Hospitals

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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Hospitals Operate Through Storm

The following appeared in the Victoria Advocate on August 28, 2017. Just when the storm was beginning to rage Friday, Citizens Medical Center doctors had to perform a major emergency surgery. The county-owned hospital cared for 87 patients throughout the storm, delivered one baby and continues to see emergency patients, said Marketing Director Jennifer Schulte.…

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DSHS Notice to Hospitals: Out-of-State Providers and Hurricane Harvey

In accordance with section 418.016 of the Texas Government Code, the Office of the Governor temporarily suspends all necessary statutes and rules to allow health care providers employed by a hospital and licensed and in good standing in another state to practice in Texas in order assist with the Tropical Depression Harvey disaster response operations.…

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