Bill Text: TX HB454 | 2019-2020 | 86th Legislature | Introduced

Bill Title: Relating to performance incentive funding for certain medical schools based on public health impact.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-02-20 - Referred to Appropriations [HB454 Detail]

Download: Texas-2019-HB454-Introduced.html
  86R4697 KSD-D
  By: White H.B. No. 454
  relating to performance incentive funding for certain medical
  schools based on public health impact.
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter C, Chapter 61, Education Code, is
  amended by adding Section 61.0597 to read as follows:
  FUNDING. (a) In this section, "medical school" means a medical
  school that is part of The University of Texas System, the Texas
  Tech University System, The Texas A&M University System, or the
  University of North Texas System, or the Baylor College of
         (b)  In consultation with the Health and Human Services
  Commission, the board with the assistance of the advisory committee
  appointed under Subsection (e) biennially shall develop a plan for
  distributing performance incentive funds appropriated for that
  purpose for the next state fiscal biennium to medical schools based
  on each medical school's success in improving the delivery of
  health services and improving health conditions of persons in the
  service region of the medical school.
         (c)  A plan developed under this section must:
               (1)  define the geographic service region for each
  medical school so that all the territory of this state is included
  in a service region; and
               (2)  include recommendations for the performance
  measures and related formulas on which distributions to medical
  schools of any performance incentive funds appropriated by the
  legislature for the next state fiscal biennium would be based.
         (d)  In defining the service region for a medical school
  under Subsection (c)(1), the board:
               (1)  shall attempt to include areas that:
                     (A)  are in geographic proximity to the medical
  school; and
                     (B)  benefit from being served by the medical
  school; and
               (2)  may establish a single region for two or more
  medical schools if the board determines that the medical schools
  serve primarily the same areas.
         (e)  The board shall establish an advisory committee to
  assist the board in administering this section. Membership on the
  committee must:
               (1)  to the greatest extent practicable, reflect a
  balanced representation of:
                     (A)  the geographic regions of this state; and
                     (B)  municipalities and counties in this state of
  high, medium, and low population; and
               (2)  include:
                     (A)  members appointed by the governor,
  lieutenant governor, and speaker of the house of representatives;
                     (B)  members who are medical professionals,
  including nurses, nurse practitioners, mental health providers,
  pediatricians, primary care physicians, and public school nurses;
                     (C)  members who represent the interests of senior
  citizens, veterans, children, the adult criminal justice and
  juvenile justice communities, the health insurance industry, the
  health care free market, public and private hospitals, and
  charitable foundations with a presence in health care.
         (f)  The chair of each standing legislative committee with
  primary jurisdiction over criminal justice, juvenile justice,
  public health, appropriations, health and human services, county
  affairs, or higher education, as determined by the presiding
  officer of each house, serves as an ex officio member of the
  advisory committee appointed under Subsection (e).
         (g)  The members of the advisory committee appointed under
  Subsection (e) serve without compensation but shall be reimbursed
  by the board for actual expenses incurred in the performance of
  duties as members of the committee.
         (h)  Not later than November 1 of each even-numbered year,
  the board shall submit the plan developed for the next state fiscal
  biennium under this section to the legislature. The legislature
  may appropriate performance incentive funds for distribution to
  medical schools for the next fiscal biennium based on the plan.
         SECTION 2.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
  a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
  provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution. If this
  Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
  Act takes effect September 1, 2019.