Governor Abbott, HHSC secure $1.1 Billion in Federal funding for nursing facilities

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Posted at 1:41 PM, Aug 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-07 14:41:43-04

Governor Abbott and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission today announced that $1.1 billion in Quality Incentive Payment Program funds have been approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to support Texas nursing facilities that provide care for individuals receiving Medicaid.

The program provides performance incentive Medicaid payments to nursing facilities that provide care for persons with Medicaid and rewards quality improvements in staffing, infection control, and other key long-term care quality indicators.

"This funding will improve the quality of care and strengthen infection controls at Texas nursing facilities," said Governor Abbott. "I thank our partners at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid for providing these critical funds."

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services approved the estimated QIPP pool size for SFY 2021 at $1.1 billion, up from $600 million in SFY 2020.

Through QIPP, Texas Medicaid managed care organizations (MCOs) receive additional funding through their monthly capitation rate from HHSC and are directed to make performance-based payment increases to nursing facilities.

As designed, eligible nursing facilities receive additional payments if they achieve progress on different quality targets.

For more information about QIPP, visit the HHSC website.