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DADS Provider Alerts — Texas Home Living (TxHmL)

Revision to HCS and TxHmL Rule Amendments Effective September 1, 2014 FAQs

DADS has revised HCS and TxHmL Rule Amendments Effective September 1, 2014 FAQs. The revised question and answer regarding employee’s written verification of work experience is located on pages 6 and 7.

(1/29/2015)

Recent Court Decisions Regarding Amended United States Department of Labor Regulations

The purpose of this notification is to inform providers and consumer directed services (CDS) employers in the programs or services listed below of two U.S. District Court decisions regarding the amended U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) regulations known as the "Home Care Final Rule." The amended regulations made changes regarding the companionship services exemption in the Fair Labor Standards Act and were to go into effect on January 1, 2015.

Financial Management Services (also called CDS);
Medically Dependent Children Program;
Primary Home Care, Community Attendant Services, and Family Care;
Consumer Managed Personal Attendant Services;
Community Living Assistance and Support Services;
Deaf Blind with Multiple Disabilities;
Home and Community-based Services; and
Texas Home Living.

On December 22, 2014, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon issued an opinion and order in Home Care Association of America v. Weil, Civil Action No. 14-967 (D.D.C.), vacating the third party regulation amended by the Home Care Final Rule. To view the decision, see: https://ecf.dcd.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/show_public_doc?2014cv0967-21

On January 14, 2015, Judge Leon issued an opinion and order vacating the Final Rule’s revised definition of companionship services. To view the decision, see: https://ecf.dcd.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/show_public_doc?2014cv0967-32. The district court's orders "vacating" the rule means the Home Care Rule is not in effect.

Based on these decisions, DADS rescinds DADS Bulletin dated December 2, 2014 and Information Letter 14-66 , dated October 17, 2014, regarding Impact of Department of Labor Companionship Exemption on Financial Management Services Agencies and Consumer Directed Services Employers.

For information about these district court decisions, please see the following DOL website at http://www.dol.gov/whd/homecare/; call DOL’s toll-free information and helpline, 1-866-4USWAGE (1-866-487-9243), available 8am to 5pm in your time zone; or consult your legal counsel.

The DOL may appeal the district court’s decision. DADS will provide updates as information becomes available.

(1/20/2015)

DADS Proposed New Rule in TAC Chapter 9

DADS stakeholders have until Feb. 8, 2015, to provide written comments on two new proposed rules in TAC Chapter 9 Subchapters D and N that are related to the HCS and TxHmL programs.

The proposed rules were published in the Jan. 9, 2015, issue of the Texas Register.

Written comments may be submitted by mail to:
Texas Register Liaison
Legal Services-14R05
Department of Aging and Disability Services W-615
P.O. Box 149030
Austin, Texas 78714-9030

They also can be faxed to 512-438-5759 or emailed to rulescomments@dads.state.tx.us. Please include " Comments on Proposed Rule 14R05" in the subject line of faxes or emails.

Questions can be directed to hcs@dads.state.tx.us.

(1/14/2015)

Webinars: Medicaid Managed Care – Community First Choice – Provider Training

Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) staff and Medicaid managed care organization representatives will conduct webinars on Jan. 27 and Feb. 25, 2015, to offer information about and respond to questions regarding Community First Choice in STAR+PLUS Medicaid managed care and STAR Health programs, which will begin March 1, 2015.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. The provider training presentation is available on the HHSC website.

For additional questions, please email HHSC at: Managed_Care_Initiatives@hhsc.state.tx.us.

(1/12/2015)

Registration Open for Feb. 6, 2015 Home and Community-based Services (HCS) and Texas Home Living (TxHmL) Webinar

HCS and TxHmL providers are invited to participate in a webinar on Friday, February 6, 2015 from 1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m. (CST). This webinar will provide an overview of Community First Choice which will be effective March 1, 2015. Space is limited, so providers are encouraged to register as soon as possible at: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/490240320.

Questions can be emailed to hcs@dads.state.tx.us.

(1/9/2015)

Rule Amendment Webinar Q&As Available

Questions and answers from the TxHmL and HCS webinars regarding the Sept. 1, 2014, rule amendments are now available on the DADS website at http://www.dads.state.tx.us/providers/HCS/webinars/9-1-14-RuleAmmend/faq.html.

(12/29/2014)

Managed Care Initiatives Provider Trainings

Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) staff and Medicaid managed care organization representatives will conduct free provider training sessions to offer information on and respond to questions about the following three Medicaid managed care initiatives that HHSC will implement March 1, 2015:

  • Community First Choice (CFC)
  • Texas Dual Eligibles Integrated Care Demonstration Project (Dual Demonstration)
  • the inclusion of nursing facility services in STAR+PLUS managed care program

CFC will be implemented in the STAR+PLUS and STAR Health programs, and the Dual Demonstration and nursing facility project will impact the STAR+PLUS program.

These provider trainings will be held across the state to educate providers that currently serve or that will begin to serve individuals in STAR+PLUS or STAR Health about what changes to expect. This training session will be divided into three portions. The CFC session will be directed towards providers who have or will have a contract with a managed care organization and will be delivering CFC services.  The Dual Demonstration session will be directed towards providers of Medicare and Medicaid services. The nursing facility session will be directed towards nursing facilities and providers who serve nursing facility residents.

