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June 25 Texas Hospital Association Statement on President Donald Trump’s Executive Order on Hospital Price Transparency
The following is a statement from Ted Shaw, Texas Hospital Association president/CEO, on the Executive Order issued by President Donald Trump directing the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to issue a rule requiring hospitals to disclose the amounts health insurers and patients pay for health care services …   Read more
June 17 Gov. Greg Abbott Signs Model Legislation To Eliminate Surprise Medical Bills For Texas Patients
Texas Hospitals Support the Patient-Friendly, Free-Market Solution
Texas patients no longer will receive surprise bills for out-of-pocket costs for emergency or unplanned health care services as a measure supported by Texas hospitals becomes law with republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s signature Friday …   Read more
June 17 Gov. Greg Abbott Signs Landmark Law To Preserve Critical Trauma Hospital Funding
Texas Hospitals, Broad Coalition of Organizations Applaud Efforts to Support Access to Trauma Care
After unanimously passing both the Texas House of Representatives and Texas Senate, Gov. Greg Abbott (R) Friday signed into law landmark legislation to preserve critical funding for Texas’ designated trauma hospitals …   Read more
June 4 Caravan Health and Texas Hospital Association Team Up to Improve Patient Care Through Texas’ First Statewide Accountable Care Organization
Today, the Texas Hospital Association and Caravan Health introduced a new partnership for Texas hospitals in their missions to improve patient care and achieve financial stability. Through the new collaborative, THA and Caravan Health will launch Value TX Health, a statewide clinically integrated network …   Read more
May 23 Texas Legislature Passes Bill to Support Hospitals in Quality Improvement Work
Texas Hospitals Support Efforts to Align Health Care Reporting Requirements
The Texas Legislature yesterday passed legislation to simplify and align reporting requirements for health care-associated infections to promote Texas hospitals’ ongoing work to improve the quality of care delivered in its facilities …   Read more
May 22 Gov. Greg Abbott Signs Law To Ensure Access To Care During A Disaster
Texas Hospitals Applaud Efforts to Expand Liability Protections for Volunteer Health Care Providers
After unanimously passing both the Texas House of Representatives and Texas Senate, Gov. Greg Abbott (R) this week signed into law legislation to ensure Texans’ timely access to essential health care services during a natural or manmade disaster …   Read more
May 22 Texas Legislature Passes Model Legislation To Eliminate Surprise Medical Bills For Texas Patients
Texas Hospitals Support the Patient-Friendly, Free-Market Solution
exas patients no longer will receive surprise bills for out-of-pocket costs for emergency or unplanned health care services as the Texas Legislature yesterday passed patient-friendly and free-market legislation to end surprise medical billing …   Read more
May 10 Texas Has Opportunity to Pass Model Bill to Protect Patients From Surprise Medical Bills
Texas Hospitals Support Protecting Consumers From Unexpected Bills
As the U.S. Congress and administration work on solutions to end surprise medical billing, Texas hospitals continue their work with the Texas Legislature to pass model legislation …   Read more
May 8 Texas Legislature Passes Critical Legislation to Ensure Access to Care in a Disaster
Texas Hospitals, Physicians Applaud Efforts to Extend Liability Protections for Health Care Providers
Texas lawmakers removed barriers limiting health care professionals from volunteering their skills and expertise in the event of a disaster …   Read more
May 2 Texas House Unanimously Passes Landmark Legislation to Preserve Critical Trauma Hospital Funding
Texas Hospitals, Broad Coalition of Organizations Applaud Efforts to Support Access to Trauma Care
The Texas Hospital Association applauds the Texas House of Representatives for unanimously passing landmark legislation to preserve critical funding for Texas’ designated trauma hospitals. THA and a broad coalition of organizations representing law enforcement, hospitals, health care professionals, people with disabilities, counties, the judiciary and others support House Bill 2048, by Rep. John Zerwas (R-Richmond), which would maintain critical funding for Texas’ designated trauma hospitals while eliminating the Driver Responsibility Program—the primary source of revenue for the state’s trauma fund (Account 5111) …   Read more
