To DCMS Members:
The Board of Directors of the Dallas County Medical Society want to make you aware of a serious matter involving the society's planned expansion of Project Access Dallas and the four private hospital systems. For almost a year, DCMS has been actively participating in the creation of a new regional health partnership plan as part of the State of Texas' 1115 Medicaid Waiver. This waiver is significant as it seeks to transform care of the uninsured from a hospital focused setting to more affordable outpatient settings. Throughout the year, DCMS had been lead to believe that consensus existed between the four systems and DCMS based upon each major system selecting our project, known as My Medical Home, as their top priority in the new plan. With plans in place and the documents ready to be transmitted to the State of Texas next week, we were informed by the hospitals that they had made significant changes to the funding models. These changes jeopardize DCMS' proposal and our ability to expand Project Access under the Waiver. DCMS President, Rick Snyder, MD made this statement at a public hearing on Wednesday, November 7. The DCMS Board is committed to strongly representing physicians who provide care to the uninsured. It is our belief that through Project Access Dallas or any other program under the 1115 Waiver, physicians must be treated fairly and as equals with the hospitals. We encourage you to visit the DCMS Website page devoted to this topic. Please visit http://www.dallas-cms.org/waiver.cfm for a complete set of resources on the topic.