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THA helps Texas hospitals serve their communities by identifying and addressing critical health care issues.

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Medicaid 1115 Waiver: THA has compiled the most recent data about the Texas Health Care Transformation and Quality Improvement Program Read more

Surprise Billing

Patients with health insurance should never be surprised by unexpected out-of-pocket costs. During the 2019 legislative session, THA worked with state lawmakers to pass model legislation that protects patients from surprise medical bills and private negotiations between hospitals and health plans … Read more

End of Life Issues

Complex and highly emotional scenarios play out in hospitals every day. THA helps hospitals comply with federal and state advance directives laws, including educating the public about end-of-life decision-making … Read more

Behavioral/Mental Health

The Texas Hospital Association has prioritized legislation to increase funding and services to promote the efficacy of behavioral and mental health programs in Texas. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, Texas is 51st in the nation for per capita mental health spending … Read more

Maternal Health

Promoting the health of mothers and babies is a priority for everyone who works in health care. From hospitals’ work to reduce preventable maternal mortality and morbidity to screening newborns for certain potentially devastating conditions to meeting certain designation requirements to provide neonatal and maternal care, Texas hospitals are committed to protecting and promoting the health of Texas moms and babies … Read more

Emergency Readiness

Hospitals play a key role in emergency readiness in Texas. THA provides resources to help all hospitals prepare for and respond to the unexpected … Read more

Hospital Financing 101: Understanding How Texas Hospitals Get Paid

Texas hospitals strive to provide the best care to their patients and meet the health care needs of their communities 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Fair, stable and adequate payment is key to meeting this mission. But getting paid can be difficult. Hospitals operate under unique economic, legal and regulatory circumstances … Read more

Medicare and Medicaid

Medicare. Medicaid. Children’s Health Insurance Program. DSH, UPL, PPOs, HMOs. The alphabet soup of health care finance is complex, confusing and constantly changing. THA continuously monitors state and federal regulations that affect government reimbursement programs as well as the private health insurance market … Read more

Price Transparency

Through online tools like PricePoint and conversations with patients ahead of elective and scheduled procedures, Texas hospitals have long empowered health care consumers to make informed decisions about their medical care … Read more

Quality and Patient Safety

Delivering the right care at the right time in the right setting is the core mission of hospitals across the country. THA is committed to helping its members improve the quality of care they deliver every day … Read more

Rural Issues

Nearly one-third of Texas hospitals are located in rural areas, where they face unique challenges in meeting their communities’ health care needs … Read more

Trauma

Investing in a strong trauma system is good public policy and benefits every Texan who depends on the 24/7 availability of hospital emergency departments … Read more

Workforce

Health care is about people caring for people, yet Texas hospitals face ongoing shortages of registered nurses and allied health professionals … Read more