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Affordable Housing, and Mental Health Care Issues; Houston Matters Weekend (January 7, 2017)

Posted on · A question that perplexes potential home buyers and renters: where’s the affordable housing for the rest of us? The Search for Affordable Housing has More than 50 percent of Houston housing consumers in the middle- to lower-income market, making less than $50,000 a year. Many are "rent-burdened," which means they spend more than the recommended […]

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Hospitals Could Lose Billions When Medicaid Waiver Expires

Posted on · A study conducted by Health Management Associates for the state’s Health and Human Services Commission finds when a Medicaid waiver expires at the end of next year, Texas health care providers will be on the hook for billions in health care costs. We discuss the impact on health care providers and both insured and uninsured […]

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New Study Examines Relationship Between Hospital Volume and Patient Outcomes

Posted on · A new study is challenging previous findings about the role hospital volume plays in patient outcomes. Previous research has concluded that hospitals that perform high numbers of complex operations have lower patient mortality rates. However, this latest study says that's not necessarily the case. We talk about the findings with the report’s co-author, Vivian Ho […]

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Solar Capacity, and Robots Taking Our Jobs: Tuesday’s Show (May 3, 2016)

Posted on · Houston's solar capacity is growing, according to a new report from the Environment Texas Research and Policy Center. But how much? And how does Houston’s growth compare to that of other Texas cities — and other major metro areas across the nation? On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss where Houston stands on solar […]

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The State of Houston’s Healthcare in 2016

Posted on · On today's program, we continue our 2nd annual "State of Houston" series – exploring the state of Greater Houston's economy, transportation, health, education, environment, politics and culture. Today, we look at what's happening here in health and science with News 88.7’s reporter who covers those beats: Carrie Feibel. We learn about the continued expansion and […]

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Why Houston Needs More Level One Trauma Centers

Posted on · Ben Taub Hospital has retained its “level one” trauma center status (meaning it has the surgeons, specialists and operating rooms to handle the worst of the worst injuries, at any moment). Houston Chronicle health reporter Markian Hawryluk shares with us why that status was initially threatened, and ultimately retained. Then Paige Phelps talks with Dr. […]

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Government Extension Revives Hopes of Keeping St. Joseph Medical Center Open

Posted on · St. Joseph Medical Center downtown staved off possible closure last week (Nov. 24, 2015), after receiving an extension on a deadline from the federal government. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid is giving St. Joseph until Jan. 15 to come up with a plan to correct some issues the agency says put patients in jeopardy. […]

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A Newcomer’s Guide to Healthcare in Houston

Posted on · Newcomers to Houston at some point will need to visit one of the city’s many medical facilities. News 88.7 health and science reporter Carrie Feibel gives us the basics on finding doctors here, accessing hospitals and the many stand-alone ER’s to understanding what exactly is The Texas Medical Center.

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Does Houston Have Enough Level 1 Trauma Centers to Handle a Major Crisis?

Posted on · Despite more than 250 layoffs, and a new policy limiting the patients Ben Taub General Hospital can handle it its ICU, Harris Health System is operating at a $14 million deficit this year. The reductions in service threaten Ben Taub’s long-term Level 1 trauma center designation. Ben Taub is one of just three such trauma […]