The Tom Green County Partnership for Better Health is part of a state initiative to reduce potentially preventable hospitalizations. Department of State Health Services has contracted with Tom Green County through the Partnership to implement evidence-based interventions, through a community coordinated approach, to reduce hospitalizations and/or hospital charges among adult county residents for Bacterial Pneumonia, Urinary Tract Infections and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. The purpose of the initiative is to assist in improving health care and reducing health care costs for Tom Green County residents. To learn more about the state initiative, click here>>
During the next 18 months, county residents will be hearing and learning more about three preventable hospitalizations: bacterial pneumonia, urinary tract infections (UTIs) and chronic obtrusive pulmonary disease (COPD). From 2005-2009, adult residents (18+) of Texas received $31,926,978,628 in charges for hospitalizations that were potentially preventable; $159,959,609 of those charges were in Tom Green County. Hospitalizations for the conditions are called “potentially preventable,” because if the individual had access to and cooperated with appropriate outpatient healthcare, the hospitalization would likely not have occurred.