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TITLE 1ADMINISTRATION
PART 15TEXAS HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES COMMISSION
CHAPTER 353MEDICAID MANAGED CARE
SUBCHAPTER ODELIVERY SYSTEM AND PROVIDER PAYMENT INITIATIVES
RULE §353.1309Texas Incentives for Physicians and Professional Services

(a) Introduction. This section establishes the Texas Incentives for Physicians and Professional Services (TIPPS) program. TIPPS is designed to incentivize physicians and certain medical professionals to improve quality, access, and innovation in the provision of medical services to Medicaid recipients through the use of metrics that are expected to advance at least one of the goals and objectives of the state's managed care quality strategy.

(b) Definitions. The following definitions apply when the terms are used in this section. Terms that are used in this section may be defined in §353.1301 of this subchapter (relating to General Provisions) or §353.1311 of this subchapter (relating to Quality Metrics for the Texas Incentives for Physicians and Professional Services Program).

  (1) Health Related Institution (HRI) physician group--A network physician group owned or operated by an institution named in Texas Education Code §63.002.

  (2) Indirect Medical Education (IME) physician group--A network physician group contracted with, owned, or operated by a hospital receiving either a medical education add-on or a teaching medical education add-on as described in §355.8052 of this title (relating to Inpatient Hospital Reimbursement) for which the hospital is assigned or retains billing rights for the physician group.

  (3) Intergovernmental Transfer (IGT) Notification--Notice and directions regarding how and when IGTs should be made in support of the program.

  (4) Network physician group--A physician group located in the state of Texas that has a contract with a Managed Care Organization (MCO) for the delivery of Medicaid-covered benefits to the MCO's enrollees.

  (5) Network status--A provider's network status with a contracted MCO, as determined by the national provider identification (NPI) number and Plan Code combination.

  (6) Other physician group--A network physician group other than those specified under paragraphs (1) and (2) of this subsection.

  (7) Plan code--A unique 2-digit alphanumeric code established by HHSC denoting the individual managed care organization, program, and service delivery area.

  (8) Program period--A period of time for which an eligible and enrolled physician group may receive the TIPPS amounts described in this section. Each TIPPS program period is equal to a state fiscal year beginning September 1 and ending August 31 of the following year.

  (9) Suggested IGT responsibility--Notice of potential amounts that a governmental entity may wish to consider transferring in support of the program.

  (10) Total program value--The maximum amount available under the TIPPS program for a program period, as determined by HHSC.

(c) Eligibility for participation in TIPPS. A physician group is eligible to participate in TIPPS if it complies with the requirements described in this subsection.

  (1) Physician group composition. A physician group must indicate the eligible physicians, clinics, and other locations to be considered for payment and quality measurement purposes in the application process.

  (2) Minimum volume. For program periods beginning on or before September 1, 2023, but on or after September 1, 2021, physician groups must have a minimum denominator volume of 30 Medicaid managed care patients in at least 50 percent of the quality metrics in each component to be eligible to participate in the component. For program periods beginning on or after September 1, 2024, no minimum denominator volume is required.

  (3) The physician group is:

    (A) an HRI physician group;

    (B) an IME physician group; or

    (C) any other physician group that:

      (i) can achieve the minimum volume during program periods beginning on or before September 1, 2023, but on or after September 1, 2021, as described in paragraph (2) of this subsection;

      (ii) is located in a service delivery area with at least one sponsoring governmental entity; and

      (iii) for program periods beginning on or before September 1, 2023, but on or after September 1, 2021, served at least 250 unique Medicaid managed care clients in the prior state fiscal year. For program periods beginning on or after September 1, 2024, no minimum volume is required.

(d) Data sources for historical units of service and clients served. Historical units of service are used to determine a physician group's eligibility status and the estimated distribution of TIPPS funds across enrolled physician groups.

  (1) HHSC will use encounter data and will identify encounters based upon the billing provider's NPI number and taxonomy code combination that are billed as a professional encounter only.

  (2) HHSC will use the most recently available Medicaid encounter data for a complete state fiscal year to determine the eligibility status of other physician groups for program periods beginning on or before September 1, 2023, but on or after September 1, 2021.

  (3) HHSC will use the most recently available Medicaid encounter data for a complete state fiscal year to determine distribution of TIPPS funds across eligible and enrolled physician groups.

  (4) In the event of a disaster, HHSC may use data from a different state fiscal year at HHSC's discretion.

  (5) The data used to estimate eligibility and distribution of funds will align with the data used for purposes of setting the capitated rates for managed care organizations for the same period.

  (6) HHSC will calculate the estimated rate that an average commercial payor would have paid for the same services using either data that HHSC obtains independently or data that is collected from providers through the application process described in subsection (c) of this section.

  (7) If HHSC is unable to compute an actuarially sound payment rate based on private payor information described in paragraph (6) of this subsection for any services, then those services will be removed from consideration from the TIPPS program.

  (8) All services billed and delivered at a Federally Qualified Health Center, dental services, and ambulance services are excluded from the scope of the TIPPS program.

  (9) Encounter data used to calculate payments for this program must be designated as paid status. Encounters reported as a paid status, but with zero or negative dollars as a reported paid amount will not be included in the data used to calculate payments for the TIPPS program.

