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DADS Launches Medicaid Re-enrollment Website

DADS Medicaid providers that render services either through Medicaid managed care organizations or traditional fee-for-service Medicaid are required to revalidate their information every 3-5 years. In Texas, the deadline for the next re-enrollment is March 24, 2016.

To help providers better understand this process, DADS has created a Texas Medicaid LTSS Provider Re-enrollment website at http://www.dads.state.tx.us/providers/mpre/. The site includes a mailbox to submit questions and an enrollment FAQ. An application fee schedule, provider risk matrix and the reenrollment application will be added to the site as they become available.

Questions can be emailed to Texas.Medicaid.Enrollment@dads.state.tx.us.

(9/3/2015)

Miscellaneous FFS Claim Cutoff for FY2013 is Noon, Aug. 11, 2015

DADS providers that have any unbilled miscellaneous fee-for-services (FFS) claims from fiscal year 2013 (Sept. 1, 2012, to Aug. 31, 2013) must submit them by Noon, Aug. 11, 2015.

Miscellaneous FFS claims occur when the service dates are earlier than two prior fiscal years plus the current fiscal year.

More information is available in PDF format on the TMHP website.

(8/6/2015)

DADS Seeking Input on ADRC Process

Do you want to give your input about how DADS can offer services through the aging and disability resource centers (ADRCs)? What about letting us know what you think about a system that would allow people who need services to call one number to get information about long-term care services?

If so, you have three ways to participate:

  • Come to an ADRC Strategic Planning Listening Forums Aug. 4 in Austin and San Antonio, Aug. 5 in Houston or Dallas, or Aug. 6 in El Paso.
  • Participate in a webinar Aug. 10 or 11.
  • Submit written comments via email by close of business Aug. 12.

More information is available in PDF format.

(8/3/2015)

Unavailability of the Texas OIG List of Excluded Individuals and Entities

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)

Civil Money Penalty (CMP) Funds Available to Fund Projects

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.

For more information about this process and an application, please visit the DADS CMP Funds for Projects website.

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)

Rules in 40 TAC Chapter 62, Contracting to Provide Transition Assistance Services, are Adopted

Amendments to several sections, new rules, and rule repeals in 40 TAC Chapter 62 have been adopted effective July 1, 2015.

Notice of the adoption was published in the May 22, 2015, issue of the Texas Register.

Questions about this alert can be sent to TAS@dads.state.tx.us.

(5/28/2015)

Register Now for Dementia in Long-term Care and Community Settings

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:

  • Attend a keynote by Dr. G. Allen Power, internationally renowned author and geriatrician
  • Experience the world as a person with dementia by taking part in a virtual dementia tour
  • Learn how music can trigger memories in people with dementia

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)

DADS to Require New Forms as Part of Contracting Process

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.carleton-morales@dads.state.tx.us.

Email questions about this policy to Sylvia.kauffman@hhsc.state.tx.us.

(4/6/2015)

DADS Proposed Rule Changes to TAC Chapters 51 and 62

DADS stakeholders have until February 8, 2015, to provide written comments on proposed rule changes in Chapter 51, Medically Dependent Children Program, and 62, Contracting to Provide Transition Assistance Services.

The proposed rules were published in the January 9, 2015, issue of the Texas Register.

Written comments may be submitted by mail to:
Texas Register Liaison
Legal Services-13R19
Department of Aging and Disability Services W-615
P.O. Box 149030
Austin, Texas 78714-9030

They also can be faxed to 512-438-5759 or emailed to rulescomments@dads.state.tx.us. Please include " Comments on Proposed Rule 13R19" in the subject line of faxes or emails.

Questions can be directed to debra.campbell@dads.state.tx.us.

(1/14/2015)

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)

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