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TORCH Annual Conference and Tradeshow April 9-11, 2014

 The TORCH Annual Conference and Tradeshow was a huge success this year, with over 625 rural health care leaders and stake holders in attendance.  We had representation from 110 member hospitals and over 130 exhibitors and sponsors.  Thank you to all who attended and helped to make this a fantastic educational event.
We have posted all the presentations from the educational sessions.  Please select the session title below to download the presentation.

Congrtulations Randy Bacus, 2014 Gordon Russell Award Winner!

The Texas Organization of Rural & Community Hospitals (TORCH) announced that Randy Bacus, MBA, FACHE, LNFA, CEO of North Texas Medical Center, is the recipient of the 2014 Gordon Russell Merit Award. The announcement was made at the 2014 TORCH Annual Conference & Trade Show Awards luncheon, held last week in Dallas. “This award recognizes outstanding achievement by rural and community hospital administrators,” said David Pearson, president and CEO of TORCH. “TORCH is thrilled to put the spotlight on Randy Bacus for his hard work and dedication to health care and rural hospitals over the past 25 years.

Bacus has both a Bachelor and a Master of Business Administration from Texas Christian University (’73 and ‘76) and a Certificate in Long-Term Care Administration from Southwest Texas State University (‘94). He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and has been recognized several times for outstanding leadership by the ACHE, and has won the prestigious Shirley Ann Munroe Leadership Development Award given by the American Hospital Association in 2002.

His career includes over 25 years of experience in Healthcare Administration and is a licensed Nursing Facility Administrator as well. Randy held prior positions at both rural and urban hospitals, including 14 years as the CEO of the Colorado-Fayette Medical Center. Bacus has held leadership roles in both TORCH and THA and currently serves on the Board of Directors for TORCH Management Services, Inc., and HealthShare, Inc.  In addition to his volunteer service to many healthcare-related boards and organizations, he has also been active in local civic organizations, including Rotary Club, in each of the rural communities he has served.

In the nomination letter by John Henderson, CEO of Childress Regional Medical Center, he wrote, “Randy has spent most of his career working to maintain access and improve the healthcare services available in rural and underserved areas of Texas. He has clearly demonstrated his ability to lead with the same core values as the person whom originally inspired this award.”

“We applaud the selection of Randy by his peers for this noteworthy recognition. We hope that he will continue to provide leadership and direction to TORCH and rural hospitals for years to come,” Pearson added.

Gordon Russell, the award’s namesake, was the administrator of Hi-Plains Hospital for over 40 years and a former mayor of Hale Center, Texas.

Once again, congratulations to all of our award winners, especially our 2014 Gordon Russell Merit Award recipient, Randy Bacus.  And next year, we promise the TORCH Annual Conference & Trade Show will be even more special, because we'll be celebrating our own 25th Anniversary! So, mark your calendars now for April 7-9, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency in Dallas.

Critical Access Conference Hyatt Lost Pines Resort, Bastrop, TX June 25-26, 2014

The 2014 Critical Access Conference (CAH) will be hosted at the beautiful Hyatt Lost Pines Resort in Bastrop, TX.  We have secured a room rate of $139/night.  You can register here or can contact the hotel directly at 800-421-1442.
Hospital registration information and program agenda will be posted soon.

We are also accepting exhibitor registrations for the Critical Access Conference and have a limited number of booths still available.  Please click here to download the exhibitor prospectus and here for the exhibitor registration form.  If you have any questions on the CAH conference, please contact Rose at (512) 873-0045 or via email at

Medicaid 1115 Waiver - Texas Health Care Transformation and Quality Improvement Program

HHSC has received federal approval of a waiver that allows the state to expand Medicaid managed care while preserving hospital funding, provides incentive payments for health care improvements and directs more funding to hospitals that serve large numbers of uninsured patients.

Waiver Overview

The Texas Healthcare Transformation and Quality Improvement Program (the transformation waiver) allows the state to expand Medicaid managed care while preserving federal hospital funding historically received as Upper Payment Limit (UPL) payments—supplemental payments to make up the difference between what Medicaid pays for a service and what Medicare would pay for the same service. Replacing the UPL payment methodology are two funding pools – the Uncompensated Care and Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) pools. [READ MORE]



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