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Join your home care & hospice colleagues from across the state at the Texas Capitol at our second TAHC&H Lobby Day of the 2017 Legislative Session! Special Kids Day will highlight Medicaid pediatric services like therapy to legislators. TAHC&H members will meet in Sam Houston Bldg Room 210 from 8:00am to 9:00am to get their materials and go over talking points. TAHC&H will make appointments with members on budget committees; however, if you would like to meet with your own State Senator and Representative, please make your own appointment. Sign up here!
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TAHC&H's Community Care Day at the Capitol has been moved up to Wednesday, March 22! Join fellow providers at the Capitol to highlight the importance of community care services and their funding to state legislators deciding our next state budget! On this day, we will highlight the importance of community care programs, personal attendant services, and Medicaid funding & policies affecting us. By advocating, you help the message that home care is the leading solution in health care. Please sign up to attend here .
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TAHC&H members gathered at the Texas Capitol early Wednesday for a hearing by the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Article II , tasked with creating the next biennium budget for health & human services items. The hearing started promptly at 7:30am led by Chairwoman Sarah Davis (R-134-West University Place) and is currently livestreaming here . Throughout the hearing, providers of community care services, Medicaid therapy services, and private duty nursing services, testified about their agency operations and populations they serve. TAHC&H members who testified include Holly Arbuckle of Outreach Health Services, Marjori Costello of DSSW,...
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SAVE $$ Sign Up for Home Health CoP Webinar Series to receive 1st webinar on Wed., Feb.22 FREE!! Enforcement of New CoPs begins July 13, 2017. Don’t let this slip off your radar! TAHC&H member rate is only $150 per webinar (price includes recordings).
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Last week at the Winter Conference, our Texas Homecare & Hospice PAC raised $17,425 in pledges! All monies raised for the PAC go directly to candidate campaigns, spreading the message that home care is the solution for healthcare to state and federal legislators on the campaign trail. The annual PAC fundraising year renews every January. This year's annual PAC goal is $200,000. So far we have raised just over $70,000 in pledges for 2017. Reaching our fundraising goals ensures a strong PAC that can effectively amplify the voice of home care throughout the campaign process. Have you made your 2017 PAC gift yet? Your investment in our industry...
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Lobby Day Survey

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TAHC&H's first Lobby Day of the 2017 Texas Legislative Session was last week at our Winter Legislative Conference in Austin. We are thrilled many of you joined us in our State Capitol to amplify the voice of the entire industry. If you attended or have ideas on how to improve future advocacy events, please answer this quick and anonymous survey ! We encourage every TAHC&H member to keep in touch with their state and federal legislators throughout the year. For information on how to stay involved, please check out our Advocate Toolkit and our 2017 TXLege Resource Center . You can look up who represents you here . View the photos from our...
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Time is ticking until the week of our annual March on Washington, March 7th - 9th! Grassroots advocacy visits like these are vital in advancing home care & hospice priorities like resolving Face-to-Face and stopping Pre-Claim Review. Sign up here! Did you know constituent relationships have the most influence over a legislator's decisions? We have 18 signups so far for this year's March on Washington. We would love to have more constituents from all over Texas - especially the Houston and Dallas areas - meet with their federal legislators in our nation's capital!
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Texas Health and Human Services will be offering HCSSA trainings in Stephenville and Lubbock in March. Please see the details below. Most Frequently Cited Deficiencies and Violations Training for HCSSAs HCSSA providers are invited to attend training in March in Stephenville or Lubbock to learn about the most frequently cited deficiencies and violations in HCSSAs. Providers can register and find training locations on the DADS HCSSA Joint Training webpage . Stephenville March 8, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. March 9, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Lubbock March 22, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. March 23, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Training for Managing Complaints...
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Hi all, Texas Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued the following Provider Alert: Registered nurses, and physical, occupational and speech therapists who collect OASIS data can now register for the "OASIS-C2 Highlights" webinar, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, 10 a.m. to noon, presented by DADS OASIS education coordinators. The webinar will highlight major changes in the OASIS-C2 data set and guidance. Appendix G and Chapter 3 of the OASIS-C2 Guidance Manual will be referenced during the webinar. Printable handouts will be available by email to participants prior to the webinar (requires a valid email address). More information on the "OASIS-C2...
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Held in conjunction with this week's Winter Legislative Conference, the 2017 Legislative Reception was a wonderful evening honoring the 85th Texas Legislature! It was a fun social event for conference attendees to unwind after a day in the halls of the Texas Capitol with good food, drinks, music, and spectacular views of downtown Austin. This event could not have been possible without the generous help of HealthCare ConsultLink, Axxess, Foundation Management Services, Nurses Unlimited, Selman-Holman & Associates, Texas Home Health, Goodcare Health Services, Atlas Pediatric Therapy, and Texas Visiting Nurse Service. At the event, we were able to deliver...
