Creates the electronic health information coordinating. committee to advise DSHS and the Governor on how to increase physician use of health information technology.
Creates an accreditation process for battery intervention prevention programs (BIPP's).
Provides a waiver for impoundment fees if the vehicle is stored in a government-owned storage facility in cases where a citizen has had a vehicle stolen and subsequently recovered.
Creates a statewide program for local school districts to permissively use to educate students on the dangers of MySpace.
Creates a program to encourage professional nursing programs to increase their graduation rates and to recognize programs with an 85% graduation rate or better.
Directs the Board of Nurse Examiners and Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to study our current nursing curriculum.
Authorizes a study to determine the feasibility of provide immunizations at low or no cost to higher education students who wish to enroll in health profession degree programs that require direct patient contact.
Directs the health licensing boards and Higher Education Coordinating Board to study joint education among health professional students.
Adds additional criminal convictions to the list barring employment as an attendant to the disabled and elderly.
Clarifies that nursing preceptors and their children can use tuition exemptions within a year of the nurse serving as a preceptor.
Requires vendors that sell, lease or provide electronic medical records to health care providers to include required immunization reporting capabilities in the software.
Requires public reporting of infections that occurred while the patient was in a health care facility receiving treatment.
Allows grants from the professional nursing shortage reduction program for use of part-time clinical faculty.
Makes minor changes to the reporting requirements that DADS must make in relation to the guardianship program.
Strengthens physical activity requirements for elementary and middle school students and requires fitness assessments of students in grades 3-12.
Allows the Texas Workforce Commission to provide CHOICES workforce and support services to non-recipient's parents living with TANF children.
Requires DFPS to develop a plan to keep families together while ensuring a child is safe in the home, reducing the length of time a child spends in state's care, and improving the quality and accountability in foster care.
Amends the Family code to conform with federal requirements put forth from the Safe and Timely Interstate Placement of Foster Children Act of 2006 and the Child and Family Services Act of 2006.
Expands the list of providers that should be encouraged to take part in telemedicine in Medicaid and redefines the telemedicine sites.
Extends the dedication of the funds from the tobacco lawsuit provided to address the nursing shortage.
Clarifies that nurses required to be reported to the Board are those who pose a risk of harm to patients, and requires greater information sharing between nursing peer review committees and other patient safety committees.
Allows certain controlled substances to be electronically prescribed and allows pharmacists to dispense prescriptions issued by a licensed out-of-state doctor for certain controlled substances.
Creates a home loan program for allied health professionals in combination with the home loan programs for professional educators and nursing faculty.
Allows First Responders and their family members to enter their immunization records into ImmTrac and requires vaccination records for immunizations given during disasters to be sent to ImmTrac.
Allows a municipality to use the revenue from hotel occupancy taxes to develop a transportation system to transport tourists from hotels in and near the municipality to the commercial center of the municipality.
Transforms the Texas Cancer Council into the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas and expands its authority to issue up to $300 million per year in grants and loans for the purpose of cancer research.
Amends the law that will assist the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit at the Office of the Attorney General with investigations and enforcement against providers who have violated the Medicaid statute.
Requires each school district to make at least one AED available at each campus in the district, including at athletic events and practices.
Makes various changes to the operation, management, and organization of the Texas Youth Commission.
Allows an officer, under a state of emergency, to disarm an individual if the officer reasonably believed it was immediately necessary to protect the safety of the officer or other individuals.
Creates the Nurse-Family Partnership Competitive Grant Program within the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC).
Creates a presumption of reasonableness for a person's belief that the use of force or deadly force to protect that person was immediately necessary.
Defines the circumstances under which it would be permissible to authorize a foster child to participate in a drug research program.
Creates a statewide recognition day to celebrate adoption, adoptive families, and adoption workers in Texas.
Creates a two -year moratorium, with certain exceptions, on all statewide toll projects that involved a private entity operating or collecting revenue on a toll road.
Changes the composition of the North Texas Tollway Authority board by eliminating the two rotating seats and replacing them with an additional seat for each founding county.
Renames the organ donation registry as the Glenda Dawson Donate Life-Texas Registry and enables it to become an affiliate of the national Donate Life America Alliance and Campaign.
Redefines "voucher payment system" and related matters as "consumer direction." Terminology that referred to the "voucher payment program" enacted in the past changed in health-related fields to "consumer direction."
Creates a Constitutional amendment to provide for a reduction of the limitation on the total amount of ad valorem taxes that may be imposed on the residence homesteads of the elderly or disabled to reflect any reduction in the rate of those taxes for the 2006 and 2007 tax years.
Transforms the Texas Cancer Council into the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas and expands its authority to issue up to $300 million per year in grants for the purpose of cancer research.
Aligns state law with federal law by allowing AEDs to be purchased without a doctor's prescription.
Allows the Board of Dental Examiners to renew the license of a retired dentist wishing to practice charity care only whose license has been expired for more than one year.
Requires HHSC to develop and DSHS to distribute to health care providers a brochure on cord blood donation and the risks and benefits on donation.
Allows funeral directors to submit written documentation of their good faith efforts to file a timely death certificate when they are unable to get the necessary information to file the certificate within 10 days.
Requires DSHS and schools to post a list on their websites of required and recommended vaccinations for school age children.
Establishes the Health Services Authority, which will oversee the planning and coordination framework for the development of a electronic health records system.
Establishes a state employee health fitness and education program.
Directs DSHS to provide education materials on the Human Papillomavirus (HPV), the vaccine and the vaccine's effectiveness, and possible side-effects of the vaccine.
Requires a person responsible for burial or removal of a body to file the death certificate electronically according to guidelines established by the state registrar.
Allows DFPS to work quicker to terminating parental rights and therefore helping the child reach permanency quicker.
