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TITLE 1ADMINISTRATION
PART 15TEXAS HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES COMMISSION
CHAPTER 391PURCHASE OF GOODS AND SERVICES BY HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES AGENCIES
SUBCHAPTER ECOOPERATIVE PURCHASING METHODS
RULE §391.201General Purpose

(a) This subchapter implements the following provisions of state law:

  (1) Section 2155.144, paragraphs (h) and (i), Government Code, which instruct the commission to adopt rules that allow health and human services agencies to make purchases through a group purchasing program and encourage agencies to use efficient purchasing methods such as a group purchasing program; and

  (2) Section 32.044, paragraph (d), Human Resources Code, which authorizes the commission to assist the Texas Department of Health to adopt rules that allow public or private disproportionate share hospitals to make purchases through a group purchasing program under certain circumstances.

(b) A purchasing entity may purchase goods or services, including consulting and professional services and goods or services defined as an "automated information system" under chapter 2157, Government Code, through cooperative purchasing methods prescribed in this subchapter except when a better value is available through another procurement method.

(c) A purchasing entity may participate in, conduct, administer, or sponsor a cooperative purchasing arrangement authorized by this subchapter.


Source Note: The provisions of this §391.201 adopted to be effective December 19, 2000, 25 TexReg 12371

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