Addressing out-of-network ER care issues in Texas requires a collective effort on the part of payers, providers and patients. Whispering in the shadows about one of healthcare’s open secrets – out-of-network emergency care – won’t solve the issue.
More than five million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease. How we find a cure is one of the most vexing questions faced by the medical world.
There is no limit to the distance Aggies will go to help those in need. During his holiday break, environmental geosciences major Brian Lynch ’19, together with geology and geophysics doctoral student Yibin Huang, joined researchers and professors from Texas A&M and the University of Guanajuato to study vulnerable mountain aquifers in Mexico.
In recognition of National Nurses Week (May 6-12) and the important role that nurses play in the delivery of health care, it’s time to reflect on the constraints that Texas is placing on a profession that is consistently rated the most trusted in America.
Over the past half-century, children’s prospects of earning more than their parents have fallen from 90 percent to 50 percent, according to the Equality of Opportunity Project. In his book “Dream Hoarders,” Dr. Richard Reeves cites extensive research showing that the top 20 percent of income earners have pulled further away from the bottom 80 percent on multiple fronts, from educational attainment to health and longevity. What implications does this widening inequity have on American society, prosperity and economic growth?
There’s one source of clean energy that could power the earth for an unlimited amount of time: the sun. Unfortunately, harnessing its power through fusion has proven to be a daunting, near-impossible task because there have been no materials that could survive the conditions at the core of a fusion reactor. Until now.
Ship pilots have played a critical role in American commerce almost from our country’s beginnings. But the stakes of what today’s ship pilots are protecting have never been higher.
Like a storm system that takes shape offshore and gains momentum as it moves toward one’s home, the nationwide opioid crisis has made landfall in Texas and is predicted to take a terrible toll in lives lost before it’s over.
Utility regulators in Texas have been sending positive signs they will make sure consumers get their fair share of savings from the recent corporate tax cuts — but let’s hold the applause until we start seeing lower monthly bills. For the sake of millions of families, this needs to happen sooner rather than later.
How can Texans succeed in today's challenging economy? The answer is flexible education options. Pearson is partnering with local Texas businesses to create flexible learning pathways for employees.
Texas A&M University is dedicated to transformational learning through innovative solutions, and that starts with the youngest among us.
From protecting mobile technology and making smart cars smarter, to strengthening our national defenses, Aggies are expanding our cybersecurity capabilities and making the innovative contributions our society needs.
From dual-language and STEM to internships and early college programs, public school districts across Texas are offering families innovative choices to personalize education and engage students, leading to higher achievement and post-secondary success.
The Houston and Gulf Coast region has faced a harrowing set of challenges over the past year, with Hurricane Harvey leaving much more than just physical damage in its wake. Such disasters can have lasting and harmful effects on the mental health of children, youth, and adults, which is why it's time to improve mental health access and quality in Harris County and the region.
Good financial health for your business means striking the right balance, with readily accessible cash, cash invested for returns and credit leveraged to augment your cash flow.
Managing increasing healthcare costs is an important societal issue that policymakers need to pay attention to. However, policymakers can only implement effective solutions by using correct data in order to assess the root cause of the problem.
These “islands of humanity” gave people hope, shelter and the essential medical care they needed during one of America’s most devastating natural disasters.
What you should know about creating a business succession plan.
While much was discussed and debated during the 85th Texas Legislative session, two important and successfully passed bills will help protect Texas healthcare consumers from the outrageous costs and confusion associated with freestanding emergency rooms.
Insurers and policymakers need to work together to spread more awareness about the need for adequate flood insurance coverage.
Along with the rest of America, as the five former living presidents individually watched Hurricane Harvey pound the Texas Gulf Coast and the approaching Hurricane Irma, they decided that they must answer the call and collectively do something to help — immediately.
The work is challenging and the conversations can be difficult, but that’s always been the case. And, we’re not backing down from our work to foster an open, welcoming and inclusive state for businesses, their employees and their families.
