Forum on Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP)

Planning for Medi-Cal's Future

About This Event

As part of the Medi-Cal Bridge to Reform Waiver, California created the nation’s first Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program four years ago to better integrate and organize care delivery in public hospital systems, and to improve patient health outcomes. California’s DSRIP program provides up to $3.3 billion in federal incentives for public hospital systems to vastly expand quality improvement initiatives. Since then, the US Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved DSRIP programs in six other states.

April 2015 Update

Now posted here are a two-page summary of the discussion at this forum along with the final version of A Review of Select State DSRIP Programs and Implications for California’s Medi-Cal 1115 Waiver Renewal. Both are available as Document Downloads.

The California Health Care Foundation (CHCF), Blue Shield of California Foundation (BSCF), and the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) hosted a half-day forum on the future of California’s DSRIP. The forum gathered experts from California and other states with DSRIP programs to discuss differences in design, identify lessons learned, and foster new insights and ideas as California redesigns its program.

A two-part recording of the forum and the presentation slides are available below.



Welcome and Introductions

  • Chris Perrone, director, Health Reform and Public Programs Initiative, CHCF
  • Toby Douglas, director, DHCS

Overview of California’s DSRIP

  • David Lown, MD, chief medical officer, Safety Net Institute, California Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems (CAPH)

DSRIP in Other States

  • Peter Harbage, president, Harbage Consulting

Other States Panel (moderator: Peter Harbage)

  • New York: Nirav R. Shah, MD, MPH, senior vice president and chief operating officer, Kaiser Permanente Southern California and former New York State Commissioner of Health
  • Massachusetts: Tom Traylor, vice president, Boston Medical Center and board member, America’s Essential Hospitals
  • Texas: Billy Millwee, managing principal, Sellers Dorsey; former deputy executive commissioner, Texas Health and Human Services Commission; former director, Texas Medicaid

California Panel (moderator: Lisa Chan, director of policy and operations, Harbage Consulting)

  • Erica Murray, president and CEO, CAPH
  • Neal D. Kohatsu, MD, MPH, medical director, DHCS

Reactor Panel

  • Mitchell H. Katz, MD, director, Los Angeles County Department of Health Services
  • William Barcellona, senior vice president for government affairs, California Association of Physician Groups
  • Terry J. Leach, RN, Esq., independent health policy and health care delivery transformation consultant and retired executive director, University of California Center for Health Quality and Innovation
  • Allen Miller, MPH, CEO, COPE Health Solutions

Closing Remarks

  • Richard Thomason, director, health care and coverage, BSCF

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