The following bills (which may affect long term care providers) were recently introduced in the 82nd Legislative Session:
HB 1008: Relating to the State of Texas entering into the Interstate Medicaid Reform Compact.
HB 1013: Relating to the powers and duties of the Texas Medical Board.
Be sure to check previous posts with legislative bills updates.
HHSC intends to submit to CMS a request for an amendment to HSC waiver program, which would implement a rate enhancement program. An excerpt:
The rate enhancement program is an optional program that offers additional funds to providers to pass on to their attendant staff through salaries, wages, benefits, and mileage. Providers who choose to participate in the rate enhancement program are required to meet certain spending requirements and are required to submit documentation verifying they have met these requirements. This amendment is required by the HHSC Budget Rider 67 of the 2010-2011 General Appropriations Act (Article II, Senate Bill 1, 81st Legislature, Regular Session, 2009).
See the Texas Register for more information.
HHSC withdrew a proposed new §354.1452, which appeared in the October 29, 2010, issue of the Texas Register.
HHSC adopted new §354.1040, Requirements for Wheeled Mobility Systems, to implement new §32.0424, which sets out requirements for Medicaid reimbursement for the provision of, or a major modification to, a wheeled mobility system. HHSC received three comments during the 30-day comment period. See the Texas Register for more information.