Lawsuit Alleges Xerox Wrote Misleading Documents on Ortho Prior Authorizations

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As part of the lawsuit against Xerox, the former lead contractor for the Texas Medicaid and Healthcare Partnership, the Texas Office of the Attorney General alleges that Xerox, from the beginning of its contract with Texas, wrote misleading documents that indicated each request for Medicaid orthodontic treatment was submitted to and reviewed by its dental director when this was not the … [Read more...]

Farmers Insurance PAC Gives to Abbott Amid Lawsuit | The Texas Tribune

As Texas neared the end of a decade-long legal fight over homeowners’ insurance rates with Farmers Insurance Group in December, the company's employees PAC gave $50,000 to the gubernatorial campaign of Attorney General Greg Abbott — the top lawyer in the state’s case against the company. The contribution took Abbott's receipts in his race to succeed Texas Gov. Rick Perry to more than $75,000 … [Read more...]

Almost Two Years Now – Jack Stick DWI

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Schwertner to Lead Health and Human Services Committee | The Texas Tribune

After appointing Republican state Sen. Jane Nelson to chair the Senate Finance Committee, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has picked state Sen. Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown, to replace her as the head the Senate Health and Human Services Committee. Dewhurst revealed that he would be tapping Schwertner, a practicing orthopedic surgeon, to lead the committee on Thursday evening during an interview … [Read more...]

Dewhurst Taps Nelson as Senate’s Chief Budget Writer | The Texas Tribune

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has appointed state Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, to chair the powerful Senate Finance Committee, setting the stage for Nelson to be one of the lead budget writers in 2015. Nelson replaces Tommy Williams, who resigned from the Senate in 2013 to become a vice chancellor of federal and state relations at Texas A&M University. She is the first woman to head the … [Read more...]

Source: Dewhurst to name Nelson chairwoman of Senate Finance | Dallas Morning News

The elevation of Texas Sen. Jane Nelson to be the Senate’s chief budget writer is imminent, according to a well-placed Capitol source. Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst is telling people he’s decided to name Nelson, R-Flower Mound, to be chairwoman of the Senate Finance Committee, the source said. The appointment should occur any day now, the source added. Sen. Dan Patrick, the Houston Republican who … [Read more...]

Texas Sees Rise in Medicaid Signups | The Texas Tribune

More than 80,000 additional Texans have enrolled in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program since the rollout of the Affordable Care Act last fall despite Republican state leaders’ decision not to expand eligibility to poor adults, according to federal figures. The 80,435 new enrollees as of May — mostly Texans who already qualified for coverage but did not previously seek it — … [Read more...]

New resources improve states’ abilities to advance Medicaid payment and delivery system reform

Today, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced a new innovative collaboration with states to improve care for Medicaid beneficiaries by accelerating efforts in reforming their health care systems to improve health and care while reducing costs. The goals and activities of the Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program build on many of the recent recommendations made by the … [Read more...]

State Alleges Xerox Instructed Dental Staff to Approve HLD Scores of 26 or More Automatically Starting in 2004

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In the lawsuit against Xerox filed by the Texas Attorney General, there is one more startling revelation. The State is alleging that Xerox as early as 2004, when the company took over the contract as the state's Medicaid claims administrator, the lead contractor in the Texas Medicaid and Healthcare Partnership, immediately changed the Medicaid orthodontic prior authorization process. Xerox … [Read more...]

HHS announces the availability of $100 million in Affordable Care Act funding to expand access to primary care through new community health centers

HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell announced today the availability of $100 million from the Affordable Care Act to support an estimated 150 new health center sites across the country in 2015. New health center sites will increase access to comprehensive, affordable, high quality primary health care services in the communities that need it most. Later today, Secretary Burwell will also visit a … [Read more...]