This website contains information about the 1115 Waiver and Regional Health Partnership 7.
Central Health, Anchor Entity of RHP 7, invites you to join us at a public session of the region’s semi-annual Learning Collaborative
September 16, 2014 from 9-11 a.m.
Transforming Health Care Delivery in Our Regional Healthcare Partnership
DSRIP Project Highlights of the Medicaid 1115 Waiver
Central Health presented an informational panel on the Medicaid 1115 Waiver’s Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program on February 18th, 2014. Through the DSRIP funding pool, Texas healthcare providers have the opportunity to implement health care transformation projects to serve vulnerable populations.
Texas is only the second state to participate in the 1115 Waiver program. The 1115 Waiver is organized in 20 regional health partnerships around the State. Central Health was selected as the administrative anchor for Regional Health Partnership 7 which includes Travis, Hays, Caldwell, Bastrop, Lee and Fayette counties.
The panel was moderated by Becca Aaronson, Health Care and Data Reporter for the Texas Tribune and included:
Expanded Mobile Crisis Outreach Team / Austin Travis County Integral Care
Expanded Primary Care / Central Texas Medical Center
Family and Child Obesity / Dell Children’s Medical Center
Psychiatric Emergency Department /University Medical Center Brackenridge
Expanded Specialty Care for Pulmonology / Community Care Collaborative
MFA and Trauma Informed Care Training / Hill Country MHDD Centers
Peer Supported Transitional Housing / Bluebonnet Trails Community Services Center
Community Diabetes Project / City of Austin Health and Human Services Dept.
Over 80 people attended, including community leaders, stakeholders, and members of the public. Feedback has been very positive. We are delighted that eight of the region’s performing providers presented one of their healthcare transformation projects. It is impressive how much transformation is occurring in our six-county region.
Becca Aaronson, Health Care and Data Reporter for the Texas Tribune, led panelists through a series of questions about how each project is a departure from business as usual, what challenges have been overcome to this point, and what providers are looking forward to in the coming demonstration years.
Many thanks to all of you who took time and drove great distances to share your DSRIP project highlights of the Medicaid 1115 Waiver!
DSRIP Projects in RHP 7
Curious about who is performing what kind of projects? View a list of Project Names and Numbers
Dr. Lloyd Berg’s Presentation on Motivational Interviewing - from the Dec. 18th Learning Collaborative meeting
Central Health’s Presentation on Patient Engagement - from the Dec. 18th Learning Collaborative meeting
13.09.18 Learning Collaborative Presentation COMBINED v3 - Presentation from the Sept. 19 meeting
What is the 1115 Waiver?
In December 2011, the federal government’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved Texas’ application for a Section 1115 Waiver – allowing Texas to conduct demonstration projects with Medicaid and Medicare funds that would otherwise conflict with provisions of the Social Security Act. This 1115 Waiver, as it’s called, does two things:
1. Expands existing Medicaid managed programs statewide, and
2. Establishes two federal funding pools to (a) help providers cover the costs of uncompensated care and (b) promote health system transformation.
The Waiver will be in effect through September 30, 2016.
The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) has asked local government entities and public hospitals to anchor Regional Health Partnerships (RHPs) that will be comprised of public and private hospitals and participating providers. These RHPs will each write a regional plan that will identify and address areas for improvement and innovation in the health care delivery system.
HHSC has identified Central Health as the anchor of a region in Central Texas. This region will include Bastrop, Caldwell, Fayette, Hays, Lee and Travis Counties. In its role as anchor, Central Health will be responsible for certain administrative tasks, including holding meetings, collecting and reporting data, and liaising with HHSC.
On behalf of all of the region’s partners, Central Health submitted an updated version the RHP7 Plan to HHSC on March 11th. You can read the revised plan HERE.
Please browse the website and if you have any questions or comments, you may contact Sarah Cook, 512-978-8195.
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