Healthcare Legislative & Governmental Issues
Our Healthcare attorneys work closely with our renowned Legislative team to represent the interests of healthcare clients on matters pending before the Texas Legislature and various state and federal regulatory agencies. We assist clients with regulatory and legislative analysis, strategic planning, legislature and agency advocacy, and defining healthcare public policy goals.
Effective state representation is about relationships and cultivating trust. Our Legislative practice group’s reputation is unparalleled and with over a century of advocating for legislative change, the team has longstanding relationships with high-level political officials and commissioners. Our experience and the relationships we have fostered help to protect and advance the interests of our clients in their business endeavors, particularly in the rapidly changing and highly-regulated healthcare industry.
With an unparalleled knowledge of the legislative process and key players, we help clients achieve their policy goals—whether during the legislative session with a priority piece of legislation or a budgetary need, or in the interim during the agency rulemaking process. We work closely with healthcare clients to draft and track proposed legislation. We monitor proposed rules and regulations and work with elected and appointed leaders in the Texas Legislature, Governor’s Office, and various state agencies to ensure our Healthcare attorneys and clients are informed on the proper interpretation of implemented regulations and apprised of legislative changes on the horizon.
Our relationships with members of the legislative and executive branches of state government are both personal and professional. We have a solid reputation for implementing winning strategies, and a thorough understanding of the intricacies of the legislative process—working with leaders of both major political parties, and finding solutions where others only see problems.
- Represented healthcare professionals in passage of legislation affecting regulation of and participation in managed care organizations.
- Advocated for and secured increases in Medicaid funding for ICF-IID, Class, HCS and foster care programs, children’s hospitals and rural hospitals, the nursing home and home healthcare industries, vendor drug program, and other healthcare providers.
- Represented hospital clients in legislation to expand the use of telemedicine and telehealth.
- Represented healthcare professionals in the Sunset Commission’s review of their professional licensing board.
- Represented hospital clients in passage of legislation creating the legal structure for a “local provider participation fund” in a county not served by a hospital district or a public hospital to provide a mechanism for rural areas to collect revenue to help cover healthcare costs.
- Represented advanced practice registered nurses in passage of legislation related to prescriptive authority and clinical privileges.
- Secured passage of legislation related to the continuing education, licensure, regulation and reimbursement of and referrals to occupational therapists.
- Advocated for and secured funding to help address the nursing shortage crisis In Texas.
- Advocated for and helped pass legislation to require the development and use of a single prior authorization form for pharmaceuticals.
- Ensured the continued recognition in Texas of competency-based nursing education through the passage of legislation.
- Sought and helped pass legislation requiring school district policies for students at risk of anaphylaxis.
- Represented clients with contracts to deter fraud in welfare programs.
- Secured passage of legislation to require ERS to make TRICARE recipients who are state employees aware of the availability of supplemental insurance.
- Advocated for and secured funding increases for family violence services and the Battering Intervention Prevention Program.
- Assisted hospital system in recouping Medicaid payments.
June 22, 2021
By Kate Goodrich
Of the approximately 150 bills and resolutions related to COVID-19 that were filed, only 20 were passed by the 87th Texas Legislature and sent to Governor Abbott for signature. This article summarizes three pandemic-related bills that successfully reached the Governor’s desk during the regular session.
June 11, 2021
By Sara Harris
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) COVID-19 workplace safety rules have been long in the making. On June 10, 2021, OSHA finally issued those rules in the form of an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS). Coming as a surprise to many who were expecting broad rules that would apply to all workplaces, the ETS instead covers only workers in the healthcare industry.
June 9, 2021
By Kate Goodrich
On Monday, June 7, Governor Greg Abbott signed into law a bill that prohibits any business operating in Texas from requiring what has been referred to as a “vaccine passport.” Nursing homes and long-term care facilities are exempt and can still require visitors to show proof of vaccination.
February 25, 2021
‘Capitol Inside’ Recognizes Denise Rose and Jackson Walker’s Legislative Team in the 2021 “Texas Lobby Power Rankings”
Jackson Walker is pleased to announce the legislative team’s inclusion in the 2021 “Texas Lobby Power Rankings” from Capitol Inside. In addition, Austin partner Denise Rose was elevated to the list of “Hired Guns,” ranking No. 56 among the top lobbyists in the state.
February 16, 2021
Postponed Due to Weather
With the 2021 Texas Legislative Session underway and a new administration in Washington, our panel of experts will legislative priorities in Austin, including the Governor’s designated emergency items, as well as recent and anticipated changes to federal law in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
December 17, 2020
The announcement of regulatory approval of new COVID-19 vaccines brought hope for the holiday season and the new year.
December 4, 2020
On November 25, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) gave hospitals facing another surge in COVID-19 patients more flexibility to care for Medicare patients outside of the walls of their hospitals.
October 21, 2020
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has expanded the list of telehealth services that Medicare Fee-For-Service will pay for during the COVID-19 public health emergency. According to CMS, the additions are part of the latest push by the agency to accelerate use of telehealth by removing reimbursement barriers.
October 2, 2020
Texas’ major health insurers have agreed to continue reimbursing network healthcare providers for telehealth appointments at the same rate which they pay for office visits through the end of 2020.
September 17, 2020
Governor Abbott Loosens Restrictions on Businesses, Hospital Capacity, and Nursing Home Visitation Policies for Most Counties in Texas
Today, Governor Greg Abbott announced plans to continue Texas’ reopening process after the coronavirus pandemic brought public activity in much of the state to a halt earlier this year.
- Medicaid and Medicare
- Hospital financing
- Higher education formula funding
- Sunset reviews of state agencies
- State appropriations process
- Healthcare practice issues
- Public health policy
- Scope of practice
- Graduate medical education
- Long-term care