A new Medicaid 1115 Waiver for Texas has been approved. Worth approximately $25 billion through 2022, the new Waiver includes different terms and conditions that will change hospitals’ supplemental payments. While maintaining significant funding for uncompensated care and Delivery System Reform Incentive Payments, the new Waiver requires two major changes:
Texas will receive uncompensated care funding through Sept. 30, 2022. The size of the UC pool will be determined solely by hospital charity care provided to the uninsured, but UC payments can be distributed among all qualifying providers, including non-hospital providers whose costs are not counted in the size of the UC pool. Federal UC funds for 2018-2022 are as follows.
Under the terms of the new Waiver, CMS will temporarily continue DSRIP funding. However, funding is phased down to zero over the five years. THHSC must submit a draft plan for CMS' approval that outlines the transition from DSRIP to sustainable delivery system reforms that do not require DSRIP funding.
Additional details are available from THA's recent
In September 2014, CMS notified THHSC that it was deferring $74 million in federal Medicaid funds tied to private hospital uncompensated care payments from 2013 under the Waiver. While it did not accept the financial arrangement, CMS ultimately released the deferral in January 2015 and stated its willingness to work with THHSC before making a final determination.
In May 2015, THHSC and CMS revisited the issue, and shortly thereafter, CMS agreed that if changes to private hospital funding were required following the discussions, Texas would have until Sept. 1, 2017 to transition to other funding mechanisms without risk of disallowance on the same grounds as the 2014 deferral. Discussions concluded in September 2015 without CMS’ authorization of the private hospital funding arrangement in question.
In September 2016, CMS issued another disallowance notice to THHSC stating that$27 million in federal uncompensated care payments were being disallowed because they constituted “impermissible provider donations.” THHSC is appealing that decision.
John Hawkins, senior vice president, advocacy and public policy, 512/465-1505
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