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From the Texas Hospital Association

March 1 Texas Hospitals’ Use of Plain Language Emergency Alerts Grows
Hospitals across Texas continue to transition from hospital-specific, color-based emergency codes to standardized, plain language alerts as part of their work to promote safety, reduce errors and increase transparency of communications and safety protocols …   Read more
Feb. 9 Texas Hospital Association Endorses Use of Voluntary Emergency Department Prescribing Guidelines to Curb Opioid Misuse and Abuse
Texas hospitals lead initiative to reduce opioid deaths
The Texas Hospital Association recommends that Texas hospitals voluntarily adopt its guidelines to advise prescribers working in hospital emergency departments of ways to minimize inappropriate use of opioid painkillers and ultimately reduce the number of opioid-related deaths in the state …   Read more
Feb. 7 Texas Hospital Association Releases Special Report On Hospital Disaster Response During Hurricane Harvey
Report Offers Findings and Recommendations to Improve Disaster Preparedness and Response for Future Events
The Texas Hospital Association today released a special report analyzing Texas hospitals’ disaster response before, during and after Hurricane Harvey, including findings and recommendations for future preparation strategies …   Read more
Feb. 6 Texas Hospital Association Honors Barclay Berdan
HOSPAC Star Award Recognizes Hospital Leader’s Advocacy and Engagement
The Texas Hospital Association and its political action committee, HOSPAC, today honored Barclay Berdan, FACHE, CEO of Texas Health Resources in Arlington, with the 2017 HOSPAC Star Award for his commitment to political and public policy advocacy …   Read more
Feb. 6 Tim Lancaster Receives Prestigious THA Award For Distinguished Health Care Administration
Earl M. Collier Award Is Highest Honor THA Bestows
The Texas Hospital Association today named Tim Lancaster, FACHE, president and CEO of Hendrick Health System in Abilene, the recipient of the 2017 THA Earl M. Collier Award for Distinguished Health Care Administration for his dedicated efforts to advance health care for more than 30 years …   Read more
Feb. 5 Cowling Elected Chair of Statewide Hospital Association Board
Phyllis Cowling, FHFMA, president and CEO of United Regional Health Care System in Wichita Falls, has been elected chair of the Texas Hospital Association Board of Trustees. Cowling officially became chair on Jan. 1, 2018 …   Read more
Feb. 1 Partnership brings focus on cyber security solutions to Texas hospitals
Texas Hospital Association partners with Clearwater Compliance to manage critical hospital cyber security
The Texas Hospital Association announced its newest partnership with Clearwater Compliance, a top-ranked, award-winning health care cyber risk management and regulatory compliance solutions company. The endorsement follows an extensive due diligence analysis with Texas hospital leaders closely examining Clearwater’s operations and services …   Read more
Jan. 17 Texas Hospitals Issue Guidance to Avoid Longer ER Wait Times Due to Severe Flu Season
Texas hospitals, like others across the country, are experiencing a high volume of patients due to the seasonal flu and are taking necessary steps to ensure patients receive appropriate care …   Read more
Jan. 10 Texas Hospital Association Working with Baylor Scott & White to Improve Patient Care
THA Smart Ribbon, a product of the Texas Hospital Association’s Center for Technology Innovation, has announced a new collaboration with Texas-based Baylor Scott & White Health …   Read more
Jan. 2 Court Ruling Slashes More Than $40 Million In Medicare Prescription Drug Payments To Hospitals
Congressional action needed to ensure continued drug affordability and access to care
Judge Rudolph Contreras of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia today ruled in favor of the federal government to dismiss hospitals’ case against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to stop scheduled Medicare reimbursement cuts for outpatient prescription drugs. …   Read more
Dec. 21 Texas Hospitals Applaud Medicaid 1115 Waiver Extension
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and Texas Health and Human Services Commission have reached an agreement to approve a new five-year Medicaid 1115 Transformation Waiver. …   Read more
Nov. 2 Texas Hospital Industry Leader Recognized For Innovation
‘Smart Ribbon’ Earns Texas Hospital Association Digital Leader CHIME’s Innovator Award
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives recognized a top Texas hospital industry leader Wednesday at the organization’s CHIME17 Fall CIO Forum …   Read more
Nov. 1 Enrollment for Health Insurance Marketplace Opens
Texans Can Purchase Affordable Health Coverage Through Dec. 15
Open enrollment through the health insurance marketplace begins today and runs through Dec. 15 at healthcare.gov …   Read more

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