The Weekly Insight: March 26

26th Mar 2018
Texas Insight’s Recent Reports
  • Trauma-Informed Care in Texas: Building on recent postings’ themes of the health and social impacts of economic disparities and abuse, this is the first posting in a new series on trauma-informed care and its use and promise in Texas. Trauma is defined as a deeply distressing or disturbing event, differing from common life stressors in that trauma causes a sense of intense fear, terror and helplessness that is beyond the normal range for typical experiences. Trauma-informed care programs are those that incorporate knowledge of the impact of trauma and traumatic stress into policies and programs of systems of care, such as the child welfare system, schools, and the healthcare system.
  • Texas Senate Committee on Health and Human Services: Part I: The Senate Health and Human Services Committee met to address several charges. This report covers the following: Evaluate the commission’s efforts to ensure Medicaid managed care organizations’ compliance with contractual obligations and the use of incentives and sanctions to enforce compliance. Assess the commission’s progress in implementing competitive bidding practices for Medicaid managed care contracts and other initiatives to ensure the best value for taxpayer dollars used in Medicaid managed care contracts.
  • Texas Senate Health and Human Services: Part II: The Senate Health and Human Services Committee met to address several charges. This report covers the following: Review the Health and Human Services Commission’s efforts to improve quality and efficiency in the Medicaid program, including pay-for-quality initiatives in Medicaid managed care. Compare alternative payment models and value-based payment arrangements with providers in Medicaid managed care, the Employees Retirement System, and the Teacher Retirement System, and identify areas for cross-collaboration and coordination among these entities.

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