HHSC Baseline/Outcome Teleconference Announced

The HHSC 1115 Transformation Waiver team will be holding a teleconference addressing questions related to project outcomes and baselines this Thursday, Nov. 1 from 2 – 4 pm Central time.  During this teleconference, Dr. Betsy Shenkman, our Texas Medicaid External Quality Review Organization (EQRO) quality expert, will answer emailed questions about project baselines and outcomes and then will take additional questions from teleconference participants.  


If you would like to email Dr. Shenkman a question, please send it to the waiver mailbox at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

by COB tomorrow, Wednesday, Oct. 31. Please precede your email subject line with “Baseline/outcome question” so we can easily identify your questions.


To access the teleconference:  Dial 877-331-7677. You will be placed directly into conference.


We will have many lines available, but since there is a lot of interest, we encourage you to call from a single location with other stakeholders from your region as you are able. This will ensure access for all. We look forward to receiving your questions.


HHSC Approves RHP Planning Protocol

Yesterday, HHSC received federal approval of the Regional Healthcare Partnership (RHP) Planning Protocol (DSRIP menu) for the Medicaid 1115 Transformation Waiver.  The protocol provides the menu of project areas approved by HHSC and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and options that contribute to delivery transformation and quality improvement. Only projects from this menu and performed as outlined in an HHSC- and a CMS-approved RHP Plan with corresponding measures, milestones and performance targets are eligible for payments from the DSRIP pool. The approved RHP Planning Protocol is posted on the HHSC Transformation Website.


The Program Funding and Mechanics (PFM) Protocol and the RHP Planning Protocol (DSRIP menu) serve as the basis for RHP Plan development. The PFM Protocol was approved on August 31, 2012.


HHSC also posted the final RHP Plan Template, a draft Companion document with additional instructions, and the electronic workbooks for Pass 1 Performing Providers as specified in the PFM. The Companion document includes a target timeline for RHP Plan submission for review and approval by HHSC and CMS. A final Checklist will follow later this week.

HHSC Repeat Webinar scheduled for Friday, September 28th

HHSC sincerely apologize for the technical difficulties during the RHP Planning Protocol webinar held on Tuesday. They are resolving the issues with their  vendor and will be repeating the RHP Planning Protocol webinar on Friday Sept. 28. If you are interested in participating please see the information below:


RHP Planning Protocol Webinar

Friday, Sept. 28, from 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.:

1) Go to www.webex.com

2) Click on Attend Meeting

3) Enter Meeting Number: 808 604 246 (no password necessary)

4) Call 1-800-396-3172(no password necessary)