DADS released four information letters.
DADS notified these providers of correct billing codes for a Customized Manual Wheelchair, effective March 1, 2014. (Letter)
HCS and TxHmL:
The Waiver Survey and Certification unit of DADS will allow HCS and TxHmL providers to request an informal review of the findings in a draft report of a review conducted in accordance with DADS rule at 40 TAC §9.185 and §9.577, effective March 1, 2014. (Letter)
It has come to our attention that some hospice agencies do not conduct alternate placement discussions when an individual is a resident of a nursing facility. The purpose of this letter is to clarify an individual’s place of residence as it applies to the alternate placement discussion.
When an individual resides in a nursing facility, the nursing facility is considered his or her place of residence. Not all nursing facilities are prepared or equipped to provide the specific care required during a period of crisis, especially if the crisis escalates. Therefore, an initial discussion with the family or responsible party regarding the possibility of temporary placement alternatives must take place prior to providing continuous home care services and it must be documented; this requirement includes individuals who reside in a nursing facility.
NF and ICF/ID:
DADS reminded providers to notify a resident’s Medicaid for the Elderly and People with Disabilities worker as soon as possible of any errors in the resident’s applied income. (Letter)