The Texas Department of Aging and Disability (DADS) has issued a provider letter (PDF copy) on license capacity in adult day care facilities licensed and regulated by DADS and participating in the Day Activities and Heath Services (DAHS). The letter includes information on licensing criteria, an overview of the DAHS program, and general requirements for participation in the programs. … [Read more...] about New Provider Letter for Adult Day Care Providers
The State reorganization was bound to cause some confusion as agencies reformat and try to fill in the gaps forgotten by the Legislature. We've had occasion to look into the issue of what is going to happen to the appeals that concern placement of an employee on the Employment Misconduct Registery. It appears that these appeals are in limbo right now.Our sources at some of the agencies tell us that Department of Family Protective Services does not want to hear these appeals itself. It wants … [Read more...] about “Who’s on First?” regarding Employee Misconduct Registry Appeals at APS
Sometimes when doing presentations for health providers, I joke about over-regulation of health care by asking that before participants decide to suggest new laws-- they close their eyes and imagine hordes of lawyers running through the Halls of Congress holding cardboard signs that say: Will Work For Laws. I may be joking but the reality of over-regulation is directly addressed by physician blogger Dr. Bob at The Doctor Is In who says:When last I checked several years ago, Medicare had about … [Read more...] about Will Work For Laws
The flu season is upon us and many of you in long-term-care have been concerned about obtaining flu shots for your vulnerable populations. The Texas Department of State Health Services issued a news release on November 9, 2004 indicating:The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today announced that the distribution of some 7.2 million doses of the nation's remaining supply of flu vaccine will be determined by the states' health departments. --snip--Texas Department of State … [Read more...] about The Flu And You!
In a recent article, Understanding the Anatomy of a Level of Need Appeal, I said that recourse beyond the administrative process was non-existent at worst and uncertain at best. We now have good news on that issue from the Texas Supreme Court.In September, the Texas Supreme Court ruled on a case involving the question of whether or not a person who holds a child-care facility license may obtain judicial review of an administrative decision to revoke the license, Texas Department of Protective … [Read more...] about JUDICIAL REVIEW FOR LEVEL OF NEED CASES