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TMC survey shows physician shortage not as bad as previously predicted

Emily Viles | Nov 13, 2019 | Texas

The Texas Medical Center recently released their 2019 national survey from physicians and consumers. The survey provides insight into the public’s attitude about a number of hot button issues in health care.  The most recent survey, now in its 5th year, focuses on topics like the cost of health care,...[ Read More ]

5 Things Texas: Contract awards, Stephanie Muth, Convening Panel

| Nov 6, 2019 | Texas

Wow. Last night, Kentucky went from being Trump +30 to a Democratic governor. Virginia now has a Democratic legislature and governor for the first time since the Civil War. If that general trend continues, things may get a bit more complicated for Sen. John Cornyn, too, who six months ago...[ Read More ]

What They're Watching: Stephen Love, DFWHC

Emily Viles | Nov 5, 2019 | Texas

"Well the state of reform in Texas--I think people are collaborating, I think people are talking more, you know Texas is very conservative. Texas did not expand Medicaid, that's a given, but I do think that there are things that we can work collaboratively on. A couple of things in...[ Read More ]

New learning collaborative aims to find best ways for health plans to address underlying, non-medical causes of poor health for Medicaid patients in Texas

| Nov 1, 2019 | Texas

A group of health sector stakeholders has launched a new learning collaborative designed to help Texas Medicaid health insurance plans develop and implement strategies to address the non-medical, root causes of poor health for patients across the state. The 12-month project will focus on access to healthy food, housing conditions,...[ Read More ]

Texas HHS announces managed care organization contract awards

Emily Viles | Oct 31, 2019 | Texas

This week, Texas HHS announced the contract awards  to managed care organizations in corresponding service areas for the STAR+PLUS product. The contracts will become effective September 1, 2020 and will be effective for 3 years.  The contracts are as follows:  Harris service area: Aetna, Amerigroup, United Health Care Hidalgo service...[ Read More ]

Texas Medicaid Director Stephanie Muth announces intent to retire

Emily Viles | Oct 31, 2019 | Texas

Last night, Texas State Medicaid Director, Stephanie Muth, announced that she would be stepping down from her position in the agency.  Muth began her career in Texas government nearly 20 years ago as a Legislative Aide in the Texas House of Representatives. Since, she has held many positions in the...[ Read More ]