Rick on Reform

Rick Ybarra is a program officer for the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health and leads the foundation's integrated health care initiative.

Advancing Wellness & Recovery in Texas

Innovations in Integrated Health Care for Children

Integrated health care is the coordination of physical and behavioral health care. In 2012, Harris County Protective Services (HCPS) received funding from the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health to plan and implement an integrated health care program for children ages...

The Trek Towards the IHC Summit Continues!

The nationwide movement to advance Integrated Health Care (IHC) as a standard of care continues! It has been a mountain climb, but we have made significant progress over the past five to seven years moving incrementally towards the summit. To date, numerous studies...

What Can Health Care Learn from Silicon Valley? Lots!

A Harvard Business Review article dated April 26, 2016, got me reexamining the cliché “let’s not reinvent the wheel.” When one thinks of startups, innovators, and entrepreneurs, we often look west to Silicon Valley, the heart and soul of the technology industry. Many...

Diversity of Providers in Health Care is Key

Diversity of Providers in Health Care is Key

A recent policy brief published in the Journal of American Board of Family Medicine (JABFM) reports that, although an increasing number of primary care physicians are incorporating nurse practitioners (NPs) and physicians’ assistants (PAs) into their patient care...

Health Care Reform: A Rechartered Agenda

Happy 2016! It is an exciting time indeed! Presidential debates, political agendas in play, international and domestic issues front and center, major decisions that will impact the lives of all Americans…and none more important than health care reform! I’d like to...

Follow the Money!

Follow the Money!

A recent GAO report has shed light on our progress (or lack thereof) in delivering effective care and bending the cost curve. It is well worth the read, especially with an eye on what strategies can be implemented to address providing care with the aim (that’s the...

The Health Cost of Aging in America

There is much attention given to older Americans and health care, and countless sources of information on the topic. A foundation colleague recently sent me this infograph published by the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University. It is...

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