In this issue:

From the CEO’s Desk

One of my favorite parts of my job is interacting with our subscribers at events across the state. I enjoy getting to know each of you when we cross paths, whether it’s at one of our Hot Topics Workshops or a conference like this week’s Texas Organization of Rural & Community Hospitals Annual Conference and Trade Show. Here at the Texas Hospital Insurance Exchange, we pride ourselves on being your insurance partner, not just your insurance provider, and as your partner, we want to get to know you and your needs so we can do our best to help you provide the best patient care possible.

I look forward to catching up with you at an upcoming event. Keep an eye out for us at the Critical Access Hospital Conference and Trade Show June 25-26 and the Healthcare Governance Conference July-Aug. 1, and of course I hope to see you at the Hot Topics Workshop next month in Lubbock!

Tess Frazier
Texas Hospital Insurance Exchange

Subscriber Spotlight: Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital


Donna Boatright, RN, administrator of Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital in Sweetwater, was named to the 2015 edition of Becker Hospital Review’s “50 Rural Hospital CEOs to Know.” Boatright, who serves on the boards of both the Texas Hospital Insurance Exchange and the Texas Hospital Association, has led the 85-bed facility since 2009. She began her career there as a staff nurse in the intensive care unit in 1977, a year after the hospital opened. Under her leadership, RPMH has computerized 100 percent of its patients’ medical records. In 2014, RPMH announced plans for a 26,000-square-foot expansion and renovation project that will include new labor and delivery rooms to support the rising birth rates in Nolan County, renovations to the hospital’s operating rooms and ICU, and construction of a new dialysis unit.

2014 Annual Report Available

In 2014, the Texas Hospital Insurance Exchange saw its strongest year-end balance sheet in its 40-year history. That’s just one of the accomplishments highlighted in THIE’s 2014 annual report, which was mailed to subscribers in March. From the continuation of the popular subscriber surplus refund program to a packed house at the Hot Topics Workshops, last year was a standout year. Read all about it in the digital edition.

Register Today for May Hot Topics Workshop

Hot Topics Workshops

Is your facility prepared for a cyberattack? What about a chemical attack? Find out how ready your hospital is for these disasters and more at the Texas Hospital Insurance Exchange’s Hot Topics Workshop coming up May 13-14 at the Overton Hotel & Conference Center in Lubbock. Available at no cost to THIE subscribers, this spring’s workshop includes the following sessions:

  • 2015 Legislative Impact;
  • Patient Care and Patient Safety;
  • Acceptance of RN Strike Team Into a Facility;
  • Cyber Liability;
  • Crowded in the Middle of Nowhere;
  • Accountability, Health Care and the Law;
  • What You Didn’t Know You Wanted to Know About Workers’ Compensation; and
  • Common Risk Management Recommendations.

In addition, the golf tournament and refreshment breaks will offer plenty of time to relax and network with colleagues. Register online today!

Legal Implications of Video Recording Devices in Hospitals

Cell phones, tablets and other mobile devices are everywhere, allowing individuals to easily make visual and audio recordings in any setting – including hospitals. Patients’ friends and family members, as well as patients themselves, frequently want to make video recordings in the hospital. While this is understandable and generally harmless, it can lead to problems when it encroaches on other patient’s privacy rights. Craig Carter, J.D., of Jackson & Carter PLLC addresses the legal rules related to the use of video recordings in a hospital, particularly in light of the privacy rules that apply to medical information, in an article available on the Texas Hospital Insurance Exchange website.

Target Opportunities for Improvement Through THA’s Patient Data System

All Texas hospitals – even previously exempt rurals – are required to submit their inpatient, outpatient and emergency department data to the Texas Health Care Information Collection. Preparing and submitting this data can be an onerous task for organizations with limited resources or new to the process, which is why many hospitals turn to the Texas Hospital Association’s Patient Data System.

PDS has provided data submission services and analytics to Texas hospitals for nearly 20 years. These services help hospitals target opportunities for improvement, benchmark hospital performance to the expected norms, and compare market share to other hospitals in their primary service area. In addition, PDS has launched a new ED data collection service to help hospitals comply with the newest mandate. For more information about how PDS can help your facility, contact Alex Huff at ahuff@tha.org or 512/465-1558.

Tess Frazier
Tess Frazier
Texas Hospital Insurance Exchange