205.029D Hurricane Ike and The University of Texas Medical Branch


205.029 Hurricane Ike and The University of Texas Medical Branch: The Texas Medical Association adopted the following set of principles relating to regional Hurricane Ike recovery issues and The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston:

Address a regional crisis regarding access to critical care, with the immediate establishment of a third Level 1 or 2 trauma center, or expansion of existing centers and supporting infrastructure (ICUs, inpatient beds, and the like) for adults and children in the Houston/Galveston/Beaumont area

Use emergency state appropriation to establish or expand the above-mentioned centers

Apply existing trauma care funds, currently in the treasury, or regional tax for the sustainability of at least three Level 1 or 2 trauma centers in the region

Adequately fund care for the uninsured patients who arrive from other counties. Use state and/or federal funding and/or mandatory uninsured compensation from the counties of residence

The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) can continue providing these services as part of its mission with state funding, or

Each county can contract with hospitals and physicians or establish hospital districts to obtain these services

Provide adequate funding and resource capacity, either at UTMB or other facilities, for the care of:

Correctional patients (Texas Department of Criminal Justice)

Burn patients, both pediatric and adult

Mental health/substance abuse patients

Primary and preventive care patients

Chronic disease management patients

The Federal Emergency Management Agency provide 100-percent reimbursement for UTMB recovery costs, as was done for post-Katrina New Orleans

Promote cost-effective care of displaced patients and ensure reimbursement to medical schools/hospitals for costs incurred for medical students and residents transferred from UTMB (Res. 301-A-09; deleted CM-EMS Rep. 3-A-19).

Last Updated On

August 16, 2019