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.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Email questions about this policy to Sylvia.email@example.com.(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 firstname.lastname@example.org.(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.email@example.com.(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 firstname.lastname@example.org(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 email@example.com.(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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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)
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 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.
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)
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)
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