HHSC, DADS and DSHS will host a webinar providing information on the amended HCBS State Transition Plan on Jan. 11, 2016, from 1 – 2 p.m. Central Time. Register here for the webinar.
Learn more about the State Transition Plan amendment the DADS HCBS Rule website.(12/16/2015)
Stakeholders have until 5 p.m. Jan. 19, 2016, to provide comments on the amended Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Statewide Transition Plan (STP). Click here for a copy of the amended plan in PDF format. This plan has been revised based on feedback from CMS. (Read the CMS feedback on the STP.)
Comments can be submitted to Kristine Dahlmann at:
Texas Health and Human Services Commission
PO Box 13247
Mail Code H-600
Austin, Texas 78711-3247
On March 17, 2014, the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule under which states may provide home and community-based long term services and supports. States must meet new requirements for home and community-based long term services and supports by March 17, 2019. The new rule defines requirements for qualities for home and community-based settings, assurances of compliance with the settings requirements, and transition plans to achieve compliance with the settings requirements. (Read the HCBS federal rule.) The state was required to submit a statewide transition plan to CMS detailing how the state would achieve compliance by March 17, 2019.(12/16/2015)
DADS has a new initiative to help people with IDD who also have complex medical and behavioral needs leave nursing facilities and get the services and supports they need in the community. It is funded by the Money Follows the Person Demonstration Program.
Because these individuals often require more experienced staff to help meet their needs, DADS has contracted with 8 local intellectual and developmental disability authorities (LIDDAs) across Texas to provide support to other LIDDAs and community HCS and TxHmL providers in designated service areas.
The 8 contracted LIDDAs have teams that offer educational activities, technical assistance and case review to themselves, other LIDDAs and community waiver providers. The teams will have licensed medical staff, such as physicians, registered nurses, psychiatrists and psychologists, with experience working with people with IDD.
DADS stakeholders have until midnight Dec. 27, 2015, to provide written comments on proposed Community First Choice rule changes to the following TAC chapters:
Written comments may be submitted the following ways:
Texas Register Liaison
Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services
P.O. Box 149030
Austin, Texas 78714-9030
The most current version of the HCS and TxHmL formatted rules are now available on the DADS website.
These include the rules that were effective Nov. 15, 2015.
Beginning Dec. 1, 2015, DADS will begin accepting applications from entities requesting an award of CMP funds to pay for projects and activities that benefit nursing facility residents. We will continue to accept applications through Jan. 31, 2016.
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.(11/19/2015)
The Long-term Services and Supports (LTSS) Texas Medicaid Provider Enrollment Application (Form 3684), and other required forms are now available on DADS Texas Medicaid LTSS Provider Re-enrollment forms page.
Providers who do not bill or do not intend to bill for acute care services through the Texas Medicaid Healthcare Partnership (TMHP) and have an active Medicaid contract with DADS must re-enroll through DADS by March 24, 2016. This includes the following programs and services:
Questions can be emailed to Texas.Medicaid.Enrollment@dads.state.tx.us.(11/13/2015)
Please be advised that the Health and Human Services Commission, on behalf of the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS), has authorized amendments, new rules, and rule repeals for adoption in the Texas Register. The adopted rules:
The rules were published as proposed in the Texas Register on July 17, 2015. The adopted rules were published in the Texas Register on November 6, 2015, and are effective as of November 15, 2015.
Questions about this alert can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.(11/9/2015)
DADS stakeholders have until Dec. 7, 2015, to provide feedback on survey tools that will be used to collect information from providers and recipients about home and community-based services. The draft survey tools and how to submit comments is on the HCBS website.
The survey responses will be used to formulate the Texas HCBS transition plan, which will describe how the state will meet the new requirements.
Questions can be emailed to Medicaid_HCBS_Rule@hhsc.state.tx.us.(11/2/2015)
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