DADS Provider News, Alerts & Bulletins —
Adult Day Care/Day Activity and Health Services (ADC/DAHS)
Adult Day Care Stakeholder Meeting to be held July 26 in Austin
The next Adult Day Care Stakeholder meeting is Thursday, July 26, from 10 a.m. to noon in the John H. Winters Complex Public Hearing Room (Room 125), 701 W. 51st. St., Austin TX.
DADS’ staff will address new processes for Day Activity and Health Services (DAHS). On September 1, 2012, DAHS is being added as a CBA and MDCP waiver service.
RSVP is not required but preferred. Submit RSVPs or questions to firstname.lastname@example.org(5/22/2012)
Electronic Document Submission pilot project: survey now available
Currently the Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) is conducting an Electronic Document Submission (EDS) Pilot in Regions 6 (Houston), 2/9 (Lubbock/Abilene), and 7 (Central Texas) to test the usefulness of submitting referral documents by e-mail between DADS and provider agencies. If your agency provides services in one or more of these regions where the pilot is being conducted (whether or not your agency participated in the pilot), please take a few minutes to complete the attached survey. Your input will assist DADS in gathering information regarding the effectiveness of the EDS Pilot. DADS values your input and would appreciate your responses to the survey by May 25, 2012.
Please click on the following link https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/EDS_Pilot_Survey to complete the 2-minute survey. DADS appreciates your input, which will help us evaluate the success of the pilot project.(5/16/2012)
Region 4/5 Assisted Living and Adult Day Care Providers: Annual Provider Meeting scheduled for June 27
This meeting is limited to providers located in Region 4/5.
DADS Region 4/5 Regulatory Services plans a Provider Meeting annually to meet with all Assisted Living and Adult Day Care providers. The purpose of this provider meeting is to encourage open communication between you, the provider, and Regulatory Services staff. The meeting for the northern part of Region 4/5 is on Wednesday June 27, 2012, from 2-4 p.m. at the University of Texas at Tyler's Ornelas Activity Center located at 3402 Old Omen Road in Tyler. Each facility may send up to three staff members. Please note that the registration deadline for this meeting is June 15, 2012.
Complete the online registration form provided in the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/XNGJ3VS(5/3/2012)
Request for Comments Related to Utilization Review for Day Activity and Health Services (DAHS)
The Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) is expanding utilization management and review (UMR) activities to include review of DAHS, effective June 1, 2012.
Additional information will be published prior to implementation.
DAHS providers are invited to submit comments on the following:
- Utilization review questions (PDF) planned for DAHS, and
- Document Request form (PDF). Utilization review staff will use the form to request documents from the DAHS facility. Some documents may need to be submitted for one year and others for a shorter period of time.
Please submit your comments on the attached documents by no later than close of business on 5-11-2012 to Gaylyn Pfahles, at email@example.com (5/3/2012)
Regions 2, 9 and 10 Adult Day Care Providers Meeting
You are invited to attend a meeting held by the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS), - Regulatory Services Division (RSD) from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on May 15 in El Paso. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at 4801 Osborne Dr., El Paso Police Department, West Side Regional Command Center. Please park in the parking lot west of the credit union (just past the rock wall). Presentation is by DADS Architectural Program Manager Fred Worley.
The purpose of this meeting is to encourage open communication and provide information. The topics on the agenda include:
- Licensing Rules and NFPA 101 Life Safety Code for Adult Day Care Facilities
- Emergency Preparedness Rules for Adult Day Care Facilities
- NFPA vs. IBC (International Building Code)
- How to Prepare for the Final Inspection
Please register your attendance via the link below. If you do not have computer access and would like to attend the meeting, please call (325) 795-5570 to register.
To register online, please go to the link below:
Repeal of rules for certain Memoranda of Understanding
The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services plans to propose the repeal of various rules that contain the text of memoranda of understanding (MOUs) or which adopt an MOU by reference. In some cases, the MOU is addressed in another DADS rule and the repeal eliminates duplicative rules. In other cases, the statutory requirement requiring agencies to adopt the MOU no longer exists or the statute does not require DADS to be a party to the MOU.
DADS will present the proposed repeals the Aging and Disability Services Council on June 7, 2012.
DSHS Case Management for Children and Pregnant Women
Case Management for Children and Pregnant Women is a Texas Medicaid benefit for eligible children birth to age 20 with a health condition or health risk and for high-risk pregnant women of any age. Case Managers help access medical and dental services, medical equipment and supplies, mental and behavioral health services, educational services, and other services that may impact the individual's health care. For more information go to www.dshs.state.tx.us/caseman.
To make a referral, call 1-877-THSTEPS or download a referral form at www.dshs.state.tx.us/caseman.(3/30/2012)
Proposed changes to Adult Day Care and Day Activity and Health Services Rules
DADS is in the process of revising Title 40 of the Texas Administrative Code Chapters 98, 51 and 48 in order to implement the new 1915i state plan service and include DAHS as a waiver service for Community-based Alternatives and Medically Dependent Children Program. These changes will be effective 9/1/12. In order to meet the rule revision deadlines and ensure stakeholder feedback, DADS is requesting that DAHS providers review the draft rule packet available at Adult Day Care and Day Activity and Health Services Rule Changes. DADS is planning to discuss the rule packet at the DAHS stakeholder meeting scheduled for March 6th. Please plan to provide comments at the meeting or in writing by March 6th.
Written comments can be sent to DADS policy staff at PDO@dads.state.tx.us.(3/1/2012)
Electronic Document Submissions (EDS) Pilot
The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) is requesting additional providers serving individuals located in the areas listed below to join the EDS pilot. Providers in the above DADS programs will be able to transmit and receive forms electronically to and from DADS regional staff. Participation by additional providers will assist DADS in determining the success of the pilot by monitoring the effects of increased data volume on systems used in the pilot.
The goal of the pilot project is to ease administrative requirements for providers by enabling faster and more accurate communication utilizing electronic communication methods. If you have questions regarding this information or need additional information on registering for the pilot being conducted in the areas listed below, please contact the Policy Development and Oversight mailbox at PDO@dads.state.tx.us.
EDS Pilot Areas
Houston office - 1332 E. 40th location
- Harris County
- McLennan County
- Community Service Providers: Midland, Ector, and Martin Counties
- CBA Providers only: Andrews, Borden, Gaines, Glasscock, Martin, Midland and Upton Counties
- MDCP Providers only: Andrews, Borden, Crane, Crockett, Dawson, Ector, Gaines, Glasscock, Howard, Loving, Martin, Midland, Pecos, Reagan, Reeves, Scurry, Terrell, Upton, Ward, and Winkler Counties
- Ector County
- CCAD Providers: Loving, Reeves, and Ward Counties
- CBA Providers: Loving and Reeves Counties
HHSC response to STAR+PLUS inquiries
The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) has responded to inquiries about authorization and billing issues in the STAR+PLUS expansion contract. The questions are from long-term services and supports providers in the Hidalgo, El Paso and Lubbock service delivery areas. Please click here to read the HHSC response.(2/22/2012)
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