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Aug. 18 Texas Hospital Association Launches Cyber Security and Technology Conference for Hospital Leaders
The Texas Hospital Association hosts its first annual THA Security and Technology Conference Sept. 28-29 in Austin. THA will bring together subject matter experts to cover the most relevant topics in today's dynamic world of health care technology and cybersecurity …   Read more
Aug. 18 Texas Hospital Association and SCHA Solutions Partner to Provide Member Hospitals Access to Healthcare Staffing Services
Texas hospitals will begin to decrease substantial staffing costs thanks to a new partnership between the Texas Hospital Association and South Carolina Hospital Association Solutions …   Read more
Aug. 10 Texas Hospitals Continue to Oppose Legislation That Interferes with Patients’ Choices and Rights
Texas Hospitals Oppose Senate Bill 11
The Texas Hospital Association reiterated its opposition today to Senate Bill 11, which could compel physicians and other health care professionals to perform CPR that is directly contrary to a patient’s wishes …   Read more
July 14 THA Statement On Senate's Revised Health Care Legislation
The Texas Hospital Association released the following statement by Ted Shaw, THA president/ CEO, on the release of the revised Better Care Reconciliation Act. “The Senate’s revisions to its original legislation could be significant for Texas. However, the Texas Hospital Association remains deeply concerned with the limits on federal Medicaid funding …   Read more
July 6 THA Statement On The Appointment Of Chuck Stokes To CEO/President Of Memorial Hermann
The Texas Hospital Association released the following statement by Ted Shaw, THA president/ CEO, on the appointment of System Chief Operating Officer Charles “Chuck” D. Stokes to president and CEO of Memorial Hermann …   Read more
June 22 THA Statement on U.S. Senate’s ACA Repeal Bill
In response to the public release by the Republican leadership in the U.S. Senate of their draft legislative language to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, the Texas Hospital Association released the following statement by Ted Shaw, THA president/ CEO …   Read more
May 25 Defeat of DRP Replacement Bill Ensures Continuation of a Broken Program
Texas Hospitals Worked to Forge Compromise Legislation to Preserve Trauma Hospital Funding and Repeal DRP
We are deeply disappointed that certain interest groups blocked passage of House Bill 2068 in the last days of the 85th Legislature. HB 2068 would have replaced the Driver Responsibility Program with a fairer, more just system of fines for traffic violators and those convicted of driving while intoxicated or without auto insurance …   Read more
May 23 Texas Legislature Approves Bill to Improve Access to Mental Health Treatment
House Bill 10 Heads to Governor’s Desk
Legislation to improve statewide access to mental health and substance use treatment will soon make its way to Gov. Greg Abbott’s (R) desk, as the Texas Senate late yesterday approved House Bill 10 by Rep. Four Price (R-Amarillo) and Sen. Judith Zaffirini (D-Laredo) …   Read more
May 8 Texas Hospital Leader Joel T. Allison Receives the American Hospital Association’s 2017 Award of Honor
Joel T. Allison, former president/CEO of Baylor Scott & White Health, was recognized with the American Hospital Association’s Award of Honor. The award is given in conjunction with the AHA’s annual membership meeting in Washington, D.C. …   Read more
May 4 THA Statement on AHCA Vote in U.S. House
In response to the passage today by the U.S. House of Representatives of the American Health Care Act, the Texas Hospital Association released the following statement by Ted Shaw, THA president/ CEO …   Read more
May 3 American Hospital Association Recognizes Texas’ Brad Holland
CEO of Regional Medical Center Named Grassroots Champion
The American Hospital Association, in partnership with the Texas Hospital Association and its political action committee, HOSPAC, recognized Brad Holland, FACHE, CEO, Cedar Park Regional Medical Center, as Texas’ 2017 Grassroots Champion for his outstanding leadership in generating grassroots and community support for the collective hospital mission …   Read more
April 17 Texas House Takes Steps to Increase Substance Use Provider Workforce
Texas Hospitals Testify in Support
Increasing the number of professionals who provide substance use treatment is the focus of a bill that will be heard tomorrow in the House Public Health Committee, chaired by Rep. Four Price (R-Amarillo). John Hawkins, THA senior vice president of advocacy and public policy, will testify in support of House Bill 3038, which would add licensed chemical dependency counselors to the state’s existing loan repayment program for mental health professionals …   Read more
April 4 Texas Legislature Poised to Improve Access to Mental Health Treatment
Mental Health Parity Bills Move Through Texas Legislature
Texans with mental health conditions are one step closer to having better access to necessary treatment, as the Texas Legislature is set to take up bills to address mental health parity today …   Read more
March 14 Texas Hospitals Congratulate Seema Verma on Successful Confirmation
Hospital Industry Looks Forward to Working With CMS on Continuing the State’s Effective 1115 Waiver
With confirmation by the U.S. Senate today, Seema Verma will begin her post as administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services …   Read more
March 13 Senate Bill Works to Increase Access to Substance Use Treatment
Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa Files Bill With Texas Hospital Support
