Texas Insight provides timely reporting of healthcare issues and events as they occur within the legislative and regulatory branches of Texas state government.
HHSC: Public Hearing on Proposed metrics and Associated Performance Requirements for QIPP SFY 2022. The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) conducted a public hearing to receive public comment on proposed quality metrics for the Quality Incentive Payment Program (QIPP) for nursing facilities for SFY 2022. Read the full report.
Special Report: Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts Releases the Biennial Revenue Estimate. Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar released the Biennial Revenue Estimate (BRE) Monday showing the state is projected to have $112.5 billion in revenue (all funds) available for general-purpose spending during the 2022-23 biennium. Read the report.
HHSC: Nursing Facility Payment Methodology Advisory Committee (NF-PMAC). The Committee gathered to discuss maintaining resource utilization groups (RUGs) with reduced levels; hear updates from the Economic Subcommittee and the Clinical Case Mix Subcommittee; and take public comment. Read the report.
HHSC: Public Hearing on Proposed Rules: Comprehensive Hospital Increase Reimbursement | Incentives for Physicians and Professional Services. HHSC conducted two public hearings on January 11, 2021 to receive public comments on proposed rules for the Comprehensive Hospital Increase Reimbursement Program and Texas Incentives for Physician and Professional Services Program.
- Comprehensive Hospital Increase Reimbursement Program. HHSC proposes an amendment to §353.1305, concerning Uniform Hospital Rate Increase Program; new §353.1306, concerning Comprehensive Hospital Increase Reimbursement Program for program periods on or after September 1, 2021; and new §353.1307, concerning Quality Metrics and Required Reporting Used to Evaluate the Success of the Comprehensive Hospital Increase Reimbursement Program.
- Texas Incentives for Physician and Professional Services Program. HHSC proposes new §353.1309, concerning Texas Incentives for Physicians and Professional Services; and new §353.1311, concerning Quality Metrics for the Texas Incentives for Physician and Professional Services Program. The proposed rules were published in the December 25, 2020 issue of the Texas Register.
January 20, 2021
- This meeting will be webcast: Proposed metrics and associated performance requirements for CHIRP and TIPPS
January 21, 2021
- This meeting will be webcast: Provider Finance Department Stakeholder Engagement Meetings Notice – Potential Medicaid Payment Rates
January 22, 2021
- This meeting will be webcast: Drug Utilization Review Board (DURB) Agenda
- This meeting will be webcast: Newborn Screening Advisory Committee (NBSAC) Agenda
- “Lives are at stake”: Three Texas regions battered by coronavirus are out of intensive care beds
- Texas Nurses Association on COVID Vaccinations
- Low-income Texans struggle to find new doctors as state officials boot Planned Parenthood off Medicaid
- Nelson: Re-Appointed Chair Of Senate Finance Committee
- Texas-based anti-vaccine group received federal bailout funds in May as pandemic raged
- Trump administration extends health care safety net for uninsured Texans
- Texas Psychologists Ready for 87th Session of Texas Legislature
- ‘You Can’t Treat If You Can’t Empathize’: Black Doctors Tackle Vaccine Hesitancy
- The virus death toll in the U.S. has passed 400,000.
- 3 Questions And The Emerging Answers About COVID-19 Vaccine Protection
- Some prisons are offering skeptical inmates incentives to consent to vaccination.
- Moderna says it’s investigating reported allergic reactions to COVID-19 vaccine
- Biden chooses Rachel Levine, a transgender doctor, for senior Health and Human Services role.
- Health workers refusing vaccine is new growing US problem
- Why Medical Tourism Is Drawing Patients, Even in a Pandemic
- WHO head blasts vaccine inequalities, hits drugmakers over profits
- Biden Will Kick Off Inaugural Events at a Ceremony Honoring Victims of Covid-19
- Biden unveils COVID-19 vaccine plan, with focus on mass inoculations
- U.S. Supreme Court rebuffs Merck appeal in hepatitis C patent fight with Gilead
- Governors say no additional vaccine doses coming, despite Trump admin promise
Access this document for state and federal COVID-19 updates from this week.