Conference Probes Payment/Delivery Reform

    Potential models the state should consider for reforming health care payment and delivery models will be examined at the Texas State Innovation Models Initiative Conference hosted by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission Aug. 20-21 in Austin.

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) granted Texas funding to research and design multipayer payment and delivery system models to help improve health care quality while lowering costs. Potential models include:

    • Accountable care organizations or shared savings arrangements,
    • Bundled or episodic payments,
    • Medical or health homes, and
    • A combination of models.

    Texas will submit a report on potential options to CMS by the end of September. In 2014, CMS may award Texas additional funding to help underwrite implementation of the proposed models.

    Registration is free on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Action, Aug. 16, 2013

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