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Dec 16,2017: Discovery Green Skate with Santa

Children of all ages are invited to skate with Santa Claus on The ICE at Discovery Green.

Saturdays, Nov. 25–Jan. 20, 5–6 p.m.

About the ICE
The ICE at Discovery Green powered by Green Mountain Energy uses recycled water from Kinder Lake to create a 7,716 square-foot ice skating surface, making it the largest outdoor skating rink in the Southwest. 

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HBJ's 2017 Deal of the Year: Amazon's 1M-square-foot fulfillment center near Katy breaks ground

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Dec 15,2017: Caroling Night With Santa at JCPenney Court

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Texas still on wait for additional CHIP funds

The State’s extension with CHIP is still shrouded by the clouds of uncertainty as Texas is yet to receive additional funding for extending the program’s coverage for one more month.

The acronym for Children’s Health Insurance Program, CHIP stands for a federal health insurance program which covers around 400,000 children in Texas. The State’s existing funds will be able to run the program as of now but unfortunately the funds will only last till January 2018.  Texas is expecting to continue the program to at least February and had already petitioned for additional funds to the federal government. However, the plea for additional funds is yet to be finalized.

As per the sources, Congress has been turned down from receiving the additional funds to renew CHIP in September and it has left the authorities severely worried.

“2018 is just round the corner and we just don’t have time for a utopian ‘It will somehow workout attitude’. It’s high time to get the appeal for funding passed by the federal government”, said Adriana Kohler, a leading spokesperson from Texan Care for Children

CHIP’s benefits cover a wide range of areas in child healthcare including dental care, doctor visits, eye care, hearing tests and a lot more. The federal health insurance program is especially meant for families who are eligible for Medicaid yet are unable to afford the private health care insurance.

The program has already helped a good lot of families in the State. One of them is Liz Hong.

“I am working but I don’t earn enough to cover health insurance for kids. CHIP has been really helpful and thanks to it, I am now able to have a solid health insurance for my kids”, noted Hong.

Liz’s 6-year-old son suffers from anxiety disorder CHIP has helped to cover for the treatment by a great extend. The insurance program has taken care of the evaluations, prescriptions  as well as psychiatric visits. Her 4-year-old daughter is also under CHIP coverage and has helped to make for her inhalers and nebulizers. Hong is naturally anxious about the future of CHIP funding.

“It’s really nerve-wracking”, added Hong while speaking on how Congress has not made any further progress with CHIP.

“We are clueless on what we will be doing after January. I’ve heard that if we try to step in Marketplace, it will bump us out. And we are extremely worried.”

However, some are hopeful that the State will eventually receive the additional funding for CHIP. One of them is Dr. Jaeson Fournier, the CEO of Austin-based CommUnityCare Health Centers. He is positive that the lawmakers will somehow find a way to arrange sufficient funding both for CHIP Community Health Center. When Congress got funding for Children’s Health Insurance Program 2 years back, it helped with the funding for Community Health Center as well.

On the other hand, Kohler too is hopeful that Congress might act eventually. But what is bothering is that how long will it take to realize the funding as it might put the healthcare of a lot of children at stake. 

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Global Healthcare Alliance Signs 20-Year Agreement with CardioVascular Care Providers

 

HOUSTON (Dec. 14, 2017) – Global Healthcare Alliance (GHA), the leader in value-based care solutions and services, has signed a new 20-year agreement with CardioVascular Care Providers (CVCP), one of the nation’s first value-based care delivery organizations, extending the two companies’ longstanding partnership.

Founded in 1984 by world-renowned heart surgeon Dr. Denton A. Cooley, CVCP is a pioneer in operating one of the country’s first successful value-based care programs. CVCP operates as a financially and clinically integrated group of physicians offering cardiovascular services under prospective bundled pricing arrangements. 

“CVCP sets the standard as a successful, prospective value-based care program,” said John Adams, President and Chief Executive Officer, GHA. “We’ve been fortunate to work with an organization that has sustained clinical and financial success through its prospective value-based care delivery model. We look forward to continued success and a long-term partnership as we expand the CVCP network statewide.”

Under the new agreement, GHA will continue to provide the analytics, operating structure and technologies enabling CVCP to excel in clinical excellence and provide prospective bundled payments – a critical need of commercial payers, employers, and patients today seeking more predictability and less variability in healthcare costs. A large part of CVCP’s success is attributed to GHA’s value-based claims adjudication technology, Axia™, which automates the conversion of fee-for-service claims into a single, bundled claim. Axia also facilitates payment for all providers based on defined contractual fee schedules, as well as, management of the shared financial risk under the program.

“CVCP was originally established as a value-based delivery organization more than 30 years ago because it was the right thing to do to align providers, employers, payers and patients around the financial and clinical results of our program,” said CVCP’s Chairman of the Board, Patrick J. Hogan, M.D. “Our founding principles are even more relevant today as the market embraces this shift to fee-for-value. We’re proud to have a partner in GHA, a proven leader in this space, and we look forward to continuing our work to improve patient outcomes and contain costs.”   

GHA manages value-based care and reimbursement programs for multiple clinical specialties for clients nationwide. These programs prioritize quality as the measure of value in making alternative payment programs sustainable and efficient, aligning the aims of patients, employers, providers and payers.

About CardioVascular Care Providers

 

CardioVascular Care Providers, Inc. (CVCP), founded by world-renowned heart surgeon Dr. Denton A. Cooley, is one of the nation’s first value-based care delivery organizations. CVCP is also a pioneer in the provision of the highest-quality cardiovascular professional medical services to patients for over 30 years. The providers that comprise CVCP are affiliated with the Texas Heart Institute at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, Houston Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas and many outlying facilities in their health systems. The CVCP network also includes cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons and other specialists in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area who provide cardiovascular specific services to health care members under value based arrangements.

 

About Global Healthcare Alliance

 

Global Healthcare Alliance (GHA) has been a leader in value based care models and care management for more than 30 years.  GHA provides advisory, administrative, and technology solutions for healthcare organizations transitioning from fee-for-service reimbursement models to new fee-for-value models. Through its proprietary claims adjudication system Axia, it is able to operationalize value-based programs with health care systems without disruption to the revenue cycle and without unnecessary technology and transaction costs. Serving more than 1,000 healthcare providers operating value- based reimbursement programs and clinical Centers of Excellence, our programs deliver Quality, Care and Value. Together.

 

 

GHA Media Contact:

Julie Callahan

jcallahan@piquestrategies.com

469.579.8045

 

 

 

 

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Dec 14,2017: After School Nature Explorers Club

The After School Nature Explorers Club is designed for school-age children, 6-12 years old, who are interested in investigating the natural world. Each month, we’ll explore a different ecology topic, focusing on our own native plants and animals. We’ll make a craft to take home, go on a nature hike, dip-net in the ponds, and get to know the plants and animals of the Bayou City! Hope you can join us for the fun!

Activities:
Hands-on Science Experiments Crafts
Kid Friendly Nature Hikes
Outdoor Games Snacks
Pond Dip-netting
Meet Live Animals

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