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Mar 07

RHP 2- 3/2/18 Anchor Update

Good afternoon Region 2,

Please see the HHSC email below – the Online Reporting System appears to be back online after its maintenance. As of yet, the updated Category B FAQ has not been released.

For LHDs and CMHCs, please see the section on follow-up from the Anchor Call of 2/27. HHSC has said that if an organization wants to drop a measure after the regional plan has been approved but before baseline data has been submitted, a replacement measure of greater or equal point value must be selected (i.e., if your MPT is 24 and you submit your plan with 30 points selected, if the decision is made to drop a 2 point measure your organization would have to replace it despite the fact that at 28 points this would still exceed the MPT).

The Anchor office has updated the webpage to provide you access to the updated Community Needs Assessment (https://www.utmb.edu/1115/) – this should support you in the development of your template for the regional plan submission. As a reminder, RHP 2 plans to host a Regional Meeting in Galveston on March 28th from 1:00-4:00; it is the intent to review the full regional plan submission at that time. To facilitate the completion of the full Regional Plan, please note that the Anchor office requests that you return your completed provider workbook to smseiden@utmb.edu by COB on Friday, March 9, 2018.

• To support our Regional Performing Providers, the Anchor team is available for technical assistance. If you would like to request an appointment, please utilize the following link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PQVH9F8 – we will work to ensure that our office confirms your request ASAP.

Susan Seidensticker, BSIE, MSHAI, CPHQ, CSSBB, PMP
Director, Waiver Quality Operations
University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB)
Shearn Moody, 9th Floor
409-766-4041
smseiden@utmb.edu

From: HHSC Texas Healthcare Transformation and Quality Improvement Program [mailto:TXHealthcareTransformation@hhsc.state.tx.us]
Subject: 3/2/18 Anchor Update

Anchors,
A few updates for you this week. We will update the Category B and C FAQs next week with any new or additional information from the call and this email.

DSRIP Online Reporting System
• The DSRIP Online Reporting System will be taken down for maintenance from the evening of Thursday, March 1st, through Sunday, March 4th. Users will NOT be able to access the reporting system during this time.

Follow-up on Questions from 2/27 Anchor Call:
• Question: Can a CMHC measure be deleted and not replaced if the provider selected more than one of M1-165, M1-181 and/or M1-268, since the value of that measure to the provider is zero?
Answer: If the CMHC selected more than one of those measures and wants to drop one, they will have to replace the measure with a measure of any point value, as long as one of the measures M1-165, M1-181 and/or M1-268 is kept.
If selected all 3 measures and:
• Remove 1 measure, then replace with at least 1 measure of any point value
• Remove 2 measures, then replace with at least 1 measure of any point value
• Remove 3 measures, then replace with at least 4 points worth of measures
If selected 2 measures and:
• Remove 1 measure, then replace with at least 1 measure of any point value
• Remove 2 measures, then replace with at least 4 points worth of measures

• Question: Can providers align Category C LIU payer type with their PPP LIU definition?
Answer: No, if an individual has insurance at the end of the measurement period, they may not be counted as uninsured for Category C LIU payer type purposes even if they were uninsured earlier in the measurement period. An individual should be uninsured at the end of the measurement period to qualify as uninsured for Category C.

• Question: Is HHSC requiring the encounters for the attributed population inclusion occur on separate days or just allowing for that possibility? The most recent Cat C FAQ says encounters “may” be on separate days, but during the last webinar, HHSC said the encounters “should” be on different days. This makes a difference for our attributed population and clarification is requested.
Answer: We agree that our guidance has been confusing. The encounters may occur on the same day but should be separate encounters. The provider may also count encounters that occur on separate days. It can be up to the provider to determine if they want to count separate encounters (for different services) on the same day or only encounters on different days.

