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:
As a resource to HCS and TxHmL Program providers, DADS requires each LA to designate a “medical specialist” who is a qualified registered nurse, advanced practice nurse, or medical doctor to provide general training and technical assistance to the providers when requested. Their role is not to offer medical advice on an individualized basis, but rather act as a consultant and offer a broad overview of care related to an illness, disease, or condition. The medical specialist should not be asked to give advice or make medical decisions regarding the care of a particular individual.