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TITLE 1ADMINISTRATION
PART 15TEXAS HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES COMMISSION
CHAPTER 351COORDINATED PLANNING AND DELIVERY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
SUBCHAPTER BADVISORY COMMITTEES
DIVISION 1COMMITTEES
RULE §351.823e-Health Advisory Committee

(a) Statutory authority. The e-Health Advisory Committee is established under Texas Government Code §531.012.

(b) Purpose. The committee advises the Executive Commissioner and Health and Human Services system agencies (HHS agencies) on strategic planning, policy, rules, and services related to the use of health information technology, health information exchange systems, telemedicine, telehealth, and home telemonitoring services.

(c) Tasks. The committee:

  (1) advises HHS agencies on the development, implementation, and long-range plans for health care information technology and health information exchange, including the use of electronic health records, computerized clinical support systems, health information exchange systems for exchanging clinical and other types of health information, and other methods of incorporating health information technology in pursuit of greater cost-effectiveness and better patient outcomes in health care and population health;

  (2) advises HHS agencies on incentives for increasing health care provider adoption and usage of an electronic health record and health information exchange systems;

  (3) advises HHS agencies on the development, use, and long-range plans for telemedicine, telehealth, and home telemonitoring services, including consultations, reimbursements, and new benefits for inclusion in Medicaid telemedicine, telehealth, and home telemonitoring programs;

  (4) makes recommendations to HHS agencies through regularly scheduled meetings and verbal or written recommendations communicated to HHSC staff assigned to the committee; and

  (5) performs other tasks consistent with its purpose as requested by the Executive Commissioner.

(d) Reports.

  (1) By February of each year, the committee files an annual written report with the Executive Commissioner covering the meetings and activities in the immediate preceding calendar year. The report includes:

    (A) a list of the meeting dates;

    (B) the members' attendance records;

    (C) a brief description of actions taken by the committee;

    (D) a description of how the committee accomplished its tasks;

    (E) a summary of the status of any rules that the committee recommended to HHSC;

    (F) a description of activities the committee anticipates undertaking in the next fiscal year;

    (G) recommended amendments to this section; and

    (H) the costs related to the committee, including the cost of HHSC staff time spent supporting the committee's activities and the source of funds used to support the committee's activities.

  (2) The committee also files an annual written report with the Texas Legislature of any policy recommendations made to the Executive Commissioner.

(e) Date of abolition. The committee is abolished, and this section expires, on December 31, 2023.

(f) Membership. The committee is composed of no more than 24 members appointed by the Executive Commissioner.

  (1) The committee includes representatives of HHS agencies, other state agencies, and other health and human services stakeholders concerned with the use of health information technology, health information exchange systems, telemedicine, telehealth, and home telemonitoring services, including:

    (A) at least two non-voting ex officio representatives from HHSC;

    (B) at least one non-voting ex officio representative from the Texas Department of State Health Services;

    (C) at least one representative from the Texas Medical Board;

    (D) at least one representative from the Texas Board of Nursing;

    (E) at least one representative from the Texas State Board of Pharmacy;

    (F) at least one representative from the Statewide Health Coordinating Council;

    (G) at least one representative of a managed care organization;

    (H) at least one representative of the pharmaceutical industry;

    (I) at least one representative of a health science center in Texas;

    (J) at least one expert on telemedicine;

    (K) at least one expert on home telemonitoring services;

    (L) at least one representative of consumers of health services provided through telemedicine;

    (M) at least one Medicaid provider or child health plan program provider;

    (N) at least one representative from the Texas Health Services Authority established under Chapter 182, Texas Health and Safety Code;

    (O) at least one representative of a local or regional health information exchange; and

    (P) at least one representative with expertise related to the implementation of electronic health records, computerized clinical support systems, and health information exchange systems for exchanging clinical and other types of health information.

  (2) When appointing members, the Executive Commissioner will consider the cultural, ethnic, and geographic diversity of Texas, including representation from at least 6 of the 11 Texas Health Service Regions as defined by the Texas Department of State Health Services in accordance with Texas Health and Safety Code §121.007 (www.dshs.state.tx.us/regions/state.shtm).

  (3) Except as may be necessary to stagger terms, the term of office of each member is two years. Individuals will normally serve one term. An individual may apply and be appointed for a second two-year term, which may be served consecutively or nonconsecutively.

    (A) Members are appointed for staggered terms so that the terms of half of the members expire on December 31st of each year.

    (B) If a vacancy occurs, a person is appointed to serve the unexpired portion of that term.

    (C) This paragraph does not apply to ex officio members, who serve at the pleasure of the Executive Commissioner.

(g) Officers. The committee selects from its members the presiding officer and an assistant presiding officer.

  (1) The presiding officer serves until July 1st of each even-numbered year. The assistant presiding officer serves until July 1 of each odd-numbered year.

  (2) A member serves no more than two consecutive terms as presiding officer or assistant presiding officer.


Source Note: The provisions of this §351.823 adopted to be effective July 1, 2016, 41 TexReg 4432; amended to be effective February 25, 2019, 44 TexReg 807; amended to be effective January 27, 2020, 45 TexReg 523

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