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...]

IL and News Alerts: 5/22 Meetings

Local Authorities and HCS: DADS informed these providers that effective April 1, 2014, an individual in the HCS program may also receive cognitive rehabilitation therapy, employment assistance, supported employment, and nursing through the CDS option. (Letter) --  DADS will hold a Region 5 NF provider meeting on Thursday, May 22, 2014, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Angelina College 3500 S. 1st Street, Lufkin. You may register here. --  DADS will hold a Region 5 ALF and ADC provider on … [Read more...]

DADS News Alerts: 2/20 Webinar Reminder

--  DADS issued a warning to ADC Facility, ALF, In-patient Hospice, ICF/IID, and Nursing Facility providers to discontinue using Uncle Ben's infused rice products until further notice due to an outbreak of illnesses. --  DADS is now offering HCSSA joint training classes in Corpus Christie in February and March. --  The PowerPoint for the CLASS webinar that took place on October 15, 2013 has been posted on the CLASS web site. -- DADS will hold kits biannual CLASS provider training from March … [Read more...]

IL/PL: ALF Licensing Standards

DADS released one information letter and one provider letter. HCS and Local Authorities: DADS announced a new search feature on its web site to find (by city, county, or zip code) a HCS group home vacancy. (Letter) ALF: DADS issued a provider letter to provide notice of changes to the Licensing Standards for Assisted Living Facilities, effective January 6, 2014. (Letter) … [Read more...]

TX Register Update: Rulemaking

An excerpt from the public notices section of the January 31 issue of the Texas Register: The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC), as required by House Bill 33, will engage in negotiated rulemaking to develop an implementation plan in the form of a rule (Acts 2013, 83rd Legislature, Regular Session, Chapter 218, 2013 Texas General Laws). This rule will establish an informal dispute resolution (IDR) process that provides for adjudication by an appropriate disinterested person of … [Read more...]

IL/News Alerts: Joint Training January 28, 29, and 30

DADS released one information letter. CBA AL, DAHS, DBMD, NF, and RC: DADS reminded providers that they're required to submit financial and statistical information through a 2013 Cost Report for each contract held with DADS. (Letter) --   DADS will hold a series of ICF/IID joint training classes on January 28, 29, and 30. See the news alert page for times and locations may register here. --  DADS invited Adult Day Care providers in Regions 2, 9, and 10 to be held Wednesday, February … [Read more...]

IL/News Alerts: 1/23 Call, Conference Reminder

DADS released one information letter: CCAD, RC, CBA, AL, and PC3 services providers: HHSC approved rate changes for the CCAD RC program, CBA AL services and CBA PC3 services. (Letter) --  CMS will hold a conference call for software developers and vendors related to the upcoming October 2014 updates to MDS 3.0. on Thursday, January 23, 2014. From the news alert page: A portion of this call will include a question and answer session specific to the October 2014 release. If you wish your … [Read more...]

TX Register Updates: Reimbursement, Medical Board Changes

The following information was obtained from the January 3 issue of the Texas Register. Public Notice HHSC intends to submit Transmittal Number 13-017 to the Texas State Plan for Medical Assistance, which would define the methodology for reimbursement adjustments for potentially preventable complications. See the Texas Register for more information. Proposed Rules HHSC proposed to amend §355.502, Reimbursement Methodology for Common Services in HCS Waivers, and §355.505, Reimbursement … [Read more...]

DADS News Alerts: January Meetings, Webinars, and Reminders

--  DADS will hold two free joint training sessions on Tuesday, January 7, and Wednesday, January 8, at various times. See Joint Provider Training site for more information. --  HHSC is hosting a series of information sessions about several Medicaid managed care initiatives scheduled for September 1, 2014. On Wednesday, January 8, 2014, a Medicaid Managed Care Initiatives Information Session will be held in Austin. For additional details, check the meeting notices on the HHSC site. --  … [Read more...]

DADS News Alerts: PPECC Draft

--  The completed draft version of the 40 TAC Chapter 15, Licensing Standards for Prescribed Pediatric Extended Care Centers (PPECC) has been posted to the PPECC page. See the news alert page for more information. --  DADS Regulatory Services announced a new web site from your Facility Surveyor/ Liaisons. --  CMS released version 1.14.0 of the MDS 3.0 data submission specifications and version 1.12.0 of the MDS 3.0 item sets. For more information about these and other entries, see … [Read more...]