The Weekly Insight: April 16
Texas Insight’s Recent Reports
- DSHS: Investigational Stem Cell Treatment Rules – Stakeholder Meeting: The DSHS held a stakeholder meeting to accept comments as the agency develops rules to designate medical conditions that constitute a severe chronic disease or terminal illness for the purpose of access and use of an investigational stem cell treatment.
- House Committee on Appropriations: Article II Subcommittee Part I: The Appropriations Subcommittee on Article II met to hear invited and public testimony on Interim Charges 11, 12, and 18(g). This report covers:
- Charge 11: Monitor Congressional action on federal healthcare reform and CHIP reauthorization…; and
- Charge 18(g): Monitor the agencies and programs under the Committee’s jurisdiction and oversee the implementation of relevant legislation passed by the 85th Legislature. Specifically monitoring: (g) Medicaid cost-containment efforts.
- House Committee on Appropriations: Article II Subcommittee Part II: The Appropriations Subcommittee on Article II met to hear invited and public testimony on Interim Charges 11, 12, and 18(g). This report covers Interim Charge 12: Review the state’s readiness to care for aging Texans by reviewing the reimbursement methodologies for nursing homes and assisted living facilities …
- Early Childhood Intervention Advisory Committee: The ECI Advisory Committee discussed: the Legislative Appropriations Request, two current ECI providers leaving the program, the Part C application which is now available for comment on the HHSC website, and the process of engaging physicians in the ECI process.
- HHSC: Texas Autism Council: The Council met and received an update on the legislative appropriations process, the Office for Disability Prevention for Children, and the activities of the members. A new Vice Chair, John Roppolo, was named.
April 20, 2018: Behavioral Health Advisory Committee
State and Federal Healthcare News
- For girls in the Texas foster care system, teen pregnancy is 5 times more likely
- More questions than answers in Texas maternal mortality study, lawmakers say
- Medical records of Texas Health patients may have been exposed in data breach
- Feds: Increase medication-based treatment for opioids
- Lung Cancer Patients Live Longer with Immune Therapy
- More than 200 Million Eggs Recalled Over Salmonella Fears
- Drug Company ‘Shenanigans’ to Block Generics Come Under Federal Scrutiny
- Drug Test Spurs Frank Talk Between Hypertension Patients And Doctors
- Trump plans first major speech on drug prices next week