Baseline/outcome teleconference

Baseline/outcome teleconference:  The teleconference on baselines and outcomes will be on Thursday, Nov. 1 from 2 – 4.  Dr. Betsy Shenkman, our Texas Medicaid EQRO quality expert, will take questions from all stakeholders during this call, so feel free to send the access information to other interested parties. We will have many lines, but since there is a lot of interest, we encourage you to call from a single location as you are able to ensure access for all.

 Dr. Shenkman will first address questions emailed to the waiver mailbox,,

by COB Wednesday, Oct. 31. Please precede your subject line on your email with “Baseline/outcome question” so we can easily identify your questions.

 To access the teleconference:  Dial 877-331-7677. You will be placed directly into conference.

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RHP 6 Public Meeting Announced

University Health System will host a public meeting on the Regional Healthcare Partnership (RHP) 6 Plan, which includes the region’s first round of proposed projects under the state’s Medicaid 1115 Waiver. The meeting will take place:

Wednesday, November 7
10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
La Quinta Inn & Suites San Antonio Medical Center
4431 Horizon Hill Blvd.
San Antonio, TX 78229

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HHSC Approves the RHP Planning Protocol (DSRIP menu)

On September 26, 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.

HHSC has also added links on the Waiver website to information that may be helpful when considering quality measures for your region’s waiver projects. These links can be found on the Tools and Guidelines for Regional Healthcare Partnership Participants page under the header “Quality Tools”. Please share this information with your Performing Providers and encourage them to use this information to inform their decisions.