The bathroom bill doesn’t improve safety. The bathroom bill hinders economic growth, community, business development and Texas’ overall ability to stay competitive in the search for the kind of diverse, smart talent that moves our state forward.
During June, National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month, the AHA is encouraging Americans to add color to their meals throughout the month as part of its Healthy For Good™ movement.
As the number of independent, non-hospital-affiliated FECs grows in Texas, it’s important that patients understand the differences between the various emergency care options.
Texas’ crumbling state hospitals will soon see additional funding. Senate Bill 1, the state budget, includes $160 million for critical repairs and deferred maintenance at existing state hospitals and state supported living centers.
As reflected in our motto, Pro Ecclesia, Pro Texana — “For church, For Texas” — the heart of Baylor is a steadfast commitment to prepare students to contribute to society and the greater good.
Both SB 292 and HB 12 promote use of the most current knowledge and best practices in behavioral health to target these highest-risk individuals, direct them to the most effective interventions and services and hold local systems accountable for results.
TWU has a long history preparing the nurse faculty workforce in the state, providing 24 percent of all Texas nursing doctoral degrees from four-year public universities. Recruiting nurse educators should start in the undergraduate experience, instilling dedication and commitment to the profession.
What you should know about creating a business succession plan.
Counties don't get to choose who moves in and who doesn't. Some Texas counties are among the fastest growing in the nation. Others are losing population and tax base. A one-size-fits-all approach might work in Delaware's three counties, but not in Texas with our 254 counties.
Texas lawmakers should step up on nursing home care.
The Lady Bird Johnson Environment Award honors outstanding achievements in the preservation, restoration or improvement of the natural world that embrace Mrs. Johnson's style, energy and commitment to her work.
At Baylor, we have more than doubled both our counseling center’s physical space and clinical staff, an investment of close to $1 million in additional annual budget resources, which has resulted in expanded services to students, further specialized training for staff and enhanced mental healthcare options for our students.
TSTC is so confident in the quality of its technical education programs that it now guarantees its graduates will find a job within six months of graduation — or their money back.
For students with work and family responsibilities, the constraints of location and time can result in either very slow progress towards a degree or having to drop out. Online offerings can help, enabling students to progress towards the attainment of skills needed for bettering their futures through education.
Freestanding ERs are crucial. They improve access to care by offering patients alternative settings to overcrowded hospital-based emergency rooms.
Nothing will ever be more important than doing the right thing, day after day, on and off the field.
According to the Texas Center for Nursing Workforce Studies, demand for full-time registered nurses exceeds supply by more than 20,000
The organizations that best understand and adapt to America’s largest living generation today will have the top talent, the best leaders and the most engaged customers tomorrow.
Mental illness, or “severe emotional disturbance” as it is generally called in childhood, is more common among children and youth than many believe. In fact, the most rigorous research available shows definitively that approximately half of all mental illnesses begin by age 14.
There is a funding crisis for long-term care in Texas and everyone wants to see the best quality of care in the state’s nursing homes.
TXMPA is proud to educate the general public on the history of the media industry in Texas and support a strong community of industry professionals.
For a psychiatrist who is a U.S. graduate with impeccably clean paperwork, transferring a medical license to Texas can take nine months or longer.
There is an opportunity in Texas to focus on the role that these providers play in promoting wellness and shaping our youth, and a benefit to recognizing for licensed providers that are committed to promoting evidence-based standards.
There are approximately 55,000 active guardianships in Texas today, with $5 billion in assets under the control of guardians and the courts. And the numbers are rising.
Community That Cares is just one of many measures that UTA has taken to address and decrease sexual assault and misconduct incidents on campus.
A team of Texas Tech researchers will spend two months in the Southeast collecting meteorological data in hopes of determining the specific conditions that produce tornadoes in that region of the country.
Imagine walking into a freestanding emergency room because you have a cough. Imagine walking out with a prescription and a bill for over $3,000. Although this seems like a nightmare, it has been a reality for thousands of Texans over the past several years.
