The Weekly Insight: May 29

29th May 2018

Texas Insight’s Recent Reports

  • Pharma Under Fire in Texas: A number of recent events have brought renewed scrutiny to the pharmaceutical industry, threatening fines and increased regulation. This posting explores these events and perhaps a more balanced view of responsibility for the opioid epidemic. The posting also provides an overview of President Trump’s recent proposal to curb drug industry prices.
  • HHSC: Proposed §353.1303, Quality Incentive Payment Program for Nursing Facilities (QIPP): The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) conducted a public hearing to receive public comment on proposed Medicaid rules for §353.1303, Quality Incentive Payment Program for Nursing Facilities.
  • HHSC: Medical Care Advisory Committee: The Medical Care Advisory Committee is a federally mandated committee that reviews and makes recommendations to the state Medicaid director on proposed rules that involve Medicaid policy or affect Medicaid-funded programs.
  • House Committee on Human Services: The committee met on May 9th to consider the remainder of Interim Charge 2, a review of managed care in Texas. In particular, the committee focused on the following: a) Study whether access to care and network adequacy contractual requirements are sufficient; b) Determine Medicaid participant and provider satisfaction within STAR, STAR Health, STAR Kids and STAR+PLUS managed care programs; and c) Study the future delivery of services under a managed care model to additional populations.  
  • HHSC: Texas State Child Fatality Review Team Committee: The Committee met and received updates on the bylaws and a specific Amber Alert apprehension by DPS. New members were elected including: DFPS (CPS)—Marcia Stone (Georgetown); Police Chief—Michael Baldwin (Weatherford); Educator—Christi Elliot (Comal County). Additionally, the Committee discussed a new position statement regarding moving local CFRT activity to prevention.

Looking Ahead

May 31, 2018: Health and Human Services Commission Executive Council

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