Welcome Stakeholders

Regional Healthcare Partnership 2 (RHP 2) has evolved on principles of active engagement, inclusiveness, joint responsibility and transparency. During the early stages of the Texas 1115 Medicaid Transformation Waiver, representatives from the University of Texas Medical Branch began reaching out to stakeholder groups throughout southeast Texas through both individual and group meetings. More than 220 contacts were made to discuss the Waiver. Throughout the life of the Waiver, stakeholder engagement continues to be very important and is always welcome in Region 2. The following information is provided to encourage active stakeholder engagement and transparency.


HHSC posted the 1115 Waiver Extension Application Draft, attachments and Public Notice on the Waiver Renewal page of HHSC Waiver website. HHSC also took comments on this draft from July 6, 2015 to August 5, 2015. A summary of all comments from the public hearings (including the webinar) has been posted on the HHSC Waiver Renewal page.

HHSC will continue to work with stakeholders on detailed programmatic changes to the protocols not addressed in the waiver extension draft. More information on protocol-level proposals were provided at the Statewide Learning Collaborative Summit on August 27-28, 2015. During the DSRIP Extension Webinar on 9/30/2015, HHSC discussed planning for transition and working with CMS on the protocols. The webinar presentation is available here. HHSC has been developing two DSRIP transition year (demonstration year [DY] 6) rule packets.

*New* CMS officially approved a 15-month extension of the 1115 Waiver for Texas on May 1, 2016. Negotiations on a longer-term agreement will continue. More information is available here. On June 23, 2016, CMS sent to HHSC a letter approving the proposed DY6 PFM protocol language. The only substantive change that HHSC made to the version of the DY6 PFM protocol language that HHSC sent to anchors for feedback on June 8, 2016, is related to Category 3. For Category 3 outcomes designated as P4R with an associated stretch activity in DY5, HHSC revised the language to give providers a second option. Providers may either: 1) maintain the Category 3 outcome designated as P4R from DY5 and select a new stretch activity; or 2) select a population focused priority measure (PFPM) that is P4P. Under Option 1, 50% of the Category 3 outcome's value is P4R of the Category 3 outcome, and 50% is for completion of the stretch activity. Under Option 2, 100% of the Category 3 outcome's value is P4P of the newly selected PFPM. More information is available here.

CMS has also communicated two directions for future DSRIP (for all states) which are sustainability--DSRIP should not be considered an ongoing funding source--and Implementation of Alternative Payment Methodologies (APM)--similar to Value-based purchasing. Here is a link with more information on APM: https://hcp-lan.org/groups/apm-fpt/apm-framework/. CMS has requested an initial high-level work plan for integration into managed care, which HHSC is developing and will share with stakeholders before formal submission to CMS. The work plan will specify that a subset of projects will be identified for integration into managed care that could be either continuing or replacement projects.

HHSC also continues to receive questions about the Community Needs Assessment (CNA) redo/update that will be required. While HHSC does not plan to prescribe the CNA process for the regions, HHSC will develop a template for Anchors to report their RHP's CNA process. The PFM states that the updated regional CNA will be due in June 2017.

For UC, CMS indicated that Texas' ask is more than what CMS thinks is warranted. On August 31, 2016, HHSC submitted to CMS the Uncompensated Care Study report required by the standard terms and conditions of the 15-month 1115 Waiver Extension.

Based largely on the Transformational Impact Summaries, HHSC and the Clinical Champions are working together to describe effective models for care delivery. HHSC uses this information around best and promising practices to support protocol development in the renewal period as well as offering guidance to providers on opportunities to make improvements in continuing DSRIP projects. These best practices were included in the Transformation Extension Menu (TEM) project options for replacement projects, if approved. Stakeholder feedback informed the proposed TEM menu proposed to CMS.

Potential Grant Opportunity:
The Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently released a Funding Opportunity Announcement for grants to expand care coordination Targeted Capacity Expansion (TCE) through the use of Technology Assisted Care (TAC) in targeted areas of need. This could be a good opportunity for DSRIP Anchors and/or providers to coordinate and provide recommendations to the state. More information can be found at the following link: http://www.samhsa.gov/grants/grant-announcements/ti-16-001.

The original and updated RHP Plans are located on the HHSC Regional Healthcare Partnership (RHP) Plans page that includes:

RHP Summary Information
  • List of approved Category 1 & 2 DSRIP projects - all RHPs
  • QPI Summary – all RHPs
  • Project types – statewide summary
Updated RHP Plan Information
  • Most recent Category 1 & 2 Project Narratives by RHP
  • Category 1 & 2 Project Workbooks for 4-year projects
  • Category 1 & 2 Project Workbook for all 3-year projects
  • Category 3 Outcome Summary (this will continue to be updated as baselines are finalized)
  • Category 4 (DY3 data, including RHP level summary data for PPE domains)
Original RHP Plans
  • Original RHP Plan submissions sent to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

Additional information about RHP 2 and its Plan could be found on About RHP 2 & RHP 2 Plan and Impact as well as the description of the process by which 3-year projects were added in RHP 2.

Other resources:
Please find stakeholder involvement opportunities at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SLG9N2Z. As always, please feel free to contact us at 1115.info@utmb.edu or 409.766.4047; we will be happy to answer questions, listen to your ideas, or share additional information.

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