• Texas Passes Major Health Care Related Legislation During Special Session
  • July 22, 2011 | Authors: Thomas J. Bond; John R. Huffman; Michael L. Malone; Patricia Fuller McCandless; Barry Senterfitt
  • Law Firms: Greenberg Traurig, LLP - Austin Office ; Greenberg Traurig, LLP - Dallas Office ; Greenberg Traurig, LLP - Austin Office
  • SB 7 is an omnibus bill primarily related to reform of the Texas Medicaid system with a focus on performance based compensation measures. The bill is actually composed of several health care related bills that failed to pass during the regular session due to timing issues. In addition to Medicaid payment reforms, SB 7 includes a new statutory licensing process for health care collaboratives, the Texas version of accountable care organizations (ACOs). It also enacts the Interstate Health Care Compact, an initiative being pursued by conservative states to seek federal block grants to fund state health care needs. The Interstate Health Care Compact requires Congressional approval to be effective.