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June 25 Texas Hospital Association Statement on President Donald Trump’s Executive Order on Hospital Price Transparency
The following is a statement from Ted Shaw, Texas Hospital Association president/CEO, on the Executive Order issued by President Donald Trump directing the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to issue a rule requiring hospitals to disclose the amounts health insurers and patients pay for health care services …   Read more
June 17 Gov. Greg Abbott Signs Model Legislation To Eliminate Surprise Medical Bills For Texas Patients
Texas Hospitals Support the Patient-Friendly, Free-Market Solution
Texas patients no longer will receive surprise bills for out-of-pocket costs for emergency or unplanned health care services as a measure supported by Texas hospitals becomes law with republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s signature Friday …   Read more
June 17 Gov. Greg Abbott Signs Landmark Law To Preserve Critical Trauma Hospital Funding
Texas Hospitals, Broad Coalition of Organizations Applaud Efforts to Support Access to Trauma Care
After unanimously passing both the Texas House of Representatives and Texas Senate, Gov. Greg Abbott (R) Friday signed into law landmark legislation to preserve critical funding for Texas’ designated trauma hospitals …   Read more
June 4 Caravan Health and Texas Hospital Association Team Up to Improve Patient Care Through Texas’ First Statewide Accountable Care Organization
Today, the Texas Hospital Association and Caravan Health introduced a new partnership for Texas hospitals in their missions to improve patient care and achieve financial stability. Through the new collaborative, THA and Caravan Health will launch Value TX Health, a statewide clinically integrated network …   Read more
May 23 Texas Legislature Passes Bill to Support Hospitals in Quality Improvement Work
Texas Hospitals Support Efforts to Align Health Care Reporting Requirements
The Texas Legislature yesterday passed legislation to simplify and align reporting requirements for health care-associated infections to promote Texas hospitals’ ongoing work to improve the quality of care delivered in its facilities …   Read more
May 22 Gov. Greg Abbott Signs Law To Ensure Access To Care During A Disaster
Texas Hospitals Applaud Efforts to Expand Liability Protections for Volunteer Health Care Providers
After unanimously passing both the Texas House of Representatives and Texas Senate, Gov. Greg Abbott (R) this week signed into law legislation to ensure Texans’ timely access to essential health care services during a natural or manmade disaster …   Read more
May 22 Texas Legislature Passes Model Legislation To Eliminate Surprise Medical Bills For Texas Patients
Texas Hospitals Support the Patient-Friendly, Free-Market Solution
exas patients no longer will receive surprise bills for out-of-pocket costs for emergency or unplanned health care services as the Texas Legislature yesterday passed patient-friendly and free-market legislation to end surprise medical billing …   Read more
May 10 Texas Has Opportunity to Pass Model Bill to Protect Patients From Surprise Medical Bills
Texas Hospitals Support Protecting Consumers From Unexpected Bills
As the U.S. Congress and administration work on solutions to end surprise medical billing, Texas hospitals continue their work with the Texas Legislature to pass model legislation …   Read more
May 8 Texas Legislature Passes Critical Legislation to Ensure Access to Care in a Disaster
Texas Hospitals, Physicians Applaud Efforts to Extend Liability Protections for Health Care Providers
Texas lawmakers removed barriers limiting health care professionals from volunteering their skills and expertise in the event of a disaster …   Read more
May 2 Texas House Unanimously Passes Landmark Legislation to Preserve Critical Trauma Hospital Funding
Texas Hospitals, Broad Coalition of Organizations Applaud Efforts to Support Access to Trauma Care
The Texas Hospital Association applauds the Texas House of Representatives for unanimously passing landmark legislation to preserve critical funding for Texas’ designated trauma hospitals. THA and a broad coalition of organizations representing law enforcement, hospitals, health care professionals, people with disabilities, counties, the judiciary and others support House Bill 2048, by Rep. John Zerwas (R-Richmond), which would maintain critical funding for Texas’ designated trauma hospitals while eliminating the Driver Responsibility Program—the primary source of revenue for the state’s trauma fund (Account 5111) …   Read more