Requires the Texas Medical Board to better study its licensure application process and ensure timely and thorough evaluation of each physician applicant.
Requires HHSC to establish a web-accessible and searchable database to list current providers in the state assisted medical benefits program.
Allows cities to use the hotel occupancy tax to pay for a transportation system that transports tourists to and from hotels in and near a municipality.
Provides authority for the existing Denton County MUD #6 to subdivide into two districts.
Creates a pilot project to simplify, streamline, and reduce costs associated with Medicaid reporting and auditing procedures for intermediate care facilities for the mentally retarded (ICF-MR) and home and community-based services waiver program providers.
Clarifies that DFPS may designate a foster parent or a biological parent to be the medical consenter, if parental rights have not been terminated.
Creates a pilot program which would match these aging-out foster youth with adult volunteer mentors.
Puts in place basic regulation of the discounted health plan industry.
Creates a municipal utility district in Denton County that will provide water, sewer, drainage and road services for the residents of the district.
Clarifies HHSC's authority to employ digital and electronic signature technologies in the administration of health and human services programs.
Provides the framework for a successful social services eligibility system.
Transfers the authority to administer federal and state nutrition program to the Department of Agriculture.
Calls for a voter-approved Constitutional Amendment to create CPRIT.
Makes offenders convicted of a second serious sexual offense against children eligible for the death penalty or life without parole and increases the penalties for certain sex crimes against young children.
Eliminates the Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund (TIF) and eliminates the collection of the 1.25 percent assessment on telecommunications providers’ taxable receipts.
Establishes the Texas hospital-based nursing education partnership grant program to be administered by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB).
Allows the comptroller of public accounts to establish and administer a “Genuine Texas Program” to develop and expand markets for products manufactured in this state.
Requires a school district to treat a student’s voluntary expression of a religious viewpoint on an otherwise permissible subject in the same manner the district treated a student’s expression of a secular or other viewpoint on a permissible subject.
Implements Office of the Inspector General recommendations to improve the ability of Adult Protective Services to protect the disabled and elderly of Texas.
Expands physical activity and Coordinated School Health requirements to middle schools, places health in the foundation curriculum, and requires ISDs to report statistics and data to TEA on health and physical activity.
Restores the Indigent Health Care Advisory Committee.
Creates a health care information technology advisory committee to develop a long-range plan for improving and implementing the use of information technology in the health care industry.
Directs HHSC to assess the feasibility and cost-effectiveness of a integrated benefits card system and report the results and to develop and implement an integrated benefits card system or other method to consolidate recipient identification and benefits issuance if cost-effective.
Authorizes DADS to require nursing homes to submit to the department information necessary to improve the quality of care in nursing homes, including Minimum Data Set reports.
Allows providers to include a provision in health plan contracts prohibiting batch rejection of claims.
Requires health plans to verify the eligibility of enrollees and then pay for services if they inaccurately certify enrollment due to lack of communication from the employer.
Creates a competitive grant program at DADS to promulgate quality of life innovations that serve as a model of best practices.
Expands current protections for genetic information and against discrimination based on genetic makeup to the individual health insurance market.
Prevents a judge or magistrate from reducing the amount of bail that has been set for a defendant that has been charged with murder, capital murder, aggravated sexual assault, and/or aggravated robbery.
Creates an educational program to deter methamphetamine production and inform the public on the hazards of methamphetamine production on children.
Requires the Higher Education Coordinating Board to award grants for the recruitment and retention of nurses, and sets statewide goals for increasing the number of RN graduates.
Makes changes to the state's workers' compensation system including abolishing TWCC and transferring its duties to TDI, and authorizing changes in rate setting; delivery of medical care; and income benefits.
Implements Sunset Review Commission recommendations to reform the Texas State Board of Chiropractic Examiners.
Implements Sunset Review Commission recommendations to reform the Texas State Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners.
Implements Sunset Review Commission recommendations to reform the Texas State Board of Examiners of Perfusionists.
Implements Sunset Review Commission recommendations to reform the Public Utility Commission of Texas.
Implements Sunset Review Commission recommendations to reform the Office of Public Utility Council.
Implements Sunset Advisory Commission recommendations related to the workers' compensation system in Texas; abolishes the Texas Workers' Compensation Commission, and establishes the office of employee assistance.
Makes changes in the operation of the Texas Board of Medical Examiners and changes its name to the Texas Medical Board.
Makes changes to the licensing and examination functions of the Texas Board of Dental Examiners.
Allows counties to utilize electronic charging instruments and to authorizes a district clerk, county clerk, or court to issue in electronic form a capias for the failure of a person to appear before a court, pay a fine, or comply with a court order.
Create a pilot program to provide Medicaid services through and Integrated Care Management model of managed care.
Creates a study to determine the impact of niche hospitals on general hospitals.
Increases the overall effectiveness of quality-of-care monitoring visits by ensuring that quality monitors have access to key nursing facility staff in order to improve the care of nursing home residents.
Allow servicemen and women to terminate lease agreements following a required transfer for military service.
Reforms Medicaid to improve recipient outcomes while containing costs by implementing the Governor's Interim Medicaid Reform Task Force recommendations.
Requires hospitals to inform elderly patients admitted for over 24 hours that the pneumococcal and influenza vaccines are available and requires hospitals to provide the vaccines before discharge, if requested by an elderly patient.
Authorizes the Texas Motor Speedway in Denton County to apply to the TABC for up to four annual temporary beer and wine retailers permits at the Speedway's concession areas only during the facility's major annual events.
Requires persons who claimed an asbestos- or silica-related injury to file a report proving that they met certain medical criteria before they could proceed with their action in court.
Removes the statutory reference to the total number of grand jury bailiffs allowed in Tarrant County and allows for the appointment of additional grand jury bailiffs if additional grand juries are created.