DADS will host a webinar on July 14 to inform DAHS stakeholders of proposed changes regarding program eligibility criteria and documentation requirements. This is being done because of technical difficulties experienced at the July 1, 2015, DAHS stakeholder meeting.
DAHS provider staff may register for this webinar at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2884993534669190145.
The focus of the webinar will be:
Stakeholders can find links to the draft rule amendments and other related documents on the DADS website.(7/7/2015)
The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) issued a health advisory alert regarding an increase in Cyclospora infections on June 22, 2015. A total of 80 cases have been reported to DSHS as of June 29, 2015.
In the letter DSHS indicates, "Although no common exposure source for the increase in cases has yet been identified, past outbreaks in the U.S. have been associated with consumption of imported fresh produce, including cilantro, pre-packaged salad mix, raspberries, basil, snow peas and mesclun lettuce. Thorough washing of fresh produce is recommended, but may not eliminate the risk of transmission because Cyclospora can be difficult to wash off all types of produce. Infection is generally not transmitted directly from person-to-person."
Read the health advisory that contains guidance for healthcare providers. (When you click on this link, it will download to your computer and not open in your browser window.)
Healthcare providers and laboratories should promptly report confirmed cyclosporiasis cases to their respective local health department or DSHS (Phone: 1-800-705-8868, Fax: 512-776-7616).(6/30/2015)
DADS providers can now register for a free, one-day Houston Healthcare Hurricane and Emergency Preparedness Summit at the George R. Brown Convention Center.
The event is aimed at healthcare professionals who provide direct and medical care in non-hospital settings including nursing homes, home health, assisted living facilities and hospice.
Topics will include:
Questions can be directed to the City of Houston Office of Emergency Management at 713-884-4500.(6/30/2015)
The Texas OIG List of Excluded Individuals and Entities (LEIE) website is unavailable until June 22, 2015. DADS providers are required to continue to check the Federal OIG LEIE and attempt to access the State OIG LEIE. The State OIG LEIE screen will return a message, “This site is currently Unavailable, please check back later.” Providers should print this screen, keep it on file, and be sure to check the website again on Monday, June 22, 2015. If the search identifies an excluded individual or entity, please report to HHSC-OIG the identity of the excluded individual or entity and any amount paid to that individual or entity, by accessing the HHSC-OIG self-reporting protocol, Section III. (Unavailable until June 22, 2015).(6/19/2015)
DAHS stakeholders are invited to a meeting July 1 from 9-11:30 a.m. at the Brown-Heatly Building, Public Hearing Room, 4900 N. Lamar Blvd., in Austin. This meeting will be webcast.
If you need an accommodation because of physical, visual or hearing impairment, please send a request to firstname.lastname@example.org at least 5 business days before the meeting.(6/19/2015)
DADS is seeking stakeholder feedback regarding proposed changes to the DAHS Provider Manual, eligibility forms, and TAC Chapter 48, Subchapter H. Please send your feedback by close of business July 15, 2015, to email@example.com.
The DAHS Stakeholder Involvement webpage provides draft revisions of:
Note: The meeting date has changed from July 2 to July 1.
DAHS stakeholders are invited to a meeting July 1 from 9-11:30 a.m. at the Brown-Heatly Building, Public Hearing Room, 4900 N. Lamar Blvd., in Austin. This meeting also will be webcast.
Webcast details, a meeting agenda, links to the draft rule amendments and other related documents will be available soon. Stakeholders will be notified when that happens.
The focus of the meeting will be:
If you need an accommodation because of physical, visual or hearing impairment, please send a request to firstname.lastname@example.org at least 5 business days before the meeting.(6/12/2015)
DADS has added a new menu tab titled Contract Monitoring on the ADC / DAHS Provider Resources website.
The new menu tab contains information providers can easily access regarding current contract monitoring policy, including:
The TAC Rule Key is a tool intended to help clarify which TAC Rules and Provider Handbook Sections are associated with the standards on the DAHS Contract Monitoring Workbook.
Email questions to email@example.com.(6/12/2015)
DADS has published a new website that provides information about the upcoming ICD-10 transition. This website provides:
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)
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.
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)
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