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DSHS Announces Additional Trauma, Stroke Rule Revision Stakeholder Meetings

UPDATED 10/10/2018: The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has scheduled additional stakeholder meetings to review the state rules regarding trauma and stroke designation. These meetings are a continuation of the previous rule review meetings over the past few years and will utilize the following resource documents: TRAUMA STROKE Meetings have been scheduled for Longview,…

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Educational Opportunity: ICD10 Trauma Injury Coding Course

UTMB is offering an ICD10 coding course September 15-16 in Galveston. The course provides trauma nurses, injury coders, and registrars with the knowledge and tools to ensure accurate and reliable trauma registry ICD10 coding.  BROCHURE UTMB Campus, Rebecca Sealy Building 404 8th St. Galveston, TX 77555 September 15 & 16, 2018 (8:00am to 5:30pm) Course…

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EMS for Children Conducting Survey of Emergency Departments

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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ASPR Updates Guidance on EMTALA & Disasters

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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Guest Column: Preparing for Harvey in the Coastal Bend

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017, began like any typical day for the staff of Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi – meeting notices and cafeteria menu changes were sent out via email, patients were cared for, staff came and went as scheduled. People along the Texas coast had been watching a tropical depression that had recently…

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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 hospitals stand to lose about $150 million in federal…

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SETRAC Coordinating Hospital Staffing Assistance

SETRAC has been asked to develop a strategy to provide needed staffing assistance to healthcare facilities and clinics in and around the Houston area.  They have established an online process to allow healthcare providers and staff that wish to assist in this unprecedented response. SETRAC has persons assigned to match volunteers with the needs of…

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DSHS to Host Stakeholder Meetings to Review Draft Rules

The Department of State Health Services will host stakeholder meetings for review of the Maternal Levels of Care Designation Rules and Centers of Excellence for Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy Designation Rules in Austin, on Wednesday, September 13, 2017.  The stakeholder meetings will take place on the DSHS Main Campus at 1100 West 49th Street, M100, Austin,…

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