2014 Cost Report and Cost Report Preparer Requirements

This letter is being distributed through an electronic communication from DADS and contains information on 2014 cost reporting and preparer requirements for the following programs: ·  Community Based Alternatives (Home and Community Support Services only) (CBA HCSS); ·  Community Living Assistance and Support Services (CLASS) Case Management Agency (CMA); ·  CLASS Direct Service Agency (DSA); ·  Day Activity and Health Services (DAHS); ·  Home and Community-based … [Read more...]

Information on Ebola Virus for Providers of Services to Individuals in the Department of Aging and Disability Services Programs

DADS information letter provides information on the Ebola virus that providers may use to help ensure the health and safety of staff members and individuals receiving services. The Department of Aging and Disability Services encourages its providers to take reasonable precautions to ensure their employees are not exposed to a symptomatic person by knowing how Ebola is transmitted and its symptoms. An individual will not contract Ebola if he has not had exposure to an individual with Ebola or … [Read more...]

IL and News Alerts: Webinar

DADS released one information letter. DADS informed these providers that effective April 1, 2014, employment assistance is added as a service in the HCS program. (Letter) --  DADS will host an SELN Community Webinar on Tuesday, March 18, 2014. Time: 3 p.m. ET; 2 p.m. CT; 1 p.m. MT; 12 p.m. PT; 10 am HT You may register here. --  DADS updated its HCS and TxHmL provider pages, deleting the tabs "FAQs" and "Quarterly Stakeholder Meeting Webinars," and replacing them with one tab for "Webinars … [Read more...]

ILs: Billing Codes, Hospice Discussions

DADS released four information letters. NF: DADS notified these providers of correct billing codes for a Customized Manual Wheelchair, effective March 1, 2014. (Letter) HCS and TxHmL: The Waiver Survey and Certification unit of DADS will allow HCS and TxHmL providers to request an informal review of the findings in a draft report of a review conducted in accordance with DADS rule at 40 TAC §9.185 and §9.577, effective March 1, 2014. (Letter) Medicaid Hospice: An excerpt: It has come … [Read more...]

DADS News Alerts: 3/27 Meeting

--  DADS plans to revise §60.6 and §60.8, Definitions and Contracting Requirements, of 40 TAC, Chapter 60, Contracting to Provide PACE. An excerpt: As part of the project, DADS is revising definitions and making certain provisions in a new 40 TAC Chapter 49, Contracting for Community Services, which is scheduled to be proposed in April, apply to PACE providers...There is an informal comment period through Friday, Feb. 28th, and comments can be submitted to … [Read more...]

ILs: Level of Care, Medical Specialist

DADS released two information letters.  ICF/ID, HCS, TxHmL, CLASS, DBMD, and Local Authorities: DADS reminded these providers of the importance of maintaining an individual's continuously current Level of Care authorization, Individual Plan of Care authorization, and Medicaid eligibility to avoid a negative impact to an individual’s services. (Letter) Local Authorities, HCS, and TxHmL: An excerpt: As a resource to HCS and TxHmL Program providers, DADS requires each LA to designate a … [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...]

DADS News Alerts: 2/14, 2/25 Webinars

--  Contrary to information in Form 3621-Revised, CLASS IPC, and Form 3621-T-Revised, CLASS IPC Service Delivery Transfer Worksheet, employment assistance won't be available as a CDS option until September 1, 2014.  See the news alert page (scroll down for entry) for more information. --  DADS will host a webinar for HCS and TxHmL providers, and Local Authority program coordination staff on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 9:30-11 a.m. You may register and obtain more information here. --  DADS will … [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...]

TX Register: 2/19 Hearing, Medical Board Changes

The following information was obtained from the January 17 issue of the Texas Register. Public Notices and Hearing A public hearing on proposed Medicaid payment rates for the following will take place on Wednesday, February 19, 2014, at 1:30 p.m. in the Public Hearing Room, Brown-Heatly Building, located at 4900 North Lamar, Austin: 3rd Quarter 2013 Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System updates 2014 Annual Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System updates Early and Periodic … [Read more...]