2017 TAHP Managed Care Conference & Trade Show

October 23-25, 2017 • Registration Coming Soon!

The 2017 TAHP Managed Care Conference, “Connect. Innovate. Achieve.,” is quickly approaching! The conference will feature Dr. Uwe Reinhardt, one of the nation’s leading authorities on health care economics, plus a high-level roster of dynamic speakers who will be coming together to brainstorm and discuss ways to achieve greater value, affordability, transparency, and accessibility in health care.

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AHIP Health Care Forum

This half-day forum, geared for health care CEOs and their senior leadership teams, is more than a “sit-and-listen” meeting. You’ll engage in intense, roundtable-style conversations about the future of health care. You’ll network with peers from across the nation. You’ll address common challenges and discuss the realm of the possible.

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Medical Directors Forum Coming April 3 & 4, 2017

Make plans now to attend or sponsor our upcoming Medical Directors Forum, April 3 & 4 in Austin! This forum’s topic is “Innovation In Care: Part 1.” • Monday, April 3rd 5:00 p.m. – Networking Reception, Record Room, W hotel, Austin, TX • Tuesday, April 4th 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Medical Directors Forum, W hotel, 200 Lavaca St., Austin, TX • Make plans now to attend! TAHP has secured a block of rooms at the W hotel. Please contact me at pdoner@tahp.org if you will be needing a reservation.

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TAHP Membership

Led by a team of seasoned health care policy and advocacy experts, the Texas Association of Health Plans is the statewide trade association representing health insurers, Medicaid plans, Medicaid Advantage plans, and other related entities in Texas. Experience the benefits of TAHP membership by joining today! Build relationships, promote your services, stay informed, and ensure you are well represented in the halls of the Texas Capitol and throughout the State government.

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Building and Fostering Meaningful Relationships

TAHP hosts events year-round that provide opportunities to network in fun, informal venues with other health insurance and health care executives and professionals, legislators, agency leaders, and Capitols staffers and build meaningful relationships.

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Making a Positive Impact on the People of Texas

In addition to playing an integral role in keeping Texas healthy by covering more than 17 million Texans, the Texas insurance industry yields positive results for the economy—creating jobs and opportunity, and generating significant economic revenue for our State.

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Advocating for a Healthy Texas

The TAHP team is comprised of seasoned policy, government relations, and communications professionals with decades of experience on the state and federal levels. These key staff members successfully strategize, build relationships, and advocate for solutions that will make health care more affordable, more accessible and more valuable for all Texans.

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Latest TAHP News
TAHP, TAB & Others Launch Coalition to Tell the Truth About Freestanding ERs

This week, TAHP, TAB, TALHI, TAHU, and TORCH launched a coalition to raise awareness about freestanding ERs, their exorbitant pricing and misleading a. . . read more Thu, 23 Feb 2017 19:15:07 GMT

HAC Begins Meeting

HAC started meeting this week with presentations by the Legislative Budget Board. On Wednesday the LBB provided an overview of Medicaid. Total Medicai. . . read more Thu, 23 Feb 2017 19:15:06 GMT

Trump Administration Releases Proposed Rule Addressing Market Stabilization Issues

This week HHS released a proposed rule that takes steps aimed at stabilizing the individual and small group health insurance markets. The proposed rul. . . read more Thu, 23 Feb 2017 19:15:05 GMT

Texas Association of Freestanding Emergency Centers Makes False Claims About Underpayments By Insura

The Texas Association of Freestanding Emergency Centers (TAFEC) issued a press release this week claiming 3,400 requests for mediations in Texas are c. . . read more Thu, 23 Feb 2017 19:11:57 GMT

Legislators File Bill Extending Sunset Date of State-Run Medicaid Formulary

HB 1917 (attached) was filed this week by Raymond, Zerwas, and Four Price.  The bill extends the sunset date of the state run VDP Medicaid formul. . . read more Thu, 23 Feb 2017 19:10:20 GMT

HHSC Releases 2017 Fact Book

HHSC has released the Fact Book for 2017, which provides overview of Medicaid programs and caseloads and the 11th Edition of Medicaid/CHIP in Perspect. . . read more Thu, 23 Feb 2017 19:09:03 GMT

