The Weekly Insight: April 11
Texas Insight’s Recent Reports
- House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations: Article II Subcommittee – Part I: The subcommittee took up specific aspects of Interim Charge 4, including: When reviewing the HHSC’s managed care contracts, determine if HHSC has adequate data, staff, and processes to provide appropriately rigorous contract oversight…
- House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations: Article II Subcommittee – Part II: The subcommittee took up Interim Charge 10: Examine the ECI Program in Texas, including a review of historical funding levels, programmatic changes, challenges providers face within the program, and utilization trends…
- HHSC: Policy Council for Children and Families: The Policy Council for Children and Families (PCCF) gathered on April 2, 2018. The Council works to improve the coordination, quality, efficiency and outcomes of services provided to children with disabilities and their families through the state’s health, education and human services systems.
- Trauma-Informed Care in Texas: Part III: This is the last posting in the TI series on trauma-informed care (TIC) and its use and promise in Texas. This posting discusses trauma among incarcerated persons and how TIC can be used to improve public investment in incarcerated populations in Texas.
- DSHS: Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force: The task force studies and reviews cases of pregnancy-related deaths and trends in severe maternal morbidity, determines the feasibility of the task force studying cases of severe maternal morbidity, and makes recommendations to help reduce the incidence of pregnancy-related deaths and severe maternal morbidity in Texas.
Federal Healthcare Policy Reports
- Federal Requirements on Private Health Insurance Plans: The first part of this report provides background information about health plans sold in the PHI market and briefly describes state and federal regulation of private plans. The second part summarizes selected federal requirements and indicates each requirement’s applicability to one or more of the following types of private health plans: individual, small group, large group, and self- insured.
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Errors and Fraud: The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the nation’s largest domestic food assistance program, serving about 42.2 million in an average month at a federal cost over $68 billion in FY2017…
April 13, 2018
Texas Council on Consumer Direction
State and Federal Healthcare News
- DMN: Michael Parks and two aides dismissed at HHSC after scoring errors scuttled 5 CHIP contracts
- Report: Texas’ maternal deaths were dramatically lower in 2012 under new methodology
- Thousands of retirees flee TRS-Care: Last session’s temporary fix to TRS-Care has resulted in the exodus of 36,400 retirees and dependents.
- F.D.A Restricts Sales of Bayer’s Essure Contraceptive Implant
- The Final Obamacare Tally is In. About 400,000 Fewer Signed up This Year
- Medical Marijuana’s ‘Catch-22’: Limits On Research Hinder Patient Relief
- Poll: Voters say health care top issue in midterms
- Trump taps new director for office on Medicare reforms
- Virginia Is Close to Expanding Medicaid After Years of Republican Opposition
- Many People Taking Antidepressants Discover They Cannot Quit
- The Disappearing Doctor: How Mega-Mergers Are Changing the Business of Medical Care: Big Corporations – giant retailers and health insurance companies – are teaming up to become your doctor.
- Tainted Synthetic Marijuana Sickens More than 90 in Midwest, Killing 2: An outbreak around Chicago has caused mysterious symptoms, including severe bleeding. Officials are searching for the source of rat poison in the drug.
- Under Trump, an Office Meant to Help Refugees Enters the Abortion Wars: One small government office has become the flash point in the debate over the administration’s embrace of socially conservative policy.
- Surgeon General Urges Americans to Carry Drug That Stops Opioid Overdose: The drug naloxone, has been used to revive thousands of people.