Webinar on DY6 DSRIP Participation Template – date changed to June 29, 2016

Good afternoon Region 2,

Please note that HHSC has changed the date of the upcoming DY6 Participation Template webinar.  It will now be Wednesday, June 29th instead of Thursday, June 30th. All other links and dial-in instructions remain as previously announced.

 

Susan Seidensticker, BSIE, MSHAI, CPHQ, CSSBB, PMP
Director, Waiver Quality Operations
University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB)
409-766-4041
smseiden@utmb.edu

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From: HHSC Texas Healthcare Transformation and Quality Improvement Program [mailto:TXHealthcareTransformation@hhsc.state.tx.us]
Sent: Thursday, June 23, 2016 4:19 PM
To: HHSC Texas Healthcare Transformation and Quality Improvement Program <TXHealthcareTransformation@hhsc.state.tx.us>
Subject: Webinar on DY6 DSRIP Participation Template – date changed to June 29, 2016

 

HHSC will be hosting a webinar on the DY6 Participation Template on June 29th.  Links and phone number are the same as previously sent out.

Topic:              DSRIP DY6 Participation Template
Date:               Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Time:               2:00PM – 3:30PM, Central Daylight Time

To join the online meeting:

1) Go to Join WebEx meeting
2) Click on Attend Meeting
3) Enter Meeting Number: 732 663 289
4) Call 888-613-0404

To join the audio conference only: All participants should dial 888-613-0404 (no password necessary). You will be placed directly into the audio conference.

Participants can choose to log in online to view the slides and listen to the audio conference OR to call in only for the audio portion. Participants should dial in to the audio portion of the meeting 15 minutes prior to the start of the Webinar. They automatically will 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.

Thank you!

HHSC has scheduled a Webinar regarding DY6 Participation Template

Good afternoon Region 2,

Please see the information received from HHSC regarding the DY6 Participation Template.  Per what I was told by a member of the HHSC staff yesterday, we can expect the response window to be open for completing the template(s) from June 27 – July 22.  We strongly encourage every organization to try and have representation on this webinar, as this will help in planning for DY6 and beyond.

 

Susan Seidensticker, BSIE, MSHAI, CPHQ, CSSBB, PMP
Director, Waiver Quality Operations
University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB)
409-766-4041
smseiden@utmb.edu

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Good afternoon Anchors –

We have a couple of updates for you.

  1. We will have an anchor call this Friday, June 24, from 1:30 – 3:00.
  1. Pending CMS approval of the PFM, HHSC will be hosting a webinar on the DY6 Participation Template.  The details for this webinar are as follows:

         Topic:              DSRIP DY6 Participation Template
         Date:               Thursday, June 30, 2016
         Time:               2:00PM – 3:00PM, Central Daylight Time

         To join the online meeting:

          1) Go to Join WebEx meeting
          2) Click on Attend Meeting
          3) Enter Meeting Number: 732 663 289
          4) Call 888-613-0404

To join the audio conference only: All participants should dial 888-613-0404 (no password necessary). You will be placed directly into the audio conference.

Participants can choose to log in online to view the slides and listen to the audio conference OR to call in only for the audio portion. Participants should dial in to the audio portion of the meeting 15 minutes prior to the start of the Webinar. They automatically will 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: http://www.hhsc.state.tx.us/1115-waiver.shtml.

Thank you,

 

Healthcare Transformation Waiver Operations
Texas Health and Human Services Commission

ACTION NEEDED: Statewide Learning Collaborative Survey due by 07/01/16

Dear Region 2 Providers,

Please see the below request from HHSC.  The requested date for survey responses is COB, Friday, July 1, 2016.

THIS IS IMPORTANT…

As a member of both your anchor team and the HHSC Clinical Champions Workgroup, I encourage your feedback! The HHSC planning team is striving to ensure that the 2016 Statewide Learning Collaborative meets the needs of the majority attending, and this survey is one way to assist with that important objective. UTMB, as anchor for Region 2, will also complete the survey. 

Thanks and happy Friday!

Craig

 

Craig S. Kovacevich, MA
Associate Vice President
Waiver Operations & Community Health Plans
Office of the President
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

Representing
UTMB Multi-Share, UTMB ChoiceONE Select and UTMB HealthCare Systems
Region 2, 1115 Medicaid Waiver
University of Texas Medical Branch
301 University Blvd., Galveston, TX 77555-0985
P 409.766.4047
F 409.747.0896
E cskovace@utmb.edu

 

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Dear DSRIP Anchors and Providers:

HHSC will host a two day Statewide Learning Collaborative on August 30th and 31st, 2016. Participants will include representatives from DSRIP performing providers, RHP anchors, and other key DSRIP stakeholders. More information on Statewide Learning Collaborative logistics and registration process will be provided soon.

