Provider Letter 17-36 ? If there's an Immediate Threat of Harm to the health and safety of residents at an Assisted Living Facilities during an On-site Inspection HHSC is authorized by HSC §247.042 to suspend the facility’s license or immediately close the facility. The inspector will conclude the review if, after reviewing documentation and reviewing sufficient evidence, the inspector determines that the residents are no longer at risk of serious injury, impairment or death. According to the … [Read more...] about ALF’s- Resolution of an Immediate Threat of Harm During an On-site Inspection
Provider Letter 17-31 - The Early voting process that went into effect on September 1 for nursing facilities (NF's) and Assisted Living Facilities (ALF's) The new temporary law at Texas Elections Code §107.006, requires NFs and ALFs to set aside common space for the election officials to set up as a voting area. The space must be accessible and allow residents to cast a secret ballot. Texas Health and Safety Code §§242.0181 and 247.008 require NFs and ALFs to comply with Chapter 107 for the … [Read more...] about Early Voting in Nursing Facilities and Assisted Living Facilities
Provider Letter No. 17-23 - DADS is directing providers to immediately redo all EMR searches conducted during this two-month period ( From June 9, 2017, through July 27, 2017) to verify the employability of any individuals they have hired. If a search result now shows that an individual is listed in the EMR, then the individual is not eligible to continue employment in a DADS-regulated facility or agency or any facility or agency governed by Texas Health and Safety Code Chapter 253. Every … [Read more...] about Alert: All Providers Are Required To Redo Employee Misconduct Registry (EMR) Searches
With the latest weather conditions and Hurricane Season in effect from June to Novemeber, DADS has issued a new release addressing applicable program rules to ensure that: "All Adult Day Care Facilities (ADCs), Assisted Living Facilities (ALFs), Home and Community Support Service Agencies (HCSSAs), Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with an Intellectual Disability or Related Conditions (ICFs/IID), and Nursing Facilities (NFs) should be prepared to protect residents/clients during … [Read more...] about Atlantic Hurricane Season Preparedness Required by DADS: Health Services and Care Facilities should review their emergency preparedness and response plans.
Provider Letter No. 17-18 - (Replaces PL 14-13). The examples in this letter are not all inclusive. Many other possible scenarios are reportable. The law requires an owner or employee of a NF who has cause to believe that the physical or mental health or welfare of a resident has been or may be adversely affected by abuse, neglect or exploitation. Attachements included instruct guidance to NFs on resident-to-resident incidents, including sexual activity, and on how to determine whether NFs must … [Read more...] about Abuse, Neglect, Exploitation, Misappropriation of Resident Property, and Other Incidents that Must Be Reported to DADS
Provider Letter No. 17-08 – Process for Retiring Provider LettersThe goals of this retire or revise initiative are to streamline DADS regulatory policies, reduce provider and stakeholder confusion, and manage the volume of letters with which DADS-regulated facilities, agencies, and licensees are expected to be familiar. DADS will begin issuing a series of program specific PLs that announce the list of letters that are being retired.Please be advised that notice that a letter is being retired … [Read more...] about DADS will begin reviewing and retiring, revising and/or reissuing provider letters issued eight years ago or more
Provider Letter No. 17-14 – Initial License and Alzheimer’s Certification of a Type B ALF for an Applicant in Good Standing.ON April 18 DADS added new rules and amended existing rules to Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Title 40, Part 1, Chapter 92, Licensing Standards for Assisted Living Facilities. The criteria is required to obtain an initial license prior to an on-site health inspection for ALF provider who meets certain “good standing.” The Provider Letter addresses If an applicant makes a … [Read more...] about DADS added new rules and amended existing rules to Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Title 40, Part 1, Chapter 92, Licensing Standards for Assisted Living Facilities.
Initial License for a Type A or Type B ALF for an Applicant in Good Standing House Bill 1769 (84th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2015) directed the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) to develop rules to allow an ALF provider that meets certain “good standing” criteria to obtain an initial license for a Type A or Type B facility prior to an on-site health inspection. Starting September 1, 2016, an applicant who wants to apply for an initial license under the good … [Read more...] about Initial License for a Type A or Type B ALF for an Applicant in Good Standing
Retired ALF Provider Letters The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) retires a provider letter (PL) if DADS determines the letter is no longer needed. This may occur when the original reason for the letter was temporary or the policy described in the letter has changed or is no longer relevant. The PLs listed below have been retired by DADS, will no longer be available on the DADS website, and should no longer be followed. In addition, DADS is withdrawing any provider letter … [Read more...] about Retired ALF Provider Letters
Rule Amendments in Title 40, Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Chapter 19Nursing Facility Requirements for Licensure and Medicaid Certification; and Chapter 92, Licensing Standards for Assisted Living Facilities The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) has added new rules and amended existing rules in 40 TAC Chapters 19 and 92 regarding procedures that require a facility to request guardianship orders for a resident, and to disclose whether a facility is certified to … [Read more...] about Rule Amendments in Title 40, Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Chapter 19