• Border Health Caucus

    • Physicians Pursue Better Patient Care at Border Health Conference

      The Border Health Caucus held its 10th Annual Border Health Conference in El Paso, Texas, in August, 2015. This is just the second time this important gathering of physicians, other health leaders and elected officials has been held outside of Washington, DC. Physicians, members of congress, and other health care experts spoke to a packed room of attendees from all significant stakeholder groups interested in the health of people along the US-Mexico border. Agenda topics covered the challenges unique to providing care in this region, to some of the solutions and success stories.
  • Key Issues

    • State Now Paying Dual-Eligibles' Medicare Deductible
      The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) restored the Medicare Part B deductible payment on Jan. 25 for patients eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid, also known as "dual eligibles." - See more The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) restored the Medicare Part B deductible payment on Jan. 25 for patients eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid, also known as "dual eligibles."
    • State Delays Medicaid Fee Increase
      The Texas Health and Human Services Commission postponed the Medicaid primary care physician payment increase authorized under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The law requires states to increase Medicaid payments to Medicare parity for primary care services provided by pediatricians, family physicians, and general internists from Jan. 1, 2013, to Dec. 31, 2014. The federal government will pay the higher costs.
    • Medicaid HMO Expansion: South Texas Frequently Asked Question - Updated: January 2012
      Q: Why is the Texas Medicaid program replacing the Primary Care Case Management Model (PCCM) with HMOs?
  • Advocacy and Communications

    • Border Health Caucus Activities and Key Accomplishments
      Border Health Caucus members know firsthand their visits each year to Capitol Hill make a difference. “A strong handshake
      and an eyeball-to-eyeball visit are worth more than 100 emails,” said Linda Villarreal, MD, an Edinburg internist and TMA
    • Dr. Luis M. Benavides: Letter to the Editor in Response to CMS's Data Dump
      "There is significantly more data that could help the taxpayers understand. Start with the fact that the numbers represent gross payment, not “take home” pay. Even the most efficient office has a 50-60% overhead expense. Most of that expense is for employee salaries and benefits. If you take into account all the money the Laredo Doctors are re-investing in our community in staff salaries, the public would understand better."
    • NEWS CONFERENCE: Border Health Caucus
      BHC Ask State Leaders to Reverse Dual Eligible Cut (Feb. 5, 2013)
      Dozens of physicians from across Texas took time away from their medical practices to ask state leaders to reinstate cuts that harm access to care for thousands of Texas’ dual-eligible patients. Dual-eligible patients are old enough to qualify for Medicare and able to qualify for Medicaid assistance because of their income.
    • BHC Ask Senate Finance Committee to Restore Dual Eligible Cuts
      Just a few days ago, the state did restore payment of the deductible payment, a tremendous relief to those practices financially struggling since enactment of the cut. Many of you on the committee fought hard to restore the deductible and I sincerely thank you for your help. However, the continued coinsurance reduction means every time I see a dual eligible patient there is a 20-percent payment cut, an unsustainable and devastating financial blow.
    • Drop in Physician Acceptance of Medicaid, Medicare Patients
      Texas Medical Association (TMA) physician leaders have long predicted government regulatory burdens, red tape, payment hassles, and low pay would erode the physician foundation of both Medicaid and Medicare.
  • Border Health News