The primary goals of the 2016 Statewide Learning Collaborative are for DSRIP performing providers to

  • learn from other participants;
  • hear best practices information from guest speakers; and
  • receive technical assistance.

This learning collaborative is particularly important as we are completing the initial five year demonstration waiver and moving into an extension period.  In order to inform the agenda and topics presented at the learning collaborative, we ask that you please complete the survey at the link found below.

The survey asks questions about

  • topics you would like to see at the learning collaborative;
  • any particular technical assistance or agenda topics you would find helpful; and
  • your interest in presenting an overview of any learning collaboratives with multiple projects your project is involved in.

A PDF copy of the survey is attached so that you can see in advance what information is being requested in order to prepare your organization’s responses. Once the actual survey is started, it must be completed in one sitting (you cannot save it and return to it). Once you complete the last question, the survey is automatically sent to the data base.

The survey can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HHSC_Learning_Collab_2016

We ask that you please complete the survey as soon as possible, but no later than July 1st.

We look forward to receiving your input to help make this Summit as informative and useful as possible. If you have any questions, please email the waiver mailbox at txhealthcaretransformation@hhsc.state.tx.us.

Thank you,

Healthcare Transformation Waiver Operations
Texas Health and Human Services Commission

DSRIP Anchor Update for the week ending June 10, 2016

Good afternoon Region 2,

Please see the two attached documents [TexasTransitionYear_PFM_060816.pdf and Additional Operational Details for Cat 3 in DY6.docx] received from HHSC regarding the DY6 transition year.  Please note that HHSC is asking for feedback by Friday, June 17th.

New information that is of special note within the PDF file:

  • On page 2: the introduction of DY6A and DY6B to represent the 15-month transition year.  From an operational (metric) standpoint, HHSC plans to consider DY6B as DY7 metrics, but the details behind those deliverables are still to be determined.
  • On page 4: Category 4 funding, for those currently participating, will remain the same UNLESS it represents more than 10% of your DSRIP valuation. If it does represent more than 10%, for DY6A it will be capped at 10% and the overage will be reallocated evenly across all of your Category 3s.
  • On page 7: a new inclusion to the projects eligible for a DY6 MLIU QPI goal adjustment; the language added is vague (“any other DSRIP project that HHSC determines has a strong justification for an adjustment”).
  • On page 8:
    • Added language to account for providers who did not document health insurance coverage or financial status prior to the start of DY5.
    • Added the potential of a Project Level Evaluation under possible activities for DY6A Category 1/2 Sustainability Planning (non-QPI) metrics.
    • Refined language around DY6 Category 3.  Please also see the attached Word file for additional information on the option to adjust the 12-month timeframe used for reporting when reporting the DY6 (PY3) achievement.
  • On page 9: continuation of Category 3.  Please note that:
    • The new language for those projects with DY5 Stretch Activities or Maintenance metric requirements.
    • HHSC plans to issue either a revised file or a calculation template for determining the new DY6 (PY3) targets, including clarification for those projects where baseline fell below the minimum performance level.
    • The updated language on PY3 achievement calculations, which will be based off PY1 goal rather than Baseline.
  • On page 10:
    • For those Category 4 participating organizations that are reporting RD6, that will be removed in DY6. Funds associated with RD6 will be evenly spread across RDs 1-5.
    • Confirms that UC only hospitals will again participate in at least one learning collaborative event in DY6.
  • On page 12: MSLC reviews will continue.

 

You will also see on page 12 information regarding DY6 learning collaborative planning, community needs and stakeholder engagement.  All of this will be discussed further at our upcoming Regional meeting, which will be on the campus of UTMB in Galveston on Friday, July 8th.  If you have not already done so, please RSVP to Bobbie Guyton (bjguyton@utmb.edu) by COB on Wednesday, June 29th so that we can assure that we have our room configured correctly and have an accurate headcount for catering.  The meeting is scheduled to run from 9:30 am-1:15 pm (lunch provided), with optional breakout sessions and a tour of the new Jennie Sealy Hospital building available in the afternoon.

 

Craig S. Kovacevich, MA
Associate Vice President,
Waiver Operations &
Community Health Plans
UTMB Health
409.766.4047 (Office)
cskovace@utmb.edu

Representing:
1115 Medicaid Waiver – RHP 2
UTMB HealthCare Systems
UTMB Community Health Plans

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Thanks very much for your flexibility to have the call today. Please let us know by 3 pm next Friday, June 17, if there are any major concerns about the PFM.

Attached are some additional details on Category 3. The rules are in the final stages and we will also provide the information that will be in the rules as soon as we can (this is the 2nd set of rules).

We will have a timeline in the next Anchor call for next steps. You are welcome to send questions related to implementation to the waiver mailbox.

