July 2014 archive

Jul 22

RHP 2 – July 21, 2014 – Plan Modification Technical Call Follow-up

Dear All Performing Providers, 

Thank you to those that participated in the RHP 2 Plan Modification Technical Call earlier this morning. We are following-up with the PowerPoint that was presented and adding a couple of additional documents to this email for your reference. 

The attached documents are as follows:

  1. RHP 2 Plan Modification Technical Call PowerPoint [Attachment]
  2. A copy of the completed example that HHSC filled out in their webinar (This way you do not have to scroll through the video in order to see their examples) [Attachment]
  3. The change request form [Attachment]

If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our Anchor office. 

Thank you, 

Andrew T. Herndon, MHA
Management Analyst
Waiver Operations
Office of the President
UTMB Health
(979)-204-8526 (Cell)
(409)-766-4044 (Office)

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Jul 21

RHP 2 – Category 3 Technical Assistance Call with HHSC

Good afternoon, 

HHSC released the Category 3 feedback to RHP 2 yesterday – files are to be returned to HHSC by close of business on Monday, August 4, 2014. 

  • If your selection(s) were approved for use as described and you do not wish to make any changes, you are all set.
  • If your selection(s) were approved for use with additional provider clarification or if the measure was not currently approved as described, we have coordinated a technical assistance (TA) call with HHSC for this Friday, July 25,2014 from 9:00am-11:00am.

Dial-In:                877.226.9790

Access Code:     3020674

o   A separate invite will be issued momentarily.  Please forward to the appropriate members of your team.

o   HHSC has asked that we try to give them some idea of the questions that RHP 2 has ahead of time, so please send the questions you intend to ask to me (smseiden@utmb.edu) by Thursday, July 24,2014 at 2:00pm.

Susan Seidensticker, BSIE, MSHAI, CPHQ, CSSBB, PMP
Director, Waiver Quality Operations
University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB)
Shearn Moody, 9th Floor

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Jul 03

HHSC Webinar on Plan Modifications and Technical Change Requests – 7/10/14, 2:00-3:30pm CST

Please see below from HHSC.  Please contact HHSC at: TXHealthcareTransformation@hhsc.state.tx.us with any questions.


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Anchors, I sent the announcement below to you and providers, but I have found that some providers’ servers will reject emails that have a lot of recipients.  Would you please forward this to your providers to make sure they see it?  I will also post it on the website.  Thanks!


HHSC will be presenting a webinar on 

Plan Modifications and Technical Change Requests

Thursday, July 10, 2014, 2:00pm – 3:30pm Central Standard Time

Instructions for joining the webinar:

1) Go to www.webex.com
2) Click on Attend Meeting

3) Enter Meeting Number:803 377 576 (no password necessary)
4) Call 800-396-3172

To join the audio conference: All participants should dial 800-396-3172 (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.

Amanda Broden
Healthcare Transformation Waiver Operations
Texas Health and Human Services Commission

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Jul 03

Registration Now Open: 1115 WAIVER Statewide Learning Collaborative Summit

Dear RHP 2 Providers:

Please see the registration information below for the 1115 Waiver Statewide Learning Collaborative Summit to be held in Austin, Texas on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 9 and 10, 2014.

I am pleased to let you know that HHSC has ensured that every DSRIP performing provider will have an opportunity to participate based on your active DSRIP project count.

    • 1-9 active DSRIP projects = one (1) in-person invitation
    • 10-19 active DSRIP projects = two (2) in-person invitations
    • 20 or more or more active DSRIP projects = three (3) in-person invitations

Additional details are outlined below; but, since seating is limited and advance registration is required, I strongly suggest you register as soon as possible at: https://slcsummit.eventbrite.com.  The deadline to register is Friday, July 25, 2014.  Please read the section below on “How Do I Register…” for the required passcode, etc., and if you have any technical difficulties or additional questions, please contact HHSC directly via the waiver mailbox at: TXHealthcareTransformation@hhsc.state.tx.us.

Looking forward to seeing you in Austin!


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Jul 03

1115 Waiver Reminders, Updates and Anchor Meeting Notes

Dear RHP 2:

My apologies for the delay in sending last week’s anchor notes; but, I was anticipating additional information on Category 3 to share at the same time. Since we do not yet have our regional feedback, and many of you are planning for a long holiday weekend, I am sending the attached notes with a few additional comments below.

If you have not yet RSVP’ed for the RHP 2 Category 3 Workshop on Friday, July 11, 2014 please do so immediately to Susan Seidensticker (smseiden@utmb.edu or 409.766.4041). This event will be an opportunity for providers to learn more about Category 3, including discussions and exercises related to quality outcomes reporting and submission of such data. We will have representatives from HHSC and several other regions attending: so, we hope to have 100% participation for performing providers in RHP 2. The event will be held in Levin Hall on UTMB’s Main Campus in Galveston. Susan will happily send you additional information and detailed instructions.  Agenda attached. 

Congratulations once again to RHP 2 for excellent reporting results for April DY3 Reporting. If you are one of the providers who have projects with a “Need More Information” designation, please remember that the deadline for responding to HHSC’s request for more information is Friday, July 11, 2014. Providers should carefully follow HHSC’s instructions for submitting the necessary/required documentation, and cc: the anchor office (bjguyton@utmb.edu) for our master file.

Wedneday, July 9, 2014: Public entities enter required information into TexNet and submit Trace Numbers to: Rate_Analysis_DSRIP_Payments@hhsc.state.tx.us. Thursday, July 10, 2014: TexNet Sweeps (“Settlement Date” of funds) Monday, July 21, 2014: Payment issue date for “Top 20 Entities” (Transferring Hospitals/“Big 6” and remaining entities up to 20) Thursday, July 31, 2014: Payment issue date for remaining DSRIP providers

We are still waiting our region’s review summary of Category 3 re-selections submitted to HHSC in March 2014. Once received, please plan to review the summary documents and instructions carefully and note the deadline response deadline. Once we receive our feedback, we will schedule a technical assistance call with HHSC for RHP 2.

Please refer to information in the attached anchor notes regarding the upcoming plan modification request and technical change request process. Additional information will be made available by HHSC soon, and will be posted on the waiver website. Additionally, HHSC will host a webinar on Thursday, July 10, 2014 to explain the process. This will be the last time for providers of 4-year projects to initiate plan modification requests and technical assistance change requests for DY4-5. Providers should begin thinking about what changes may be needed for current DSRIP projects using the guidelines that HHSC has provided thus far.


Hopefully, a member of your team submitted the State Learning Collaborative Summit survey on behalf of your organization to aid HHSC in planning the statewide summit Tuesday and Wednesday, September 9 and 10, 2014 in Austin. HHSC is in process of finalizing the agenda and determining how many slots each performing provider will have available, and anticipates providing more information in the near future.

Wishing you and yours a very happy and safe July 4th holiday to come!

Thank you,

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