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HHS announces $750,000 in funding to develop rural Texas residency program

| Jul 26, 2019 | Texas

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced last week that the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler (UTHSCT) will receive $750,000 in grant funding as part of the Rural Residency Planning and Development Program (RRPD). The funding will be used by UTHSCT over three years to...[ Read More ]

5 Things Texas: Sen. Nathan Johnson, Budget riders, Univ of Houston

| Jun 6, 2019 | Texas

We hosted our Convening Panel this week for our 2019 North Texas State of Reform Health Policy Conference coming up in September. I will tell you it was a very enthusiastic group, with lots of candid input. We'll have our Topical Agenda out for everyone to review in a few weeks. Until...[ Read More ]

BCBSTX comments on contracting with FSERs

| Jun 6, 2019 | Texas

Following the media coverage on costs associated with free standing emergency rooms (FSERs), an active legislative session on the topic, and our recent interview with leadership at Code 3 ER, we reached out to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas. I wanted to better understand how BCBS thinks of...[ Read More ]

Health care highlights from the final weeks of the Texas Legislature

Emily Viles | May 30, 2019 | Texas

The Texas Legislature adjourned May 27th. This session, lawmakers introduced 10,854 bills, of which 2,789 were considered in either or both chambers. Health care legislation was a key focus in both the House and Senate. Among the many bills, the cost of health care, abortion regulations, opioid management, and maternal...[ Read More ]

Texas House votes to expand virtual access to care for Medicaid recipients

Sara Gentzler | May 15, 2019 | Texas

The Texas House of Representatives passed a Senate bill this week aimed at ensuring patients and providers in the Texas Medicaid program can access “a full array of choices when participating in virtual health care,” according to the author’s statement of intent.   SB 670, authored by Sen. Dawn Buckingham,...[ Read More ]

Q&A: Dr. Stephen Spann, Founding Dean of the University of Houston College of Medicine

Sara Gentzler | May 14, 2019 | Texas

Dr. Stephen Spann is the Founding Dean of the University of Houston College of Medicine. Earlier this month, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill into law that formally recognizes the new medical school, which is slated to welcome its first class of students in Fall 2020. The University is...[ Read More ]