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Update from HHSC: SDPs, enhanced Medicaid funding, and federal financial support

| Oct 12, 2021 | Texas

Safety net funding, the allocation of federal dollars, COVID-19’s impact on Medicaid -- a panel of experts from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) discussed all of this and more at last month’s 2021 North Texas State of Reform Health Policy Conference.  Stephanie Stephens, HHSC’s Medicaid director, Sonja...[ Read More ]

TMA President calls on legislature to improve health care coverage along southern border

| Oct 8, 2021 | Texas

Texas Medical Association (TMA) President Dr. Linda Villareal testified during a special meeting on border health care in the House Public and Behavioral Health Committee on Tuesday, calling on lawmakers to make increasing health care coverage in southern border communities a priority. “... While the economy of the border has...[ Read More ]

Douglas County Commissioners discuss their decision to leave Tri-County Health Department

| Oct 7, 2021 | Colorado

Douglas County, Colorado -- named the second healthiest county in the country -- recently split from the Tri-County Health Department (TCHD) and formed their own, following months of disagreement between Douglas County leaders and those of TCHD over public health measures. While the formation of the new department is a...[ Read More ]

Video: Putting a business model around the social determinants of health

| Oct 7, 2021 | Texas

Most of the health care community acknowledges social determinants of health (SDOH) and the role they play in health outcomes. But how can organizations adopt a plan to address factors like housing, food insecurity, and family life in a financially sustainable way? In this video from our 2021 North Texas...[ Read More ]

Texas health leaders question sustainability of "traveler model" for nurse workforce

| Oct 7, 2021 | Texas

Adam Maurer, chief operating officer at OrthoLoneStar, believes workforce and staffing issues are the biggest post-pandemic challenges the Texas health care system faces. In particular, the state’s burnout-induced nurse shortage is threatening the health system’s capacity to care for patients as the Delta variant continues to spread. “It strikes me...[ Read More ]

Following OSA audit, HCPF says it's "on a better path" for NEMT services

| Oct 5, 2021 | Colorado

The Colorado Office of the State Auditor (OSA) recently released a performance audit it conducted for the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF)’s non-emergent medical transportation services (NEMT), which revealed 32 acts of potential mistreatment against NEMT recipients, such as reckless driving. The principal concern highlighted by OSA...[ Read More ]

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