• We have received a lot of questions about J1-220 Surgical site infections (SSI) rates. HHSC reviewed the Patient Safety Component manual that was published on January 2018. The staff believes that many of the questions that have been asked about this measure will be answered if HHSC uses that manual for measure specifications instead of measure specifications for NQF 0299. We are reaching to Clinical Champions to request their opinion on the use of the Patient Safety Component manual for purposes of measure specifications. Some providers recommended to use NQF 0753 instead of NQF 0299, however, it does not seem to be fully comparable since it is applied to two operative procedures only. We will provide further communication once we receive feedback from the Clinical Champions.

• Overall, HHSC wants to emphasize that providers should ensure that the measures they are selecting in the RHP Plan Update submission are their final choices. Changes after plan submission and before final approval should only be made based on HHSC feedback (e.g., delayed baseline is not approved, use of an all-payer denominator for achievement is denied, or provider’s Category C valuation distribution justification is not accepted).

Category B
• Anchors requested a clarification about which outpatient clinics are considered required and which ones are optional. HHSC created a draft list of possible required and optional clinics, however, this list is not all inclusive. Providers would need to use their judgement if some areas are not reflected on this list or consult HHSC. HHSC welcomes anchor’s feedback on this list. If possible please provide feedback by end of the day, Monday, March 5th. HHSC would like to include a list of required and optional clinics in the updated version of FAQ, which will be made available on March 6th.

Required Clinics, owned or operated by the provider have to be included if the provider has these clinics: Optional – provider may choose to include those but not required
Primary care clinics;
Specialty care clinics;
Outpatient cancer centers;
Surgery centers;
Dental;
Outpatient therapy centers (physician or occupational therapy, speech)
Other rehab centers, such as drug or alcohol rehabilitation centers;
Cardiac catheterization centers;
Gastrointestinal centers (may provide screening or other services such as colonoscopy and endoscopy);
Chemotherapy and radiation therapy centers
Contracted primary or specialty care clinics;
School-based clinics;
Imaging and diagnostic centers (e.g. X-ray and ultrasound; labs and MRI);
Dialysis centers;
Diagnostic centers, such as labs and MRI scans;
Labs;
Wound care centers;
Pain management centers;
Cosmetic centers;
Sleep Centers;
Durable medical equipment rental facilities.

• HHSC is updating the Category B FAQ with previous responses that were shared with the anchors. HHSC will also issue additional guidance in the Category B FAQ related to owned and operated facilities.

Hospitals and Physician Practices with a Limited Scope of Practice
• The deadline for hospitals and physician practices with a limited scope of practice to request a reduced minimum point threshold (MPT) is today, Friday, March 2.
• Hospitals or physician practices with a limited scope of practice may include children’s hospitals and specialty hospitals such as infectious disease hospitals, cancer centers, and Institutions for Mental Disease (IMDs). Rural hospitals are not considered to have a limited scope of practice.
• To request a reduced MPT, a hospital or physician practice with a limited scope of practice should do the following:
1. Send an email to the Transformation Waiver mailbox at TXHealthcareTransformation@hhsc.state.tx.us (with a cc: to their RHP’s anchor) that lists the:
a. Organization name
b. TPI
c. RHP
d. Designated contact name and phone number
e. The Measure Bundles on which the provider believes they can reasonably report
2. Include as the subject line of the e-mail: “Limited Scope of Practice – Request for Reduced MPT”
• HHSC will then review the submitted Measure Bundles and send follow up questions and/ or schedule a phone call to discuss. The discussion will include the possibility of adding measures outside of the Measure Bundle structure.

Health Information Exchange (HIE)
• The Office of eHealth Coordination (OeHC) at HHSC coordinates with federal and state partners, including the Texas Health Services Authority (THSA), on the development of statewide end-to-end connectivity opportunities. At this time, HHSC does not have any funds specifically for healthcare providers to connect with local HIEs; however, incentive funds received through DSRIP could be used to support HIE connectivity.
• The interim director of OeHC at HHSC is Hope Morgan. She is available to meet with RHPs for discussions about HIE connectivity and what that potentially could mean for the healthcare providers in your RHP. If you would like more information about this or would like Ms. Morgan to attend one of your regional meetings, please feel free to contact her at hope.morgan@hhsc.state.tx.us.

