Welcome to RHP 9 – Transforming Healthcare Now 

Waiver Information


  • Medicaid 1115 Waiver renewed October 1, 2017 – September 30, 2022. Information on the existing waiver details and transition plans can be found at the Texas Health & Human Services Waiver Renewal.
  •  Click here to reivew the updated RHP 9 Plan for demonstration years DY9-10. 
  •  Aligns with the Triple Aim of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS): Improve the experience of care, Improve the health of populations, and Reduce the per capita costs of healthcare without compromising quality.
  • Creation of Regional Healthcare Partnerships (RHP) that support coordinated, efficient delivery of quality care, and a plan for system transformation that is driven by the needs of the community.
  • Provides incentive payments for quality improvement and healthcare delivery system reform

Quick Facts on RHP 9:      

  • 3 Counties: Dallas, Denton, & Kaufman
  • 2,530 square miles
  • Population of 3.1 million
  • 40% are low income
  • 22 providers participating in Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) projects
  • Needs assessment: Gaps in access, behavioral health, and overall care coordination.



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2020 RHP 9, 10, & 18 Collaborative Connections – Impacting Care

Hurst Conference Center, 1601 Campus Drive Hurst, TX 7605


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Making a Difference

Some quick updates from HHSC:
  • Reminder:  HHSC will be on limited staff tomorrow, Friday, June 19th. 
  • CAT C:  NMI Template has been posted on the DSRIP Online Reporting Site (Also attached)
    • NMI Templates should only be submitted for: 
      • Measures that received an NMI during DY9R1 Initial reporting review, or
      • Cat C measures that requested provisional approval during DY9R1 initial reporting
      • DUE:  Friday, July 17, 2020 by 11:59 pm
  • Approved Payment Files:
    • Attached payment summary files by CAT B-D and CAT C milestones
    • Includes amounts approved for payment for DY7, DY8, and DY9 (dependent on transferred IGT)
    • Category C Milestone Summary file:  Approved for payment for CAT C DY7, DY8, DY9
    • Rate Analysis sent out IGT notifications with the amounts due by affiliation and IGT Entity yesterday, Wednesday, June 17th to Anchors and IGT Entities
    • Wednesday, July 1, 2020:  IGT is due
    • July 2020 is the final opportunity to submit IGT for DY7 payments, any unpaid DY7 payments will be forfeited after July 2020
A few updates from HHSC:
  • HHSC: A limited number of staff will be working on Friday, June 19th – Juneteenth. 
  • COVID-19 Updates:  You should have received an email from Christina Mintner yesterday with information on the concessions/changes that HHSC is proposing to CMS.
    • Review the documents (attached here again) for summary and details associated with the proposed changes.
      • CAT B:  MLIU Patient Population by Provider
        • encounters to include patient telephone calls
        • Adjust the allowable variation
      • CAT C:  Measure Bundles and Measures
        • Broken out by Continuing and Newly-Selected for DYY 9 & 10
        • Payment to be decided based on the highest of three options after reporting is completed, please see attached documents for details.
        • To be eligible for payment performing providers must report on measure performance for the corresponding PY years and ongoing quality improvement activities in the Core Activities reporting for DY9-10
    • Stakeholders may submit feedback until Friday, June 26, 2020 to HHSC Texas Healthcare Transformation and Quality Improvement Program Box:  TXHealthcareTransformation@hhsc.state.tx.us
  • DY9 R1 (April) Reporting Results
    • Reporting Results and NMI’s were distributed to providers by HHSC on Thursday, June 11th.
    • CONGRATULATIONS:  RHP 9 did not have any NMIs for April Reporting
      • However, check for any notes or TA requests in your summary report.  Respond accordingly and  HHSC will be reaching out to discuss identified TAs.
    • Provisionally Approved Measures:
      • CAT C:  Can be reported during the NMI period
      • CAT D:  Do not report in NMI period – report in October 2020-DY 9 R2 using the CAT D template
    • June 13, 2020 – Additional (NMI) reporting period opens
    • June 17, 2020 – Estimated date for Rate Analysis to send IGT notification
    • July 2, 2020 – IGT settlement date for April reporting
    • July 17, 2020, 11:59 pm – Due date for providers to submit responses to HHSC requests for additional information (NMI requests) on April reported SAR requirements and reported Category B-D milestones/metrics achievement
    • July 17, 2020 – April reporting DY9 DSRIP payments processed for transferring hospitals
    • July 31, 2020 – April reporting DY7 and DY8 DSRIP payments for all providers and DY9 DSRIP payments processed for providers that were not paid on July 17, 2020
    • August 21, 2020 – HHSC and CMS will approve or deny the additional information submitted in response to HHSC comments on April reported milestone/metric achievement.
  • Compliance Monitoring Update – Myers & Stauffer
    • Have received 96% of the measures for rounds 1a and 1b
    • Results for 1a reviews – Providers should be receiving results – review and work with MSLC to complete review
  • DSRIP Transition:
    • HHSC continues to make progress on milestone work, analysis, and new program proposals:  No Updates at this time.
    • Best Practice Workgroup:  HHSC is analyzing results of Survey 2: Prioritizing Key Practices and hopes to share with the workgroup next week.
  • Texas A&M SURVEY of DSRIP Providers:
    • Your should have received a survey request from Texas A&M  on th 1115 Waiver evaluation.  This is part of the requirements for HHSC to have an independent assessment of the program done.  This is very similar to the one we completed for Waiver 1.0 that was published in 2017.  If you received it, please take the 30-60 minutes to complete.
RHP 9 Updates:
  • Learning Collaborative:
    • The Collaborative Connections – Impacting Care: RHP 9, 10, & 18 Learning Collaborative Event has been canceled for this year.  We hope to be able to schedule our face-to-face event in 2021.  
    • JULY/AUGUST- Virtual Learning Events.  The Learning Collaborative Team is in the process of developing multiple 1 hour virtual/WebEx learning collaborative events that will take place in late July and in August to provide you with opportunities to attend a DY9 learning collaborative events.  Stay tuned for more information coming soon.
  • RHP 9 Website:  http://texasrhp9.com/main/home.aspx
    • We are working on updating the RHP 9 Website:

