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Texas A&M: Receives in Excess of $5 Million to Serve as Statewide Evaluator of Medicaid Waiver Program

The renewal of the Texas Healthcare Transformation and Quality Improvement Program Demonstration Waiver by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has led the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to once again seek the expertise of the Texas A&M School of Public Health to serve as statewide evaluator, awarding funding in excess of $5 million dollars.

Dr. Hye-Chung Kum and Dr. Robert Ohsfeldt of the School of Public Health, led the first evaluation of the Waiver program from 2011-2016. They will be joined by Dr. David Washburn, a School of Public Health expert in underserved populations and global health, and Dr. Eva Shipp, of the Texas A&M Transportation Institute to lead this newly- funded evaluation of the renewed Waiver Program.

The Healthcare Transformation and Quality Improvement Program Demonstration Waiver aims to improve access to health care, increase the quality of care, and reduce costs of care in three ways: by expanding the Medicaid Managed Care, revising the Uncompensated Care system, and creating a Delivery System Reform Incentive Pool.

The research team will focus on how different components of the Demonstration Wavier project impact the three dimensions of health care — access, quality, and cost — on the Medicaid and low-income uninsured population in Texas. The evaluation will conduct analyses of a variety of health related databases, develop and conduct surveys, including a social network analysis component, with Delivery System Reform Incentive Pool providers and managed care organizations. The evaluation will provide many opportunities for students to learn about population health, data science, stakeholder engagement, and evaluation research. At the conclusion, stakeholder workshops will be held to discuss the project findings.

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