We mentioned a Category 3 partial payment issue related to reporting on the call. The payment calculations for the first reporting period for DY 5 are in progress. We wanted to make you aware that Category 3 partial payment calculations that impact a small number of providers will be adjusted based on some conflicting information in the RHP Planning Protocol and subsequent implementation strategy. The providers that this impacts will be notified and this only affects providers in a positive, not negative manner, with their payments. Going forward, the partial achievement calculation for AM-2.x milestones will measure partial achievement over the approved baseline. This will increase the percent of goal achieved in DY5 for some providers reporting partial achievement of their AM-2.x goal. We’ll be updating the April DY5 reporting companion and the Category 3 Summary Workbook & Goal Calculator in the coming weeks to reflect this change.

Thank you for your continued work that benefits the health care of Texans.

 

Texas Health and Human Services Commission
Deputy Medicaid CHIP Director, Healthcare Transformation Waiver

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From: HHSC Texas Healthcare Transformation and Quality Improvement Program

Anchors –

Based on our call with CMS today, we will plan to have the anchor call Thursday at 1:30 as scheduled.  In advance of the call, we are attaching the proposed Program Funding and Mechanics Protocol (PFM) for DY6, which CMS has indicated they are amendable to.  Most of the elements in this PFM are the same as the proposal previously posted on the waiver website and shared with you, and also includes some changes to Cat 3 and removal of the performance bonus pool previously discussed with anchors.  We will plan to discuss this proposal on the call tomorrow, including any changes from the version you have already seen.

In lieu of sending out Anchor Notes this week, please find additional important information below:

Category 3

Updated MPL for IT-12.2 Cervical Cancer Screening

  • HHSC has identified that the Minimum Performance Level for IT-12.2 Cervical Cancer Screening was incorrectly seeded into the Category 3 reporting companion. The MPL has been changed from .6837 to .6137. For most providers, this results in a lowered goals in DY4 and DY5. We’ve updated our internal database with the corrected MPL and adjusted DY4 and DY5 goals for impacted providers.

Category 3 DY5 R2 Interim Corrections

  • HHSC will have another Category 3 Interim Correction period this summer. Currently, we anticipate an interim correction period template being released the end of June, with a target due date back to HHSC of July 20th.
  • As a reminder the interim correction period is intended for making corrections to:

– P4P outcomes that have previously reported performance

– Outcomes that have a custom goal

– P4P outcomes that have not been reviewed by MSLC.

  • The DY5 R2 interim correction period will allow corrections to previously reported and approved baseline, PY1, PY2, and PY3 due to errors in measure interpretation or data collection. The October DY5 Category 3 reporting template will still allow corrections to prior reporting for P4R outcomes and P4P outcomes that have not yet reported performance and do not have a custom goal. The interim correction period is not intended for outcomes that need to make corrections to DY5 R1 reporting due to a “Needs More Information” determination.

Updated Category 3 Summary Workbook

  • HHSC will be releasing an updated Category 3 Summary Workbook & Goal Calculator prior to the interim correction period. This update will include DY5 R1 reporting.

New Baselines and Baseline Corrections submitted in the April DY5 Reporting Template

  • HHSC will be reviewing baselines newly reported or corrected through the April DY5 reporting template in June and contacting providers individually if any follow up TA is needed. HHSC hopes to have this review complete by mid-July.

Statewide Learning Collaborative

  • Just a reminder that registration for providers and anchors for the SLC is open.  We have gotten some inquiries from providers, and we are directing them to contact their anchor to coordinate registration.
  • We have received a few templates nominating projects to highlight at the SLC.  We’d like as many as possible to consider, so please let us know if you need additional time.  We are hoping to finalize the agenda soon so we can get it out to participants sooner than in prior years.
  • As in years past, we would like to showcase DSRIP success stories that represent the breadth and depth of projects across the state. This year, we would particularly like to highlight the specific impact on the uninsured population and on those in the Medicaid program. This could also include projects that impact both Medicaid and uninsured with explanations of the benefits for both. Given where we are with the waiver extension and ongoing negotiations over a new five-year waiver, we believe that focusing on outcomes specifically for these two populations will be most beneficial.
    • We would like your help in gathering information from hospitals and other providers in your RHPs. Specifically, we would like:

 

  1. Video submissions focusing on DSRIP outcomes. These video stories should be no more than 2 minutes. We prefer not to have patient narrative stories. Videos should discuss a particular DSRIP project and its impact on the uninsured and/or Medicaid enrollees.
  2. For hospitals and other providers that do not have the capability of submitting a video, the other option is to submit two PowerPoint slides. The first slide should give a brief project description and the second slide should detail outcomes for the uninsured and/or those in the Medicaid program.

 

  • Thank you in advance for your assistance in reaching out to your RHP providers and in making the learning collaborative a success!

