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2012 Summit - Austin, Texas

Texas Health Policy Summit

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Hyatt Regency Hotel

Austin, Texas


Summit Summary:

On October 4, 2012, nearly one hundred stakeholders from across Texas gathered at the Hyatt Regency in Austin for Achieving the Triple Aim through Integrated Health Care: A Texas Policy Summit. The summit was held in conjunction with the 14th Annual Conference of the Collaborative Family Health Care Association (CFHA). Through the 1115 Medicaid Transformation Waiver, Texas was divided into 20 regional health partnerships (RHPs), each charged with planning for health care delivery best suited to their communities. Representatives from 17 of the RHPs attended, along with health advocates, state agency staff, members of the academic community and legislative staff members.

The purpose of the summit was to engage key stakeholders and RHP representatives in Texas with national experts in a discussion about how integrated health care can play a key role in delivering services through the 1115 Transformation Waiver. The waiver’s objective is to reach the triple aim: increased quality, improved customer satisfaction, and decreased costs. Participants were treated to expert presentations and productive dialogue focused on the role that integrated health care can play in realizing the triple aim.

Chris Traylor, Chief Deputy Director of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, welcomed guests and commended the hard work involved in preparing for waiver implementation. Ben Miller, president of the CFHA board of directors, introduced the organization and affirmed CFHA’s commitment to advancing integrated care in Texas and throughout the country.

The morning agenda featured presentations from national experts who made the case that integrated health care can and should be an essential piece of each region’s waiver plan. Participants learned that—from both a clinical and financial perspective—integrated health care results in better outcomes. Approaches to setting metrics and measuring outcomes were brought to light as important ways to demonstrate the effectiveness of integrated services. Finally, experts discussed the vital role of training and education in the existing and bourgeoning integrated health care workforce.

During lunch, participants heard an 1115 Waiver survival story from Sandra Naylor Goodwin—a key figure in California’s waiver implementation. Goodwin echoed the morning’s message about the effective and shared lessons learned from her experience.

The afternoon started with a powerful presentation on building recovery-oriented systems of care with the help of certified peer specialists and recovery coaches. Understanding the often complex nature of merging organizational structures and cultures, experts discussed the importance of learning to "play in the sandbox” with regional partners.

In the last segment of the day, participants had the opportunity to pick the brains of our expert presenters through technical assistance table talks. Experts staffed tables on topics such as financing and sustaining integrated health care, measuring outcomes, planning for training and education, and expanding the workforce to include peer support and recovery coaching. Rich dialogue was exchanged about the nuts and bolts of building an integrated project, delivering integrated services, and sustaining a robust integrated health care system.

Meagan Longley, CFHA Policy Fellow, is considering all the themes that emerged from this summit and those collected from the participant evaluations and will be continuing conversations with regional health partnerships and key stakeholder organizations. Participants of the summit will receive updates, offers for continued technical assistance, and may be called upon to re-convene or provide information to support ongoing efforts to encourage the adoption of integrated health care practices.


Important Resources

Policy Summit Agenda

Anchor List

IHC Workgroup Report

Powerpoint Presentations

Participant List


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What We Do

CFHA is a member-based, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to making integrated behavioral and physical health the standard of care nationally. CFHA achieves this by organizing the integrated care community, providing expert technical assistance and producing educational content.