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Kristie Loescher - The University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business. Austin, TX, US

Kristie Loescher Kristie Loescher

Senior Lecturer, Department of Management | The University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business


Focusing on ethical education, organizational ethics, communication, change management and diversity management.


Areas of Expertise (13)

Healthcare Management Healthcare Innovation Service Industries Diversity Management Organizational Ethics Human Resources Management Business Communications Decision Making Ethical Education Personnel Management Change Management & Strategic Planning Data Analysis and Data Mining Healthcare Industry


Kristie Loesher is an expert in the business of healthcare. She is a senior lecturer in the department of management at the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin. Loesher is currently the community engagement coordinator for the McCombs school healthcare initiative, and on-site director of the McCombs School of Business, Business Foundations Summer Institute.

Loesher has 15 years of experience in the healthcare industry, covering a variety of areas from quality assurance, utilization management and clinical research.



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McCombs Mexican Alumni Network Second Annual Faculty Speaker Conference


Education (3)

Nova Southeastern University: DBA, Human Resources 2004

University of Michigan: MPH., Health Planning and Administration 1986

The University of Texas at Austin: BA., Government, History and Economics 1983

Media Appearances (12)

UT faculty member discusses merits of Affordable Care Act

Daily Texan  online


In an op-ed published Saturday in the Austin American-Statesman, management senior lecturer Kristie Loescher highlighted the positive contributions of the Affordable Care Act.

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Commentary: Affordable Care Act provided options beyond health care

Statesman  online


The Affordable Care Act was the first major legislation since Medicare/Medicaid in 1965 to improve access and affordability of health care for some of America’s weakest links – the 40 million souls who had no insurance back in 2007.

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MMH study shows lack of access as biggest hurdle to health care

Midland Reporter-Telegram  online


“Not only does that decision leave a gap for those very underserved populations, it continues to create a drain on the existing systems,” said Kristie Loescher, a University of Texas at Austin expert in health care policy and management. “Medicaid doesn’t cover everyone — people without children, men in particular, or basically people who make any money at all. Those people still get sick and need care, so either private physicians have to donate their time and hospitals have to write off these losses or people delay treatment until it costs both them and the system more money.

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5 Truths CEOs Need to Face About the Affordable Care Act

Texas Enterprise  online


Earlier this year, two U.S. federal appeals courts handed down contradictory rulings about the legality of subsidies paid in states that have not established their own insurance marketplaces (such as Texas). The news generated more than a few hyperbolic headlines that suggested the Affordable Care Act had finally met its inevitable demise...

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Powers: New medical school just adds to UT's health care history

Houston Chronicle Opinion  online


Our faculty across the campus already is making breakthroughs in numerous health-related areas. Nutrition researcher Linda deGraffenried is working to identify the optimal combination of diet and chemotherapy to treat the most aggressive cancers that begin in the breast or prostate. Kristie Loescher, a senior lecturer in the McCombs School of Business, has used management analysis to help an Austin emergency room reduce its average door-to-doctor time to less than 30 minutes.

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Assembly line model helps hospital improve its ER

Fierce Healthcare  online


The 241-bed Brackenridge Hospital, as a Level 1 trauma center, cannot turn any patients away from its ED, but in 2011, "[i]t wasn't sized for the number of patients coming through there," Kristie Loescher, senior lecturer at the McComb School of Business, told Know.

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Hospitals Confront Inefficiencies in Patient Care

Texas Enterprise  online


“To transform healthcare, we have to look to models outside healthcare,” said Kristie Loescher, a senior lecturer in management at McCombs. She cited Seattle’s Virginia Mason Medical Center. In 2002, it adapted ideas from Toyota to dissect its workflows and root out waste. Eight years, later, the center was named one of the two top hospitals of the decade by the Leapfrog Group, a business coalition that monitors and rates hospitals...

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Healthcare Rationing Under the Radar

Texas Enterprise  online


It’s based on money, as well as time, says Kristie Loescher, a former hospital administrator who is now a senior management lecturer at McCombs. “Our system rations healthcare throughout the levels of the system,” Loescher says. “If you have insurance or money, you can get whatever services you want. Without resources, you get a very different level of care. This difference is particularly striking outside the hospital setting, in ambulatory, skilled nursing and home care.”...

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Learning Catalytics Software Creates Dynamic Classroom Environment

Daily Texan  online


Management senior lecturer Kristie Loescher said the various ways of displaying answers sparks more discussion than simple multiple-choice questions do. Loescher said one of the biggest challenges of teaching a large class is keeping everyone engaged, and she is constantly looking for ways to do that.

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The Affordable Care Act: Answers and Resources for Small Businesses

Texas Enterprise  online


According to a 2010 survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation, 99 percent of all employers with 200 or more employees offered health insurance to their employees. However, only 59 percent of all employers with fewer than ten employees offered health insurance...

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Texas CEO  print


According to a 2010 survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation, 99 percent of all employers with 200 or more employees offered health insurance to their employees. However, only 59 percent of all employers with fewer than ten employees offered health insurance. The provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) taking effect in 2014 will not only provide individuals with more health insurance options, but will also make it possible for small businesses to provide health insurance for employees without bearing a large cost premium for their small size. Since companies with 50 or more full-time employees will be required to offer health insurance and will have access to different resources than smaller businesses, here are issues that will impact firms with fewer than 50 employees.

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Obamacare sign-ups have increased as deadline looms

San Antonio Express-News  online


Those hardest hit when shopping at the ACA marketplace will be the estimated eight million single Americans who make more than $48,000 annually and don’t qualify for federal subsidies, said Kristie Loescher, a 30-year veteran of the health care industry and lecturer at the University of Texas at Austin’s McCombs School of Business.

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Articles (4)

Kristie Loescher Citations Google Scholar


Listing of top scholarly works by Kristie Loescher.

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Before you train, reframe: Elements of effective ethics training programs Employment Relations Today


I just heard that our competitor's CEO is being indicted as an accessory to fraud committed by several folks in their financial department. I don't want this to happen to me! Set up some ethics training, and we'll run everyone through it. Have a plan to me by tomorrow...

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The Information - Driven Health Care Organization SCMS Journal of Indian Management


The purpose of this paper is to describe the necessary organizational and cultural infrastructure to support the reengineering of processes and the resolution of data integration issues required to successfully implement a clinical data warehouse (CDW).

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The Impact of "Ethics Across the Curriculum" Initiative on the Cognitive Moral Development of Business School Graduates Teaching Ethics


The reason for business schools to care about supporting moral development of their students can, unfortunately, be gleaned from almost any day's Wall Street Journal. The business community in this country has experienced scandals involving a myriad of unethical and illegal business practices, many of them committed in large well-known firms.

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