The Office of Inspector General has become aware of a potential scam involving phone callers
impersonating Texas Health and Human Services employees and asking for personal information.
If you receive a call from someone claiming to be an HHSC employee, do not provide any information such
as Medicaid or Social Security numbers. HHSC does not ask for such client information over the phone, and
will only call clients for a scheduled interview after the submission of an application for benefits.
To verify an HHSC appointment, call 2-1-1, pick a language, then select option 2.
Staff can help you Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
If you suspect you are the target of attempted fraud, you can call OIG at 1-800-436-6184, or your local
law enforcement agency.
PRESS RELEASE - RICE MEDICAL CENTER SERVICE ALIGNMENT
June 26, 2018
Following three years of evaluation and consideration, Rice Medical Center will discontinue inpatient
Obstetrical services, including the delivery of newborns. The Rice Medical Center and Rice Medical
Associates will continue to provide outpatient obstetrical services and other Women's Health Services as
appropriate. RMA doctors with scheduled deliveries have made arrangement to perform those deliveries at
Columbus Community Hospital.
This decision, made by the Operating Board of Rice Medical Center is one faced by many Texas rural
hospitals as stated in a recent Texas Tribune article, "Across Texas, rural hospitals are facing a difficult
decision: Whether to continue delivering babies as the number of births falls and the cost of providing the
service rises." In the same article, The Texas Tribune reported, "…just 69 of Texas' 163 rural hospitals will still
The Rice Hospital District has experienced an aging population and strives to match hospital services with
resident health care needs. The hospital has experienced low birth volumes under conditions of shrinking
reimbursement and additional regulatory pressures making the continuation of inpatient obstetrical services
ill-advised. The hospital and associated clinics continue to strengthen their service lines to align with patient
needs. The elimination of the inpatient obstetrical services will allow for the hospital to repurpose the existing
floor space for much needed services of our population.
Rice is not alone in facing this challenge and making this difficult decision as the Texas Organization of Rural
and Community Hospitals reports identical decisions recently in La Grange, Yoakum, Graham and Lamesa.
Additionally, recently the Dallas Morning News reported a similar case for Baylor Scott & White - Carrolton.
Rice Medical Center remains a strong health care organization and the leading healthcare resource for the
citizens of the Rice Hospital District. As our community's health care needs evolve and change we will
continue to align our services to insure we are a strong health care provider for years to come. If you have any
questions, comments or concerns, please feel free to contact Administration at 979-234-5571. We will gladly
listen and work with you for a positive outcome and healthy future. Thank you.