The future of Texas is dependent on an educated and well-trained workforce that can compete for jobs by offering employers what they need most — degrees and skills.
Taxing nursing homes or residents does nothing to improve quality, and in fact may take necessary resources away from our most vulnerable population.
The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health and the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute reject any language that refers to people by the costs or level of their service needs.
The franchised dealer system successfully promotes competition, protects consumers and benefits communities throughout Texas.
Our elected leaders should ensure that doctors, not insurance companies, remain in charge when it comes to prescribing medicines for Texas Medicaid patients.
UTA’s growing student population can be attributed to our tremendously talented and dedicated faculty, enhanced outreach efforts and strong academic advising, which are attracting more high-achieving student to pursue their dreams at UTA.
In a time of uncertainty for health care in the United States, let’s take a moment to list the fundamental areas on which we should be able to agree.
Now during this tough budget year it is not clear whether the 85th Legislature will keep the promise to put all the money toward highways.
Freestanding ERs are not attached to hospitals and in most instances are not a part of a hospital’s network of services or providers.
When making the difficult decision to place a loved one in a nursing home, family members deserve to know that the facility is adequately regulated to ensure their loved one is safe and in good custody. In Texas today, those assurances don’t exist.
Healthcare professionals and patients should not have to jump through burdensome administrative hoops to secure the most appropriate therapeutic options.
Small class size at Harris County Department of Education’s special school broadens student’s future
Harris County Department of Education helps school districts in the state’s largest county meet the needs of uniquely challenged learners, directly serving students at their schools or one of four HCDE-operated campuses across the county.
The path to expansion and real change starts with IDEA’s principals who, more than anyone else, help ensure exceptional teaching and learning in every classroom.
The Texas Counties Deliver public education campaign is a project of the Texas Association of Counties, the representative voice for all Texas counties and county officials.
Let’s hope the Texas Legislature takes steps to address these most critical concerns that impact not only the disability community but also all of us, as taxpayers and Texans
An education that provides access to a wide range of Texans, ensures workforce-ready knowledge, skills development and diversity and is accompanied by the lowest average student debt makes a powerful combination.
Innovation is more than just a buzzword, more than just a reference to the latest and greatest technology. An innovative mindset is critical to many industries — especially health care, where costs continue to climb.
Growing state and federal government regulations and insurance company mandates directly affect the practice of medicine.
Texas must improve prescription monitoring to curb patient abuse and adopt tough penalties to address crime assault on pharmacies
When manufacturers compete to make the best product and dealers compete to offer the best pricing and service, the ultimate winner is the Texas family.
FECs can increase access to care, improve patient outcomes and reduce health care costs.
Let’s help improve access to affordable care in a smart way that makes sense for Texas. Let’s change how we regulate advanced practice nursing.
A low teacher-to-student ratio, along with a personalized plan for social and academic reform, helps students become successful.
Unexpected medical bills can drive families into bankruptcy even if they are insured, but it doesn’t have to be like this.
Ensuring the necessary resources and funding for those who built this great state should be a top priority — even when the budget is tight.
With your help, we can do even more to preserve the lands we call home and the water we depend on.
Learn more about middle market best practices that close the valuation gap.
We should keep our Medicaid program as it is: serving patients and protecting equal access.
No school seemed right for Angelica Garcia – until her district enrolled her in HCDE’s Academic Behavior School West for developmentally disabled students.
The organizations that best understand and adapt to America’s largest living generation today will have the top talent, the best leaders and the most engaged customers tomorrow.
Unless you or your child has had direct experience with school-based therapy in Texas, you probably don’t think much about the challenges that schools face to provide quality occupational and physical therapy to students who need it.
Check out Pearson’s political science and American government webinars centered on professional development opportunities for educators.
Some insurance companies are already signaling that they again will attempt to take doctors and other health care providers out of the driver’s seat when it comes to determining which medicines Medicaid patients can receive.
