Healthcare partnerships

Following federal approval for a waiver that allows Texas to provide cost-saving Medicaid improvements, the Texas A&M Health Science Center (TAMHSC)has taken a leading role in two of the state’s new regional healthcare partnerships (RHPs)—one in Central Texas, the other in the Brazos Valley area. Each partnership must submit a regional health care plan to participate in the waiver.

On Dec. 12, the plan for RHP 8 (Bell, Blanco, Burnet, Lampasas, Llano, Milam, Mills, San Saba and Williamson counties) was signed and certified at the TAMHSC Round Rock Campus, then submitted to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission for formal review and approval.

Pictured in the Dec. 12 signing are, from (front row, l-r) Cynthia Guerrero, Williamson Cities and Counties Health Department (WCCHD); Anita Martinez, WCCHD; Janice Ehlert, TAMHSC; Lindsay Pollok TAMHSC; Jeff Madison, Little River Healthcare; Dr. Lee Ann Ray, TAMHSC; (second row) Dr. Chip Riggins, WCCHD; Cynthia Long, Williamson County Commissioner; Terry Browning, Rockdale Hospital District; George DeReese, Little River Healthcare; (third row) Bride Roberts, WCCHD; Kathy Pierce, Williamson County; (back row) Eldon Tietje, Central County Services; Bonnie Scurzi, Bell County Public Health District; Rita Kelley, Bell County; Carol Ellis, Burnet County.


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