As directed by Senate Bill 7(82nd Legislature, 1st Called Session). The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) submitted an 1115 demonstration waiver. In December, 2011 the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved the Healthcare Transformation and Quality Improvement Program 1115 demonstration waiver.
This waiver aims to:
- Improve quality, health status, patient experience, cost effectiveness and coordination of care
- Increase access to quality behavioral health services
The waiver will be in effect through September 2016.
Fort Bend County Commissioners Court and the 1115 Waiver
Fort Bend County Commissioners Court approved the submission of project proposals to HHSC/CMS, which resulted in the primary care and behavioral health projects currently in place.
Regional Planning, Local Collaboration for Health Care
The waiver contains provisions that require public hospitals and other local stakeholders to establish Regional Health Partnerships (RHPs) throughout the state and identify anchors to serve as the coordinating point for developing regional health plans and submitting them to HHSC. RHPs are comprised of public and private hospitals and participating health care providers. These RHPs will each write a regional plan that will identify and address areas for improvement and innovation in the health care delivery system.
Based on community needs, the regional plan will include efficient and effective local solutions designed to reduce costs and improve outcomes. The plans will serve as vehicles for receiving new federal funding as incentive payments for local projects.
Fort Bend County: Region 3
HHSC has identified Fort Bend County as part of Region 3; Southeast Texas. This region includes Matagorda, Wharton, Harris, Chambers, Fort Bend, Colorado, Calhoun, Austin and Waller counties.
Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Projects
The following is a comprehensive listing of Fort Bend County’s projects:
- Care Coordination
- Colonoscopy Screening
- Community Paramedic
- Crisis Intervention Team (CIT)
- Expanded Hours of Service
- Juvenile Diversion
- Recovery and Reintegration
- Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)
Who are our Partners?
- AccessHealth, Federally Qualified Health Center
- OakBend Medical Center
- Memorial Hermann Hospital System
- Texana Center
- Fort Bend Regional Council on Substance Abuse, Inc.
- Hope Through Grace
- Parks Youth Ranch
- National Alliance on Mental Illness
- Mental Health America- Fort Bend
- MD Anderson Cancer Center
- The George Foundation
- Rose B Johnson Colon Cancer Awareness Foundation
- Recovery is Possible
- Isensee Foundation for Safe Police Response
- Houston Methodist
- Fort Bend County Agencies/Offices
- Health and Human Services, which includes:
- Sheriff’s Office
Note: Our partner mix may change as we move forward with the 1115 Waiver projects.
Visit the Southeast Texas Regional website, http://www.setexasrhp.com, for a comprehensive listing of regional projects.