Texas State Senate passes sweeping Medicaid bill

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Medicaid payouts to doctors and hospitals would depend on patient outcomes under a Medicaid reform bill moving forward in the Legislature.

The Texas Senate on Friday unanimously approved the proposal sponsored by Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound.

In addition to pay-for-performance measures, the bill would prevent the joint state and federally funded low-income health insurance provider from reimbursing doctors and hospitals in so-called "never" events - such as when doctors perform the wrong surgery.

The state also would have to update technology to make it easier to transfer Medicaid patient records and create several pilot programs.