April 25 National Poll Finds Broad, Bipartisan Support for Ending Surprise Health Care Billing
Texas Hospitals Support Protecting Consumers From Unexpected Bills and Increased Health Care Costs
At least three-quarters of Americans believe the government should take action to protect patients from surprise medical bills, according to a new national poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation …   Read more
April 11 Preserving Critical Funding For Texas Trauma Hospitals Is Focus Of Senate Bill
Texas Hospitals Testify in Support
Funding for Texas’ designated trauma hospitals is the focus of a bill that will be heard in the Texas Senate Finance Committee today. John Hawkins, senior vice president of government relations at the Texas Hospital Association, will testify in support of Senate Bill 918, by Sen. Joan Huffman (R-Houston) …   Read more
April 3 Texas House Moves to Preserve Critical Funding for Texas Trauma Hospitals
Texas Hospitals Testify in Support
Funding for Texas’ 283 trauma hospitals is the focus of a bill that will be heard in the Texas House of Representatives Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee today. John Hawkins, senior vice president of government relations at the Texas Hospital Association, will testify in support of House Bill 2048, by Rep. John Zerwas (R-Richmond) …   Read more
March 26 Texas Hospitals Realize Gains From Quality And Patient Safety Investments
Continuing several years of progress, Texas hospitals again reported improvements in health care quality and patient safety, according to new data on health care acquired infections from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention …   Read more
March 25 Protecting the Availability of Hospital Emergency Care is Subject of Texas House Hearing
Texas Hospitals Support Clarification of State Law
Ensuring that Texas hospitals receive fair reimbursement for health care services provided to a patient injured because of another’s fault or negligence is the subject of a hearing today in the Texas House Committee on the Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence …   Read more
March 19 Texas Senate Takes Steps To Expedite Access To Voluntary Inpatient Psychiatric Care
Texas Hospitals Testify in Support
Streamlining the process for psychiatric hospitals to admit patients seeking voluntary inpatient mental health treatment and expediting access to and continuity of care is the focus of a bill that will be heard today in the Texas Senate Health & Human Services Committee …   Read more
March 12 Texas Senate Takes Steps to Support Hospitals in Quality Improvement Work
Texas Hospitals Testify in Support
Simplifying and aligning reporting requirements for health care-associated infections to promote Texas hospitals’ ongoing work to improve care quality is the focus of a bill that will be heard today in the Texas Senate Health & Human Services Committee …   Read more
March 12 Texas Hospital Association Partners with ProCredEx to Advance New Model for Practitioner Credentialing
The Texas Hospital Association endorsed the Professional Credentials Exchange as an exclusive partner to help Texas hospitals accelerate the process of credentialing health care practitioners …   Read more
March 11 Texas Senate Takes Steps to Ensure Access to Care in a Disaster
Texas Hospitals Testify in Support
Ensuring timely access to essential health care services during natural or manmade disasters is the focus of a bill that will be heard today in the Texas Senate State Affairs Committee, chaired by Sen. Joan Huffman (R-Houston) …   Read more
March 5 U.S. Congressional Committee Holds Hearing On Public Health Benefits Of Vaccines
Outbreaks of preventable disease point to growth in vaccine refusal
The Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee of the U.S. Senate holds a hearing this morning on the essential role of vaccines in preventing disease and saving lives. The hearing follows outbreaks of measles in 10 states, including Texas. In just two months, there were 159 reported cases of measles, a disease almost entirely preventable with the MMR vaccine …   Read more
Feb. 22 Cost To Texas Economy Of Uninsured Could Exceed $178 Billion
Broad Coalition of Health Care, Business Groups Releases New Economic Research
Amid record job and population growth, new research reveals total economic losses for Texas associated with the impact of uninsured patients could reach almost $180 billion by 2040 – an increase of more than $121 billion from 2016 …   Read more
