Texas hospitals are lifesavers in their communities. Fair, stable and adequate payment is key to meeting this mission.
Hospitals operate under unique economic, legal and regulatory circumstances. They need revenue to provide necessary health care services, and also to invest in care advancements and new technologies for the future. Unfortunately, payment often fails to cover the full cost of care provided. And, by law, hospitals must treat anyone who seeks care in their emergency departments, regardless of a patient’s insurance status or ability to pay.
Understanding hospital financing is a key part of being an advocate for Texas hospitals and their patients.
Patients with health insurance should never be surprised by unexpected out-of-pocket costs.
Texas hospitals believe consumers should be engaged in their own health care decisions.
Hospital Financing 101 Series
THA’s Hospital Financing 101 Series breaks down the complex ways in which hospitals are paid.
Local Provider Participation Funds in Texas
The local provider participation fund resource shows where LPPFs currently exist and the state legislation that authorizes them. Local hospital districts created LPPFs as a way to provide the non-federal share of Medicaid payments.
Hospital Payment Sources
This document provides an overview of the major sources of hospital payments and why reimbursement often is insufficient.
Graduate Medical Education
This white paper explains the importance of continued state and federal investment in physician training and provides an overview of the sources and limits of their investment.
This explainer breaks down the Texas Medicaid program’s vital role in how hospitals are paid.
Taking Stock: The 2023 Regular Session
Over nearly five full months, THA advanced policy that furthered hospitals and health care across Texas, while absorbing relentless fire trained on hospitals at the same time. https://youtu.be/cBjDuU_1lzU In short,…
Texas Hospitals Embracing Price Transparency
In recent years, the health care industry has undergone significant changes, with a growing focus on transparency and patient empowerment. One area where this shift has gained momentum is in…
The THA 10: Highlighting Legislation Most Important to Texas Hospitals
About midway through the 2023 session of the Texas Legislature, the Texas Hospital Association is tracking more than 1,600 pieces of legislation. If you’re a normal person, you don’t have…
The Workforce Problem
Understanding the depth of today’s hospital workforce problems requires understanding that they didn’t start with the COVID-19 pandemic. Unlike many societal issues that COVID-19 seemed to foster from scratch, workforce…