HHSC Provider Training Sessions

Location

Date

Time

Provider Training Topics

Address

Weslaco (Hidalgo)

1/6/15

CFC: 9-10:30 am
Duals: 11-12:30
Lunch: 12:30-2 pm
NFs: 2-5 pm

CFC/Duals/NFs

Knapp Medical Center
1401 E. Eighth Street
Weslaco, TX 78596

Laredo

1/8/15

CFC: 10-11:30 am
Lunch: 11:30-1
NFs: 1-4 pm

CFC/NFs

UTSA Health Science Center
D.D. Hachar Building
Room 2.400, Auditorium
1937 E. Bustamante Street
Laredo, TX 78041

Fort Worth

1/12/15

CFC: 9-10:30 am
Duals: 11-12:30
Lunch: 12:30-2 pm
NFs: 2-5 pm

CFC/Duals/NFs

Catholic Charities
249 W. Thornhill Drive
Fort Worth, TX 76115

Dallas

1/13/15

CFC: 9-10:30 am
Duals: 11-12:30
Lunch: 12:30-2 pm
NFs: 2-5 pm

CFC/Duals/NFs

Dallas Public Library
1515 Young St.
Dallas, TX 75201

Austin

1/16/15

CFC: 10-11:30 am
Lunch: 11:30-1
NFs: 1-4 pm

CFC/NFs

JJ Pickle Center
West Pickle Research Building
3925 W. Braker Lane
Austin, TX 78759

Houston

1/20/15

CFC: 9-10:30 am
Duals: 11-12:30
Lunch: 12:30-2 pm
NFs: 2-5 pm

CFC/Duals/NFs

Houston Food Bank
535 Portwall St.
Houston, TX 77029

Waco

1/22/15

CFC: 10-11:30 am
Lunch: 11:30-1
NFs: 1-4 pm

CFC/NFs

Workforce Solutions-Heart of Texas
1416 S. New Road
Waco, TX 76711

San Antonio

1/29/15

CFC: 9-10:30 am
Duals: 11-12:30
Lunch: 12:30-2 pm
NFs: 2-5 pm

CFC/Duals/NFs

Alamo Area Council Of Governments
Al J. Notzon III Board Room 1st Floor
8700 Tesoro Drive
San Antonio, Texas 78217

Lubbock

2/3/15

CFC: 10-11:30 am
Lunch: 11:30-1
NFs: 1-4 pm

CFC/NFs

Teaching and Mentoring Communities
6104 45th St.
Lubbock, TX 79407

Abilene

2/4/15

CFC: 10-11:30 am
Lunch: 11:30-1
NFs: 1-4 pm

CFC/NFs

Hendrick Medical Center
Shelton Building
Auxiliary Conference Room, 2nd Floor
2000 Pine St.
Abilene, TX 79601

El Paso

2/10/15

CFC: 9-10:30 am
Duals: 11-12:30
Lunch: 12:30-2 pm
NFs: 2-5 pm

CFC/Duals/NFs

El Paso Sierra Providence
East Medical Center - Auditorium
3280 Joe Battle Blvd.
El Paso, TX 79938

Longview

2/12/2015

CFC: 10-11:30 am
Lunch: 11:30-1
NFs: 1-4 pm

CFC/NFs

Community Connections
501 Pine Tree Road
#U16
Longview, TX 75604

Medicaid Managed Care Initiatives Information

Resources

Questions

Questions can be directed to Health Kuhlman at 512-730-7437 or Heather.Kuhlman@hhsc.state.tx.us.

(12/23/2014)

Revision of Information Letter 14-38: Expansion of Medicaid Acute Care Services- Role of Star+Plus Acute Care Service Coordinator in Long-Term Support Services Planning

DADS has revised Information Letter 14-38, Page 5, to include Amerigroup’s new phone number provided to identify Managed Care Organization Service Coordinators: 1-866-696-0710.

(12/19/2014)

Period Review Date Added to CARE Screen C63

A new field, Periodic Review Date, has been added to CARE Screen C63. The Periodic Review Date is the due date for a Medicaid recipient’s annual redetermination.

People enrolled in HCS and TxHmL who don’t receive SSI will get a redetermination packet from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) about 90 days before their periodic review date. They will be given a limited amount of time to complete and return the packet to HHSC. Failure to return the packet may result in loss of Medicaid benefits.

Providers and local authorities are encouraged to monitor this date in CARE and help people who are enrolled in their program, or their authorized representative, complete and return the packet on time. Denial of Medicaid benefits may result in termination of waiver program services and non-payment to the provider for services rendered.

Questions about this can be emailed to Wesely Marcinowski at wesely.marcinowski@dads.state.tx.us.

(12/8/2014)

Amended United States Department of Labor Regulations Effective January 1, 2015

The purpose of this notification is to inform providers in the following programs or services that amended U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) regulations will go into effect on January 1, 2015.

Medically Dependent Children Program;
Primary Home Care, Community Attendant Services, and Family Care;
Consumer Managed Personal Attendant Services;
Community Living Assistance and Support Services;
Deaf Blind with Multiple Disabilities;
Home and Community-based Services; and
Texas Home Living.

The amended regulations prohibit third party employers (which includes private entities) of domestic service employees, from claiming the companionship services exemption or the live-in domestic service employee exemption to the Fair Labor Standards Act. The regulations may be found at 29 CFR Part 552. Consequently, effective January 1, 2015, the regulations require you to pay at least the federal minimum wage and overtime pay to your domestic service employees, regardless of the employees’ duties.

For information about the amended DOL regulations, including DOL Fact Sheets, please see the following DOL website: http://www.dol.gov/whd/homecare/; call DOL’s toll-free information and helpline, 1-866-4USWAGE (1-866-487-9243), available 8am to 5pm in your time zone; or consult your legal counsel.

DADS rescinds this bulletin per the DADS Bulletin dated January 20, 2015.

(12/2/2014)

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