Please let us know if you have any questions. Have a great weekend! Thanks,

Amanda Broden
Healthcare Transformation Waiver Operations
Medicaid/CHIP
amanda.broden@hhsc.state.tx.us | 512-438-2295*
*Please note new office phone number

Permanent link to this article: https://blogs.utmb.edu/1115/2018/03/07/rhp-2-3-2-18-anchor-update/

Feb 28

Waiver Extension Officially APPROVED

I am extremely pleased to confirm that CMS has sent a letter to HHSC Executive Commissioner Smith that approves the extension of the Texas Healthcare Transformation and Quality Improvement Program. As noted in the attached letter, this approval of the extension of the 1115 Waiver runs through September 30, 2022.

Please note that the letter provides the following funding information regarding DSRIP:
• DY7 (ending September 30, 2018): level funding from DY6
• DY8 (ending September 30, 2019): level funding from DY7
• DY9 (ending September 30, 2020): funding to decrease from DY8
• DY10 (ending September 30, 2021): funding to decrease from DY9
• DY11 (ending September 30, 2022): no funding provided

The funding for DY7-10 will be available once the DSRIP protocols are approved; CMS has 30 days from the date of the attached letter (December 21, 2017) to approve or disapprove the protocols that were submitted by HHSC. Should CMS disapprove the protocols currently in review, HHSC will be required to resubmit a revised protocol packet. Delays in this approval could impact DY7 April reporting; our Anchor team will keep you apprised on this process. The amount of the decrease in funding for DY9 and DY10 will be officially confirmed once the protocols are approved.

CMS has also agreed to provide Texas five additional years of funding for Uncompensated Care (UC). Please see pages 2 and 3 of the attached letter for further details regarding the process for how the UC pool size will be determined for DY9 and beyond, as well as the confirmation that the extension of the Texas Medicaid Managed Care and MPTSS programs (STAR, STAR+PLUS, STAR Kids and Children’s Medicaid Dental Services) are also approved for the additional five years.

Craig S. Kovacevich, MA
Associate Vice President,
Waiver Operations &
Community Health Plans
UTMB Health
281.806.0347 (Cell)
409.766.4047 (Office)
cskovace@utmb.edu

Permanent link to this article: https://blogs.utmb.edu/1115/2018/02/28/waiver-extension-officially-approved/

Feb 28

1115 Waiver – New Regional Information Document for RHP 2

Dear Region 2 Performing Providers & Stakeholders:

Attached is a document that was created to assist you in better understanding the make-up of RHP 2. You will notice the addition of new performing providers who were recently added for Demonstration Years 7-11. This document also provides a high-level overview of the Texas 1115 Waiver, including information on the new concept moving from project to system-wide transformation. Hopefully this general information sheet will be useful as you discuss the Waiver with team members and other interested parties. We will periodically edit/update as new information becomes available, as well as when regional plan details are confirmed.

Thank you for your continued work to help transform healthcare delivery throughout the 16-counties comprising RHP 2.

Permanent link to this article: https://blogs.utmb.edu/1115/2018/02/28/1115-waiver-new-regional-information-document-for-rhp-2/

Feb 28

RHP 2 – 2/23/18 Anchor Notes

Good morning Region 2,

HHSC has issued the notes from the Anchor call last week. We would like to call attention to the following:
• HHSC’s online reporting tool is scheduled to be down for maintenance starting COB on Thursday March 1st, with functionality restored by Monday, March 5th. This will allow those performing providers with Harvey-related delays in DY6 October reporting to upload their responses by the Wednesday, February 28th deadline.
• For those performing providers that had a 3-month delay in a Myers & Stauffer (MSLC) compliance review, notifications that these are now set to begin went out last week. Please note the details in the emails sent directly to you by MSLC. No additional metrics have been added to the review list at this time.
• HHSC has promised an update to the Category B FAQ document, but as of this morning it is not yet available.
• Please note the highlighted section of the email below regarding which measures on the menu(s) are written as all-payor or Medicaid-only reporting (i.e., no need to provide justification to request that status for achievement).

