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What They're Watching: Rep. Garnet Coleman

Michael Goldberg | Aug 28, 2020 | Texas

Rep. Garnet Coleman has served the people of District 147 in the Texas House of Representatives continuously since 1991. He is currently the Senior ranking member of the Public Health Committee as well as the Chairman of the County Affairs Committee. Rep. Coleman also served as a member of the...[ Read More ]

5 Things Texas: State health care rankings, Glenda Stepchinski, HEALS & HEROES acts compared

| Aug 6, 2020 | Texas

ICYMI, yesterday we announced the launch of our 2020 North Texas State of Reform Virtual Health Policy Conference. We feature it below as well. Moving to a virtual space is new for everyone. But, I think you'll find we've put in a lot of work to build a platform that is...[ Read More ]

Educating consumers on SDOH terminology

Michael Goldberg | Aug 4, 2020 | Texas

As the COVID-19 pandemic has posed a serious test to the health care system in Texas and beyond, non-medical factors, or social determinants of health (SDOH), are gaining purchase in the public conception of what an adequate health care system offers patients. Social disparities, such as race, income, housing, education,...[ Read More ]

Survey: Majority of Texans say lawmakers should prioritize social determinants of health

Michael Goldberg | Jul 14, 2020 | Texas

In case you missed it, an Episcopal Health Foundation (EHF) survey came out earlier this month which indicated majority support among Texans for state lawmakers to prioritize Social Determinants of Health as they expand access to health care. As defined in the report, Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) are the...[ Read More ]

Texas senators write letter urging Gov. Abbot to work with Trump Administration on strengthening health care safety net

Michael Goldberg | Jun 18, 2020 | Texas

A group of Democratic state senators sent a letter recently to Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott urging him to help mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Texas by working with the federal government to enact policies protecting, and in some cases strengthening, the state's safety net health care system....[ Read More ]

OIG audit finds reporting errors affected nursing facility risk group assignments

| Jun 12, 2020 | Texas

The OIG completed an audit of selected STAR+PLUS managed care members assigned to nursing facility risk groups. The audit focused on members with a discrepancy between utilization and risk group categorization for at least 12 months between March 2015 and December 2016. Based on the results, the OIG Audit Division...[ Read More ]