Texas Policy Summit on Integrated Health Care



On Thursday, October 19, Mental Health America of Greater Houston hosted the Texas Policy Summit on Integrated Health Care focused on advancing sustainable integrated health care through value-based payment. The event, sponsored by The Meadows Foundation, was held in conjunction with the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association (CFHA) annual conference.

Joan Henneberry with Health Management Associates set the stage for the day’s discussion with a presentation providing a national perspective on value-based payment. Dr. Ellen Breckenridge with the University of Texas School of Public Health then presented on a recent study of DSRIP-funded (Medicaid 1115 Waiver) integrated care projects in community mental health centers across the state. Dr. Heidi Schwarzwald with Texas Children’s Health Plan presented on The Center for Children and Women’s model of integrated behavioral health for children and pregnant/postpartum women. Dr. Schwarzwald then joined additional presenters – Dr. Ernest Buck with Driscoll Health Plan, Lisa Kirsch with Dell Medical School, and Dr. Dawn Velligan with UT Health San Antonio – on a panel to further discuss value-based payment for integrated health care in action. Andy Vasquez with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) capped off the morning with a presentation on HHSC’s Value-Based Purchasing Roadmap.

Over lunch, attendees participated in small group discussions on legislative policy, capacity building, data-driven decision making, and transitioning from DSRIP, all with regard to value-based payment for integrated health care. The day ended with a large group discussion including input from the lunch discussion groups. Several actionable ideas emerged during the discussion. Mental Health America of Greater Houston’s Integrated Health Care Initiative will be following up with participants on next steps to build upon the work done at the policy summit.

Mental Health America of Greater Houston would like to thank The Meadows Foundation for their support of this event. We would also like to thank CFHA and Health Management Associates, as well as all presenters and planning committee members.

To read more about the information presented at the policy summit, please visit CFHA’s blog post here. For more information about MHA of Greater Houston’s ongoing work in this area, please contact Alejandra Posada at aposada@mhahouston.org.