  (10) If a provider with the same Tax Identification Number as the payor is being paid more than 200 percent of the Medicaid reimbursement on average for the same services in a one-year period, then a related-party-adjustment will be applied to the encounter data for those encounters. This adjustment will apply a calculated average payment rate from the rest of the provider pool to the related parties paid units of service.

(e) Conditions of Participation. As a condition of participation, all physician groups participating in TIPPS must allow for the following.

  (1) The physician group must submit a properly completed enrollment application by the due date determined by HHSC. The enrollment period will be no less than 21 calendar days, and the final date of the enrollment period will be at least nine days prior to the release of suggested IGT responsibilities.

  (2) Enrollment is conducted annually, and participants may not join the program after the enrollment period closes. Any updates to enrollment information must be submitted prior to the publication of the suggested IGT responsibilities under subsection (f)(1) of this section. For each program period, a physician group must be located in a Service Delivery Area (SDA) in which at least one sponsoring governmental entity that agrees to transfer to HHSC some or all of the non-federal share under this section is also located. An SDA is designated by HHSC for each provider, or physician group with multiple locations, based on the SDA in which the majority of a physician group's claims are billed. Services that are provided outside of a designated SDA may be included in the designated SDA.

  (3) Network status for providers for the entire program period will be determined at the time of enrollment based on the submission of documentation through the enrollment process that shows an MCO has identified the provider as having a network agreement.

  (4) The entity that bills on behalf of the physician group must certify, on a form prescribed by HHSC, that no part of any TIPPS payment will be used to pay a contingent fee nor may the entity's agreement with the physician group use a reimbursement methodology that contains any type of incentive, directly or indirectly, for inappropriately inflating, in any way, claims billed to the Medicaid program, including the physician group's receipt of TIPPS funds. The certification must be received by HHSC with the enrollment application described in paragraph (1) of this subsection.

  (5) If a provider has changed ownership in the past five years in a way that impacts eligibility for the TIPPS program, the provider must submit to HHSC, upon demand, copies of contracts it has with third parties with respect to the transfer of ownership or the management of the provider and which reference the administration of, or payment from, the TIPPS program.

  (6) Report all quality data denoted as required as a condition of participation in §353.1311(d)(1) of this subchapter.

  (7) Failure to meet any conditions of participation described in this subsection will result in the removal of the provider from the program and recoupment of all funds previously paid during the program period.

(f) Non-federal share of TIPPS payments. The non-federal share of all TIPPS payments is funded through IGTs from sponsoring governmental entities. No state general revenue is available to support TIPPS.

  (1) HHSC will communicate suggested IGT responsibilities for the program period with all TIPPS eligible and enrolled HRI physician groups and IME physician groups at least 10 calendar days prior to the IGT declaration of intent deadline. Suggested IGT responsibilities will be based on the maximum dollars available under the TIPPS program for the program period as determined by HHSC, plus eight percent; forecasted member months for the program period as determined by HHSC; and the distribution of historical Medicaid utilization across HRI physician groups and IME physician groups, plus estimated utilization for eligible and enrolled other physician groups within the same service delivery area, for the program period. HHSC will also communicate the estimated maximum revenues each eligible and enrolled physician group could earn under TIPPS for the program period with those estimates based on HHSC's suggested IGT responsibilities and an assumption that all enrolled physician groups will meet 100 percent of their quality metrics.

  (2) Sponsoring governmental entities will determine the amount of IGT they intend to transfer to HHSC for the entire program period and provide a declaration of intent to HHSC 21 business days before the first half of the IGT amount is transferred to HHSC.

    (A) The declaration of intent is a form prescribed by HHSC that includes the total amount of IGT the sponsoring governmental entity intends to transfer to HHSC.

    (B) The declaration of intent is certified to the best knowledge and belief of a person legally authorized to sign for the sponsoring governmental entity but does not bind the sponsoring governmental entity to transfer IGT.

  (3) HHSC will issue an IGT notification to specify the date that IGT is requested to be transferred no fewer than 14 business days before IGT transfers are due. Sponsoring governmental entities will transfer the first half of the IGT amount by a date determined by HHSC, but no later than June 1. Sponsoring governmental entities will transfer the second half of the IGT amount by a date determined by HHSC, but no later than December 1. HHSC will publish the IGT deadlines and all associated dates on its Internet website by March 15 of each year.

  (4) Reconciliation. HHSC will reconcile the amount of the non-federal funds actually expended under this section during each program period with the amount of funds transferred to HHSC by the sponsoring governmental entities for that same period using the methodology described in §353.1301(g) of this subchapter.

(g) TIPPS capitation rate components. TIPPS funds will be paid to Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) through three components of the managed care per member per month (PMPM) capitation rates. The MCOs' distribution of TIPPS funds to the enrolled physician groups will be based on each physician group's performance related to the quality metrics as described in §353.1311 of this subchapter. The physician group must have provided at least one Medicaid service to a Medicaid client in each reporting period to be eligible for payments.

  (1) Component One.

    (A) For program periods beginning on or before September 1, 2023, but on or after September 1, 2021, the total value of Component One will be equal to 65 percent of the total program value.

      (i) Allocation of funds across qualifying HRI and IME physician groups will be proportional, based on historical Medicaid clients served.

      (ii) Monthly payments to HRI and IME physician groups will be a uniform rate increase.

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