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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 ]

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 ]

Video: HHSC Comm. Cecile Young delivers Morning Keynote at North Texas Conference

| Sep 30, 2021 | Texas

We were honored to have the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) Commissioner Cecile Young join us Thursday as the Morning Keynote at our 2021 North Texas State of Reform Health Policy Conference. Young spoke with State of Reform Host DJ Wilson about the future of Texas Medicaid, the...[ Read More ]

HHSC expands pediatric telehealth services to four rural hospitals

| Sep 24, 2021 | Texas

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission is awarding more than $531,000 in grants to four rural Texas hospitals to expand telehealth services for children. The grants will help the hospitals expand or implement telehealth services that connect their patients with pediatric specialists and subspecialists through video chats and phone...[ Read More ]

As third special session starts, Texas lawmakers have filed nine bills concerning vaccine mandates

| Sep 20, 2021 | Texas

One of Gov. Abbott’s central priorities for the third special session of the 87th Texas Legislature, which began on Monday, is to determine the extent of restrictions on COVID-19 vaccine mandates. As the bills filed so far suggest, lawmakers in the majority party are eager to enforce such restrictions. In...[ Read More ]

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