Yesterday, the Texas Senate passed a bill which seeks to establish a Texas Institute of Health Care Quality and Efficiency. Senate Bill 8 was authored by State Senator Jane Nelson and filed on February 16, 2011. The bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services the next day and a public hearing was held on March 29th. SB 8 seeks “to improve health care quality, accountability, and cost containment in this state by encouraging health care provider collaboration, effective health care delivery models, and coordination of health care services.” The full text of the bill is available here.
A companion bill, SB 7, was also passed Tuesday. It relates “to strategies for and improvements in quality of health care provided through and care management in the child health plan and medical assistance programs designed to achieve healthy outcomes and efficiency.” The bills will now move to the Texas House of Representatives.
You may monitor these and other bills as they move through the Texas Legislature here. The last day of the regular Texas legislative session will be Monday, May 30, 2011.