Feb. 22 Robbie Dewberry Receives Pioneer Award From Texas Hospital Association
Recognized for his dedication to community and employees
The Texas Hospital Association awarded its Pioneer Award to Mitchell County Hospital District CEO Robbie Dewberry for his successful efforts in outstanding financial performance, as well as his commitment and devotion to hospital employees and community …   Read more
Feb. 22 Hill Country Memorial Receives Bill Aston Award For Quality From Texas Hospital Association
Honored in the rural category for hospital’s initiative to reduce opioid use
The Texas Hospital Association awarded the Bill Aston Award for Quality in the rural category to Hill Country Memorial (HCM) in Fredericksburg. Orthopedic surgeon Clint R. Beicker, MD, accepted the award on behalf of Hill Country Memorial on Feb. 22 at the 2019 THA Annual Conference and Expo in Austin …   Read more
Feb. 22 Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford Receives Bill Aston Award For Quality From Texas Hospital Association
Fort Worth-Area Hospital garners award in non-research, non-teaching category
The Texas Hospital Association awarded Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford the Bill Aston Award for Quality in the non-research, non-teaching hospital category …   Read more
Feb. 21 David Huffstutler Of St. David’s HealthCare And HCA Healthcare Receives Prestigious Texas Hospital Association Earl M. Collier Award For Distinguished Health Care Administration
The Texas Hospital Association named David Huffstutler, president and CEO of St. David’s HealthCare in Austin and president of the Central & West Texas Division of HCA Healthcare, the recipient of the 2018 THA Earl M. Collier Award for Distinguished Health Care Administration in recognition of his dedication to the health care industry for almost 40 years. THA presented the award today at the 2019 THA Annual Conference and Expo in Austin …   Read more
Feb. 21 Texas Hospital Association Endorses Access Physicians For Multispecialty Telemedicine
The Texas Hospital Association today announced the endorsement of Access Physicians, one of the leading providers of inpatient, multispecialty telemedicine …   Read more
Jan. 7 Texas Hospitals Support a Strong Health Care Infrastructure
Texas Hospital Association Outlines Public Policy Priorities for a Healthier Texas
When the 86th Texas Legislature opens tomorrow, Texas hospitals will bring an agenda focused on strengthening the state’s health care infrastructure to meet the health care needs of all Texas residents and communities …   Read more
Jan. 2 Texas Hospital Association Announces 2019 Board Of Trustees
The Texas Hospital Association has elected its 2019 Board of Trustees. New members and officers officially begin their terms on Jan. 1, 2019. Sally A. Hurt-Deitch, RN, chief nursing officer and vice president patient care services at Tenet Healthcare, begins her one-year term as chair. Chris Durovich, president/ CEO of Children’s Health in Dallas, will serve as chair-elect …   Read more
Dec. 16 THA Statement on U.S. District Court’s ACA Ruling
In response to the ruling Friday from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional, the Texas Hospital Association released the following statement by Ted Shaw, THA president/ CEO. "The ruling Friday that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional will increase the number of Texans without health insurance and hospitals' uncompensated care costs, yielding clinical and financial outcomes that are bad for Texas …   Read more
Dec. 7 Texas Hospital Association Honors State Representative Sarah Davis
Texas Hospital Advocacy Tribute Award Recognizes Lawmaker’s Commitment to Good Health Policy
The Texas Hospital Association last week honored State Rep. Sarah Davis (R-West University Place) with its Texas Hospital Advocacy Tribute Award in recognition of her work during the 85th legislative session on behalf of hospitals and health care policy …   Read more
Dec. 3 Texas Hospitals Commit To Addressing Opioid Epidemic
Texas Hospital Association Distributes New Education Resource
Demonstrating the numerous ways Texas hospitals are working to proactively address the opioid epidemic, the Texas Hospital Association released a new whitepaper describing various tools and resources Texas hospitals are using to reduce opioid use and abuse …   Read more
Nov. 5 Texas Hospital Association Honors State Representative John Zerwas
Texas Hospital Advocacy Tribute Award Recognizes Lawmaker’s Commitment to Good Health Policy
