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)
DADS plans to propose rules concerning personal attendant base wages. The rules apply to certain community services contractors, consumer directed services employers and financial management service agencies.
The proposed rules have a planned effective date of Sept. 1, 2015. Pending legislative approval of appropriations, the proposal will be presented to the Medical Care Advisory Committee on June 9, 2015, and the Texas Aging and Disability Services Council on June 11, 2015. The proposed rules are scheduled to be published in the Texas Register on June 26, 2015. Comments on the proposed rules may be submitted in accordance with the instructions in the notice of proposed rules.
The proposed rules will implement the 2016-17 General Appropriations Act (Article II, Special Provisions, House Bill 1, 84th Legislature, Regular Session, 2015), by requiring certain community services contractors and FMSAs to pay a minimum base wage to an employee or subcontractor of a contractor or an employee of a CDS employer providing certain attendant services. Specifically, the proposed rules will change the base wage certain contractors and FMSAs must pay a personal attendant from $7.86/hour to $8/hour. The proposed rules also will change the base wage an employer or designated representative must budget to pay an employee providing certain services through the CDS option from $7.86/hour to $8/hour.
The proposed increase in the base wage for a personal attendant will apply to:
Questions can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.(5/26/2015)
Do you provide services to, care for or have a relationship with someone who has dementia? Then register now for the free “Texas Taking the Next Step: Dementia in Long-term Care and Community Settings” conference in Austin on Aug. 20 at the Palmer Events Center. The first 600 registrants will receive a free copy of the book “Untangling Alzheimer’s” by Tom Cummings.
The event is sponsored by the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services and Texas State University.
Participants will be able to:
Continuing education will be available; details will be available soon.
Questions about the event can be emailed to Claudia.Leal@dads.state.tx.us.(5/5/2015)
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 email@example.com(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
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