The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) 45-day review period for Region 2’s 1115 Waiver submission expires Thursday, May 9, 2013.
To meet the above deadline, we anticipate feedback will be sent to us (as anchor) on/before close of business on May 9th. Upon receipt, we will begin distributing feedback to performing providers in the same fashion as we did following the initial DSRIP project review by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC). We understand that detailed instructions will be sent with our RHP feedback from CMS, and we will share that information as well. My office, in addition to HHSC, will work with performing providers to revise projects that need additional work to receive approval, including demonstrating a meaningful impact on healthcare delivery for both the Medicaid and uninsured populations.
Please remember that the upcoming CMS initial approvals will be for Demonstration Years (DY) 1-3 ONLY (through September 30, 2014). HHSC will work with CMS to get full approval of most projects (DY 4-5) by September 1, 2013, which will enable projects to earn incentive payments for the final two years of the waiver (October 1, 2014-September 30, 2016).
RHP 2 will hold a regional meeting on Friday, May 17, 2013 (9-11 a.m. CST at UTMB’s Specialty Care Center, League City, Texas) to review the CMS feedback in greater detail, discuss implementation of approved DSRIP projects and plan for next steps on shared goals, such as the Regional Learning Collaborative. This will be an important meeting, and we will send out the meeting agenda and pertinent details closer to the date.
Thank you, and please do not hesitate to contact me personally if I can be of any assistance.