The Weekly Insight: July 21, 2020

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Texas Insight provides timely reporting of healthcare issues and events as they occur within the legislative and regulatory branches of Texas state government.

Comptroller Projects $4.6 Billion Shortfall in Revised Revenue Estimate: Release and Hearing Summary. Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar today revised the Certification Revenue Estimate (CRE) and now projects a fiscal 2021 ending shortfall of $4.58 billion. The shortfall, which Hegar attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic and recent volatility in oil prices, is a decrease from the $2.89 billion positive year-end balance originally projected in the October 2019 CRE. Read the full report.

HHSC: e-Health Advisory Committee. The Committee gathered to discuss e-Health Advisory Committee (eHAC) status and membership; hear subcommittee reports; hear an update on Telemedicine; discuss National provider identifier and Texas provider identifier; discuss the proposed behavioral health subcommittee of eHAC; discuss Medicaid Technology Modernization, Health Information Technology (HIT) and Health Information Exchange program; and more. Read the full report.

HHSC: Healthy Texas Women Post Award Public Forum. The Texas Health and Human Services Commission and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have reached an agreement to provide comprehensive women’s health services through a Medicaid demonstration waiver over the next five years. Click to view the CMS approval letter (PDF) and CMS approved Healthy Texas Women Section 1115 Demonstration Waiver (PDF). HHS launched the Healthy Texas Women (HTW) program on July 1, 2016. The program provides women’s health and family planning services at no cost to eligible, low-income Texas women. At this meeting, HHSC gave updates on the Healthy Texas Women 1115 waiver, and gave the public will an opportunity to provide comments. Read the full report.

HHSC: Policy Council for Children and Families. The Council gathered to hear a presentation on Telemedicine with high risk children; discuss the 2020 Workgroup Report; discuss extension and flexibility for services and supports placed due to COVID-19; discuss the Legislative Report planning and timeline; and more. Read the full report.

HHSC: Nursing Facility Payment Methodology Advisory Committee. The Nursing Facility Payment Methodology Advisory Committee studies and makes recommendations on the development of a nursing facility reimbursement methodology that incentivizes quality care for people served in a nursing facility, and is cost-effective, streamlined and transparent. Read the full report.

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