Just before the Texas Legislature’s deadline to propose legislation last week, Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa (D-McAllen) filed a bill to increase the number of professionals providing substance use treatment in Texas. Senate Bill 1509 would address the critical provider shortage by adding licensed chemical dependency counselors to the state’s existing loan repayment program for mental health professionals …   Read more
March 8 Increasing Access to Substance Use Treatment Is Focus of New Legislation
Rep. Four Price Files Bill With Texas Hospital Support
Increasing the number of professionals to provide substance use treatment is the goal of a bill filed yesterday by Rep. Four Price (R-Amarillo). House Bill 3038 would add licensed chemical dependency counselors to the state’s existing loan repayment program for mental health professionals to address a critical shortage of providers …   Read more
March 8 THA Statement on American Health Care Act: Solutions Should Reduce the Number of Uninsured
As the Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means Committees in the U.S. House of Representatives begin markups of the American Health Care Act, the Texas Hospital Association released the following statement by Ted Shaw, THA president/ CEO …   Read more
Feb. 28 THA Member Testifies to Support Mental Health Parity Bill
Parity Bill Got Early Hearing in House Committee
In its first meeting to consider legislation this session, Jacob Cuellar, M.D., CEO of Laurel Ridge Treatment Center, San Antonio and member of the Texas Hospital Association’s Behavioral Health Council, testified today before the Texas House Committee on Public Health in support of Rep. Four Price’s (R-Amarillo) mental health parity bill, House Bill 10 …   Read more
Feb. 13 Rep. Four Price Files Parity Bill to Improve Access to Mental Health Services
Rep. Four Price (R-Amarillo) today filed House Bill 10 to give the Texas Department of Insurance broader authority to enforce existing federal law governing parity requirements for the treatment of physical and mental health conditions …   Read more
Feb. 3 THA Testifies Before Senate Finance Committee’s Workgroup on Healthcare Costs
Testifying today before the Senate Finance Committee’s Workgroup on Healthcare Costs, chaired by Sen. Charles Schwertner (R-Georgetown), John Hawkins, senior vice president, advocacy and public policy at the Texas Hospital Association, described the financing environment in which hospitals operate and initiatives they are investing in to reduce costs and improve the quality of care delivered …   Read more
Feb. 1 Asprec Elected to Statewide Hospital Association Board
Erin S. Asprec, FACHE, senior vice president & regional president- south, Memorial Hermann Health System, Houston, has been re-elected to a second three-year term on the Texas Hospital Association Board of Trustees …   Read more
Feb. 1 Benjamin K. Chu, M.D., Elected to Statewide Hospital Association Board
Benjamin K. Chu, M.D., president/CEO of Memorial Hermann Health System in Houston, has been elected to a three-year term on the Texas Hospital Association Board of Trustees …   Read more
Jan. 30 Texas Health and Human Services Commission Requests Continued 1115 Waiver Funding
Texas Hospitals Support the Request
The Texas Hospital Association supports the request submitted last week by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to extend the state’s effective Medicaid 1115 waiver through Sept. 30, 2019 …   Read more
Jan. 26 Crane Memorial Hospital CEO Dianne Yeager Receives 2016 THA Pioneer Award
Prestigious Texas Hospital Association Award Recognizes Yeager’s Innovative Leadership
The Texas Hospital Association today named Crane Memorial Hospital CEO Dianne Yeager, RN, the recipient of the 2016 THA Pioneer Award. Yeager will accept the award at the closing luncheon of the THA Annual Conference & Expo Jan. 27, in Austin …   Read more
Jan. 26 Baylor Scott & White Medical Center Carrollton Takes Home the 2016 THA Bill Aston Award for Quality
Prestigious Award Recognizes Hospital’s Success in Improving the Delivery of Pain Management in the Emergency Department
The Texas Hospital Association today named Baylor Scott & White Medical Center Carrollton the recipient of the 2016 THA Bill Aston Award for Quality for its highly successful program, “Improving Delivery of Pain Medication for Long Bone Fractures in the Emergency Department.” …   Read more
Jan. 26 Seton Healthcare Family Austin to Receive 2016 THA Excellence in Community Service Award
Prestigious Texas Hospital Association Award Recognizes Seton for Raising the Bar on Workplace Diversity and Inclusion
The Texas Hospital Association today named Seton Healthcare Family in Austin the recipient of its 2016 THA Excellence in Community Service Award. The award will be presented at the closing luncheon of the THA Annual Conference & Expo Jan. 27, in Austin …   Read more
Jan. 26 Longtime Houston Methodist CEO Larry Mathis Tapped for 2016 THA Legends Award
Health Care Hall of Fame Winner is the First Recipient of New THA Award
The Texas Hospital Association today named Larry Mathis, FACHE, longtime chief executive of the Methodist Hospital System in Houston, the first recipient of the THA Legends Award. The presentation will be made at the closing luncheon of the THA Annual Conference & Expo Jan. 27, in Austin …   Read more
Jan. 25 Longtime BSWH Leader Gary Brock to Receive Prestigious THA Award for Distinguished Health Care Administration
Earl M. Collier Award is the Highest Honor THA Bestows
The Texas Hospital Association today named Gary Brock, Baylor Scott & White Health executive vice president and chief integrated delivery network officer, the recipient of the 2016 THA Earl M. Collier Award for Distinguished Health Care Administration. The award will be presented at the THA Annual Conference & Expo Jan. 26 in Austin …   Read more

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