The TETAF Board of Directors met in Austin July 26-28 for a strategic planning session with consultants Gallegher Integrated Healthcare Strategies to continue the ongoing restructuring and advancement of the foundation. The board reviewed legal and fiduciary responsibilities, council priorities and expectations and common stumbling blocks and challenges faced by boards. They completed an analysis…

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The Texas EMS for Children Program is currently conducting a survey of emergency departments throughout the state. They are encouraging hospitals to complete the survey online in order to help them collect information on transfer guidelines and agreements. The survey should take 5-10 minutes to complete. To find your hospital, click “Texas” on the drop down menu…

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The Department of State Health Services has scheduled stakeholder meetings to review and take comment on the state rules regarding trauma and stroke designation for revision. UPDATE: The state will be working off of the following resource documents  TRAUMA STROKE In addition, DSHS will host stakeholder meetings on the new maternal care rule for hospitals seeking state designation.…

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Today is the first day of summer and already 16 children have died in hot cars this year. This is completely preventable and injury prevention advocates today are spreading the word about vehicle safety. Last year, 46 children died in America due to heatstroke from a hot car. We can do better! KidsandCars.org is promoting…

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TETAF would like to thank those who attended the DSHS legislative appropriation request (LAR) hearings around the state on Monday. TETAF CEO Dinah S. Welsh was joined by speakers Darrell Pile and Wanda Helgesen, on behalf of the TETAF board, as well as their RACs, Angie Burgin on behalf of RAC S and Dr. Lillian…

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The House Appropriations Committee met yesterday to examine the use of federal funds by state agencies responding to the effects of Hurricane Harvey and identify opportunities to maximize the use of federal funds to reduce the impact of future natural disasters. The committee has also been tasked with identifying the need for state resources to…

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The United States Health & Human Services, Office of the Assistance Secretary for Preparedness and Response, has recently updated their fact sheet on EMTALA and disasters. EMTALA is a federal law that requires all Medicare-participating hospitals with emergency departments to to treat all individuals that come to the ED regardless of the individual’s ability to pay.…

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On Monday, June 11, the Department of State Health Services will host an opportunity for stakeholders to comment on the upcoming legislative appropriations request (LAR). While there is no guarantee that legislators will appropriate the items included in an LAR, it is used as a guide for lawmakers and is considered to be the funding…

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The Texas Health and Human Services Commission is awarding up to $15 million in grant funds to 31 governmental entities and nonprofit organizations located across the state to provide mental health services to communities. Grants will fund community programs to expand treatment, promote recovery and improve quality of life for individuals with mental illness. Examples…

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It’s human nature to sometimes wonder if what we are doing is making an impact. We get busy with the work at hand, and too often don’t stop to assess the progress and applaud the triumphs. TETAF is no different. We are a busy team whose work reaches every corner of the state. We’re carrying…

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