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SENATOR NELSON TACKLES HEALTH CARE COSTS
AUSTIN — Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, today presided over a hearing of the Health and Human Services Committee relating to interim charges on cost-containment strategies, quality, and efficiency in Texas' health care systems.
"Every dollar we lose to waste and abuse is a dollar that could have been used for services for those who truly need them," said Senator Nelson. "Regardless of our economic circumstances, we should always be working to make our health care system more efficient by encouraging patient care coordination and aligning financial incentives with healthy outcomes."
The committee heard invited and public testimony on the following two interim charges:
- Evaluate existing and new cost-containment strategies in Texas' health and human services programs to achieve additional savings next biennium. The evaluation should include: the expansion of managed care; co-pays in Medicaid; electronic visit verification; independent assessments for long-term care services; Early Childhood Intervention Services; and immunizations.
- Monitor ongoing initiatives aimed at improving health care quality and efficiency in Texas. Evaluate strategies such as the transition of Medicaid and the CHIP to quality-based payments; the establishment of the Texas Institute of Health Care Quality and Efficiency; development and use of potentially preventable event outcome measures, and reduction of health care-associated infections. Include recommendations on how to improve and build upon these initiatives, including improving birth outcomes and reducing infant and maternal mortality.
The committee must file a report of its findings prior to the next legislative session. To follow the progress of this and other interim studies, visit www.capitol.state.tx.us, where you may watch live feeds and sign up to receive meeting notices.
SENATOR JANE NELSON represents District 12, including portions of Tarrant and Denton Counties. She is Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health & Human Services.