COMMITTEE: Health & Human Services

TIME & DATE: 10:00 AM, Wednesday, March 21, 2018

PLACE: Senate Chamber
CHAIR: Senator Charles Schwertner


The Committee will meet to discuss the following interim charges:


Medicaid Managed Care Quality and Compliance:

             Review the Health and Human Services Commission's efforts to improve quality and efficiency in the Medicaid program, including pay-for-quality initiatives in Medicaid managed care. Compare alternative payment models and value-based payment arrangements with providers in Medicaid managed care, the Employees Retirement System, and the Teacher Retirement System, and identify areas for cross-collaboration and coordination among these entities.

             Evaluate the commission's efforts to ensure Medicaid managed care organizations' compliance with contractual obligations and the use of incentives and sanctions to enforce compliance. Assess the commission's progress in implementing competitive bidding practices for Medicaid managed care contracts and other initiatives to ensure the best value for taxpayer dollars used in Medicaid managed care contracts.


Health Care Cost Transparency:

             Study efforts by the Department of State Health Services and the Texas Department of Insurance to increase health care cost transparency, including a review of the Texas Health Care Information Collection (THCIC) system, and the Consumer Guide to Healthcare. Recommend ways to make provider and facility fees more accessible to consumers to improve health care cost transparency, increase quality of care, and create a more informed health care consumer base.


Individuals wishing to provide public testimony will be allowed to speak for 3 minutes total on any of the above charges.




** See Committee Coordinator for previous versions of the schedule **