Urban hospitals and health systems play a pivotal role in Texas, serving as vital hubs in the state’s health care infrastructure. These institutions not only offer critical and advanced medical services, but also provide accessibility to a broader range of specialties. The importance of urban hospitals and health systems in Texas extends beyond health care provision to encompass broader societal, educational, and economic impacts.
Through our advocacy, legal and political engagement activities, THA promotes the interests of member hospitals and health systems. Some of our key advocacy issues are highlighted below.
Hospital Finance Issues
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.
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With a population growing more than twice as fast as the national average – and people living longer and experiencing more chronic illness – the demand for health care has never been greater. Unfortunately, Texas has too few physicians to meet the health care needs of its growing population.
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Learn more about THA’s state advocacy priorities.
Learn more about THA’s federal advocacy priorities.
The Texas Hospital Association Leadership Fellows Program was created to provide health care leaders with in-depth knowledge of the legislative and regulatory process, introduce key policy issues, and connect them with key policy shapers in Texas. At the conclusion of the program, the cohort will have the necessary tools to be effective health care advocates at the community, state and federal levels.
THA’s Council on Policy Development
The Council on Policy Development provides THA members with an arena for the discussion and debate of issues and resolution of policy positions. The COPD plays a key role in developing legislative and regulatory public policy recommendations to address issues of interest or concern. Its 54 voting members are elected by the THA Board of Trustees to three-year terms, and provide broad input from all sectors of the association’s membership. Voting members include:
- 37 hospital/health system executives;
- 3 emerging leaders in hospital administration;
- 3 physicians;
- 3 attorneys;
- 3 chief financial officers;
- 3 chief nursing officers; and
- 2 hospital trustees.
Chairmen of THA constituency councils and policy committees serve as ex-officio COPD members.
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THA’s Emerging Leadership Forum
The Emerging Leadership Forum is designed to give emerging hospital leaders an opportunity to network, gain THA leadership experience and grow in their understanding of policy issues. The goal of the ELF is to provide opportunities for mentoring and leadership to ensure the advancement of members to future leadership roles within the industry and association.
Questions? Contact Corey Cotton at [email protected].
THA’s Policy Committee on Hospital Contracting and Payment
The THA Policy Committee on Hospital Contracting and Payment studies public policy issues relating to hospital billing and collections with governmental and private payers and the review and payment of hospital services. The committee makes recommendations on policy positions to the Council on Policy Development and the THA Board of Trustees.
Questions? Contact Sara González at [email protected].
Spotlight on Urban Hospital and Health System Members
We recognize and appreciate the work of Texas’ urban hospitals, health systems and health care providers. Here are some of the many urban hospitals that are making a difference in the communities they serve.
THA’s Newsmakers highlights leaders from THA member hospitals and health systems making headlines in Texas health care. Please join in congratulating our January Newsmakers: Michael Garcia, JD, RNHouston Methodist Hospital…
THA’s Newsmakers highlights leaders from THA member hospitals and health systems making headlines in Texas health care. Please join in congratulating our November Newsmakers: Michael LabradorHeart Hospital of Austin Heart…
THA’s Newsmakers highlights leaders from THA member hospitals and health systems making headlines in Texas health care. Please join in congratulating our October Newsmakers: Jonathan Clarke, MDMedical City Healthcare Medical…
THA’s Newsmakers highlights leaders from THA member hospitals and health systems making headlines in Texas health care. Please join in congratulating our September Newsmakers: Jason Barrett, MBA, FACHENorthwest Texas Healthcare…