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Emily Viles | Nov 5, 2019 | Texas

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 ]

Longtime Texas Health Care Execs Launch Devoted Health, a next-generation Medicare Advantage plan, in Houston metro area

| Oct 25, 2019 | Texas

Devoted Health, a next-generation Medicare Advantage plan dedicated to delivering the highest-quality, hassle-free health care to Medicare beneficiaries, announced that it is enrolling members into two new plans across four counties in the Houston metro area. Leading the efforts in Houston are longtime Texas health care execs Jim Korry, Devoted...[ Read More ]

Highlights from DFWHC, Hall Render surprise billing webinar

Emily Viles | Oct 25, 2019 | Texas

The Dallas Fort Worth Hospital Council and Hall Render recently hosted a surprise billing webinar to discuss the implications of these bills and laws currently impacting Texans. Panelists also discussed efforts to mitigate the impacts moving forward and legislation to keep an eye on in upcoming sessions.  Panelists included Michael...[ Read More ]

Texas HHS reveals inaugural 'Blueprint for Healthy Texas'

Emily Viles | Oct 17, 2019 | Texas

On Wednesday, the Texas Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) unveiled its inaugural “Blueprint for Healthy Texas” plan. The blueprint is used as a guideline for HHS to prioritize health care goals for the upcoming fiscal year, and will be released annually from here on.  "This plan reflects our...[ Read More ]