 

Thanks,

 

Healthcare Transformation Waiver Operations
Medicaid/CHIP
Texas Health and Human Services Commission

Reminder: DSRIP Statewide Learning Collaborative nominations due Friday, June 10th

Good afternoon Region 2,

As a reminder, HHSC has sent a request out for performing providers to self-nominate projects that they would like to see showcased at the upcoming Statewide Learning Collaborative (August 30 & 31 in Austin).  Those nomination forms are due back to HHSC (TXHealthcareTransformation@hhsc.state.tx.us) by COB this Friday, June 10th.

The Anchor team is available to assist if you need help in crafting your submission(s); please contact Andrew Herndon (atherndo@utmb.edu) to coordinate.  We do ask that when you send HHSC a completed nomination form, please copy me (smseiden@utmb.edu) as well.

 

Susan Seidensticker, BSIE, MSHAI, CPHQ, CSSBB, PMP
Director, Waiver Quality Operations
University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB)
409-766-4041
smseiden@utmb.edu

Jun 23

Webinar on DY6 DSRIP Participation Template – date changed to June 29, 2016

Good afternoon Region 2, Please note that HHSC has changed the date of the upcoming DY6 Participation Template webinar.  It will now be Wednesday, June 29th instead of Thursday, June 30th. All other links and dial-in instructions remain as previously announced.   Susan Seidensticker, BSIE, MSHAI, CPHQ, CSSBB, PMP Director, Waiver Quality Operations University of …

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Jun 22

HHSC has scheduled a Webinar regarding DY6 Participation Template

Good afternoon Region 2, Please see the information received from HHSC regarding the DY6 Participation Template.  Per what I was told by a member of the HHSC staff yesterday, we can expect the response window to be open for completing the template(s) from June 27 – July 22.  We strongly encourage every organization to try …

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Jun 17

ACTION NEEDED: Statewide Learning Collaborative Survey due by 07/01/16

Dear Region 2 Providers, Please see the below request from HHSC.  The requested date for survey responses is COB, Friday, July 1, 2016. THIS IS IMPORTANT… As a member of both your anchor team and the HHSC Clinical Champions Workgroup, I encourage your feedback! The HHSC planning team is striving to ensure that the 2016 …

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Jun 14

DSRIP Anchor Update for the week ending June 10, 2016

Good afternoon Region 2, Please see the two attached documents [TexasTransitionYear_PFM_060816.pdf and Additional Operational Details for Cat 3 in DY6.docx] received from HHSC regarding the DY6 transition year.  Please note that HHSC is asking for feedback by Friday, June 17th. New information that is of special note within the PDF file: On page 2: the …

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Jun 06

Reminder: DSRIP Statewide Learning Collaborative nominations due Friday, June 10th

Good afternoon Region 2, As a reminder, HHSC has sent a request out for performing providers to self-nominate projects that they would like to see showcased at the upcoming Statewide Learning Collaborative (August 30 & 31 in Austin).  Those nomination forms are due back to HHSC (TXHealthcareTransformation@hhsc.state.tx.us) by COB this Friday, June 10th. The Anchor …

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May 27

5/27/16 Anchor Update

Good afternoon Region 2, HHSC cancelled the Anchor Call for this week, but did send out the email below.  Please note that MSLC is currently sending out notification of newly selected Category 1 and 2 projects being selected for review, with Category 3 selections coming shortly. Of special interest is the information regarding the upcoming …

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May 26

RHP 2 Meeting Agenda-Friday, July 8, 2016

Dear RHP 2 Providers & Stakeholders: We will hold a regional meeting on Friday, July 8, 2016, from 9:30 am-2:15 pm (CST) in the Caduceus Room on UTMB’s main campus located at 301 University Boulevard, Galveston, Texas, 6th floor Administration Building, 6.300.  Please note, the Administrative garage is now closed to public parking.  Public parking …

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May 13

5/13/16 Anchor Notes

Good afternoon Region 2, HHSC has released the latest set of Anchor notes, as well as the slide deck from the Executive Waiver Committee meeting held earlier this week.  We’d like to call your attention to a few items of interest in the Anchor notes:   April DY5 Reporting: HHSC still expects to have DY5 …

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May 12

2016 Statewide Learning Collaborative Summit Registration Information

Good morning RHP 2, HHSC has released the following information regarding the Statewide Learning Collaborative, which will be held in Austin on August 30 & 31. The details below include information on the conference hotel(s).  As in prior years, space is expected to be limited.  Each performing provider is guaranteed at least one spot; for …

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May 05

Governor Abbott Announces New HHSC Leadership

Good morning RHP 2, I am sharing a press release related to leadership changes at HHSC.  Please see the attached. We continue to be optimistic about the Texas Waiver on the heels of the formal extension agreement announcement and the appointment of new leadership who will continue to work with CMS on behalf of the …

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