RHP Summit rescheduled for August

RHP Planning Summit to be held in AugustIn order to better utilize attendees’ time at the RHP Planning Summit, HHSC has postponed the conference until early August rather than holding it in late June as originally planned.  At the summit, HHSC will provide technical assistance to directly help those RHP participants developing a regional plan.  In June and July, HHSC plans to negotiate with our federal partner, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, detailed waiver requirements including the DSRIP menu and Program and Funding and Mechanics Protocol.  By postponing the summit, HHSC hopes to provide more complete information to RHPs to enable them to develop and submit their plans.  Prior to the summit, HHSC will continue to update stakeholders on a regular basis regarding the CMS negotiations.

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Update on the planned RHP Summit

June Summit:  HHSC currently is finalizing the details—including dates, times, and location—of the RHP Planning Summit tentatively scheduled for June.  Once those details are confirmed, registration will open for a limited number of individuals.  Because space at the conference will be limited, HHSC will send invitations in waves and those receiving an invitation will have up to one week to accept before additional invitations will be sent.  Each Regional Healthcare Partnership (RHP) will have a certain number of in-person slots for the summit, so that the anchor along with key IGT entities and performing providers will be able to attend to receive information about how to complete and submit the RHP plan.  HHSC will broadcast the conference online so that individuals not able to attend in-person can watch presentations, hear discussions, and submit questions through an online chat function.

May 23 webinar update and time change


May 23 webinar: HHSC has scheduled a webinar for May 23, 2012, 3:30pm to provide an overview of the draft Program Funding and Mechanics Protocol. To access the webinar:

1) Go to www.webex.com; 2) Click on Attend Meeting; 3) Enter Meeting Number: 805 606 709; and 4) Call the number that appears on screen. The participant call in number is: 1-866-861-7912.

RHP Planning Summit announced

RHP Planning Summit:  To assist RHPs develop regional plans, HHSC is organizing a two-day RHP Planning Summit tentatively scheduled for June 28-29, 2012, in Austin, Texas. At the summit, HHSC will provide technical assistance to those RHP participants responsible for contributing to an RHP Plan—including representatives from public and private hospitals, providers, local government entities, and other stakeholders.  Please note that due to limited space, in-person attendance will be capped at approximately 250 attendees.

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HHSC posts DRAFT funding protocol and new webinar dates

HHSC has posted the DRAFT Program Funding and Mechanics Protocoldated May 16, 2012. This is the State’s working document for Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) requirements. The draft protocol is based on HHSC’s developing approach and is subject to change based on feedback from Texas stakeholders, HHSC leadership and CMS.  CMS must approve the protocol before Texas regions can move forward with DSRIP projects. 

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