Sima Ladjevardian, Region Six Director for the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), outlined the agency’s health policy priorities for the region during a presentation at the 2023 Texas State of Reform Health Policy Conference in Austin last week.     HHS Region Six encompasses Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana. Ladjevardian … Read more

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) presented on Tuesday an update on its implementation of House Bill 4, which requires the agency to deliver more telehealth and telemedicine services on a permanent and cost-effective basis.      After engaging stakeholders for most of 2022, HHSC posted in July a draft of its Medicaid … Read more

On July 30th, 2020, as hospitalizations from COVID-19 were hitting new peaks across the country, Memorial Hermann Health System initiated a pilot virtual nursing program at 3 of its hospitals in Texas during its COVID-19 hospitalization surge.     ICUs at Memorial Hermann have large windows that allow nurses to monitor and check-in on patients … Read more