June 4th - Final RHP Map and Anchor list

In developing the RHP map and anchor list, HHSC worked with the regions in contention and held a public hearing on May 17, 2012. Please note that to reflect patient flow, an IGT entity may fund a performing provider in a contiguous RHP based on certain principles. For instance, total computable payment must stay with the recipient, and the project must be included in the performing provider’s RHP plan.

In order to meet the September 1, 2012 RHP plan submission deadline, HHSC encourages all RHPs to begin or continue developing plans—including assessing community needs, reviewing the draft Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) project menu and draft Program Funding and Mechanics (PFM) Protocol, and estimating possible funding levels. In June and July, HHSC plans to negotiate with our federal partner, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, detailed waiver requirements including both the DSRIP menu and PFM Protocol. Because CMS approval of RHP plans is contingent on these protocols, HHSC will continue to update stakeholders on a regular basis regarding the CMS negotiations.

HHSC recognizes the timeline for implementing the 1115 Transformation waiver is very tight and very much appreciates your patience in this new process.

May 25th - RHP Planning Summit Rescheduled for August

RHP Planning Summit to be held in August: In 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.

Summit Registration: HHSC is working to finalize the details—including dates, times, and location—of the RHP Planning Summit. 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 24th – Update on DSRIP Project Valuation

Per HHSC the details on the valuation are being discussed with CMS. We will work to provide guidance as soon as we have more information, expected in mid to late June at the earliest.

May 23rd – Update on RHP Planning Summit

The Summit that was tentatively scheduled for June 28th – 29th has been postponed. HHSC stated that it will probably take place in August now instead of June. No further details at this time.

May 22nd – RHP Planning 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.