The Anchor office has updated the webpage to provide you access to the updated Community Needs Assessment (https://www.utmb.edu/1115/) – this should support you in the development of your template for the regional plan submission. As a reminder, RHP 2 plans to host a Regional Meeting in Galveston on March 28th from 1:00-4:00; it is the intent to review the full regional plan submission at that time. To facilitate the completion of the full Regional Plan, please note that the Anchor office requests that you return your completed provider workbook to smseiden@utmb.edu by COB on Friday, March 9, 2018.

• To support our Regional Performing Providers, the Anchor team is available for technical assistance. If you would like to request an appointment, please utilize the following link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PQVH9F8 – we will work to ensure that our office confirms your request ASAP.

Susan Seidensticker, BSIE, MSHAI, CPHQ, CSSBB, PMP
Director, Waiver Quality Operations
University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB)
Shearn Moody, 9th Floor
409-766-4041
smseiden@utmb.edu

From: HHSC Texas Healthcare Transformation and Quality Improvement Program [mailto:TXHealthcareTransformation@hhsc.state.tx.us]
Sent: Friday, February 23, 2018 5:09 PM.
Subject: 2/23/18 Anchor Notes

Anchors,

Thank you for joining us on today’s call. The notes are attached. They were updated to reflect that the October DY6 NMI reporting results will be sent out on Monday 2/26 instead of today.

Also attached is the list of approved early payments for March 2018.

Based on questions during the call, we wanted to clarify that the unit of measurement in the specifications is correct that rates for all-payer, Medicaid, and uninsured will be reported. The difference as John mentioned on the call is that they are split out for different purposes. The MLIU (combined Medicaid and uninsured) rate is used for determining P4P achievement under the goal achievement milestones listed in the table below. For each reporting milestone, which is P4R, the all-payer, Medicaid-only, and LIU-only payer rates all must be reported.

P4P Measure – % of Category C Valuation
DY7 25% baseline reporting milestone
25% PY1 reporting milestone
50% DY7 goal achievement milestone
DY8 25% PY2 reporting milestone
75% DY8 goal achievement milestone

Under the Category C Selection tab in the RHP Plan Update template, the default is shown to be MLIU because that is the basis for payment of the goal achievement milestone. Providers may request exceptions to reporting the MLIU rate and request to report the all-payer, Medicaid-only, or LIU-only rate for the goal achievement milestone with good cause.

Under the Category C Additional Details tab in the RHP Plan Update template, providers may request exceptions to reporting the Medicaid-only or LIU-only rate for the reporting milestone with good cause. All measures require reporting of the all-payer rate for the reporting milestone. More instructions on the reporting milestone exceptions is on p. 22-23 of the RHP Plan Update Companion Document.

The specifications list specific measures that report only all-payer or Medicaid-only rates. These are limited to Measure Bundles D3 and J1; and measures E1-232, L1-205, and M1-205.

Please let us know if you have any questions. Have a great weekend! Thanks,

Amanda Broden
Healthcare Transformation Waiver Operations
Medicaid/CHIP
amanda.broden@hhsc.state.tx.us | 512-438-2295*
*Please note new office phone number

Permanent link to this article: https://blogs.utmb.edu/1115/2018/02/28/rhp-2-2-23-18-anchor-notes/

Feb 06

RHP 2 – DSRIP 1/26/18 Anchor Update

Good afternoon Region 2,

Please see the email below for the latest Anchor update received from HHSC. HHSC has set a tentative date of February 8th for their webinar to review the provider template(s) for the Regional Plan submission; be on the lookout for more details. In addition, RHP 2 will utilize its February Learning Collaborative call to focus on the requirements to complete the provider portion(s) of the regional plan template submission. This will occur on Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 10:00-11:30. Please forward the call in/dial in information for our regional supplemental webinar to anyone in your organization that you want to have involved in the completion of your provider template.

