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Alert: Hospitals Urged to Submit Comments on Price Transparency Rules

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission issued proposed informal rules for comment implementing Senate Bill 1137, the Texas hospital price transparency law. Under the law, hospitals must publicly post on the internet detailed pricing information. The rules provide new guidance on how HHSC intends to interpret and enforce the bill. One of the bill’s requirements is to prominently display…


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 Alert: Update on Decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization

June 30, 2022 Decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization Note to Members: Following last Friday’s alert on this matter, THA is issuing a revised alert regarding the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision related to abortion. The revision relates to the effective date of the Texas trigger law. HB 1280 goes into effect 30 days from the issuance of a…


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Alert: Decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization

June 24, 2022 Decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, overturning Roe v. Wade (1973) and Planned Parenthood v. Casey (1992) and upending five decades of constitutional protection of a woman’s right to have an abortion. The court noted that abortion “presents…


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Information Alert: HHSC Issues Letters to Hospitals on Price Transparency Compliance

April 26, 2022 CONTACT: Cameron Duncan, J.D., vice president, advocacy & public policy, 512/465-1539 Jennifer Banda, senior vice president, advocacy and public policy, 512/465-1046 Sara González, vice president, advocacy & public policy, 512/465-1596 The Texas Hospital Association has obtained templates of letters sent by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to Texas hospitals last week indicating either non-compliance or…


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Information Alert: Texas’ Medicaid 1115 Waiver Extension Reinstated

April 22, 2022 CONTACT: Jennifer Banda, senior vice president, advocacy and public policy, 512/465-1046 Anna Stelter, senior director, policy analysis, 512/465-1556 The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today notified Texas that, effectively immediately, it was withdrawing its rescission of the state’s 10-year 1115 Medicaid waiver extension. CMS has determined that it is not the federal government’s best use of…


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Information Alert: State to Issue Price Transparency Warning Letters

April 18, 2022 CONTACT: Jennifer Banda, senior vice president, advocacy and public policy, 512/465-1046 Cameron Duncan, J.D., vice president of advocacy & public policy, 512/465-1539 Sara Gonzalez, vice president, advocacy & public policy, 512/465-1596 With new price transparency laws in effect for Texas hospitals, the Texas Hospital Association has become aware that state regulators will be imminently issuing warning letters…


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Information Alert: THA Issues New Details On DPP Payments

April 6, 2022 CONTACT: Jennifer Banda, senior vice president, advocacy and public policy, 512/465-1046 Anna Stelter, senior director, policy analysis, 512/465-1556 Sara Gonzalez, vice president, advocacy & public policy, 512/465-1596 Following federal approval late last month of three Medicaid directed payment programs, the Texas Hospital Association has learned more about when hospitals can expect to begin receiving the much-needed funding.…


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Information Alert: CMS Approves Texas’ Proposed Directed Payment Programs For State Fiscal Year 2022

March 25, 2022 CONTACT: Jennifer Banda, senior vice president, advocacy and public policy, 512/465-1046 Steve Wohleb, senior vice president/general counsel, 512/465-1577 Anna Stelter, senior director of policy analysis, 512/465-1556 Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services approved three proposed state directed payment programs — Comprehensive Hospital Increase Reimbursement Program (CHIRP), Texas Incentives for Physician and Professional Services (TIPPS), and Rural Access…


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Information Alert: Federal Court Orders CMS To Make Final Decision On State Directed Payment Programs

March 11, 2022 CONTACT: Jennifer Banda, senior vice president, advocacy and public policy, 512/465-1046 Steve Wohleb, senior vice president/general counsel, 512/465-1577 Anna Stelter, senior director of policy analysis, 512/465-1556 Today, a federal district judge ordered the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to make a final decision on the approval of three proposed state directed payment programs – Rural Access…


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Action Alert: HHSC Seeking Provider Feedback On Impact Of State Directed Payment Delays

Jan. 19, 2022 ACTION REQUESTED: THA encourages Texas Medicaid providers to fill out HHSC’s survey on the impact delays of state directed payments are creating for them. CONTACT: Jennifer Banda, senior vice president, advocacy and public policy, 512/465-1046 Anna Stelter, senior director of policy analysis, 512/465-1556 Today, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission distributed a provider surveyseeking input on the impact delays…


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