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...]

Consumer Directed Services Budget Workbook Revisions to Accommodate Rate Changes for the CBA Program

The purpose of the letter is to provide direction to Financial Management Services Agencies (FMSAs) on updating Consumer Directed Services (CDS) employers’ budgets to accommodate the new payment rate, effective March 1, 2014, for Community Based Alternatives (CBA) Personal Assistance Services (PAS). The Health and Human Services Commission approved rate can be found in Information Letter No. 14- 16. The rate change for CBA PAS requires a service authorization change. By May 30, 2014, the … [Read more...]

RUG Reviews: The Exit Conference

http://youtu.be/aZNMNvHJYgc     At the conclusion of the onsite review, the HHSC-OIG nurse reviewer must hold an exit conference with the nursing staff.  The Administrator, DON, charge nurse and other leadership of the facility should attend in order to gain a full understanding of the findings by the nurse reviewer. The nurse reviewer is mandated to provide “formal written notification of all MDS validation findings during the exit process.”   You will receive a “List of … [Read more...]

The Return of Debtor’s Prisons

As this article states, Debtors Prisons were abolished in America in the 1800's. Collection companies are now using courts as their personal debt collection agencies by having debtors thrown in jail based on contempt charges for missing hearings. The rub? The collection companies are effecting this by failing to give debtors notice of the hearings! The question I have? WHY AREN'T THE JUDGES SUFFICIENTLY VETTING THE NOTICE ISSUE?! One solution? We have elections coming up. Find out … [Read more...]

The Death of Your Financial Privacy

It died with the passage of the $17.5 billion Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act (H.R. 2487). Provision requires that foreign banks not only withhold 30% of all outgoing capital flows (likely remitting the collection promptly back to the US Treasury) but also disclose the full details of non-exempt account-holders to the US and the IRS. And should this provision be deemed illegal by a given foreign nation's domestic laws (think Switzerland), well the foreign financial institution is … [Read more...]