The Texas Hospital Association today honored State Rep. John Zerwas (R-Richmond) with its Texas Hospital Advocacy Tribute Award for his support of public policy issues important to hospitals and health systems …   Read more
Oct. 22 MEDIA ADVISORY: Legislative Preview Townhall Meeting in AMARILLO
On Tuesday, Oct. 23, the Texas Hospital Association will host its fifth of six regional Legislative Preview Townhall meetings to discuss Texas hospitals’ policy priorities and industry challenges heading into the 2019 Texas legislative session beginning in January …   Read more
Oct. 18 Texas Hospitals Continue Huge Improvements in Reducing Infections
Texas hospitals saw significant decreases in the number of hospital-associated infections, outperforming national trends across all categories, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention …   Read more
Oct. 8 MEDIA ADVISORY: Legislative Preview Townhall Meeting in Abilene
On Wednesday, Oct. 10, the Texas Hospital Association will host its fourth of six regional Legislative Preview Townhall meetings to discuss Texas hospitals’ policy priorities and industry challenges heading into the 2019 Texas legislative session beginning in January …   Read more
Sept. 18 Texas Hospital Association Partners With Clarify Health Solutions To Elevate Hospitals’ Quality Improvement Work
Addition of Clarify Health to THA’s Data Program Provides Texas Hospitals a Full Suite of Analytics Tools
The Texas Hospital Association today announced its partnership with Clarify Health, a leader in real-time patient care analytics. The partnership will give Texas hospitals meaningful, actionable insights and guide paths to improve the quality of care provided while reducing variation in care delivery and outcomes …   Read more
Sept. 17 MEDIA ADVISORY: Legislative Preview Townhall Meeting in Seguin
On Wednesday, Sept, 20, the Texas Hospital Association will host its third of six regional Legislative Preview Townhall meetings to discuss Texas hospitals’ policy priorities and industry challenges heading into the 2019 Texas legislative session beginning in January …   Read more
Sept. 11 Texas Hospital Association Honors State Senator Kelly Hancock
Texas Hospital Advocacy Tribute Award Recognizes Lawmaker’s Commitment to Good Health Policy
The Texas Hospital Association honored State Senator Kelly Hancock (R-North Richland Hills) with its Texas Hospital Advocacy Tribute Award for his support of public policy issues important to hospitals and health systems …   Read more
Sept. 4 MEDIA ADVISORY: Legislative Preview Townhall Meeting in McAllen
On Wednesday, Sept, 5, the Texas Hospital Association will host its second of six regional Legislative Preview Townhall meetings to discuss Texas hospitals’ policy priorities and industry challenges heading into the 2019 Texas legislative session beginning in January …   Read more
Aug. 27 MEDIA ADVISORY: Legislative Preview Townhall Meeting
On Wednesday, Aug. 29, the Texas Hospital Association will host the first of six regional Legislative Preview Townhall meetings to discuss Texas hospitals’ policy priorities and industry challenges heading into the 2019 Texas legislative session beginning in January …   Read more
Aug. 14 Texas Hospital Association Honors State Representative Four Price
Texas Hospital Advocacy Tribute Award Recognizes Lawmaker’s Commitment to Good Health Policy
The Texas Hospital Association honored State Representative Four Price (R-Amarillo) with its Texas Hospital Advocacy Tribute Award for his support of public policy issues important to hospitals and health system …   Read more
Aug. 13 Texas Hospital Association Statement on U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Decision to Disallow Federal Uncompensated Care Payments to North Texas Hospitals
The following is a statement from Ted Shaw, Texas Hospital Association president/ CEO, on the decision of the Departmental Appeals Board at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to uphold the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ disallowance of approximately $26 million in federal uncompensated care payments to private hospitals in Dallas-Fort Worth …   Read more
July 2 More Than 175 Texas Hospitals Commit to Improving Maternal Health
Texas Hospital Association Partners With Texas Department of State Health Services to Reduce Preventable Maternal Mortality and Morbidity
Through the Texas AIM project, 179 Texas hospitals will begin work to reduce the incidence of obstetric hemorrhage, one of the primary causes of preventable maternal mortality and morbidity …   Read more