April 25 National Poll Finds Broad, Bipartisan Support for Ending Surprise Health Care Billing
Texas Hospitals Support Protecting Consumers From Unexpected Bills and Increased Health Care Costs
At least three-quarters of Americans believe the government should take action to protect patients from surprise medical bills, according to a new national poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation …   Read more
April 11 Preserving Critical Funding For Texas Trauma Hospitals Is Focus Of Senate Bill
Texas Hospitals Testify in Support
Funding for Texas’ designated trauma hospitals is the focus of a bill that will be heard in the Texas Senate Finance Committee today. John Hawkins, senior vice president of government relations at the Texas Hospital Association, will testify in support of Senate Bill 918, by Sen. Joan Huffman (R-Houston) …   Read more
April 3 Texas House Moves to Preserve Critical Funding for Texas Trauma Hospitals
Texas Hospitals Testify in Support
Funding for Texas’ 283 trauma hospitals is the focus of a bill that will be heard in the Texas House of Representatives Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee today. John Hawkins, senior vice president of government relations at the Texas Hospital Association, will testify in support of House Bill 2048, by Rep. John Zerwas (R-Richmond) …   Read more
March 26 Texas Hospitals Realize Gains From Quality And Patient Safety Investments
Continuing several years of progress, Texas hospitals again reported improvements in health care quality and patient safety, according to new data on health care acquired infections from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention …   Read more
March 25 Protecting the Availability of Hospital Emergency Care is Subject of Texas House Hearing
Texas Hospitals Support Clarification of State Law
Ensuring that Texas hospitals receive fair reimbursement for health care services provided to a patient injured because of another’s fault or negligence is the subject of a hearing today in the Texas House Committee on the Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence …   Read more
March 19 Texas Senate Takes Steps To Expedite Access To Voluntary Inpatient Psychiatric Care
Texas Hospitals Testify in Support
Streamlining the process for psychiatric hospitals to admit patients seeking voluntary inpatient mental health treatment and expediting access to and continuity of care is the focus of a bill that will be heard today in the Texas Senate Health & Human Services Committee …   Read more
March 12 Texas Senate Takes Steps to Support Hospitals in Quality Improvement Work
Texas Hospitals Testify in Support
Simplifying and aligning reporting requirements for health care-associated infections to promote Texas hospitals’ ongoing work to improve care quality is the focus of a bill that will be heard today in the Texas Senate Health & Human Services Committee …   Read more
March 12 Texas Hospital Association Partners with ProCredEx to Advance New Model for Practitioner Credentialing
The Texas Hospital Association endorsed the Professional Credentials Exchange as an exclusive partner to help Texas hospitals accelerate the process of credentialing health care practitioners …   Read more
March 11 Texas Senate Takes Steps to Ensure Access to Care in a Disaster
Texas Hospitals Testify in Support
Ensuring timely access to essential health care services during natural or manmade disasters is the focus of a bill that will be heard today in the Texas Senate State Affairs Committee, chaired by Sen. Joan Huffman (R-Houston) …   Read more
March 5 U.S. Congressional Committee Holds Hearing On Public Health Benefits Of Vaccines
Outbreaks of preventable disease point to growth in vaccine refusal
The Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee of the U.S. Senate holds a hearing this morning on the essential role of vaccines in preventing disease and saving lives. The hearing follows outbreaks of measles in 10 states, including Texas. In just two months, there were 159 reported cases of measles, a disease almost entirely preventable with the MMR vaccine …   Read more
Feb. 22 Cost To Texas Economy Of Uninsured Could Exceed $178 Billion
Broad Coalition of Health Care, Business Groups Releases New Economic Research
Amid record job and population growth, new research reveals total economic losses for Texas associated with the impact of uninsured patients could reach almost $180 billion by 2040 – an increase of more than $121 billion from 2016 …   Read more
Feb. 22 Robbie Dewberry Receives Pioneer Award From Texas Hospital Association
Recognized for his dedication to community and employees

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