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DADS Provider Alerts — Texas Home Living (TxHmL)

Register Now for Positive Behavior Management and Supports Workshops in Corpus Christi and Odessa

DADS stakeholders can now register for a free, 1.5 day conference titled Why Problem Behavior Occurs (and Why it is Important to Know the Answer). Space is limited, so registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Social work, psychology, LPA and LPC continuing education credits will be offered.

The program is designed for direct contact staff, caregivers, family members, nurses, qualified ID professionals, case or home managers, and home supervisors. Participants will learn to establish positive relationships with and support individuals with IDD who engage in challenging behavior and to safely and effectively prevent potentially harmful behaviors.

More information about the event, including presenter biographies and FAQs, is available in PDF format.

Questions can be emailed to angelica.rendon@dads.state.tx.us; please include “PBMS Workshop: Corpus Christi” or “PBMS Workshop: Odessa” in the subject line.

(6/19/2015)

DADS Needs your Feedback about Direct Support Workforce Stability

DADS is partnering with the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS) and Human Services Research Institute (HSRI) in a National Core Indicator's survey collecting information from provider agencies about direct support workforce stability across the United States. The survey will collect information about direct service support staffing levels, job stability, wages, and compensation.

Texas, as the second most populous state in the United States, has the opportunity to play a major role in the survey results. The information obtained by this survey will be used to:

  • inform policy and program development
  • monitor and evaluate outcomes
  • provide context for consumer and family outcomes, and
  • build systems to more effectively collect, analyze, and use direct service support workforce data

Your participation is critical. If all of the agencies providing services to adults with IDD in Texas participated in the survey, Texas could play a significant role in crafting future policies nationally and on the state level. This is your opportunity to raise awareness of staff issues facing agencies serving adults with IDD in a national forum.

DADS is requesting all DADS provider agencies that primarily provide services to adults with IDD to participate in this exciting opportunity by responding to HSRI's email and completing a survey. The survey will be starting the end of this week and ending June 30th.

Your company's specific information will be kept confidential and will not affect your status as a Texas provider. Any reports produced using this data will only contain data aggregated over multiple providers. For example, information may be reported for Texas as a whole, or for a particular region or service type, but not about specific providers. A copy of the survey questionnaire is available on the DADS website.

You will be receiving an email from HSRI inviting you to participate in this Staff Stability Survey. They will provide you with a webinar on how to complete the survey and a unique log-in that will enable you to enter survey responses into their database. The survey should be completed by your Human Resources or Payroll offices. Specific instructions will be included with the survey. Please complete the survey promptly.

Your participation will help inform policy decisions regarding Texas' Direct Support Professionals. DADS is excited for Texas to be a state who is participating in this survey in partnership with NASDDDS and HSRI. If you have any questions regarding the Staff Stability Survey, please contact Rebecca Martin at rebecca.martin@dads.state.tx.us or call her at (512) 438-4424.

Thank you for participating in this important work.

(6/15/2015)

DADS Launches Additional Revised Forms for Community First Choice

DADS has posted additional revised forms related to Community First Choice (CFC). DADS will continue to roll out forms in stages. You will receive a communication as additional forms are added to the website.

Revised Forms:

The following handbooks and manuals were updated to reflect the changes to these forms:

Email questions to CfcPolicy@dads.state.tx.us.

(6/11/2015)

Clarification Regarding the Conversion of Support Home Living and Community Services to CFC in the CARE system

With the implementation of CFC on June 1, 2015, individuals enrolled in the HCS or TxHmL 1915(c) waiver programs began receiving CFC services through their program providers or financial management services agencies (FMSAs).

On June 1, 2015, DADS generated an Individual Plan of Care (IPC) in the CARE system for each individual with Supported Home Living (SHL) and Community Supports (CS) on their IPC to convert unclaimed SHL or CS hours to CFC Personal Assistance Services/Habilitation (CFC PAS/HAB).

DADS has created a new webpage to provide clarification for HCS and TxHmL program providers, FMSAs, and Local Intellectual Developmental Disability Authorities (LIDDAs) about the conversion.

HCS and TxHmL program providers, FMSAs, and LIDDAs are encouraged to visit this website.

Questions about this alert and the new website can be emailed to cfcpolicy@dads.state.tx.us.

(6/5/2015)

DADS Launches ICD-10 Transition Website

DADS has published a new website that provides information about the upcoming ICD-10 transition.  This website provides:

  • An overview of International Classification of Diseases (ICD), Version 10
  • Information on the differences between the ICD-9 and ICD-10 code sets
  • Question and answers for providers
  • Links to information about ICD-10 and training events
  • An ICD Conversion Code Lookup for Related Conditions
  • Information from DADS regarding the ICD-10 transition

The ICD Conversion Code Lookup for Related Conditions is a tool that providers can use to help them identify Related Conditions codes that directly convert from ICD- 9 to 10.

DADS encourages providers to visit the  website to learn more about the ICD-10 transition, which is scheduled for Oct. 1, 2015, and to keep up to date with information. Providers also can sign up for ICD-10 email updates.   

For questions regarding this alert or general ICD-10 inquiries, please email ICD10@dads.state.tx.us.

(6/4/2015)

Register Now for New Critical Incident Reporting Requirements Webinar June 10

HCS and TxHmL program providers now can register for a webinar about new critical incident reporting requirements at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5672031209808013825. The webinar is June 10, 2015, from 3-4 p.m. Central Time.

Providers must comply with changes in reporting requirements outlined in Information Letters 15-25 (HCS) and 15-26 (TxHmL) beginning with the July 2015 reporting of incidents that occurred in June 2015.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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

(6/3/2015)

DADS Launches CFC Support Management Material

Providers and FMSAs have a new resource to help implement Community First Choice — a support management webpage.

Support management is voluntary training on how to select, manage and dismiss attendants. It is available to all individuals who use CFC personal assistance services/habilitation service. Individuals may request Support Management during the person-centered planning process.

Providers and FMSAs will provide the CFC Support Management Handout (PDF), along with an oral explanation, to individuals whose service plan includes Support Management.

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

(6/2/2015)

Register now for June CFC Webinars

DADS stakeholders can now register for webinars that explain how the agency is implementing Community First Choice (CFC) in the CLASS, DBMD, HCS and TxHmL programs. CFC provides specific services to people living in the community who are enrolled in Medicaid and who meet CFC eligibility requirements.

The program-specific webinars will cover topics such as:

  • CFC service plan changes and authorizations
  • Provider qualifications
  • Service codes
  • Billing
  • Revised forms

June 29, 2015
1-3 p.m. Central Time

CLASS/DBMD
Register now: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/71864445887570178

June 30, 2015
9:30-11:30 a.m. Central Time

HCS/TxHmL
Register now: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8786058145240950273

Email questions to CfcPolicy@dads.state.tx.us.

(6/2/2015)

Civil Money Penalty (CMP) Funds Available to Fund Projects

Beginning June 1, 2015, DADS will begin accepting applications from entities requesting an award of CMP funds to fund projects and activities that benefit nursing facility residents.

Federal law (sections 1819 and 1919 of the Social Security Act) allows this use of funds obtained from CMPs imposed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

For more information about this process and an application, please visit the DADS CMP Funds for Projects website.

If you have any questions about this process or alert, please call (512) 438-2626 or send questions to CmpApplication@dads.state.tx.us.

(6/2/2015)

Recording, PowerPoint of Feb. 6 CFC Webinar Now Online

Stakeholders who missed the Feb. 6 Community First Choice Transition for HCS and TxHmL webinar can view the PowerPoint and listen to a webinar recording on the DADS website.

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

(5/29/2015)

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