For February 13th 10:00-11:30:
Dial In: 877.226.9790
Access: 3535427

Log In: https://www.webmeeting.att.com
Meeting Number: 8772269790
Code: 3535427

Susan Seidensticker, BSIE, MSHAI, CPHQ, CSSBB, PMP
Director, Waiver Quality Operations
University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB)
Shearn Moody, 9th Floor
409-766-4041
smseiden@utmb.edu
________________________________________
From: HHSC Texas Healthcare Transformation and Quality Improvement Program [TXHealthcareTransformation@hhsc.state.tx.us]
Sent: Friday, January 26, 2018 5:19 PM
Subject: 1/26/18 Anchor Update

Anchors –

Here are some updates for this week, some of which were covered on Tuesday’s call.

RHP Plan Update
• HHSC is working on finalizing the templates by Feb 5th along with a Companion Document.
• A webinar on the RHP Plan Update Template is tentatively scheduled for February 8th at 10:00am. The call-in information will be sent out once it’s available.
• The final due date for RHP Plan Update submission is April 30, 2018 even though the PFM indicates 90 days after protocol approval. Regions may submit earlier if they are able to. If the plan is submitted by February 28, 2018, then the providers in the region would be eligible to report Category C baselines and Category D in April.
• The RHP Plan Update includes an existing provider template, a new provider template, and an Anchor template. We do not need any information related to new providers or which providers received additional funds given that the template will allow entry of this information.
• The Anchor Template includes entry of UC-only information, the community needs assessment, the extension stakeholder forum, the learning collaborative plan, requirements for regions with additional funds, and checks whether the private hospital participation minimum is met.
• HHSC is targeting to provide initial feedback within a month of submission, approximately 2 weeks for providers to respond, and 2 weeks for HHSC to review and finalize. For the February submission, the provider responses will be required within 5 days. CMS will be provided a summary after all plans have been finalized.

Requirements for Stakeholder Engagement
• The PFM for DY6 requires “Once CMS and HHSC agree on the longer term extension, the Anchoring Entity will conduct an extension stakeholder engagement forum to promote collaboration in the next phase of the waiver and community goals. […] The Anchoring Entity will post a copy of the updated RHP Plan on the RHP’s website prior to the forum.”
• The requirement to provide opportunities for public input to the development of the plan and discussion and review of proposed plans prior to submission is also found in the extension STCs (STC 34(c)) (and is the same requirement from the original waiver STCs).
• The intent of this requirement was for RHPs to solicit stakeholder feedback prior to submitting the final updated RHP plan to HHSC. Since the timing of the extension approval and subsequent release of the RHP Plan Update template was delayed, but the projected date for plan submission was initially still January 2018, anchors requested the ability to hold stakeholder forums after plan submission. HHSC gave approval for holding a stakeholder forum after plan submission if needed for time constraints.
• Since HHSC has given that guidance, we will still allow stakeholder meetings to be held after plan submission, but a meeting should be held as soon as possible after submission. However, with an April 30, 2018 due date for the plan update we believe there should be ample opportunity to hold a stakeholder forum prior to submission of the plan.
• RHPs with additional funds are required to conduct at least two public stakeholder meetings to determine the uses for the additional funds (PFM Paragraph 31(c)(i)).

Compliance Monitoring
• Category 1 and 2 Round 4 reviews: out of 172 Metrics total in Round 4 sample, 24 reviews are deferred and 148 are in progress. MSLC let HHSC know that at least 5 providers are not being responsive to the requests. If nothing changes, HHSC will send out emails to these providers with cc to anchors. Three reviews are already completed.
• Category 3 review: out of 212 outcomes total in Round 3 sample, 32 deferred, and 180 are in the process of being reviewed. MSLC let HHSC know that at least 2 providers are not being responsive to the requests. If nothing changes, HHSC will send out emails to these providers with cc to anchors. Six reviews are already completed.

Attached is a file with some examples of Category C valuations using the rules in the approved protocols.

Information related to Category D reporting will be shared in the next update.

