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The Weekly Insight: May 1

Texas Insight’s Recent Reports An Update on the Texas Opioid Epidemic: This posting provides an overview of the opioid crisis and offers some policy solutions that will effectively reduce our…
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HHSC: Intellectual and Developmental Disability System Redesign Advisory Committee

Meeting Summary. The Intellectual and Developmental Disability System Redesign Advisory Committee gathered for their quarterly meeting. Created by Government Code, Chapter 534, the Committee advises HHSC on the implementation of the acute care services and long-term services and supports (LTSS) system redesign for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Chapter 534 requires HHSC to design and implement an acute care services and LTSS system for people with IDD that supports the following goals:
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House Committee on Human Services

Meeting Summary. The committee met to consider Interim Charge 2, a review of managed care in Texas. In particular, the committee focused on the following: Review the history of Medicaid Managed…
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HHSC: Texas Brain Injury Advisory Council

Meeting Summary. The Texas Brain Injury Advisory Council (BIAC) addresses strategic planning, policy, rules and services related to preventing brain injury and providing rehabilitation and long-term services and supports for people…
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House Committee on Opioids and Substance Abuse: Charges 1 and 2 and Foster Care Impact

Meeting Summary. The Select Committee met to consider invited testimony only on the following interim charges: Continuation of Charge 1: Study the prevalence and impact of substance use and substance use disorders in Texas, including co-occurring mental illness. Study the prevalence and impact of opioids and synthetic drugs in Texas. Review the history of overdoses and deaths due to overdoses. Also review other health-related impacts due to substance abuse. Identify substances that are contributing to overdoses, related deaths and health impacts, and compare the data to other states. During the review, identify effective and efficient prevention and treatment responses by health care systems, including hospital districts and coordination across state and local governments. Recommend solutions to prevent overdoses and related health impacts and deaths in Texas.
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The Weekly Insight: April 23

Texas Insight’s Recent Reports HHSC: Council on Consumer Direction: The Council met to discuss a number of topics, including: 1) Interaction with IDD Redesign Advisory Committee; 2) the letter that was…
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House Committee on Appropriations: Monitor the Ongoing Implementation of S.B. 20 (84R), S.B. 533 (85R), and S.B. 255 (85R)

Summary. This is a limited report on the testimony related to the Health and Human Services Commission on the following charge: Monitor the ongoing implementation of S.B. 20 (84R), S.B. 533 (85R), and S.B. 255 (85R). Study the processes by which state agencies award, execute, manage, and monitor state contracts, and make recommendations on whether any changes are necessary to safeguard the best interest of the public and state. Evaluate measures utilized to determine vendor performance, and make recommendations on how to improve vendor selection and performance. When reviewing the Health and Human Services Commission’s (HHSC) managed care contracts, determine if HHSC has adequate data, staff, and processes to provide appropriately rigorous contract oversight, including but not limited to the use of outcome metrics. Consider whether HHSC properly enforces contractual sanctions when managed care organizations (MCOs) are out of compliance, as well as how HHSC uses Medicaid participants' complaints regarding access to care to improve quality.
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An Update on the Texas Opioid Epidemic

This last week saw Texas health officials testifying to members of the House Committee on Opioids & Substance Abuse that the Texas opioid death rate is rising by 10 percent every year. The most recent year -2015- of data from the Texas Department of State Health Services reports that 1,174 Texans died from what is termed “accidental poisoning where opioids were involved”. US Centers for Disease Control attributes 1,375 2016 deaths in Texas to opioid-related overdoses. Physicians, pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors, pharmacies, and Medicare and state Medicaid programs are some of the groups being blamed for the crisis, as are addicts themselves. Forthcoming 2017 data on opioid-related deaths reportedly will show even higher numbers of deaths. This posting provides an overview of the crisis and offers some policy solutions that will effectively reduce our reliance on these drugs, regardless of what parties may bear responsibility for the crisis.
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The Weekly Insight: April 16

Texas Insight’s Recent Reports DSHS: Investigational Stem Cell Treatment Rules – Stakeholder Meeting: The DSHS held a stakeholder meeting to accept comments as the agency develops rules to designate medical…
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