More can be good
John K. Wisniewski
Do people expect more?
Absolutely! More services, paperwork, patients, regulations and
technology. And it remains vital to keep healthcare from
imploding with expectations.
But more isn't always a
burden. Sometimes it's a challenge. Accepting the world's
expectations for more is part of controlling your
This would be a good week to consider
your future role in making a better health system. BCMS will be
joining you as part of our 2014 strategic plan.
Please feel free to share suggestions.
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now for HHSC Medicaid advisory committees
deadline is Aug. 14
By Mary E. Nava,
Governmental and Community Relations Officer
The Health and Human Services
Commission (HHSC) is seeking applications for four new advisory
committees established as a result of SB 7, during the 2013 legislative
session, which seek to improve the coordination of Medicaid long-term
care services with acute care services. Additionally, HHSC is
seeking applications for a new behavioral health committee established
as a result of SB 58 to promote the integration of physical and mental
health care services. Each of the four Medicaid-related
committees, listed below with a link to further information about each
committee's scope of work, will provide stakeholder input and advice on
the Medicaid HMO model, including the expansion of the HMO model to new
services and populations.
TMA encourages physician
participation on all the committees. However, the two new Medicaid
committees that will most broadly affect physicians are the statewide
Medicaid Managed Care Committee, which will address systemic HMO
operational and administrative issues affecting patients and
physicians, and the STAR Kids Advisory Committee, which will advise
HHSC on the development of a new HMO model for children with
If you are
interested in applying, please follow the instructions in the links
below and submit your application directly to HHSC. Then, please notify
TMA of your applications by contacting Helen Kent Davis and
Stacy Warren. Please include a copy of your CV so
they can submit a TMA letter of support for your
nomination. Applications must be submitted by Aug. 14.
Quality Council- will provide input on how to improve
quality and patient-centered care for the STAR+PLUS HMO model,
which serves patients with disabilities and seniors
discussion on this and other legislative advocacy topics, consider
joining the BCMS Legislative and Socioeconomics Committee by
contacting Mary Nava at email@example.com.
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