Weekly Insight: August 28
Weekly Insight: Texas Insight’s Reports from August 21-25
- HHSC: Hospital Payment Advisory Committee: The Hospital Payment Advisory Committee met to receive information related to funding mechanisms for hospitals and the continuation and process under the Transformation 1115 waiver. With only 6 weeks left in the demonstration year for the waiver, CMS has still not notified HHSC of the waiver continuation.
- HHSC: Behavioral Health Advisory Committee: The Behavioral Health Advisory Committee met to receive updates on programs and initiatives.
- HHSC: Medical Care Advisory Committee: The Medical Care Advisory Committee met to be briefed on already adopted items. This was clearly not a welcome event by the Committee. Only one item was presented as an item for their recommendation. The report lays out all of this and more. For an information-only meeting… this had lots of teeth to it.
Federal Healthcare News
- Governors Preparing Bipartisan Health Care Plan for Congress to Consider: In the wake of congressional Republicans’ failure to pass a health care bill, two governors from different parties are going to bring their own ideas to Washington. Staff for Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican, are working on a joint plan to stabilize the country’s health insurance markets. Kasich told Colorado Public Radio’s Colorado Mattersthat they expect to release it ahead of September hearings in the U.S. Senate. They also intend to get other governors from both parties to sign onto the plan, to show support at the state level.
- Five governors to testify at hearing on bipartisan healthcare bill: Five governors will testify in front of the Senate’s health committee next month on ways to fix ObamaCare. Governors Charlie Baker (R-Mass.), Steve Bullock (D-Mont.), Bill Haslam (R-Tenn.), Gary Herbert (R-Utah) and John Hickenlooper (D-Colo.) will testify at a hearing on Sept. 7. State insurance commissioners will testify September 6.
- Intent on Reversing Its Opioid Epidemic, A State Limits Prescriptions: A year ago, Maine was one of the first states to set limits on opioid prescriptions. The goal in capping the dose of prescription painkillers a patient could get was to stem the flow of opioids that are fueling a nationwide epidemic of abuse. Maine’s law, considered the toughest in the U.S., is largely viewed as a success. But it has also been controversial — particularly among chronic pain patients who are reluctant to lose the medicine they say helps them function.
- Serious Nursing Home Abuse Often Not Reported to Police, Federal Investigators Find: More than one-quarter of serious cases of nursing home abuse are not reported to the police, according to an alert released Monday morning by the Office of Inspector General in the Department of Health and Human Services.