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THA Announces New President/CEO

| Nov 17, 2021 | Texas

Following a nationwide search, the Texas Hospital Association has selected longtime advocacy veteran John Hawkins to lead the organization, replacing Ted Shaw who retires at the end of the year. On Jan. 1, Hawkins will become the association’s president and chief executive officer. THA is the largest voice for Texas...[ Read More ]

Texas Hospital Association responds to Gov. Abbott’s executive order banning vaccination mandates

| Oct 28, 2021 | Texas

Texas Hospital Association (THA) expressed their opposition to Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order prohibiting vaccine mandates by any entity in a statement released earlier this month. The statement came just two days after Gov. Abbott released his executive order.      The statement from Ted Shaw, THA president and CEO,...[ Read More ]

Texas may soon have its own hospital price transparency requirements

| Mar 17, 2021 | Texas

While recent federal law requires hospitals to post prices for certain services, Texas doesn’t currently have a state-level price transparency law. Representative Jay Dean says federal rules frequently change, and believes Texas needs its own hospital price transparency requirement to protect patients. He is sponsoring HB 1490 to implement such...[ Read More ]

CMS draws criticism from Texas rural hospitals over MFAR rule

Michael Goldberg | Feb 11, 2020 | Texas

Rural hospitals and stakeholders are warning that CMS's proposed Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation (MFAR) rule could have devastating impacts on rural health care and employment. The rule, published in November, is aimed at safeguarding the fiscal integrity of the Medicaid program through rules designed to ensure states receiving federal matching...[ Read More ]

Poll reveals Americans want federal protections from surprise medical bills

Emily Viles | Apr 25, 2019

On Wednesday, a poll conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that a majority of Americans want federal government protections against surprise medical bills. Surprise medical billing occurs most often when an individual is transported to an emergency room by an out-of-network ambulance, when an emergency room is outside of...[ Read More ]