TMA Legislative News Hotline
REVISED Thursday, May 19, 2011
|Sen. Jane Nelson|
- SB 191 by Senator Nelson would bind TMB to the ruling of an administrative law judge in a proceeding supervised by the State Office of Administrative Hearings.
- SB 227 by Senator Nelson would provide discretion for TMB to waive a fine in lieu of a remedial action plan for a minor administrative violation.
- Allowing physicians to tape the proceedings of a TMB informal settlement conference;
- Increasing the time for a physician to respond to a notice from 30 days to 45 days;
- Eliminating anonymous complaints;
- Instituting a statute of limitations on bringing a disciplinary action; and
- Prohibiting the granting of a license to an applicant who has had a medical license suspended or revoked by another state.
Medicaid: TMA submitted a letter on HB 13 by Rep. Lois Kolkhorst (R-Brenham) today. The legislation calls for the development of an 1115 federal waiver to give Texas greater flexibility in the design and operation of the Medicaid program. The measure is before the Senate Health and Human Services Committee today.
Immunizations: The House Public Health Committee approved the TMA-backed SB 1177. The measure by Senator Nelson and Rep. John Zerwas, MD, (R-Simonton) would require health care facilities such as hospitals to develop and implement vaccination policies for employees. The legislation is important because health care workers, especially those who are not immunized against the flu and other preventable diseases, may unknowingly spread these diseases to the patients in their care.
Medicaid cost-savings: The Senate passed two bills this morning to help save money in the Medicaid program. These include:
- HB 2245 by Representative Zerwas and Senator Nelson. It would create physician incentive programs to reduce hospital emergency room use for non-emergent conditions by Medicaid patients.
- HB 1983 by Representative Kolkhorst and Senator Nelson. It would direct the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) to implement evidence-based, tested quality and cost-savings measures to reduce the incidence of elective inductions or C-sections prior to the 39th week of gestation. It also directs HHSC to study the impact on infant health, the frequency of infant admissions to neonatal intensive care units, and readmission rates.
PHYSICIAN OF THE DAY
The physician of the day at the capitol is Linton “Matt” Koger, MD, of Greenville. Dr. Koger has practiced family medicine for 11 years. He graduated from the UT Health Science Center at Houston in 1997. Dr. Koger is a member of TMA and the Hunt-Rockwall-Rains County Medical Society.
WHAT WE'RE READING
Deal on state health spending aids docs but leaves Medicaid hanging (Austin American-Statesman)
Report: Employers Face 8.5% Increase in Health-Care Costs in 2012 (Wall