Public Meeting to Discuss Healthcare Improvement Projects

November 01, 2012

Hospitals and other healthcare providers from throughout 20 South Texas counties are working together on a plan with more than 70 proposed projects aimed at improving the quality of medical care and the health of families in our area. And at a gathering in San Antonio next week, the public can learn about the plan and comment on those projects before they’re submitted to state and federal health officials for approval.

The meeting will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, November 7 at the La Quinta Inn & Suites San Antonio Medical Center, 4431 Horizon Hill Blvd.

The projects would be funded under one part of the state’s Medicaid waiver, approved by the federal government in December under Section 1115 of the Social Security Act. Under the terms of the waiver, federal funds will be available over the next four years to fund projects within the 20 counties that make up Regional Healthcare Partnership 6. Those include Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Comal, Dimmit, Edwards, Frio, Gillespie, Guadalupe, Kendall, Kerr, Kinney, La Salle, McMullen, Medina, Real, Uvalde, Val Verde, Wilson and Zavala counties.

Four categories of projects are eligible for funding under the waiver: infrastructure development, program innovation and redesign, quality improvements and population-focused improvements.

University Health System, which is hosting the public meeting, serves as anchor for the region. The meeting will highlight the first round of projects proposed for funding under the waiver. A second round of projects is being finalized. The final plan is due to the Texas Department of Health and Human Services on December 31.

Comments are invited at the hearing and can also be submitted online.

Additional information is available on the Regional Healthcare Partnership 6. For questions about the meeting or to reserve a seat, contact Sylvia Garcia at 210-358-0674 or Sylvia.garcia2@uhs-sa.com.