John B. Scott Leaving the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, Returning to Private Sector

Texas Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Chris Traylor today announced John Scott is stepping down as chief operating officer of The Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC). Scott joined HHSC in January, where he served as the chief architect behind the agency's internal ethics and contracting reform. He will return to the private sector, where he is known as one of the top civil litigation attorneys in Texas history.[Read news release]Visit us at Garlo Ward, PC … [Read more...]

Phone Scam Targeting HHSC Clients

 HHSC is warning the public about a scam involving a toll-free number no longer owned by HHSC. People who call the number, 1-800-248-1078, are offered gift cards or other rewards in exchange for their credit card information.HHSC never asks for credit card information over the phone.HHSC is asking its stakeholders to warn people they work with not to call the outdated number. Anyone who has given their credit card information over the phone while talking to someone who claims to be from HHSC … [Read more...]

State Launches New Website to Help Children with Disabilities and Special Health Care Needs

 The Interagency Task Force for Children with Special Needs, supported by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, has launched a new website — NavigateLifeTexas.org — to help families who have children with disabilities and special health care needs. The site is available in English and Spanish. More on the new website. Visit us at Garlo Ward, PC … [Read more...]

Texas HHSC – Healthcare Partnerships

Tools and Guidelines for Regional Healthcare Partnership Participants3-Year Project Change Requests for DY5 (Plan Modification Requests and Technical Change Requests)Please find links below to the 3-Year Project Change Request files.  If you have difficulty downloading the Change Request Form (CRF), please try using a browser other than Internet Explorer.3-Year Project Change Request Companion Document (PDF) (6/29/15)3- Change Request Form (CRF) (updated 6/29/15)3-Year Project Change Request … [Read more...]

HHSC – Learning Collaborative Summit

HHSC has posted information on the August 27th - 28th Statewide Learning Collaborative Summit, including the livestream link and agenda, on the Dates and Deadlines page. Visit us at Garlo Ward, PC … [Read more...]

ICF/IID – Reimbursement Rates Effective September 1, 2015 – ACTION REQUIRED

Rider 40 of the 2016-2017 General Appropriations Act (Article II, House Bill 1, 84th Legislature, Regular Session, 2015) appropriated funds for rate increases non-state Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with an Intellectual Disability or Related Conditions (ICF/IID) program. The new reimbursement rates are included in this letter as Attachment 1. As a part of the appropriations, Rider 40 requires HHSC to establish a system of spending accountability that ensures each ICF/IID provider … [Read more...]

ICF-MR – Reimbursement Rates Effective September 1, 2015 – ACTION REQUIRED

Rider 40 of the 2016-2017 General Appropriations Act (Article II, House Bill 1, 84th Legislature, Regular Session, 2015) appropriated funds for rate increases non-state Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with an Intellectual Disability or Related Conditions (ICF/IID) program. The new reimbursement rates are included in this letter as Attachment 1. As a part of the appropriations, Rider 40 requires HHSC to establish a system of spending accountability that ensures each ICF/IID provider … [Read more...]

Amendments to Title 40 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 30

§30.14, Certification of Terminal Illness and Record MaintenanceThe purpose of this letter is to inform Hospice providers of amendments made to Title 40 Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Chapter 30, §30.14, Certification of Terminal Illness and Record Maintenance, that became effective on April 29, 2015. The purpose of the amendments is to align the TAC rules with the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 42, §418.22 requirements. Please review these changes carefully.40 TAC §30.14(a)(2) Periods of … [Read more...]

Use of Nonspecific International Classification of Diseases Codes and Changes to the Texas Medicaid & Healthcare Partnership Online Portal Concerning Principal Hospice Diagnoses

Information Letter 14-51, dated September 30, 2014, notified Medicaid Hospice providers that the nonspecific International Classification of Diseases (ICD) diagnosis codes for “debility” or “adult failure to thrive” were no longer acceptable as a principal diagnosis on Form 3071, Individual Election/Cancellation/Update, for Medicaid hospice election. The August 7, 2013, issue of the Federal Register published the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) final rule titled: Medicare … [Read more...]

HHSC Survey

As the state’s health and human services system prepares for legislatively-directed reorganization, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission and other HHS agencies are looking for ways to improve their websites. You can help inform this process by taking a short online survey where you’ll answer questions about your experience with the HHSC website (www.hhsc.state.tx.us). The survey will be open through August 18. Visit us at Garlo Ward, PC … [Read more...]