Publications & Reports

Local Provider Participation Funds: Key to Financing Texas’ Health Care System

Some local governments in Texas currently opt to use Local Provider Participation Funds (LPPFs) from private hospitals to finance the required non-federal share of various hospital 1115 waiver related supplemental and directed payment programs, specifically ncompensated Care (UC), Uniform Hospital Rate Increase Program (UHRIP), and in some cases, Delivery System Reform Incentive Payments (DSRIP). 1 In the absence of additional general revenue to fund Medicaid and uninsured care costs, and because only public funds can be used to finance Medicaid, LPPFs let private hospitals join public hospitals in supporting critical Medicaid financing.

January 18, 2024|

Local Provider Participation Funds: Key to Stable Hospital Funding

Since the Texas Legislature authorized the first Local Provider Participation Funds (LPPFs) in 2013, LPPFs have joined public hospital funding to become an integral part of Texas’ Medicaid financing system. In addition to funds from public hospitals, LPPFs help bring $7 billion a year in additional Medicaid funds to Texas hospitals to reduce the shortfall from below-cost Medicaid reimbursement, and in some cases, charity care costs.

January 18, 2024|

Hospital Uncompensated Care Payments Explained

Since the 2011 creation of Texas’ Medicaid 1115 Waiver, the hospital Uncompensated Care (UC) payment program has made more than $38 billion in payments potentially available to Texas’ public and private hospitals to offset some of their unreimbursed charity care costs. Texas hospitals reported $7 billion in unreimbursed charity care costs in 2021 alone. As the number of uninsured Texans remains persistently high – currently 21.4 percent of the population, or 5.2 million – UC payments to offset some of the costs of their care are essential.

January 18, 2024|

Uncompensated Care Payments: Vital to Texas Teaching Hospitals

Since the 2011 creation of Texas’ Medicaid 1115 Waiver, the hospital Uncompensated Care (UC) payment program has made more than $38 billion in payments potentially available to offset some of the unreimbursed charity care costs for Texas’ public and private hospitals. Teaching Hospitals of Texas (THOT) members provide this care through comprehensive, integrated systems of care with most of it being outpatient preventive, primary and specialty care.

January 18, 2024|

Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital Payment Program Explained

Established in 1981, the Medicaid disproportionate share hospital payment program provides funding to hospitals that provide a disproportionate share of a state’s care for those who are uninsured and those with Medicaid. In Texas, the Medicaid DSH program is one of only two Medicaid supplemental payment programs that help support hospitals’ costs of providing uninsured care, making it critical in a state with an uninsured rate of more than 18 percent.

January 18, 2024|

88th Texas Legislature Outcomes for Texas’ Teaching Hospitals July 2023

The 88th Texas Legislature began as the three-year anniversary of the global COVID-19
pandemic loomed. The session ended just as the federal public health emergency declaration
expired. Bookended by these two significant dates, the legislative session mirrored the impact
COVID-19 had on our health care institutions, our health care workforce, and our communities.
The pandemic cast a long shadow on the Texas Capitol, and lawmakers’ health care priorities
and proposals – both positive and negative – reflected their understanding of how hospitals
weathered the pandemic.

July 5, 2023|

Recommendations from Texas teaching hospitals’ nurse executive leaders

Building on work conducted in 2021 and 2022 on nursing workforce challenges, the Teaching Hospitals of Texas convened nurse executive leaders from member health systems in the summer of 2022 to review the data and research on the nurse workforce shortages and recommend strategies to increase the number of nurses, expedite timeframes for transition to independent practice, and support and retain existing nurses.

January 24, 2023|

Teaching Hospitals of Texas: An Overview

Formed in 1986, Teaching Hospitals of Texas (THOT) is a 501(c)(6) non-profit association of state, public and non-profit hospitals and health systems committed to providing access to quality health care for all Texans and to training the next generation of physicians, nurses and allied health personnel.

January 24, 2023|

Clinical and Collaborative Investments in Texas’ Nursing Workforce: The Needed Paradigm Shift

Based on a review of the published literature and real-world experience, the executive nurse leaders of the member hospitals that comprise the Teaching Hospitals of Texas developed specific recommendations and identified possible funding vehicles to target and address challenges driving the state’s nurse workforce shortage.

January 24, 2023|

Teaching Hospitals’ 2023 Legislative Priorities

Our key priority for the 2023 legislative session is to ensure the recovery and long-term stability of Texas’ teaching hospital and health systems’ services, patient care, and community investments. Our goals for this session include stabilizing and strengthening care delivery and innovation, enhancing access to health care, safeguarding local health care systems and public health response, maintaining access to community provider-based health plans, safeguarding trauma funding and emergency preparedness, investing in Texas’ health care workforce, and supporting access to behavioral health services.

January 24, 2022|

Increasing Inpatient Psychiatric Treatment Capacity

Texas has an insufficient number of inpatient psychiatric beds. The state’s nine mental hospitals are often full, and the private psychiatric beds that are available are inaccessible to many because of cost. The result is that those needing inpatient psychiatric treatment are held in hospital emergency departments or county jails until a bed becomes available or forego essential treatment altogether.

The lack of inpatient psychiatric treatment capacity and associated increased wait times for treatment contribute to:

  • Worse patient outcomes.
  • Increased costs to the criminal justice system.
  • Reduced access to timely care for all Texans needing hospital-level care.
January 24, 2022|

Improving Access to Timely Care for Children and Adolescents

To help address the immediate needs for earlier diagnosis and intervention for children and adolescents, THOT member, the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler participates in two initiatives of the Texas Children’s Mental Health Consortium: the Child Psychiatry Access Network and the Texas Child Health Access Through Telemedicine.

January 24, 2022|
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