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.
April 4, 2023
Jeffrey Frost to Discuss Preparing for the End of the Public Health Emergency
Jackson Walker partner Jeffrey H. Frost will join a panel discussion covering the end of the public health emergency (PHE) and the associated waivers. Jeff will be joined by fellow panelists Rick L. Hindmand (McDonald Hopkins) and Matthew K. Loughran (Reed Smith).
January 3, 2023
Texas Legislation to Watch in Early 2023: Open Records Issues and Nursing Shortage
In a Law360 article discussing key issues that Texas lawmakers may address in 2023, Jackson Walker partners Stacy Allen and Denise Rose shared insight on efforts to restrict public records access and the workforce shortage in the hospital industry.
December 19, 2022
Is Your Health System Prepared for the Expiration of the Federal and State COVID-19 Public Health Emergency?
The current extension of the COVID-19 Federal Public Health Emergency (PHE) is set to expire January 11, 2023, and no termination notice has been provided. While the PHE will likely extend through April 11, 2023, it will likely expire sometime in 2023. Here are three steps that health systems and hospitals can take now to ensure compliance should the emergency waivers expire.
June 28, 2022
U.S. Supreme Court to Decide Standard for DOJ Dismissal of Qui Tam Cases
By Laura M. Kidd Cordova & Jennifer S. Freel
Does the federal government have the authority to dismiss a False Claims Act (FCA) suit after initially declining to intervene? And what standard should courts apply to a government motion to dismiss a whistleblower suit? On June 21, 2022, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in United States, ex rel. Polansky v. Executive Health Resources, Inc., a case examining whether the U.S. Department of Justice – after declining to prosecute a qui tam action – has the authority to dismiss the action, and if so, what standard applies to the motion to dismiss.
August 18, 2021
Navigating Potential COVID Relief and Healthcare Fraud Issues
~10 minutes | With a dense thicket of regulations to comply with, businesses may trigger a governmental investigation if they are not familiar with the complex and changing rules and regulations surrounding COVID relief funds, particularly in the healthcare sector. In this interview about the Department of Justice’s crackdown on fraud, Arthur Gollwitzer discusses how businesses can protect themselves and what to do when approached by the authorities.
August 9, 2021
How Texas Is Protecting Healthcare Workers Fighting COVID-19 | D Magazine
With the Pandemic Liability Protection Act in effect, Denise Rose spoke with D Magazine about the protections afforded to physicians and other health care workers treating patients who have tested positive for COVID-19.
June 22, 2021
Legislative Update on Pandemic-Related Bills Sent to Governor Abbott
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
OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standard for Occupational Exposure to COVID-19
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
Texas Governor Signs Law Banning ‘Vaccine Passport’ Statewide
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.
- 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