June 26 Texas Hospitals To Testify On Opioid Epidemic In Texas
Select Committee on Opioids and Substance Abuse Considers Impact of Epidemic on Hospital Emergency Departments
In invited testimony before the Texas House of Representatives Select Committee on Opioids and Substance Abuse today, Texas hospital leaders will share their work to curb opioid use and misuse …   Read more
June 26 Texas Hospital Association Partners With Jump Technologies To Help Hospitals And Health Systems Improve Inventory Management
JumpStock platform reduces waste and generates savings that can be redirected to improve care delivery
Jump Technologies, a leading provider of supply chain solutions for hospitals and health care systems, announced today its endorsement by the Texas Hospital Association as a partner to help Texas hospitals save money and enhance patient care …   Read more
May 29 Texas Hospital Association Partners With Southwest Consulting Associates to Help Hospitals With Critical Uncompensated Care Costs Calculations
Texas-based Southwest Consulting Associates has been endorsed by the Texas Hospital Association to help Texas hospitals thoroughly and completely calculate and document uncompensated care costs to qualify for Medicaid supplemental payments …   Read more
May 22 Texas Hospital Association endorses technology to help hospitals manage frequent emergency department patients and decrease inappropriate opioid use
Partnership arms care teams with real-time information at the point of care
The Texas Hospital Association officially endorsed Collective Medical in a partnership to help hospitals build a community-based network of communications to identify and support complex patient populations …   Read more
May 10 Texas Hospital Association Honors U.S. Representative Michael Burgess
Texas Hospital Advocacy Tribute Award Recognizes Lawmaker’s Commitment to Good Health Policy
The Texas Hospital Association honored U.S. Representative Michael Burgess, M.D. (R-TX 26) with its Texas Hospital Advocacy Tribute Award for his support of public policy issues important to hospitals and health systems …   Read more
May 8 Texas Hospital Association Honors U.S. Senator John Cornyn
Texas Hospital Advocacy Tribute Award Recognizes Lawmaker’s Commitment to Good Health Policy
The Texas Hospital Association honored U.S. Senator John Cornyn with its Texas Hospital Advocacy Tribute Award for his support of public policy issues important to hospitals and health systems …   Read more
April 18 Texas Hospital Association Partners with Connance to Support Revenue Cycle Initiatives in Texas
Texas hospitals and health systems seek innovative solutions to address challenges; endorses Connance, Inc. for cutting-edge predictive analytics
Connance, a leading provider of health care predictive analytic solutions, has been endorsed by the Texas Hospital Association as a partner to help Texas hospitals more efficiently and effectively manage revenue cycle initiatives for denials management, patient payment and agency vendor management …   Read more
April 4 Texas Hospital Association to Testify on Health Care Reform in Texas House Appropriations Committee
Capping Medicaid Funding Would Inhibit Meaningful Reform
During a hearing today at the Texas Capitol, the Texas Hospital Association will discuss the potential for federal health care reform initiatives to solve the state’s uninsured problem and provide insight for state lawmakers on the need for a strong but flexible Medicaid program …   Read more
March 28 Texas Hospital Association Partners with Stratasan To Bring Powerful Claims Data Tool to Hospitals
New Technology Gives Texas Hospitals Market Data Insights to Steer Smarter Business and Development Decisions
The Texas Hospital Association announced a partnership with technology company, Stratasan. The new partnership will give THA member hospitals access to Stratsan’s powerful suite of strategic planning analytics, Launch Pathway, through the association’s Compass data program …   Read more
March 27 Texas Hospital Association to Testify on Opioid Epidemic in Texas House Committee on Opioids & Substance Use
Committee Considers THA’s Voluntary Emergency Department Opioid Prescribing Guidelines
The Texas Hospital Association will provide insight for Texas lawmakers at the Texas Capitol, describing the effect of opioid abuse on Texas hospitals and patients and ways the hospital industry is leading efforts to identify solutions …   Read more
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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