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You've still got time to register for TAHC&H's Pediatric or Community Care Conference, May 9 in Austin!  Overflow hotel still has a group rate of $139 available until Monday, May 1st - call Hampton Inn at (512) 442-4040.  It's just across the parking lot from host hotel, OMNI Southpark.  Don't miss this opportunity for some great education!
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Development and Maintenance of Post-Acute Care Cross-Setting Standardized Assessment Data (Second Public Comment) - Comment period opens on April 26, 2017 and closes on June 26, 2017.   The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has contracted with the RAND Corporation to develop standardized patient/resident assessment data elements in alignment with the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 ( IMPACT Act ). CMS seeks comments from stakeholders on data elements that meet the IMPACT Act domains of cognitive function and mental status; medical conditions and co-morbidities; impairments; medication reconciliation; and care ...
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Pediatric Care Providers & Community Care Providers: Don't miss your opportunity May 9th  for great education!   Pedi - hear about the puzzle of contracting with MCOs; what to expect when TMHP or HHS-IG  requests your records; and, how to help clients navigate medicaid fair hearings.   Community Care -  this is your chance to hear about compliance with labor laws in EVV; compliance and self reporting in a hyper-compliance environment; and audits - Inspector General Stuart W. Bowen will give you "take-home" advice on issues that trigger investigations.  Both conferences offer a Legislative Update, too!   Today, 4/21 at 5:00 pm is the last day for the $139 group ...
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Texas Health and Human Services announced on Thursday, April 13, that registration for joint training is now open for San Antonio, Uvalde, Arlington, and Aransas Pass Health and Community Support Service Agencies (HCSSAs). Trainings for, “Managing Complaints in Home and Community Support Services Agencies” have a $50.00 fee. Times and dates are below: San Antonio April 18, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Uvalde May 2, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Arlington May 23, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Aransas Pass June 6, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Trainings for, “Most Frequently Cited Deficiencies and Violations for Home and Community Support Services Agencies” are ...
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Good news! There is now another way for Texas Association for Home Care & Hospice (TAHC&H) members to submit Regulatory Inquiries and Managed Care Organization Issues through the TAHC&H website! Log in to http://www.tahch.org , click on the “Regulatory” button, look at the left side of the drop down menu for “Regulatory Inquiry” and “MCO Issues”, and click on either one. This will open the selected page where a member can then fill out the form and submit to TAHC&H Regulatory. These forms are sent directly to TAHC&H Regulatory staff whom will respond to your online inquiry or MCO issue within 24 hours of receiving it. By using these forms, members will help ...
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Representatives from home care agencies specializing Medicaid therapy services gathered at Texas Health & Human Services (HHS) on Wednesday, April 12, to give testimony on the proposed rule to reduce the reimbursement rates for therapy assistants to 70 percent of the rate paid to a licensed therapist. The hearing room held over 100 individuals who had traveled to Austin to testify on the proposed rule including dozens of members from the Texas Association for Home Care & Hospice (TAHC&H). Testifying on behalf of TAHC&H was J.R. Top, Research & Policy Specialist, whose testimony can be read here . TAHC&H is opposed to the rule based on its ...
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Good news! There is now another way for Texas Association for Home Care & Hospice (TAHC&H) members to submit Regulatory Inquiries and Managed Care Organization Issues through the TAHC&H website! This is a MEMBERS ONLY BENEFIT!!! By using these forms, TAHC&H will be able to respond faster to member inquiries and well MCO issues. This will allow TAHC&H to gather data to analyze inquiries and issues for faster identification of; educational needs, regulatory problems, and whether or not issues are individualized or systemic. These forms are not meant to supplant the TAHC&H forums, or the emails and telephone calls that members can make to TAHC&H Regulatory, ...
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Just Added!   May 4th WEBINAR on Improving Wound Related Outcomes & Revenue Management .  Learn about effective wound management that is based on a holistic approach – incorporating wound etiology, co-morbidities, nutrition/hydration status and social factors. Additionally, focus is placed on the importance of cost effective use of resources and assessment accuracy which reflects improvement in outcomes. Re gister now
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Join your fellow home care & hospice advocates at the Texas State Capitol on Thursday, May 11! On our last planned advocacy event of the 2017 Texas Legislative Session, see the sights of the Capitol and speak to legislators about important bills affecting home care and hospice. There will also be an opportunity to hear a proclamation on the House floor! Sign up here
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There are two hearings taking place next week in Austin affecting home care & hospice. We need as many TAHC&H members as possible to attend! Please email governmentaffairs@tahch.org if you plan to attend. Monday, April 10 at 8:00am House Human Services Hearing Texas State Capitol, Room E2.030 This hearing will cover HB 3982, relating to the administration and operation of the Mediciad program in a managed care model. TAHC&H is in strong support of this bill as it gives protections to providers operating in Medicaid managed care. Show your support of this bill by coming to the hearing! Wednesday, April 12 at 9:00am Hearing at HHSC on Proposed Rule ...
