Texas Health Care Providers Face Structuring Challenges in 2013
By year’s end, health care providers across Texas will have submitted proposals to state leaders to transform the way they care for the poor and uninsured. They have been spurred by a Medicaid waiver Texas officials sought and received in 2011 from the federal government, one that ties financing to cooperation, cost efficiency and better patient outcomes.
“We’re at a real turning point, some would call it a crisis, on how much money we’re spending on health care,” said state Rep. Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham, the chairwoman of the House Public Health Committee. “It is incumbent upon us that the system actually transforms and doesn’t become bigger and bulkier and more expensive.”