Upcoming Webinar

HHSC is hosting a webinar to assist regions with next steps for RHP Plan development and submission:

RHP Planning Protocol Webinar

Friday, Sept. 28, from 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.:

1) Go to www.webex.com

2) Click on Attend Meeting

3) Enter Meeting Number: 808 604 246 (no password necessary)

4) Call 1-800-396-3172 (no password necessary)

You can choose to log in online to view the slides and listen to the audio conference OR call in only for the audio portion. If you call in, you should do so 15 minutes prior to the start of the webinar. You will automatically be connected to the meeting room and will hear music until the start of the webinar.

 

If you experience technical difficulties accessing the webinar or should you have any questions, please email waiver staff at: TXHealthcareTransformation@hhsc.state.tx.us.  For updated materials and to sign up for email alerts, please refer to the waiver website.

 


CMS Approves RHP Planning Protocol

Yesterday, HHSC received federal approval of the Regional Healthcare Partnership (RHP) Planning Protocol (DSRIP menu) for the Medicaid 1115 Transformation Waiver.  The protocol provides the menu of project areas approved by HHSC and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and options that contribute to delivery transformation and quality improvement. Only projects from this menu and performed as outlined in an HHSC- and a CMS-approved RHP Plan with corresponding measures, milestones and performance targets are eligible for payments from the DSRIP pool. The approved RHP Planning Protocol is posted on the HHSC Transformation Website.

The Program Funding and Mechanics (PFM) Protocol and the RHP Planning Protocol (DSRIP menu) serve as the basis for RHP Plan development. The PFM Protocol was approved on August 31, 2012.

HHSC also posted the final RHP Plan Template, a draft Companion document with additional instructions, and the electronic workbooks for Pass 1 Performing Providers as specified in the PFM. The Companion document includes a target timeline for RHP Plan submission for review and approval by HHSC and CMS. A final Checklist will follow later this week.

 


Updated RHP 6 Community Needs Assessment

The updated Community Needs Assessment for RHP 6 is now available. Feedback on the entire document is welcomed from all stakeholders; however we require action from Performing Providers specifically on the following:

  • Provide a brief description of initiatives funded by the US Dept of HHS or other “relevant delivery system reform initiatives” in which you are participating. Your contributions will be added to the current list which begins on page 5. Please email carol.huber@uhs-sa.com with this information by Friday, September 28.
  • All DSRIP projects must address a community need, identified by a “unique community need identification number.” This list begins on page 15. Performing Providers should use this list to complete the project narratives. If proposed  projects do not address any of these needs, please notify carol.huber@uhs-sa.com immediately so we can discuss.


Announcement from HHSC

RHP Planning Protocol. HHSC has updated the Transformation Waiver website to include the version of the RHP Planning Protocol for which CMS has indicated it will grant final approval. CMS has indicated that there will not be changes to this document. HHSC has not received the formal approval letter, however. HHSC will post the formally-approved document as soon as it is received.

Electronic workbooks. The electronic workbooks are undergoing a few technical changes and clarifications. HHSC expects to repost the workbooks by COB Tuesday. The changes/clarifications include:

  1. Step 1 – “Opting Out of DSRIP” Notes should state that if selecting “Yes”, then skip to Step 7a.
  2. Step 2 – Max Pass 1 DSRIP Allotment will be updated to populate the correct allocations by DY.
  3. Step 2 – Allotments will be corrected for a rounding issue.


New HHSC Information on Protocol, Workbooks, and Webinars

HHSC expects federal approval of the complete Regional Healthcare Partnership (RHP) Planning Protocol (DSRIP menu) for the Medicaid 1115 Transformation Waiver on Monday, September 24, 2012.  The protocol provides the menu of project areas approved by HHSC and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and options that contribute to delivery transformation and quality improvement. Only projects from this menu and performed as outlined in an HHSC and a CMS-approved RHP Plan with corresponding measures, milestones and performance targets are eligible for payments from the DSRIP pool. Continue reading