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TAHC&H Lobby Day Recap

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TAHC&H members came to the Texas Capitol this week from home care agencies in Dallas, Houston, Austin, San Antonio, the Rio Grande Valley, and East Texas. 10 advocates attended the Lobby Day advocacy event, once again showing their dedication to the success of home care! As the Legislative Session and budget process heats up, our TAHC&H members advocated for the following: Oversight in Medicaid managed care by co-sponsoring SB 1776/HB 3982 Support community care by voting for any budget amendments to increase funding to community care or to give regulatory relief from Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) Support speech, occupational, and physical ...
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So far, TAHC&H members have sent 294 emails and made 27 calls to legislators about the SB 1776/HB 3982 legislation to give oversight in Medicaid managed care! We are asking our State Representatives and State Senators to sign-on as co-sponsors of this important bill. This is our chance to achieve protections for providers and improve Medicaid managed care oversight. We must keep up the work to make this legislation a widely supported and bipartisan bill. Use the TAHC&H action center to contact your legislators directly. The contact information and talking points are provided for you once your enter your contact information. Call to Support Oversight in ...
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Want to know the most common issues that trigger IG investigations and audits? Attend TAHC&H's May 9th Community Care Conference to hear the answer straight from Inspector General Stuart W. Bowen, Jr. as he speaks about Audits, Audits Everywhere! Inspector General's "Take-Home:" Advice to Providers . Other sessions include Compliance with Labor Laws in EVV & other Tracking Systems ; Juggling Self-Reports, Internal Reports and Oblivious Employees-Compliance and Self-Reporting in a Hyper-Compliance Environment, and Community Care Legislative Update . Hurry - early bird registration rate ends on Monday, 4/10.
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Texas Health and Human Services (HHS), Texas OASIS Helpdesk just released their April 2017 OASIS Matters newsletter . This newsletter is a great resource for all Licensed and Certified Home Health Services (L&CHHS). The April 2017 OASIS Matters Newsletter has information on: Denial of Home Health Payments When Required Patient Assessment Is Not Received Information about the CMS update to the Home Health Quality Reporting Program Updates on, and links to information on claims and assessments OASIS Item Reviews How to Apply OASIS Guidance Focus on QualityOASIS Reporting, Final Validation Reports The April 2017 OASIS Matters newsletter ...
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What are the rights of MCOs in negotiating contracts with providers, and what are the rights of providers in negotiating with MCOs? Find out at TAHC&Hs May 9 th Pediatric Conference session, Unravel the Puzzle of Contracting with Managed Care , presented by Michelle Missy Apodaca, Attorney, Haynes and Boone, LLP. Note: Early bird rate ends Monday! Register here
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The Center for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) just published the following rules delaying the effective date of the Conditions of Participation (CoPs) by 6 additional months, to January 13 th , 2018 . The announcement also further delays one section of the rule [484.65(d)] related to performance improvement projects to July 13, 2018 . Citing the need for agencies to develop processes that will take additional time, this rule allows agencies to gain the education they need and make the changes necessary to conform to the new regulations. We are continuing our series of education on the CoPs to help agencies do just that. Remember to register, ...
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Today, Friday, March 31, 2017, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) posted a notice that they have paused Pre-Claim Review (PCR) for Illinois for 30 days and will not move forward in FL on April 1. We will continue to keep you updated on what the Health and Human Services (HHS) and CMS plans to do next. We have been working in a coalition of the five demonstration states and with the national associations to bring this demonstration to a close. Our last letter was sent to Dr. Price, just this week. Click here to read. HHS and CMS are looking at other alternatives to PCR and have committed to continue to work with the industry to ...
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For immediate release March 31, 2017 Contact: Bill Noble, (512) 296-4651 bnoble@noblestrategic.com The following statement is from Rachel Hammon, executive director of the Texas Association for Home Care & Hospice: We thank House members for restoring budget funds to provide medically necessary therapy to children with disabilities. The budget funds restored in the House Supplemental Budget along with the repeal of the additional harmful policy changes, sends a clear message from the House that children with disabilities in Texas deserve access to appropriate healthcare. Many disabled children in Texas have already lost care or are experiencing long delays ...
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Our Texas Homecare & Hospice PAC had an eventful year in 2016 - complete with an election, two Congressional fundraisers exclusive to home care donors, and our PAC party on top of ongoing fundraising efforts! Visit tahch.org/pac to learn more or make a donation! See what home care's voice in elections was able to accomplish by viewing our 2016 report here or below! Contributions to the Texas Homecare & Hospice PAC are not tax deductible for federal purposes.
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The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) announces phase one implementation of the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Assessment pilot project. Information Letter No. 17-08 IDD Assessment Pilot Project Phase One Implementation. The letter states that DADS/HHSC has entered into a contract with FEi Systems to complete phase one of the pilot project. The vendor - Kepro will begin reach out to individuals/LARs on April 3, 2017 in certain areas (see IL for more information). Those who volunteer to participate will schedule a time to complete the assessment with the vendor between May 1, 2017 and August 31, 2017. Register ...
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