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The Texas Regional Approach to DSRIP Waivers: Success, Challenges, Sustainability

Date: Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Time: 2:00 PM ET

During this webinar, participants learned how Texas’ regional approach to delivery system incentive reform program (DSRIP) waivers fosters partnerships and increases the focus on community needs.

The session featured speakers from UT Health Northeast, in Tyler, Texas. The hospital serves as anchor for a regionally organized group of DSRIP projects – a distinguishing characteristic of the state’s waiver approach. The hospital also serves as a performing provider and an intergovernmental transfer entity that funds the nonfederal share of waiver payments.

The speakers shared their experiences, responses to challenges, and thoughts on the critical role of leadership in waiver program success. They also described how the hospital helps improve quality of life for rural and other patients in an area that encompasses 28 counties and 1.3 million people.


Jeffrey Levin , MD, MSPH
Senior Vice President for Clinical and Academic Affairs
University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler


Daniel Deslatte, MPA
Associate Vice President, Planning and Public Policy
UT Health Northeast



David Engler, PhD
Senior Vice President of Leadership and Innovation
America’s Essential Hospitals
Essential Hospitals Institute


Sarah Callahan, MHSA
Director of Performance Improvement
Essential Hospitals Engagement Network

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