The Texas Legislature passed two bills that revise Informal Dispute Resolution procedures for Assisted Living and providers participating in certain Medicaid waiver programs.
SB 924 by Senator Perry out of Lubbock affects assisted living facilities. Here are the present procedures. You can look at the changes in the Enrolled version here. Although some of the really strong, helpful language originally in the bill didn’t make it to the end, it does specify documents that must come to the provider from the commission and a process by which the provider can further dispute that information, though some of the information must be redacted at the provider’s expense. It also states that the commission bears the burden of “proving the violation of the standard or standards.” The bill has been signed into law by the Governor.
HB 2590 establishes Informal Dispute Resolution and the procedures for the HCS and TxHmL waiver programs. It also establishes an Amelioration process for those providers. The enrolled version may be found here. This bill has also been signed into law by the Governor.