Please let us know if you have any questions. Have a nice weekend! Thanks,

Amanda Broden
Healthcare Transformation Waiver Operations
Medicaid/CHIP
amanda.broden@hhsc.state.tx.us | 512-462-6388

Permanent link to this article: https://blogs.utmb.edu/1115/2018/02/06/rhp-2-dsrip-1-26-18-anchor-update/

Nov 14

DSRIP – 11/10/17 Anchor Notes

Region 2,

The attached file is from the Anchor call HHSC held on Friday; please note the following:
• If your organization submitted the template to HHSC allowing for provisional approval of metrics due to Hurricane Harvey, please note the key dates on page 1.
• On page 2, please note that the next round of metrics for compliance review will begin shortly. Notifications from MSLC may arrive as early as this week.

We asked HHSC as to when we would have the template for the regional plan submission, so that performing providers will have as much lead time as possible to complete; the answer we got back was that we can expect to see it in “early December”. The Anchor office will keep you apprised on this.

Susan Seidensticker, BSIE, MSHAI, CPHQ, CSSBB, PMP
Director, Waiver Quality Operations
University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB)
Shearn Moody, 9th Floor
409-766-4041
smseiden@utmb.edu

Permanent link to this article: https://blogs.utmb.edu/1115/2017/11/14/dsrip-111017-anchor-notes/

Nov 06

DSRIP Anchor Update

Good afternoon,

Attached is a DY7-8 payment flow tool we developed to view how potential DY7-8 reporting and payments may work for providers. The first tab gives an overview of reporting and funding requirements, and the second tab gives an example where providers can change the data in the yellow cells to see how it might apply to them. The tool assumes that providers are reporting in the earliest eligible reporting periods based on an April 30, 2018, RHP Plan Update submission date.

As always, please let us know if you have any questions. Thanks,

Amanda Broden
Healthcare Transformation Waiver Operations
Medicaid/CHIP
amanda.broden@hhsc.state.tx.us | 512-462-6388

Permanent link to this article: https://blogs.utmb.edu/1115/2017/11/06/dsrip-anchor-update/

Oct 18

RHP2 DY6 October Reporting Webinar – Supplement to HHSC Reporting Webinars

All,

Thank you to those that attended the October DY6 reporting webinar yesterday. Please find the webinar slides attached. Also, the learning collaborative and regional meeting documents needed to complete the Core Component deliverable will be available through the RHP 2 website https://www.utmb.edu/1115/ by the end of this week.

Do not hesitate to reach out with any and all questions.

Thank you,

Andrew T. Herndon, MHA, CSSGB
Senior Management Analyst
Waiver Operations
Office of the President
UTMB Health

301 University Blvd. Galveston, TX 77555-0985
Office: 409-766-4044 Cell: 979-204-8526
Fax: 409-747-0896 atherndo@utmb.edu

Permanent link to this article: https://blogs.utmb.edu/1115/2017/10/18/rhp2-dy6-october-reporting-webinar-supplement-to-hhsc-reporting-webinars/

Oct 18

RHP 2 DSRIP: 10/13/17 Anchor Notes

Good afternoon Region 2,

Below please find the notes from the Anchor call that HHSC conducted on Friday.
Anchor Notes
MPT Instructions
Calculator for MPT
DSRIP Draft Category C Measure Specifications

The following items are of special interest:

