The Weekly Insight: February 26

26th Feb 2018
Texas Insight’s Recent Reports
  • HHSC: Medical Care Advisory Committee: The Medical Care Advisory Committee (MCAC) gathered for their quarterly meeting. MCAC 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.
  • HHSC: Value-Based Payment and Quality Improvement Advisory Committee: The Value-Based Payment and Quality Improvement Advisory Committee gathered for their quarterly meeting. [The Committee] provides a forum to promote public-private, multi-stakeholder collaboration in support of quality improvement and value-based payment initiatives for Medicaid, other publicly funded health services and the wider health care system. It was established in accordance with Texas Government Code §531.012.
  • Texas House of Representatives: General Investigating & Ethics Committee: The Committee met on February 15 to consider a number of interim charges which included: Interim Charge 10: Monitor agencies and programs under the Committee’s jurisdiction and oversee the implementation of relevant legislation passed by the 85th Legislature. (Review results of State Auditor’s Office report on the Texas Health and Human Services Commission’s management of Medicaid managed care contracts). This report addresses only the HHSC portion (Charge 10).
  • HHSC: Mental Health Condition and Substance Use Disorder Parity Workgroup: The Mental Health Condition and Substance Use Disorder Parity Workgroup met in their second meeting which was largely organizational in nature. [This workgroup] was established by House Bill 10.

Federal Healthcare Reports

  • S. Healthcare Coverage and Spending: In 2016, the United States had an estimated population of 318 million individuals. Most of those individuals had private health insurance or received health care services under a federal program (such as Medicare or Medicaid). About 8.6 % of the U.S. population was uninsured (Table 1). Individuals (including those who were uninsured), health insurers, and federal and state governments spent approximately $3. 2 trillion on various types of health consumption expenditures (HCE) in 2016, which accounted for 17.1 % of the nation’s gross domestic product.
  • How Many People Experience Homelessness? Attempts by the federal government to estimate the number of people who are homeless have only taken place on a regular basis for a little more than a decade. Prior to that, there had been several national estimates of homelessness but nothing both comprehensive and recurring…
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