), the largest not-for-profit health care system in Texas.

Accountability serves as the basis for a coming transformation in the way health care is delivered, and ACOs play a powerful role in driving that transformation. In order to improve health care quality, lower health care costs, and improve population health, providers and all other stakeholders in the health care system must understand what it truly means to be accountable to their patients, their communities and society. A commitment to accountability that exists along the entire continuum of care will facilitate the delivery of the highest-quality, most cost-effective and most coordinated care to the populations served.

Accountable discusses the requirements and framework needed to form and sustain an ACO, as well as the challenges and successes BSWH has experienced in developing this entity to facilitate the transition to the pay-for-performance/shared savings model.

“In a time of consolidation and turmoil in health care, Couch and his colleagues provide a clear and concise game plan for bringing organizations together around real performance – improving outcomes and efficiency. This is a forward-looking, yet practical, book that touches on the full range of issues that come up in a typical day and a typical decade for emerging accountable care organizations. It is well-written, thoughtful and credible – an important contribution.” says Thomas H. Lee, MD, Chief Medical Officer for Press Ganey Associates, Inc. and part-time professor at Harvard Medical School.

About Baylor Scott & White Quality Alliance: Baylor Scott & White Quality Alliance is a network of clinical providers, hospitals and payers who are committed to delivering accountable, value-based patient care. It is composed of more than 4,000 primary and specialty care physicians, 46 hospitals, 29 post-acute care facilities, retail pharmacy clinics and other providers throughout the care continuum. The aim of the BSWQA is to improve health care quality and decrease health care costs through clinical integration. To find out more about the BSWQA and ways that it can improve health care quality and lower health care costs, visit:
About Baylor Scott & White Health: Baylor Scott & White Health, the organization formed from the 2013 merger between Baylor Health Care System and Scott & White Healthcare, is the largest not-for-profit health care system in the state of Texas. With total assets of $9.6 billion and serving a population larger than the state of Virginia, Baylor Scott & White Health has the vision and resources to provide its patients continued quality care while creating a model system for a dramatically changing health care environment. The organization now includes 49 hospitals, more than 800 access points, more than 5,800 active physicians, 38,000 employees and the Scott & White Health Plan. For More Information visit:

About CRC Press: CRC Press is a premier global publisher of science, technology and medical resources. We offer unique, trusted content by expert authors, spreading knowledge and promoting discovery worldwide. We aim to broaden thinking and advance understanding in the sciences, providing researchers, academics, professionals and students with the tools they need to share ideas and realize their potential. CRC Press is a member of Taylor & Francis Group, an informa business. For more information, visit
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