The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) issued a health advisory alert regarding a Blue Bell ice cream and sherbet recall due to Listeria contamination on April 22, 2015.
On April 20, 2015, Blue Bell Creameries voluntarily recalled all of its products currently on the market made at all of its facilities, including ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbet, and frozen snacks, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Blue Bell announced this recall after sampling conducted by the company revealed that Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream half gallons produced on March 17, 2015 and March 27, 2015 contained the bacteria.
Click here to read the health advisory that contains guidance for health professionals, consumers, institutions, and retailers.
Click here to download the DSHS County Disease Reporting Contact Information document.
If you have any questions or would like more information on Listeria, please contact DSHS, HSR 2/3 at (817) 264-4541 during business hours or (817) 822-6786 after hours.
Information about the Listeria outbreak linked to Blue Bell Ice Cream is available at:
Due to technical issues, the DADS toll-free telephone number providers may use to check the Nurse Aide Registry and the Employee Misconduct Registry is not operable. DADS will provide more information as it becomes available.
All DADS-regulated facilities and agencies are required to check both the Nurse Aide Registry and the Employee Misconduct Registry before hiring an individual to determine if the person is listed in either registry as having committed an act of abuse, neglect, exploitation, misappropriation or misconduct against a resident or consumer and is, therefore, unemployable.
Providers should use the following link to conduct employability checks: https://emr.dads.state.tx.us/DadsEMRWeb/.(4/24/2015)
Assisted living and adult day care providers in DADS Regions 4 and 5 (Tyler and Beaumont areas) can now register for a Regulatory Services provider meeting, June 24, 9 a.m.-Noon, at Ornelas Center in Tyler.
Topics will include:
Questions can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org(4/20/2015)
Adult day care providers are invited to attend 1 of 3 DADS Regulatory Services Division provider meetings. Topics will include Life Safety Code procedures and Incident/Investigation Reporting.
April 28, 2015
South Texas College Cooper Center
April 28, 2015
South Texas College Cooper Center
May 8, 2015
Texas Department of Transportation
Corpus Christi, Texas
DADS stakeholders that apply for a contract with the agency or that respond to a request for proposal after April 6, 2015, will need to complete a Data Usage Agreement if the resulting contract would provide the contractor access to confidential information.
Beginning May 1, 2015, the agency also will require a completed Information Security and Privacy Initial Inquiry if the contract will require access to confidential information.
This process is being implemented in all Texas health and human services agencies to establish a clear and consistent process for safeguarding confidential information and for reporting and correcting any unauthorized use or disclosure of the confidential information.
Providers can review the documents at: http://www.hhsc.state.tx.us/about_hhsc/BusOpp/BO_home.shtml.
Email questions pertaining to DADS active contracts to Kathie.email@example.com.
Email questions about this policy to Sylvia.firstname.lastname@example.org.(4/6/2015)
ALF and ADC providers in DADS Regions 4 and 5 (Tyler and Beaumont) are invited to attend a provider meeting from 1-4 p.m., May 13, 2015, at Angelina College in Lufkin. The event will feature a presentation by Michael Posevino, DADS Life Safety Code manager.
Register by May 4 at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Region5alfadc2015. Providers may register up to 5 people per facility.
Questions can be emailed to email@example.com.(4/1/2015)
Registration is now underway for a provider meeting on April 8, 2015, from 1-4 p.m. at the United Way of Greater Houston. ALF and ADC providers from the Houston area, DADS Region 6, are encouraged to attend.
The registration deadline is March 25 or 400 attendees, whichever comes first. Providers may register up to 4 people per facility. Click here to register online.
Email questions about this event to Jill.firstname.lastname@example.org.(3/12/2015)
DADS is seeking stakeholder feedback regarding proposed changes to the DAHS Provider Manual. The attached files include draft revisions to:
Additional copies that indicate where the revisions were made are also available so the reader can tell where the changes were made in each section:
DADS is seeking stakeholder feedback by COB Wednesday, January 14, 2015. Feedback can be sent to DAHS provider mailbox at email@example.com(12/22/2014)
With the most recent update of the DAHS Provider Manual (Nov. 7, 2014), DADS has temporarily removed Section 7000, Monitoring and Audits. Rather than continue to publicize outdated information within section 7000, DADS has removed the section pending extensive revisions.
Questions can be directed to Becky Hubick via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.(11/18/2014)
Providers have until 5 p.m. Nov. 21 to submit comments regarding proposed revisions to the following compliance and monitoring tools:
Comments can be emailed to email@example.com. Please include “Revised Compliance Monitoring Tool Comments” in the subject line.
The revised compliance and monitoring tools have been updated to incorporate Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter 49 changes and program specific TAC changes that were effective Sept. 1, 2014.(11/10/2014)
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