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Tuesday, April 3, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Drug cases pinch SIMS budget as local opioid abuse grows

A surge in substance abuse cases, specifically opioids, in Austin’s music community has put one of Austin’s most well-known music nonprofits in financial trouble and on the lookout for public and private dollars to combat a growing health crisis.The SIMS…

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Review points the way for Central Health improvements

A recent study of Central Health’s services and performance for the Austin area has recommended that the agency take further steps to improve health care access for all residents – especially marginalized communities – as well as toward improving its…

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

New rules for Central Health don’t satisfy critics

The Travis County Commissioners Court has concluded another chapter in the extended controversy over Central Health, but one of the hospital district’s lead critics says he is not ready to quit.On Tuesday, the court amended the district’s financial policy framework…

Monday, October 2, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Med school seeks more ideas in helping distressed residents’ health

The Dell Medical School at the University of Texas is making another attempt to solicit ideas from Austin residents about how to address chronic and sometimes hidden health problems throughout the city.The school’s Center For Place-Based Initiatives announced its second…

Thursday, September 21, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Austin health insurance group’s federal funds cut

In Washington, D.C., supporters of repealing the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, are putting pressure on a few Republican senators who may or may not go along with that legislation. The Senate has until Sept. 30 to pass the…

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Central Health evaluation targets care delivery, med school transparency

To indulge in an extended health care metaphor, one could compare the extensive evaluation Central Health has commissioned to a very public checkup where anyone with any interest in the condition of the community health organization gets a chance to…

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