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...]

Scheduling Annual Certification Reviews for HCS and TxHmL Programs

Effective September 1, 2015, the Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) Waiver Survey and Certification (WS&C) unit will schedule certification reviews of Home and Community-based Services (HCS) Program and Texas Home Living (TxHmL) Program contracts to occur during the same week. Therefore, if a program provider has a contract with DADS for both an HCS Program and a TxHmL program in the same waiver contract area, the annual certification reviews for these contracts will be … [Read more...]

Provider Investigation Report

The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) has revised Form 3613-A, SNF, NF, ICF/IID, ALF, ADC, DAHS, and PPECC Provider Investigation Report with Fax Cover Sheet. The form now lists both an email address and facsimile number for form submission. It also includes PPECC as one of the license types required to use Form 3613-A when reporting an incident. SNF, NF, ICF/IID, ALF, ADC and PPECC providers must report incidents as follows: ? Report incidents to Consumer Rights and … [Read more...]

Preparing for the Upcoming Fiscal Year 2015 Fee-for-Service Claims Billing Closeout

 It is important for providers to promptly submit claims to be paid by the Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) for any unbilled services to prepare for the August 31, 2015, end of the state fiscal year. DADS will publish additional details regarding cutoff dates for fiscal year 2015 in an upcoming DADS information letter when they are available. ? 12-month filing rule - Providers should ensure not only that billing is current for all services provided, but also that any problems … [Read more...]

Your Feedback Wanted on the Quality Reporting System

 DADS wants to improve how we help Texans find and compare long-term care services, and we need your help.Please take a few minutes to complete a survey about the Long Term Care Quality Reporting System — also called QRS. Your feedback can help us improve this website.QRS helps people looking for long-term care services find and compare the quality of services from companies that offer nursing home, assisted living, care for people with IDD, adult day care, home health, and other home and … [Read more...]

Preparing for the Upcoming Fiscal Year 2015 Fee-for-Service Claims Billing Closeout

    It is important for providers to promptly submit claims to be paid by the Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) for any unbilled services to prepare for the August 31, 2015, end of the state fiscal year. DADS will publish additional details regarding cutoff dates for fiscal year 2015 in an upcoming DADS information letter when they are available. ?  12-month filing rule - Providers should ensure not only that billing is current for all services provided, but … [Read more...]

CMS Key Findings

  Findings   In 2010, only 17% of residential care communities in the United States used electronic health records.   Residential care communities that used electronic health records were more likely to be larger, not-for-profit, chain- affiliated, colocated with another care setting, and in a nonmetropolitan statistical area.   The types of information most commonly tracked electronically by residential care communities that used electronic health records were medical … [Read more...]

CMS – Impact of Nursing Shortage on Hospice Care

  Title Impact of Nursing Shortage on Hospice Care Memo # 15-01-Hospice Posting Date 2014-10-03 Fiscal Year 2015 Summary • Extraordinary Circumstances due to Nursing Shortage: The period of time has been extended for hospices to qualify for an “extraordinary circumstance” exemption when they believe that the nursing shortage has affected their ability to directly hire sufficient numbers of nurses. • Extension: The effective date of this policy continues through September 30, … [Read more...]