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The Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) is a nationally recognized accreditation organization with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) deeming authority for Home Health, Hospice, and DMEPOS. ACHC Surveyors and Account Advisors are friendly and helpful, ensuring you obtain the highest-quality accreditation and helping you improve your business and provide excellent patient care. Utilizing a collaborative approach, ACHC has become synonymous with exceptional value and providing an outstanding customer experience. TAHC&H members can take advantage of exclusive membership discounts towards ACHC Accreditation services.  Click here ...
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Texas residents in counties impacted by Hurricane Harvey will not have to worry about vehicle titling and registration requirements for the next 45 days. Today Governor Greg Abbott suspended certain statutes related to the enforcement of title and registration laws in the 58 counties included in the state’s disaster declaration: Angelina Comal Karnes Refugio Aransas DeWitt Kerr Sabine Atascosa Fayette Kleberg San Jacinto Austin ...
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​The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is granting exceptions under certain Medicare quality reporting and value-based purchasing programs to acute care hospitals, PPS-exempt cancer hospitals, inpatient psychiatric facilities, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, hospices, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, outpatient dialysis facilities, long-term care hospitals, and ambulatory surgical centers located in areas affected by Hurricane Harvey due to the devastating impact of the storm. These providers will be granted exceptions without having to submit an extraordinary circumstances exception request if they are located in one of ...
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​The Health and Human Services Commission and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) are waiving certain regulatory requirements in response to Harvey . Read the full document in PDF format .   Waiver for Home and Community Support Services Agencies (HCSSAs):  Home Health - OASIS Transmission Requirements Waiver of Federal Requirement CMS has authority under the 1135 waiver to modify the Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS) transmission requirements for Medicare-certified home health agencies. See I-2 question and response in the CMS FAQ document. If you have a specific waiver request related to OASIS transmission ...
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The Texas Tribune online news has posted an article on resources for getting help and assistance if you are a victim or you are helping someone effected by Hurricane Harvey. Click here to be linked to the article.  Next you can click here to go to the Texas Tribune  page dedicated to everything they have posted for Hurricane Harvey.
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As the sun is rising over the gulf coast of Texas for the first time in days the reality of the destruction that Hurricane Harvey produced will begin to be revealed. With all the information that is pouring out to provide everyone resources, this one is probably the most comprehensive as it will then allow you to further find paths of information that you may need to register with FEMA, contact the Red Cross, determine road closure and those that are open. The Office of the Governor will continue to update this page as more services and information are available so bookmark this page. Click here to be redirected to the T exas Hurricane Center .
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​The Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) is reminding Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) mandated Providers that are unable to call in and/or call out because of Hurricane Harvey will need to complete visit maintenance for those visits using Reason Code 130; Disaster or Emergency to document service delivery in the EVV system.    Reason Code 130 is used when an attendant or assigned staff is unable to provide all or part of the scheduled services due to a disaster (e.g., flood, tornado, ice storm, fire, etc.) or other emergency (e.g., EMS must be called). Reason Code 130 is a preferred reason code. Please remember that Free text is required ...
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​The National Hurricane Center is predicting that Tropical Storm Harvey is likely to become a hurricane that will approach the Texas coast on Friday, August 25. This storm may produce hurricane force winds and rain, storm surge flooding, as well as prolonged heavy rainfall and flooding across parts of Texas into next week. The Health and Human Services website provides information and resources related this storm. Please bookmark this link and check back frequently for updates: https://apps.hhs.texas.gov/hurricane/bulletin.cfm?id=23 Providers in the impacted areas should be ready to implement their emergency preparedness plans. If your facility is impacted ...
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RCTCLearn.Net is proud to announce Champion Caregivers of Fort Worth as the agency member with the highest usage of RCTCLearn.Net training within the association!  Champion Caregivers successfully completed 167 courses during 2016.  During 2016, association members completed 1976 courses and the overall satisfaction rate of individuals taking these classes was 99%. If you haven't taken advantage of this free services from TAHC&H, or want more information on how to sign up your employees, click here . Champion - your trophy is on its way!
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Do you or one of your employees need training on the new ICD-10 codes that go into effect on October 1? Attend our 1.5 day training on September 12-13, 2017 in San Antonio to get up to speed on not only the updated codes, but improve your coding practice and payment accuracy!  The workshop is designed to enhance your coding knowledge and gain a deeper understanding of ICD-10 Coding. Providers cannot risk increased error rates or improper or slow claims payments due to inappropriate coding or errors. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from national coding expert, Laura Waddle who brings over 30 years of nursing and coding experience to the training.  A few ...
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Please be aware that if you provide any services through the Home and Community-based Services (HCS) and Texas Home Living (TxHML) waivers, HHSC has released an information letter on the cutoff date for FY 2017 Fee-for-Service (FFS) Claims Processing. If you have any unfiled FY 2017 FFS claims, you have until 12:00 PM, Friday, August 25, 2017, to submit them. Important Reminder: FFS claims can take up to 24 hours to process after being submitted to the Texas Medicaid & Healthcare Partnership (TMHP). Here is a list of a few of the providers this applies to: Community Attendant Services (CAS) Providers Community Living Assistance and Support Services ...