National health spending is projected to grow at an average rate of 5.8 percent per year through 2024 to more than $5.4 trillion. And more than $1 trillion of that figure is expected to come from the pockets of private businesses.
For the millions facing these odds, the Supreme Court’s ruling in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin to uphold UT’s affirmative action program blesses an effort that comes 13 years too late. What our minority students really need and deserve is a better K-12 education.
It is going to take more than just scientific studies and education campaigns — it is time Texas takes up the banner of safety by passing a distracted driving law that will cover the entire state.
It’s what happens when determination puts on its boots. It turns potential into resolve, “What if?” into “Let’s do this.”
One proven strategy that can help our students advance is increasing access to quality arts instruction throughout their elementary, middle and high school years.
Learn how #hashtags have changed the way people talk, advertise, source content, advocate and more.
Come experience a unique and welcoming destination that mixes Texas culture and Southern charm.
Texans deserve to have the right medicines at the right time, based on their doctors’ recommendations, and they should be able to access those medicines regardless of the neighborhood they live in or what plan covers them.
Health care spending in the United States has reached a new all-time high. During this critical time, it's important to learn where health care dollars are going and how to save on expensive medical costs.
The consequences of not increasing Medicaid reimbursement rates and reducing the number of uninsured are not theoretical. The good news is the Legislature knows ahead of time what it needs to do, and it can act to avoid the looming fiscal cliff.
It is better for Texas to protect high-risk children and adolescents before they enter institutionalized systems.
Through our LearningU initiative, the Texas A&M University System is taking responsibility and doubling down on our commitment to support the in-service teachers of today and prepare the teachers of tomorrow.
How do you decide your company’s website is in need of a little revamp? Here are a few key components to consider for starters.
Are the forces too great to make that happen? Or can the three nations of North America enact policies that will make for a stronger continent? And what would those policies entail?
Ultimately, a thriving collaborative environment is what will put us on an accelerated path to advance cancer prevention and control, early detection and treatment in Texas and around the world.
I am proud to be part of a company that demonstrates every day a commitment to improve the lives and careers of people in my community.
The sale is merely a transfer of wealth from millions of Texas ratepayers to the suit pockets of hedge fund managers and bankers.
Texas Central, a privately-owned, Texas-based company developing a landmark high-speed rail project in our state, is moving with momentum into 2016.
Without the benefits of a routine, the 286,000 Texans in the oil and gas industry may struggle to establish healthy patterns in their lives.
Dr. Sancar’s achievement exemplifies the catalytic effects and long-term exponential returns that investment in higher education can generate.
The deal under consideration by the Texas Public Utility Commission is a potentially dangerous one for consumers for generations to come.
The Minstrel Show Revisited is a critique of the 19th century black-faced entertainment genre whose legacy is still felt today and continues to play a significant role in black stereotyping.
Depression does not have to control a person’s life; with proper treatment and support, Texans struggling with depression can manage their symptoms and live full and fulfilling lives.
Based on consumer complaints in Texas and throughout the nation, it’s clear that surprise medical billing — what’s known as “balance billing” — is not uncommon.
With 10,000 people turning 65 every day in the U.S. and the Texas state demographer projecting that the number of people age 65 and older will triple by 2050, the need for a focus on aging is obvious.
Texas continues to experience dynamic growth, especially among Latinos. With this dramatic change come new and complex issues related to health care and access disparities.
There's no time to wait. We must step up to help our students enter the business arena.
Online shopping continues to grow in popularity across the nation, and Texans are starting to incorporate it into how they purchase health insurance.
Medicare’s golden anniversary is a cause for celebration and reflection, but it's also a time to think about how we can ensure that the program continues to fulfill its essential role.
Options for earning a high school credential have changed, but the outcomes are the same — obtaining this credential is necessary to ensuring students a more secure future.
Certification of high school-level skills is the linchpin for many Texans’ ability to obtain better employment, education opportunities and a source of personal pride.
We need to reorient our health care delivery systems to better train and incentivize practitioners to deliver integrated behavioral and primary care.