o   Success Stories: If you have any DSRIP success stories you would like shared on our RHP 9 website, please send them along and Charles and I will get them posted. 

o   Resource Documents/Links:  If you have any documents and or links to DSRIP related services you provide that you would like shared as part of community resources, please send them along and they will be reviewed and added to the site under our Learning Collaborative resource page.

COVID-19 Updates
  • In response to COVID-19 impacts, the DSRIP team is requesting flexibilities for CY 2020 measurements. We will keep you informed as we get approvals. Please continue to share any new challenges you may be facing with measurement and performance. HHSC is particularly interested in understanding concerns with longer term impacts to the delivery system and its impact on performance for specific measures. 
  • Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) released a new program to allow providers to get reimbursed for COVID-19 testing and treatment of the uninsured. See the announcement: https://www.hrsa.gov/coviduninsuredclaim 
  • Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar renewed the public health emergency (PHE) on April 21, 2020, effective April 26, 2020, see renewal here: https://www.phe.gov/emergency/news/healthactions/phe/Pages/covid19-21apr2020.aspxThis extends the PHE for 90 days into July. Unless Secretary Azar terminates the declaration before July 1, 2020, the enhanced FMAP of 67.09%/State Share of 32.91%, as allowed under the Families First Coronavirus Act, will be applied to July DSRIP payments.  
  • As mentioned in the announcement from HHSC’s Rate Analysis Department (https://rad.hhs.texas.gov/hospitals-clinic-services), HHSC will apply any IGT that was collected in excess for the January payment towards the IGT call that will occur for July payments. See attachment for the excess IGT from January by RHP and IGT Entity.