The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) issued a provider letter to Licensed Nursing Facilities, Medicare/Medicaid-certified Nursing Facilities, and Skilled Nursing Facilities about guidelines for reporting incidents.
Superseding guidelines dated July 14, 2000, the revised guidelines require any facility staffer who believes a resident has been abused, neglected, or exploited by another staffer to report it, pursuant to Health and Safety Code Â§242.122 and 40 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Â§19.602(a). You may download the letter here.
In a letter to Intermediate Care Facilities for Persons with Mental Retardation or a Related Condition and Provider Associations, DADS announced that the â€œWorking Hand In Hand to Ensure Quality Servicesâ€ â€“ 2006 Provider and Surveyor Conferenceâ€ will be held October 30 through November 1 at the Omni Austin Hotel South Park in Austin, Texas. Among the topics:
—Positive Outcomes, QMRP Guidance in Active Treatment and Individual Program Plans
—Rights Restrictions, House Rules; Meeting the Requirements for Protection during Investigations; Active Treatment for Seniors
—Self-administration of Medications
—Rulemaking Processes/New Rules – Restraint, Seclusion & Permanency Planning
—Top 10 ICF-MR Deficiencies
—Life Safety – Common Problems/Deficiencies
—DADS Guardianship Program
For more information, download the letter here.