Spring Lake in San Marcos offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity for people of all ages to reconnect with nature in Texas.
Texas is not prepared on a number of levels to keep the promise to its aging residents. We need to change that.
The costs of mental health disorders on Texans and their families and on taxpayers in our state are too high to ignore.
Investment in grocery access alone won’t solve the obesity crisis, but it's a step in the right direction to stimulate economic growth and stem the tide of diet-related chronic disease.
Two bills under consideration in the Legislature offer a basic but significant way to reduce recidivism rates among the mentally ill in Texas jails.
TMA PracticeEdge, LLC, helps empower a strong base of independent physicians to provide quality, cost-effective care to their patients.
Millions of people throughout the world die each year from tuberculosis. Researchers at one Texas university are working to prevent that.
Hospitals are once again struggling to maintain services and, in some cases, stay open at all. A solution exists. Texas just needs to adopt it.
Medicaid payment reform for skilled nursing care is crucial in retooling our health delivery infrastructure to better serve our elderly loved ones.
Medicaid isn't perfect. But the cure for what ails it is investment, not neglect.
Properly funded care is the most cost-effective form of mental health treatment. A recent survey reveals that many Texans agree, indicating a new era for mental health in Texas.
As The Texas A&M University System tackles Texas' higher education challenges head-on, we see an opportunity to lead on transparency and accountability.
Texas' motor vehicle franchise laws protect free-market principles. Exceptions for special interests are a threat to consumers.
We should look to other states to find new health care solutions that can be used to develop a uniquely Texan coverage plan.
By leveraging the strengths of the private health insurance market, Texas can reduce the number of uninsured citizens while holding on to its conservative values.
Texas leads the nation on so many fronts, from a thriving economy to lower taxes. It’s time we work together to make Texas a leader in long-term care.
Tesla operates on special rules and handouts. We simply don’t believe that’s how Texas should do business.
For Texas to remain one of the nation's high-tech leaders, we must actively work to build a science, technology, engineering and math workforce that better reflects our population.
Focusing on issues affecting citizens age 50 and up will be key to making this a great legislative session for Texas.
A strong health care system is critical to all Texans' physical and economic health. That's why the government must make it easier for physicians to care for their patients.
There are incredible opportunities in Texas to disrupt aging by developing our cities and towns into even greater places to live our best lives.
Many factors play a role in rising health costs, including the misuse of emergency care. But firmer regulations and a little education can help minimize the impact.
Our nation should leverage the immense opportunities that come with its rich racial, ethnic and religious diversity.
This month, St. David’s HealthCare became one of only four organizations in the U.S. to receive the nation’s highest presidential honor for performance excellence.
Family caregivers provide unpaid care worth an estimated $34 billion per year in Texas alone. The breadth and enormity of these caregivers’ daily tasks deserve our heartfelt recognition.
Veterans don't ask for our gratitude, but recognizing their service is the least we can do to show our appreciation for their commitment to our country.
A third of all Texans say they're anxious about their financial futures. That's troubling, especially for women. But there's help out there.
The assessment system used to assess language proficiency in Texas schools has many strong points, but there's room for improvement.
Texas — and every state — needs to focus its attention on high-quality pre-kindergarten education, delivered through a system of public and private partnerships.
Done right, assessment can be a positive force for teaching and learning.
The Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences' "One Health" approach is reimagining human and animal health care in Texas.
Texans can donate to veterans when applying for or renewing driver's licenses.
As Congress grapples with how to solve the latest shortfall in the nation’s Highway Trust Fund, Texans will have a unique opportunity in November to improve our roads right here at home.
The unintended consequences of the Medicaid aspect of the Affordable Care Act are analyzed by Texas A&M University economics professors.
By expanding systems of care for the deadliest form of heart attacks, we can save lives and improve outcomes.
This Memorial Day, the Texas Veterans Commission is asking you to take a moment of remembrance at 3 p.m. for one minute.
Disruptive forces are at work on the energy industry’s business model. CPS Energy is embracing the changes.