Texas Lobbyist News: Health & Human Services Commission Hearings
The following public hearings have been announced by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. The Texas Lobby Group is posting this information on our website as a public service for Texas Lobbyists, Political Consultants, and Government Consultants, and other interested parties.
Medical Care Advisory Committee
May 10, 2012 – 9 a.m.
Department of Aging and Disability Services
John H. Winters Building
Public Hearing Room
701 W. 51st St.
Proposed Amendment Relating to the Disproportionate Share Hospital Reimbursement Methodology
May 18, 2012 – 9 a.m.
William B. Travis State Office Building
1701 N. Congress Ave.
Hearing.The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) will conduct a second public hearing to receive comments on its proposed changes to the administrative rule codified in Title 1 of the Texas Administrative code, §355.8065, relating to the Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) Reimbursement Methodology. The proposed amendment to the rule was published in the Texas Register on April 20, 2012 (37 TexReg 2823). (The Medical Care Advisory Committee meeting on Thursday, May 10, 2012, functions as the first public hearing. Notice of the first hearing appeared in the Texas Register on April 20, 2012, in the Preamble to the proposed rule. See 37 Tex. Reg. @ 2826.) People requiring American with Disabilities Act accommodation or auxiliary aids or services should contact Esther Brown at 512-491-1358 at least 72 hours before the hearing so appropriate arrangements can be made.
Proposal. The proposed amendment includes changes to the methodology for allocating DSH funds, which is being proposed by HHSC in response to a petition for adoption of a rule that was submitted to HHSC by the Texas Coalition of Transferring Hospitals (TCTH). TCTH hospitals provide funding for the non-federal share of payments to all hospitals under the DSH program. Additional proposed changes (1) delete language pertaining to calculation of the hospital-specific limit, which was moved to another proposed rule; and (2) clarify current rule language and administrative processes. The proposed changes are more fully summarized in the Preamble to the proposed rule, published in the Texas Register on April 20, 2012. See 37 TexReg 2823, 2826.
Proposed New Rule Concerning the Medicaid Recovery Audit Contractor Program
May 22, 2012 – 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Health and Human Services Commission
Lone Star Conference Room
11209 Metric Blvd.
Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) will conduct a public hearing to receive comments on the proposed new rule §354.1451 under Title 1, Part 15, Chapter 354, Subchapter B, Medicaid Recovery Audit Contractor Program.
The Medicaid Recovery Audit Contractor Program is being established to comply with §1902(a)(42) of the Social Security Act and 42 Code of Federal Regulations Part 455, to promote the integrity of the Medicaid program. The rule will establish a program in which HHSC contracts with one or more recovery audit contractors to identify underpayments and overpayments under the Medicaid program and recover the overpayments for services provided under the Medicaid State Plan or under any waiver of the Medicaid State Plan.
Institute of Health Care Quality and Efficiency Board of Directors
May 24, 2012 – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
University of Texas
Thompson Conference Center
Auditorium, Room 1.110
2405 Robert Dedman Dr.
DRAFT Health and Human Services Coordinated Strategic Plan and Health and Human Services Agencies’ Strategic Plans for 2013-2017
May 31, 2012 – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Meeting will be by videoconference. Click here for locations.
Videoconferenced Public Hearing. The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) will conduct a public hearing by videoconference to receive comment on the Health and Human Services (HHS) System Draft Strategic Plan for 2013-2017, which covers the provision of health and human services in Texas.
This plan includes the HHS Coordinated Strategic Plan, required every two years by the Texas Government Code, Section 531.022, and the five HHS agencies’ strategic plans, required by the Texas Government Code, Chapter 2056.