HHSC and the Office of Inspector General are taking several steps to validate and improve Medicaid investigations in response to Sunset staff findings. A new special assistant will lead a management review of OIG, and OIG is hiring an outside firm to review its investigative, sampling and extrapolation processes.
"It's our duty to safeguard taxpayer dollars, and we must do so with clear and fair policies and procedures," said Inspector General Douglas Wilson. "It's important that the public, state leaders and Medicaid providers have confidence in this office so I welcome an outside look at our work and how we can improve it."
During a state capitol hearing on November 13, the public will have the chance to comment on the recent Sunset staff report which recommends that the five Texas health and human services agencies be combined into one agency.
Texas Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Kyle Janek and Department of State Health Services Commissioner David Lakey have been on the forefront of efforts to respond to the Ebola threat in Texas.
Doctors have been writing down patient information since Hippocrates was studying for the MCAT, but that's no longer the most efficient and effective way create and maintain records in the information age.
The next big thing in health care might actually be a number of small things that complement each other. Representatives from 1,500 of those small things gathered in Austin in September to assess progress and share ideas.