Apologies–we’ve made a correction to the previously sent version of this email, specifically regarding which types of projects Texas A&M plans to speak with under #1 below. Please share this corrected version with your RHP. Thanks!
The Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) has contracted with Texas A&M University’s Center for Rural and Public Health (Texas A&M) to evaluate how the DSRIP-funded projects affect health system outcomes. Key components of the evaluation will include:
1) A set of case studies examining ten (10) DSRIP-funded care navigation projects intended to reduce emergency department use. In addition, they will identify ten (10) comparison emergency departments that do not have DSRIP-funded care navigation projects.
2) A survey of DSRIP providers and IGT entities about collaboration with other organizations within their RHP.
3) A survey of RHP stakeholders about their experience with the waiver, including perceived strengths, weaknesses, and recommendations.
The purpose of this email is to inform you before Texas A&M begins to contact you and members of your RHP and reassure you that Texas A&M is working on behalf of HHSC on the evaluation. If you have any questions about the evaluation, please feel free to contact Sarah Roper-Coleman at Sarah.Roper-Coleman@hhsc.state.tx.us or Rebecca Wells at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the next month, the Texas A&M evaluation team will contact:
- Anchors regarding identification of appropriate contacts for their member organizations for different types of information;
- Projects leads at the ten (10) DSRIP-funded care navigation projects around the state chosen for in-depth examination;
- Anchors for advice on whom to contact at the comparison emergency departments without DSRIP-funded care navigation projects; and
We are asking that you forward this information to your RHP members so that they are aware that they will be contacted.
Our partners at Texas A&M have designed this evaluation to yield useful insights to providers and other stakeholders while minimizing burden on participants. Thank you for your cooperation in helping us fulfill this CMS requirement.
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