52021Nov

Statement From the Teaching Hospitals of Texas on CMS’ COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate for Health Care Providers

“‘Unprecedented’ is the word most frequently used to describe the COVID-19 pandemic. From the national death toll of nearly 730,000 Americans to the disruptions to our ordinary way of life, the novel coronavirus is something most of us have never before experienced. A federal vaccine mandate for hospitals, too, is new and reflects the severity…

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82021Oct

THOT Applauds Appointment of Ben Raimer, M.D. as President of UTMB

After a national search, the University of Texas System Board of Regents has named Ben Raimer, M.D. president of the University of Texas Medical Branch as its sixth president. “Ben is a longtime friend of THOT, and I’m delighted that he will continue leading UTMB,” said Maureen Milligan, Ph.D., CEO, Teaching Hospitals of Texas. “His…

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32021Oct

San Antonio Op Ed: University Health Chief Medical Officer Provides Clarity on Reduced Health Risks Associated With COVID Vaccine

Hospital leaders continue providing clear data on COVID patients arriving for treatment in their emergency rooms, ICUs, and clinics. Bryan Alsip, MD, MPH, FACPM, is the chief medical officer of University Health in San Antonio. In a commentary published by the San Antonio Express-News, Alsip makes clear the kinds of patient cases their medical staff…

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162016Nov
Waiver Update: Where does it Stand?

Waiver Update: Where does it Stand?

It’s anyone’s guess what the election results mean for Texas’ 1115 waiver renewal. Just prior to the election, Commissioner Smith gave updates to THOT as well as the Executive Waiver Committee on HHSC/CMS waiver talks. Here’s where things were as of November 7th: CMS intends to decrease UC and DSRIP pool amounts in a waiver…

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152016Nov
NIH Grant Supports New Drug Trials for Lung Injury and Disease

NIH Grant Supports New Drug Trials for Lung Injury and Disease

Lung Therapeutics, Inc. is a pharmaceutical company that targets niche orphan drug indications for lung injury and disease with an emphasis on fibrosis. The company was founded in 2012 with initial support by the University of Texas Horizon Fund by Dr. Steven Idell (Sr. VP of Research & Graduate Studies and Dean of the School…

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142016Oct
Waiver Update

Waiver Update

Following last month’s Newsletter reported waiver trifecta: UC report release; disallowance; and request for Texas to resubmit its 1115 waiver; this past month has been relatively calm. We do have some answers to some of the trifecta issues while HHSC is in preparation mode in advance of face to face waiver negotiation meetings with CMS…

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132016Oct
Hearings Update

Hearings Update

Senate Committee on Health and Human Services On September 13th, under Chair Charles Schwertner, the Senate Health and Human Services Committee held a lengthy hearing on its interim 1115 waiver charge[1], taking testimony from HHSC agency staff, Waiver Anchors and providers, health care advocates, and policy organizations. Discussion focused on the impact of Medicaid expansion…

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132016Oct
Texas Budget Update

Texas Budget Update

Key HHS Legislative Appropriations Request (LAR) Update: the Budget The Department of State Health Services (DSHS)’s LAR contained a trauma funding surprise. The Legislative Budget Board and Governor’s Office of Budget Planning held an LAR Hearing for Health and Human Services on September 22nd. Prior to the hearing, THOT’s advocacy director spotted a trauma funding error, and spoke…

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72016Sep
What’s Going On: Waiver Hat Trick

What’s Going On: Waiver Hat Trick

The month of August ended and September began with two wild and unexpected 1115 Waiver Weeks including three key waiver events. Following CMS & Office of Management and Budget visits to Texas’ Statewide Learning Collaborative (SLC), the state released  HMA’s Texas Uncompensated Care Report. Shortly thereafter HHSC received notice of  CMS’ surprise disallowance of $26.8…

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