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credit card information over the phone.HHSC is asking its stakeholders to warn people they work with not to call the outdated number.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...]

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...]

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...]

Commissioner Traylor Issues Statement on Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast Video

AUSTIN – Texas Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Chris Traylor issued a statement today on the video detailing practices at a Houston Planned Parenthood clinic."The footage of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast officials discussing the sale of fetal tissue and organs raises significant questions and concerns about the health and safety practices of the clinic. At the direction of Governor Abbott, we are currently in the midst of a thorough investigation. We are working closely with the … [Read more...]

Interpretation of Medical Assistance Only Codes

DADS published an information letter  to provide assistance to service coordinators, case managers, and program providers on how to identify an individual’s Medicaid type program (TP) and to identify if a certified Medicaid TP is categorized as Medical Assistance Only (MAO).Individuals certified for MAO Medicaid by the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) receiving Community First Choice (CFC) services through a 1915(c) Waiver Program must meet eligibility requirements stated in 42 Code … [Read more...]

FOR HCS – Disease Transition and DADS Instructions

 The purpose of this information letter (IL) is to provide information and guidance to Home and Community-based Services (HCS) and Texas Home Living (TxHmL) program providers and Local Intellectual and Developmental Disability Authorities (LIDDAs) about the International Classification of Disease (ICD) transition from Version 9 (ICD-9) to Version 10 (ICD-10) and associated changes for submitting diagnostic codes on Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) Form 8578, Intellectual … [Read more...]

International Classification of Disease Transition, and Changes to the Department of Aging and Disability Services Form 8578 and Transition Submission Instructions

 The purpose of this information letter (IL) is to provide information and guidance to Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with an Intellectual Disability or Related Conditions (ICF/IID) providers and Local Intellectual and Developmental Disability Authorities (LIDDAs) about the International Classification of Disease (ICD) transition from Version 9 (ICD-9) to Version 10 (ICD-10) and associated changes for submitting diagnosis codes on the Department of Aging and Disability Services … [Read more...]

Use of Electronic Signatures??

Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) accepts electronic or digital signatures on DADS forms submitted by a Consumer Directed Services (CDS) employer to a Financial Management Services Agency (FMSA), including the signature of a CDS employer and a service provider hired by a CDS employer. As a reminder, electronic or digital signatures are governed by Title 40, Texas Administrative Code, Part 1, Chapter 49, Subchapter C, §49.305(j)(2).This provision requires an FMSA to, if using … [Read more...]