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27 Sep

New Study on Non-Traffic Injuries and Fatalities

While significant reductions in vehicle crash-related child fatalities have occurred over the past few decades, less is known about non-traffic injuries and fatalities and around motor vehicles. A new study in the Traffic Injury Prevention Journal describes the national incidence of various non-traffic incidents, injuries and fatalities to...

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22 Sep

Last Chance to Submit Nominations for the Texas EMS Awards

Texas EMS Award nominations are being accepted until September 29. Don't miss your opportunity to nominate a person or organization that best exemplifies what the Texas EMS/Trauma system has to offer.  Winners are announced at the Texas EMS Conference Awards Luncheon in November.   Visit www.dshs.state.tx.us/emstraumasystems/conference.shtm for submission information....

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21 Sep

Texas Hospitals Urge Delay or Repeal of Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital Payment Reductions

In July, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services proposed a rule to implement the Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital payment reductions beginning fiscal year 2018 through 2025, as required by the Affordable Care Act. The Texas Hospital Association has called for the repeal or delay the cuts, as Texas...

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21 Sep

Texas Tribune: New Law Seeks to Prevent Surprise Medical Bills from Freestanding ERs

This article appeared Sept. 21 on the Texas Tribune website. A new law requires Texas' freestanding emergency rooms to more clearly communicate what health insurance networks they're in, if any. BY SHANNON NAJMABADI Patients who visit freestanding emergency rooms in Texas should now have a better idea of whether their health insurance...

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08 Sep

Perinatal Advisory Council to Meet Sept. 18

The next meeting of the Perinatal Advisory Council will take place Sept. 18 at the Health & Human Services Commission in Austin. Questions regarding agenda items, content, or meeting arrangements should be directed to David Williams, Council Coordinator, Health and Human Services Commission, 512-380-4374, or david.williams@hhsc.state.tx.us. More...

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06 Sep

HHSC Postpones Medicaid Rate Cuts for Ambulances

HHSC provided the following message to Medicaid managed care organizations on September 5: HHSC is pending the reimbursement rate changes for Dental and Ambulance services proposed at the August 8, 2017, public rate hearing.  The proposed reimbursement rate changes will not implement October 1, 2017, but HHSC...

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