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Posted on: January 20, 2012

[ARCHIVED] Regional Leaders Meet to Discuss Healthcare Services

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In an effort to meet new healthcare standards and ensure the best quality care for citizens, leaders from throughout South Texas came together to discuss possible regional partnerships which would garner various benefits for the public, hospitals, counties, and other local entities.

The healthcare system across the State of Texas and across the nation is experiencing a revolutionary change with limited funding and economic constraints. Together, several South Texas Counties including: Hidalgo, Willacy, Cameron, Zapata, and Starr in cooperation with local hospitals, are looking into programs that could help streamline the medical costs of the public while at the same time increasing the quality of care and regionalizing their efforts to serve the entire South Texas border-region.

Hidalgo County Health and Human Services Director Eddie Olivarez along with representatives from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission have been working towards the implementation and formation of Regional Healthcare Partnerships (RHP) which, would allow for the application of a 1115 waiver to meet requirements of the 82nd Legislature's mandated expansion of capitated managed care statewide.

This is the second time the group of counties and hospitals meets to discuss a possible RHP partnership, indicating a strong interest in doing so. Regionalizing efforts and exploring new partnerships will be the key to acquiring more federal assistance in covering healthcare costs in the coming years, in addition, there is a strong sense that unlike before, focus will be targeted at not only treating diseases or illnesses, but also at looking into preventative solutions.

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