October Reporting:
• All RHP 2 performing providers who are reporting in the DY6 October cycle should have received an email from HHSC entitled “October DY6 DSRIP Reporting and Hurricane Harvey Reporting Exceptions”, which included a large (5MB) excel template.
o If you did not receive this email and are eligible to report now, please let the Anchor team know and we’ll get the template over to you.
o If your organization chooses to utilize HHSC’s offer of provisional approval of metrics due to the storm, that template is to be completed and submitted back to HHSC via the mailbox (TXHealthcareTransformation@hhsc.state.tx.us) by Tuesday, October 31st – this file is not to be uploaded into the online reporting tool.
o The template shows at the individual metric level what accommodations may be available.
o If you are not requesting to use the provisional approvals, no action is necessary.
o As a courtesy, if you choose to submit the template to request the provisional approvals, please copy me (smseiden@utmb.edu) so that our office has a record of the request as well.
• Reminder: HHSC’s cut-off dates for questions are as follows:
o Category 1, 2 and 4: Wednesday, October 25th
o Category 3: Friday, October 20th
• Please see page 2 of the Anchor notes regarding formatting issues in the Sustainability template needed to complete your M-4.1 deliverables. HHSC has uploaded the corrected template to the online reporting tool (it will say Version 2 at the top), though they did not change the revision date in the bulletin board list of available files. If you have downloaded the template already and are not seeing any issues, you are free to continue to use that one.
• Please also see page 2 of the Anchor notes regarding a glitch in the Category 3 template. Some providers in the state have been getting errors in the calculated achievement percentage when they populated the numerator and denominator. As of now, HHSC has not uploaded the corrected template. If you have already started and your calculations appear correct, you are free to continue to utilize the version of the template you currently are using. HHSC has said that they will attempt to notify directly those providers who appear to be impacted by this error.

Compliance Monitoring:
• Notifications on new Category 1, 2 and 3 efforts for compliance review by Myers & Stauffer LC (MSLC) will be issued shortly. MSLC is aware that providers are not to be asked to deliver any compliance-related responses until the DY6 October reporting cycle closes.

Waiver Renewal:
• HHSC stated that the negotiations with CMS are ongoing.
• The feedback window regarding Category C now closes on Monday, November 6th. The links (one for the introduction, 23 for the hospital and physician practice, one for local health departments and one for community mental health centers) are in the attached email.
• HHSC has added a Minimum Point Threshold calculator to the online tool; that Excel file and its accompanying PDF are attached for your convenience.

Susan Seidensticker, BSIE, MSHAI, CPHQ, CSSBB, PMP
Director, Waiver Quality Operations
University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB)
Shearn Moody, 9th Floor
409-766-4041
smseiden@utmb.edu

Permanent link to this article: https://blogs.utmb.edu/1115/2017/10/18/rhp-2-dsrip-101317-anchor-notes/

Oct 17

HHSC Template Changes and Errors for DY6 October Reporting

RHP 2,

The DRAFT anchor notes were just sent out for today’s anchor call and several DY6 October Reporting template changes and errors that HHSC has identified are explained in the notes. We will send out the finalized Anchor Notes once we receive them from HHSC. Please see the changes and error details below:

1. For QPI: MSLC validated changes that were incorporated into the data seeding of the October DY6 template only include date changes for applicable carryforward metrics or changes to the pre-DSRIP baseline. These are the only elements that impact current reporting. Do not expect to see changes in the reported achievement numbers in the template.

2. For the sustainability template, the initial template had some sizing quirks that have been addressed in an updated version. If you find that you cannot see checkboxes or drop-down menus, please download the most recent version of the Sustainability Planning Template from the Online Reporting System bulletin board. We have pulled the old version down from the website in order to maintain version control.

3. HHSC just found an issue with the Category 3 October DY6 reporting template that affects the calculation of DY6 achievement for some projects. We will be issuing a corrected template very soon. If a provider has not already completed the Category 3 reporting template, please wait until next week to download the template just to give us time to make sure we’ve got the issue resolved. We will also send an email to providers we have identified that will be affected by this issue. If we discover an error in a template that has already been completed we will work with the provider to correct it.

4. HHSC plans to have a Cat 3 Template for the NMI period that will be different than the Cat 3 Template for the primary reporting period. Providers must submit the Cat 3 NMI Template during the NMI period. They cannot submit general reporting period template during the NMI period.

Please reach out with any questions.

Thank you,

Andrew T. Herndon, MHA, CSSGB
Senior Management Analyst
Waiver Operations
Office of the President
UTMB Health

301 University Blvd. Galveston, TX 77555-0985
Office: 409-766-4044 Cell: 979-204-8526
Fax: 409-747-0896 atherndo@utmb.edu

Permanent link to this article: https://blogs.utmb.edu/1115/2017/10/17/hhsc-template-changes-and-errors-for-dy6-october-reporting/