Contents tagged with Marshall Plan

  • House speaker introduces initiative to improve health care access for Texans

    Tags: Texas Legislature, legislative session, scope of practice, nurse practitioner, transparency, Marshall Plan

    By Jonathan Nelson

    Speaker Dade Phelan led a bipartisan group of representatives in announcing support for a number of bills to address access to health care during a press conference at the State Capitol on April 7, 2021. The Healthy Families, Healthy Texas plan marks a serious commitment to tackle some longstanding barriers to care facing Texas patients.

    “The goal of this legislative package is to make health care more affordable, more accessible, and to save lives through better health outcomes,” Phelan said.

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  • TAFP report outlines five-point plan to transform health care in Texas

    Tags: Marshall Plan, prospective payment, 87th Texas Legislature

    By Jonathan Nelson

    Texas’ fragmented health care system has long been plagued by ever-rising costs, inconsistent access to care, poor health outcomes, and a shrinking primary care workforce. The COVID-19 pandemic exposed those critical weaknesses and laid bare the undeniable socioeconomic inequity endemic to our health care system.

    In response to the ongoing pandemic, TAFP commissioned a report from FTI Consulting, an independent global business advisory firm, to study the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on Texas’ health care system. The report, “The Primary Care Marshall Plan: A Five-Point Plan to Transform Health Care in Texas” lays out specific actions that policymakers should take to reimagine and transform how primary care is funded and delivered to improve the health and economic productivity of Texans, reduce overall health care spending, and prepare us for future public health emergencies.

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  • We need a “Marshall Plan” to save primary care, public health infrastructure

    Tags: Marshall Plan, primary care, COVID-19, coronavirus, public health

    By Christopher Crow, MD, MBA, President of Catalyst Health network and Tom Banning, CEO of Texas Academy of Family Physicians

    Following the devastation of World War II, the United States enacted the Marshall Plan to rebuild a heavily damaged Europe. Our war against this novel coronavirus is far from over, but it is already wreaking havoc on the nation’s primary care workforce. Our frontline health care providers are putting themselves at risk every day without proper personal protective equipment while community-based primary care clinics are facing economic disaster.

    We need a Marshall Plan for our primary care and public health infrastructure.

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