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DADS Provider Alerts — Adult Day Care/Day Activity and Health Services (ADC/DAHS)

Providers Invited to Comment on Draft Revised Compliance Monitoring Tools

Providers have until 5 p.m. Nov. 21 to submit comments regarding proposed revisions to the following compliance and monitoring tools:

  • Assisted Living/Residential Care
  • Adult Foster Care
  • Day Activity and Health Services
  • CLASS Case Management Agency
  • CLASS Direct Service Agency
  • Home Delivered Meals
  • Medically Dependent Children
  • Primary Home Care
  • Transition Assistance Services

Comments can be emailed to shelly.swisher@dads.state.tx.us. 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)

Updated: Affordable Care Act Survey Deadline Extended Through October 17

DADS providers will now have until Friday, Oct. 17 to complete a survey from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) about the Affordable Care Act.

The survey, which went to providers with 100 or more employees, will help HHSC determine the cost of the mandate on long-term care providers. The results will be reported to the Texas Legislature, which requested the information.

If you did not receive the survey in your email inbox, please check your spam folder. The survey was sent Oct. 6.

Questions about the survey can be directed to the HHSC employee assigned to your program. A list of program contacts is on the HHSC website at:http://www.hhsc.state.tx.us/rad/long-term-svcs/contacts.shtml.

(10/16/2014)

Texas State to Host Dementia and Aging Seminars

Texas State University is hosting two upcoming events as part of its Dementia and Aging Workshop Series.

Dr. G. Allen Power, an international educator on transformation models of care for people with dementia, will speak at Texas State’s Alkek Library on Oct. 31. Registration is free, but you must RSVP by Oct. 28.

  • From 12:30-2:30 p.m. he will speak on “An Experiential Approach to Decoding Distress in Dementia.”
  • From 3-5 p.m. he will talk about “Dementia Beyond Disease: Enhancing Well-Being Avenues.”

Caregiving and Dementia is Nov. 21 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Embassy Suites in San Marcos. Early registration is available at a discounted rate through Oct. 21.

Registration and other information on both events is available on the Texas State University website.

(10/7/2014)

Ebola Health Alert

For the latest and most reliable information about the Ebola virus in Texas, go here https://service.govdelivery.com/accounts/TXHHSC/subscriber/new and sign up for email updates from the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).

DSHS has confirmed one case of Ebola in Dallas County, and has issued an alert that can be seen here www.dallascounty.org/department/hhs/documents/DSHS_EbolaTestHealthAlert.pdf. DSHS emphasizes that the virus is transmitted only through direct contact with the blood or body fluids of someone infected with the disease.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has developed a checklist www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/pdf/hospital-checklist-ebola-preparedness.pdf to use in case your organization identifies anyone who has traveled to or from an area affected by Ebola.

The checklist will help detect and respond appropriately to possible Ebola cases, while protecting clients and facility staff.

(10/3/2014)

National Medication Schedule Change

The Texas Board of Nursing, Texas Medical Board and Texas State Board of Pharmacy are encouraging all DADS providers to review the attached information, in PDF format, about the reclassification of hydrocodone combination products (HCPs) by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.

Remember, all providers that order, dispense, or prescribe HCPs in Texas must comply with requirements for prescribing Schedule II medications as set forth in state and federal law beginning Oct. 6, 2014.

(9/19/2014)

Culture Change Conference Updates

Continuing Education units have been authorized for participants in the 2014 Culture Change Joint Conference.

6.83 hours are authorized for social workers, licensed psychology professionals, ombudsmen, certified nurse aides, licensed nursing facility administrators, qualified developmental disability professionals and nursing facility activity directors.

“This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Texas Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.”

The conference is Sept. 26 at the Embassy Suites San Marcos. Early bird registration ends Sept. 19. To learn more, visit the conference site.

(9/18/2014)

Important Culture Change Conference Deadline Friday

You have until Friday, Sept. 19, to take advantage of the early bird conference registration for the 2014 Culture Change Conference.

The conference, which is hosted by the Texas Culture Change Coalition and the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services, is Sept. 26 at the Embassy Suites San Marcos, 1001 E. McCarty Lane, San Marcos, Texas. Visit the conference website for more information and to register.

(9/16/2014)

TxCCC/DADS 2014 Culture Change Conference

The Keys to Orchestrating a Person Centered Culture by Rethinking Care to Reconnect and Restore Quality in Life

Introducing Keynote Speaker: Erin Bonitto

This conference seeks to promote the preferences of individuals living or working in long term care settings to achieve healthy and happy outcomes for both those who live and serve there.

Registration
Online registrations can be paid by credit card through PayPal or by check. If paying by check, please enter all information online and choose check as your payment choice. Print your emailed confirmation and send to TxCCC with your payment. Please note if you are paying by check, registration is not considered complete until payment has been received. A link to conference materials will be sent to registrants prior to the conference.

Early Bird Registration has been EXTENDED to September 19th.

Register Now

(9/16/2014)

New Method for Providers to Submit Provider Investigation Reports to DADS

The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) is issuing this alert to inform the following providers about a new method to submit Forms 3613 and 3613-A Provider Investigation Reports (PIRs) to DADS Consumer Rights and Services (CRS):

  • Adult Day Care Facilities;
  • Assisted Living Facilities;
  • Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with an Intellectual Disability or Related Conditions;
  • Home and Community Support Services Agencies; and
  • Nursing Facilities.

DADS Regulatory Services will now accept a digital signature or a manual signature on Forms 3613 and 3613-A. Providers may send the PIR to CRS by email to CRSProvider@dads.state.tx.us. Please note that this mailbox is different from the CRS complaint mailbox.

Providers may also continue to mail or fax Forms 3613 and 3613-A to:

Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services
Consumer Rights and Services – Complaint Intake Unit
P.O. Box 149030, Mail Code E-249
Austin, TX 78714-9030
Toll-free FAX (877) 438-5827 or (512) 438-2722 or 2724

If you have questions about this alert, please contact a policy specialist in the Regulatory Services Policy, Rules and Curriculum Development unit at 512-438-3161.

(9/10/2014)

Region 6 Assisted Living Facility (ALF) /Adult Day Care (ADC) Provider Meeting to Be Held in Houston on September 30, 2014

You are invited to attend an Assisted Living Facility/Adult Day Care provider meeting presented by the Texas Department of Aging & Disability Services, Regulatory Services Division, Region 6 staff. The following topics will be presented:

  • ALF/ADC Legislative Updates
    Dotty Acosta, ALF/ADC Program Specialist, DADS Regulatory Services Division, Austin, TX
  • Role of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman – Advocates for Long-Term Care Residents
    Carmen Castro, MS, CHES, Managing Local Ombudsman, Harris County Long Term Care Ombudsman Program
  • Life Safety Code Updates
    Fred Worley, Life Safety Code Manager, DADS Regulatory Services Division, Administrator of Local Survey Operations, Austin, TX

This meeting will be held on September 30, 2014 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the United Way of Greater Houston, 50 Waugh, Houston, TX 77007. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. Please submit your questions for the presenters by the registration deadline for on-line registration by September 1, 2014. Registration is limited to four (4) providers per facility.

Register at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Region6ALFADC2014

(9/5/2014)

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