Research and Markets: Houston, TX Market Overview Answers The Question Which Health Systems Plan To Open New Hospitals in

DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Research and Markets ( has announced the addition of the "Houston, TX Market Overview" report to their offering.

Houston has both the highest uninsured rate of any major U.S. city and one of the worlds largest concentrations of medical facilities known as the Texas Medical Center. While the recession has had an effect on the market, it was spared the worst of the economic downturn and Forbes magazine has ranked the market among the top 10 in the nation when it comes to recovery. Although some healthcare executives claim the market has too many beds, expansion of facilities continues, particularly in the affluent suburbs. Meanwhile, uncertainty surrounding federal healthcare reform legislation has placed much of the physicians sector in a holding pattern when it comes to expansions, hiring or mergers and acquisitions. Health plans, which wield considerable influence over providers in the market, particularly small physician groups, will face a difficult environment when it comes to commercial enrollment growth. Retail health clinics are poised for growth in the market due to legislative action and employers, faced with double-digit premium increases continue to shift a larger portion of health benefit costs to employees.

Questions answered in this report:

Construction of new hospitals and major expansions continued in the highly competitive Houston market while a few projects were delayed or stopped. Which health systems plan to open new hospitals in the western suburb of Katy in the fall of 2010? Which systems are expanding in the northern suburb of The Woodlands? Which system is the market leader when it comes to clinical integration and what steps has it taken to further integrate its physician operations?

State and local efforts to decrease uninsurance by helping small employers afford health insurance for their workers could give the physicians sector a boost and patient volumes in the market have remained stable amidst the economic downturn. But physicians in the market continue to face considerable pressure from reimbursement rate reductions and are likely to face increased competition from retail-based clinics. What type of EMR innovation has been developed in a demonstration project by The University of Texas Health Science Center? Which medical school and university called off a merger after 15 months of negotiations? How will a new law regarding retail-based clinics likely lead to an increase of such clinics? Improvement in the local economy bodes well for insurers as unemployment stabilizes, but in a market where uninsurance has remained persistently high, the prospects for commercial enrollment growth are not good. Employers in the market continue to shift healthcare costs to their workers and health plans should have opportunities through high-deductible health plan offerings to maintain market share. What percentage of Houston area residents are not covered by health insurance? Which health plan stopped offering individual and group plans while forming a partnership with a healthcare system in a new PPO? What new state mandate is likely to increase upfront costs but save money in the long run?


  • Key market indicators and leading organizations among health systems, physicians and health plans
  • Houston health systems market share
  • Income, revenue, enrollment and pharmacy spend for leading health plans
  • Demographics

Scope: The Houston market, which includes Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, San Jacinto and Waller counties and the cities of Houston, Baytown, Galveston and Sugar Land. Primary Research: Analysis of HealthLeaders-InterStudy data, Billians HealthDATA, local and state news and industry reports and interviews with local healthcare executives

Key Topics Covered:

  • Houston Market
  • Market Indicators
  • Leading Organizations
  • Market Stage
  • Management Summary
  • Health Systems & Hospitals
  • Physicians
  • Memorial Hermann Health Network Providers
  • Kelsey-Seybold Clinic
  • Baylor Clinic
  • Additional Physician Organizations
  • Health Plans
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas
  • Aetna Health
  • UnitedHealth Group
  • Medicaid/Medicare/Uninsured
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Uninsured
  • Pharmacy
  • Legislation
  • Employers
  • Business Coalitions
  • Demographics & Statistics

Companies Mentioned:

  • Memorial Hermann Healthcare System
  • HCA Houston
  • The Methodist Hospital System
  • Harris County Hospital District
  • St. Lukes Episcopal Health System
  • Memorial Hermann Health Network Providers
  • UT Physicians
  • Kelsey-Seybold Clinic
  • Baylor Clinic
  • Health Care Services Corp. (Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas)
  • Aetna Health
  • UnitedHealth Group

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KEYWORDS:   United States  North America  Texas

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