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Texas Lobbyist News: Texas Health and Human Services Meetings Posted

The following information is public information by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. The Texas Lobby Group is posting it here as a public service for all Texas lobbyists, Texas government officials and consultants, Texas politicians, and other interested parties.

The Texas Health and Human Services System agencies are hosting an annual HUB Vendor Fair on Friday, October 5, 2012, from 7:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Texas State Capitol Extension in Austin.

This free event provides vendors an opportunity to meet agency buyers and features panel discussions on state contracting.  Several state agencies will attend to share information about their agencies HUB program and procurement processes.Presentations and discussions:

7:30 a.m. – Registration (E1.004)
9 a.m. –  Welcome and opening remarks (E1.004)
10 a.m. – Exhibits open (E2.002A)
10 a.m. – State contracting panel discussion (E2.002A)
10:45 a.m. – HHS HUB portal overview (E1.004)
11:15 a.m. – Mentor Protégé Program panel discussion (E2.002A)
1 p.m. – Exhibits close


Interagency Council on Addressing Disproportionality and Disparities

Oct. 8, 2012
9 a.m.

Meeting Site:
Health and Human Services Commission
Brown-Heatly Building
Public Hearing Room 1410
4900 N. Lamar Blvd.

  1. Call to Order and Roll Call
  2. Introductions and Opening Remarks
  3. Action Item: Approval of Minutes from Aug. 30, 2012, Interagency Council meeting
  4. Chair’s Report and Center for Elimination of Disproportionality and Disparities (CEDD) Staff Updates: Reporting and updates on CEDD activities and projects
  5. Public Comment (limited to three minutes per person)
  6. Discussion on the public comments  provided at the Aug. 30, 2012 IC meeting
  7. Lunch
  8. Action Item: Vote on the IC’s draft legislative report including legislative recommendations
  9. Discussion on the IC’s priorities for the first quarter of 2013
  10. Schedule for 2013 IC meetings
  11. Adjourn


 Institute of Health Care Quality and Efficiency Board of Directors:
Work Group C – Promoting Efficient and Accountable Health Care

Oct. 9, 2012

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Meeting Site:

Health and Human Services Commission
ITT Building
6330 East Highway 290
Theory / Classroom 4



Proposed Medicaid Hospice Payment Rates

Oct. 23, 2012
9 a.m.

Meeting Site:
Health and Human Services Commission
Braker Center, Building H
Lone Star Conference Room
11209 Metric Blvd.
Entry is through security at the building entrance facing Metric Boulevard.

Hearing. The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) will conduct a public hearing to receive public comment on proposed Medicaid payment rates for hospice routine home, continuous home, inpatient respite and general inpatient care.  The Medicaid hospice program is operated by the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services.

The hearing will be held in compliance with Human Resources Code §32.0282 and Texas Administrative Code Title 1, §355.105(g), which require public notice and hearings on proposed Medicaid reimbursements.

Briefing Package.  A briefing package describing the proposed payment rates will be available at http://www.hhsc.state.tx.us/rad/rate-packets.shtml on Oct. 9, 2012.  Those interested also may obtain a copy of the briefing package before the hearing by contacting Esther Brown by telephone at 512-491-1445; by fax at 512-491-1998; or by email at Esther.Brown@hhsc.state.tx.us.  The briefing package also will be available at the public hearing.

Written Comments.  Written comments regarding the proposed payment rates may be submitted instead of, or in addition to, oral testimony until 5 p.m. the day of the hearing. Written comments may be sent by U.S. mail, overnight mail, special delivery mail, hand delivery, fax, or email:

U.S. Mail
Attention:  Esther Brown
HHSC Rate Analysis, Mail Code H-400
P.O. Box 85200
Austin, Texas 78708-5200

Overnight mail, special delivery mail or hand delivery
Attention:  Esther Brown
HHSC Rate Analysis, Mail Code H-400
Braker Center, Building H
11209 Metric Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78758-4021

Phone number for package delivery:  512-491-1445

Attention:  Esther Brown at 512-491-1998