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This Week in News, March 30-April 3

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Medicaid overhaul in Texas and Travis County draws federal scrutiny

Posted: 5:13 p.m. Saturday, March 28, 2015

By Mary Ann Roser – American-Statesman Staff

Federal officials, specifically Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), are questioning whether Texas hospital districts violate federal law by using money from private hospitals to gain federal matching funds. Central Health’s Community Care Collaborative, the 1115 Waiver it employs, and its non-profit healthcare provider Seton are under scrutiny as a result. CFO Jeff Knodel and Seton’s Vice Chairman Greg Hartman voice reassurance.


Texas Medical Construction A-to-Z

04/01/2015 08:22:00 am

Virtual Builders Exchange

The challenges of the $18 million remodeling of Austin’s former VA Clinic into the state of the art Southeast Health and Wellness Center is highlighted alongside other Texas medical projects of note. Central Health Project Manager Bob Kallstrom explains the process along accompanying photographs of the ongoing construction work.


Pay for Performance Extends to Health Care in New York State Experiment

By ANEMONA HARTOCOLLIS, MARCH 30, 2015

The New York Times

This article covers a working experiment to transform New York State’s health care services for the poor from being disorganized and disjointed into a coordinated network, not unlike Central Health’s plan for the Integrated Delivery System. Recent word from HHSC shows interest in implementing a similar model for care seen in New York in Texas.