Bexar County's CareLink program, which is run by University Health System, helps low-income citizens access healthcare. So does the Affordable Care Act, and as the ACA continues to be implemented, changes are coming to CareLink, which assists more than 50,000 people.
The Texas Department of Insurance is hearing it’s final set of feedback regarding state-mandated requirements for federal navigators working for Texas nonprofits. Those requirements include registration and training fees that are near $1,000 per person.
The additional rulemaking by the TDI is a result of a letter submitted by Gov. Rick Perry about his concerns on the lack of federal requirements for navigators, and a state law authored by state Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, who spoke against the new rules.
Originally published on Tue January 21, 2014 12:07 pm
What will a gallon of milk set you back? How about a new car? You probably have a rough idea.
But what about a new knee or a hip replacement? Chances are you have no clue. And you aren't alone. The surgeons who implant the devices probably don't know either, a survey finds.
Medicare spends about $20 billion each year on implanted medical devices. Nearly half of the total goes to orthopedic procedures. As the population ages and more Americans get joint replacements, the spending on implants is likely to keep rising.
The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio and the Methodist Healthcare System have announced an affiliation agreement for a children’s hospital in the Medical Center.
The two organizations issued a joint statement late this afternoon indicating they have agreed on all major aspects of their relationship and are moving forward to obtain regulatory approval for their agreement.
The Texas Department of Insurance has finalized a list of additional rules federal navigators will have to follow before helping anyone sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act’s website, Healthcare.gov.
The rules come as a response to a letter issued by Gov. Rick Perry that points to privacy and security concerns about the current federal standard for navigators working in Texas to help navigate the Affordable Care Act’s website.
Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst is urging the state not to close its high risk insurance pool at the beginning of the year. Uncertainly over Healthcare.gov has some members of the pool uncertain if they’ll have coverage in January.
Dewhurst sent a letter to Texas Department of Insurance asking that the termination be delayed, citing the difficulties presented by the health care website that could delay coverage for some of those on the pool.
The U.S. Attorney in San Antonio has settled a $3,675,000 whistleblower lawsuit against the Baptist Health System for filing false claims for Medicare reimbursement.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the federal investigation under the False Claims Act was triggered by allegations in a whistleblower lawsuit brought by a former employee of the Baptist Health System.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Harold Brown said Norma Rivera reported she tried twice to bring the problem to the attention of her employers.