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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Special Open Door Forum on the IMPACT Act and Improving Care Coordination. The forum call is on Tuesday, December 12, 2017,  1:00-2:00 pm Central Standard Time. This is a conference call only. This Special Open Door Forum (SODF) will provide information and solicit feedback pertaining to the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 (commonly referred to as the IMPACT Act ) . This SODF will provide an update on RAND's national field test launch, describe planned stakeholder engagement activities for 2018, and highlight ways for stakeholders to remain engaged and informed during the upcoming ...
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Newly contracted Community Living Assistance and Support Services (CLASS) Case Management Agency (CMA) and current Direct Service Agency (DSA) employees are invited to attend the CLASS Provider Training. All attendees must work for a CMA or DSA that has a Health and Human Services approved CLASS contract. Feb. 6-7, 2018 8 a.m.-5 p.m. John H. Winters Human Services Complex 751 W. 51st Street Austin, TX 78751 Space is limited. To register, or for any questions, please email URTrainingRegistration@hhsc.state.tx.us . When registering, provide each participants full name, email address, agency name and vendor number. Registration confirmation will be ...
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If you are looking to satisfy the Texas HCSSA Administrator/Alternate Administrator training requirement online –look no further. The collaborative partnership of Home Care Information Network (HCIN) and TAHC&H develop, maintain and deliver online training programs of the highest quality, plus a learning experience that’s full of features and easy to use. As your partner in compliance, TAHC&H's experience working with the Texas Department of Aging & Disability Services is second to none, assuring you that the training you receive is truly what you need. The industry trusts TAHC&H to represent its best interests and you can trust TAHC&H and HCIN ...
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Earlier this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Division of Tuberculosis Elimination (DTBE) released provisional 2016 surveillance data on reported tuberculosis (TB) cases in the United States. The full report, entitled  Reported Tuberculosis in the United States, 2016 , is now available online. The 2016 TB Surveillance Report has additional information on TB trends, risk factors, and more.  The data are also available through CDC’s  AtlasPlus online tool . The DTBE has developed a  slide set ,  fact sheet ,  infographic , and  web graphics  with highlights from the surveillance report to support TB education and outreach to clinicians, ...
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Given the diversity of our Texas population, health care providers are continuously searching for resources to assist them with everyday communication and health literacy. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is a here to assist you with resources. In addition, CDC is always ready to accept feedback and learn from health care providers on implementing positive changes to make health information accurate, accessible, and actionable and health services people can understand and use. The CDC’s health literacy web site is a place that provides information, tools, and links on health literacy research, practice, and evaluation for public health topics ...
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is aware that the location search on  Hospice Compare  may return incorrect results.  As a result, CMS has provided a message on the home page of Hospice Compare informing users that when searching by location, the list of agencies provided may not serve the zip code, city, or state they entered.   The banner message states “ When searching by “location”, the list of agencies provided may or may not serve the Zip code, City, or State you entered. We suggest you call any hospice you select to confirm that they serve your area.”    Please note that the banner message recommends that consumers call hospice providers ...
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The Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services has published guidance on updating demographic data. The guide walks a provider through steps on how to verify and update hospice demographic data. The demographic data displayed on Hospice Compare is generated from the information stored in the Automated Survey Processing Environment (ASPEN) system. View guidance on how to update your demographic information, including address, telephone number, and ownership with your state ASPEN coordinator, as well as the cutoff dates for changes. NOTE: Updates to Hospice Provider demographic information do not happen in real-time and take approximately ...
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is committed to reducing improper payments in all of its programs, as evidenced by improper payment reduction efforts contained in the Fiscal Year 2018 President’s Budget. CMS’s new leadership is re-examining existing corrective actions and exploring new and innovative approaches to reducing improper payments, while minimizing burden for its partners. Due to the successes of actions we’ve put into place to reduce improper payments, the Medicare Fee-For-Service (FFS) improper payment rate decreased from 11.0 percent in 2016 to 9.5 percent in 2017, representing a $4.9 billion decrease in estimated improper payments. ...
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Members: Access Your FREE Journal HERE from Wound Care Education Institute (WCEI)  Articles featured in this issue include: Slough - the enemy of wound healing. Learn what it is and how to remove it.   Wound bed preparation: the importance of rapid and effective desloughing to promote healing.  The mysterious and even elusive biofilm. Read about current methods of identification and removal.   Recommendations for the management of biofilm: a consensus document.  How sweet it is! All about honey and wound healing.   Manuka honey in wound management: greater than the sum of its parts?  ...
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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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