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Please be aware that if you provide any services through the 1915(c) waivers, HHSC has released an information letter on the cutoff date for FY 2017 Fee-for-Service (FFS) Claims Processing. If you have any unfiled FY 2017 FFS claims, you have until 12:00 PM, Friday, August 25, 2017, to submit them. Important Reminder: FFS claims can take up to 24 hours to process after being submitted to the Texas Medicaid & Healthcare Partnership (TMHP). Here is a list of a few of the providers this applies to: Community Attendant Services (CAS) Providers Community Living Assistance and Support Services (CLASS) Providers Consumer Managed Personal Attendant ...
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Texas Health and Human Services has released their “HCBS Assessment Results: Intellectual and Developmental Disability Program External Assessment Report” for stakeholders to review. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a final rule that defines the settings in which states can offer Medicaid Home and Community Based Services (HCBS). Initially CMS gave states five years to put the new rule into effect, but a three-year extension was granted making the new deadline March 2022. As part of the statewide project to assess compliance with the settings component of the CMS HCBS rule, the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services ...
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​National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) is an annual observance to highlight the importance of vaccinations. All adults should get vaccines to protect their health. Even healthy adults can become seriously ill and can pass certain illnesses on to others. Talk to your Medicare patients about vaccines they may need, including influenza, pneumococcal, and hepatitis B. For More Information: Medicare Preventive Services  Educational Tool Medicare Part B Immunization Billing: Seasonal Influenza Virus, Pneumococcal, and Hepatitis B  Educational Tool Mass Immunizers and Roster Billing: Simplified Billing for Influenza Virus and Pneumococcal Vaccinations ...
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Texas Health and Human Services (HHS) will be having their quarterly Managed Care Advisory Committee Meeting on Thursday, August 17, at 10:00 AM, in the Brown-Heatly Public Hearing Room at 4900 North Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX 78751. If you are not available to attend in person you can watch at the following link: https://hhs.texas.gov/about-hhs/communications-events/live-archived-meetings These meetings are a great way to stay informed about recommendations and input being provided to HHS on statewide implementation and operation of Medicaid Managed Care. The Agenda for the Meeting is as Follows: Call to order Roll call Welcoming remarks ...
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Annual Meeting Rooftop Glow Party Over $1,000 in raffle prizes, drinks, appetizers, glow giveaways and more! Benefiting the Home Care & Hospice Defense Fund Grand Prize Announced: Dell Inspiron 15 5000 2-in-1  Laptop ! Attending our  Annual Meeting  this August in The Woodlands? Get your glow on at our pre-conference Rooftop Glow Party benefiting the Home Care & Hospice Defense Fund! Register with conference or at the door.  Event Details Where:  Crush Wine Lounge (20 Waterway Ave The Woodlands, TX 77380 - 2 min walking distance from the hotel), second floor lounge When:  Tuesday, August 8 (Night before the conference ...
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Annual Meeting Rooftop Glow Party Over $700 in raffle prizes, drinks, appetizers, glow giveaways and more! Benefiting the Home Care & Hospice Defense Fund Grand Prize Announced: Dell Inspiron 15 5000 2-in-1 Laptop ! Attending our Annual Meeting this August in The Woodlands? Get your glow on at our pre-conference Rooftop Glow Party benefiting the Home Care & Hospice Defense Fund! Register with conference or at the door. Find out more below or on the event website . Event Details Where: Crush Wine Lounge (20 Waterway Ave The Woodlands, TX 77380 - 2 min walking distance from the hotel), second ...
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There is now traction in the Texas Legislature to address drastic cuts to the Medicaid therapy program made in 2015. Even though partial restorations were made in the most recent general session, the restorations will likely go unrealized due to proposed policy changes. These threats have already driven providers out of business and begun to impact network adequacy for fragile children. Leaders in the Texas House of Representatives are ready to act to protect critical Medicaid therapy services. State Representative Sarah Davis (R-West University Place) has introduced HB 25, legislation which would reverse therapy cuts and passed out of committee unanimously. ...
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104 calls and 22 messages placed so far asking our Members of Congress to support legislation reforming the Face-to-Face rule in Medicare home health! There is still time to reach out to our federal lawmakers before the August recess and ask them to co-sponsor the Home Health Documentation and Program Improvement Act authored by Representative Kenny Marchant (R-Dallas). The current list of co-sponsors from Texas is: Rep. Bill Flores (R-Waco), Rep. Sam Johnson (R-Plano), Rep. Pete Olson (R-Sugar Land), Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Dallas), and Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Amarillo). Please make a call or write a message today to ask your U.S. Representative to support ...
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Annual Meeting Rooftop Glow Party Over $700 in raffle prizes, drinks, appetizers, glow giveaways and more! Benefiting the Home Care & Hospice Defense Fund Grand Prize Announced: Dell Inspiron 15 5000 2-in-1 Laptop ! Attending our Annual Meeting this August in The Woodlands? Get your glow on at our pre-conference Rooftop Glow Party benefiting the Home Care & Hospice Defense Fund! Register with conference or at the door. Find out more below or on the event website . Event Details Where: Crush Wine Lounge (20 Waterway Ave The Woodlands, TX 77380 - 2 min walking distance from the hotel) When: Tuesday, August 8 (Night before ...
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