CMS Projects Accelerating Health Care Cost Growth

Overall health care spending is expected to rise over the next decade and account for 19.9% of the economy by 2025, with the pace of growth to rise 5.. . . read more Thu, 23 Feb 2017 19:08:38 GMT

Kaiser Releases Interactive Tool to Compare Proposals to Replace ACA

A new interactive tool from the Kaiser Family Foundation enables users to create side-by-side comparisons of major ACA alternative plans, now includin. . . read more Thu, 23 Feb 2017 19:06:02 GMT

AHIP: 20 Million Americans Have Health Savings Accounts

The use of health savings accounts has exploded over the last decade, according to a new survey released by AHIP. Just over 20 million Americans had a. . . read more Thu, 23 Feb 2017 19:05:13 GMT

Reminder/Materials for Visiting Capitol Offices

Just a reminder that TAHP has everything you need to visit Capitol offices and get the word out about legislative priorities, including Session Guides. . . read more Thu, 23 Feb 2017 19:03:38 GMT

House Committee Scheduled Announced

Click here to access the full 85th House Committee Schedule. Below are important hearings happening next week: Monday The House Appropriations Subcom. . . read more Thu, 23 Feb 2017 19:02:25 GMT


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Texas Health Plans Applaud Senate Passage of Schwertner Bill to Hold Freestanding ERs Accountable for Consumers

AUSTIN—The Texas Association of Health Plans (TAHP), the statewide trade association representing commercial and public health plans operating in Texas, today applauded Senate passage of Texas Senator Charles Schwertner’s SB 1592, which would ensure that independently owned freestanding emergency rooms (FSERs) are held to the same standards as hospital-based emergency rooms. Specifically, the legislation would require FSERs to be assessed the same violation penalties as those assessed on hospital-based ERs and seeks to create a strong deterrent for freestanding ERs to not violate their licensure requirements.

“Time and again, Texans meet confusion and frustration with misleading advertising and exorbitant prices when they seek care from independent freestanding ERs. These facilities have demonstrated a pattern of withholding important information from patients regarding their network status or the fees they will charge for their services,” said Jamie Dudensing, TAHP CEO and a former practicing nurse. “Because freestanding ERs continue to ask to be compared not to walk-in urgent care centers, which consumers often confuse them for, but to hospital-based ERs, it’s important that they are also held to the same standards as traditional ERs. Sen. Schwertner’s legislation would ensure just that and hold freestanding ERs more accountable for following important licensing rules that protect Texas patients.”

Texans are often confused by misleading advertising at independent freestanding ERs and end up with expensive, surprise medical bills after their visit. Austin resident Charlene Fern recently shared her experience, which included a visit to an Austin-area freestanding ER that she mistook for an urgent care center and resulted in a $2500 bill. Her visit lasted 15 minutes and the doctor merely recommended she apply Benadryl to a suspected spider bite. Listen to Charlene’s story here. Texas Senators and Representatives have introduced 9 separate bills during the 85th Legislature to address concerns with freestanding ERs and out-of-network emergency care. Read more here.

Background on SB 1592

  • Freestanding ERs continue to make the case that they are different from urgent care centers or physicians’ offices and should be compared only to hospital-based ERs.
  • SB 1592 would ensure they are treated the same as hospital-based ERs with regard to violation penalties by establishing a new $25,000 fee cap.

Background on Freestanding ERs

  • There are more than 200 FSERs in Texas – more than half the nation’s population of these facilities.
  • Freestanding ERs pose the highest risk or surprise medical bills for Texans and are responsible for nearly 70 percent of out-of-network emergency facility claims in Texas.
  • Charge for treating a cough at a freestanding ER: $3,044. Treating a cough at an urgent care center: $180.

Read more about the emergency care cost crisis in Texas, along with background on freestanding ERs and how they use misleading advertising, charge exorbitant prices, and refuse to go in network:

Amerigroup Texas Names Health Plan President

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BCBS TX Names New President

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