Texas Legislature Closes Door On Regular Session
Prepares for Legislators’ Return
On Memorial Day, the 85th Texas Legislature came to an end, at least temporarily. With a special session scheduled to begin July 18, the reprieve from the politics of lawmaking is brief. Nonetheless, the 140 days that composed the regular legislative session yielded some significant outcomes for Texas hospitals.
Are Rainier Days Upon Us?
Despite Texas’ wide tax base and diversified economy, the recent decline in oil prices brought a loss of tax revenues and budget shortfalls — about a $10 billion drop from the last time lawmakers crafted the state budget two years ago. A twist on the standard budget debate — that usually centers on the amount of money to spend on certain items — was how to pay for services.
The Opioid Crisis: How Texas Hospitals Are Fighting Back
Cities across the United States are struggling to keep up with the wake of tragedy left behind by the opioid epidemic. The regions hardest hit are the Northeast and Midwest, where overdose deaths from prescription pain killers and their synthetic look-a-likes have skyrocketed over the last decade.
Serving An Aging Population In A Changing Health Care Landscape
Roughly 75 million Americans were born during the post-World War II baby boom between 1946 and 1964. This year, they will range in age from 53 to 71. About 3 million baby boomers will reach retirement age every year for the next 20. This exponential growth in the elderly patient population presents both challenges and opportunities for the health care system.
Texas health care leaders advancing in the industry.