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This Wednesday, over fifty home care & hospice advocates marched on the Texas Capitol for our Kick-off Lobby Day! Advocates met with dozens of legislators and their staff representing districts all over the state. Among the issues we promoted were increased funding for community care programs, restoration of Medicaid therapy rates, and increased transparency in Medicaid Managed Care. View the photos here! TAHC&H encourages all members to reach out to their state and federal legislative offices before, during, and after lawmaking sessions. Visiting with your legislators educates them on current issues and goes a long way in promoting home care...
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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has posted a proposed agenda for the next Home Health, Hospice & DME/Quality Open Door Forum scheduled for Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 2:00pm is as follows: Announcements & Updates; Home Health Conditions of Participation Final Rule: Email: NewhhaCoPs@cms.hhs.gov ; Link: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/01/13/2017-002​83/medicare-and-medicaid-program-conditions-of-participation-for-home-health-agencies ; Prior Authorization Process for Certain DMEPOS CMS Selection of First 2 Items for Prior Authorization; Home Health Pre-Claim Review Demo;...
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Pre-Claim Review for Home Health Services Webcast: February 15 Palmetto GBA would like to invite all Home Health Providers to attend this one hour webcast on the Pre-Claim Review (PCR) for Home Health Services demonstration. This webcast will provide an overview of the PCR process, lessons learned from the Illinois implementation and how to submit a PCR request. Attending this webcast will ensure you are ready to begin submitting for the PCR demonstration. There will be a question and answer session at the end. Please plan to attend Home Health Pre Claim Review Documentation Requirements Webcast: February 22 Palmetto GBA would...
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Join TAHC&H at our 2017 Legislative Reception honoring the 85th Texas Legislature on Wednesday, February 8 at 5:00-7:00pm at the Sheraton Hotel in Austin! With over 100 total RSVPs so far, this event is sure to be a blast. We are already expecting many staffers and legislators to attend throughout the evening. Held in conjunction with TAHC&H Winter Conference, this reception happy hour provides you a chance to mingle in a relaxed environment with the lawmakers and staff who will have a hand in deciding our next state budget. The entry admission ($20 for members; $40 for non-members) gets you two alcoholic drinks and assorted delicious appetizers!...
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What is going on in Washington, DC? How will it impact home care? Come find out for yourself by joining TAHC&H at our annual March on Washington, March 7-9! Home care advocates from Texas will spend March 7-9 visiting with their Members of Congress on Capitol Hill! TAHC&H makes all appointments and provides all materials for you. You are responsible for your transportation and lodging. Most TAHC&H members arrive March 6 for our evening policy briefing at the offices of Akin Gump Straus & Held. Find out more and register here.
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Our kick-off Lobby Day for the 2017 Legislative Session is this coming Wednesday, February 8th, at the Texas State Capitol! Join your fellow advocates from 1:00pm-5:00pm as we meet with our State Representatives and State Senators about industry priorities. TAHC&H makes all appointments and provides all materials for you! Register here.
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On Wednesday, January 25, 2017, Texas Health and Human Services (HHS) held a quarterly electronic visit verification (EVV) provider stakeholder meeting from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. TAHC&H has requested electronic copies of the PowerPoint presentations from HHS and will update this post as soon as they are received. HHS presented information in the morning on: EVV Reminders and Updates EVV Compliance Scores HHS Unlocking Visit Maintenance Policy The TMHP Provider Portal The Texas Workforce Commission had a presentation on Texas Pay Day Law followed by a question and answer (Q&A) session. In the afternoon, HHSC Contract...
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Health care is changing very fast. With a new administration, new 115th Congress, and a new legislative agenda, it is critically important our industry has a loud voice. Advocating to Members of Congress in Washington, DC will help us ensure that home care is not left behind and represented as changes occur. Sign up for the TAHC&H March on Washington taking place March 6-9 in Washington, DC! Itinerary Monday, March 6: Evening reception at the offices of Akin Gump to review the visit schedule, talking points, and current legislation. Tuesday, March 7: Legislative visits on Capitol Hill. Wednesday, March 8: Legislative visits on Capitol Hill....
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As Texas begins the state budget process, we are keeping up the message to fully fund home care. TAHC&H members have sent over 2,000 messages to legislators since Wednesday using our action alert center! Faced with a shrinking state budget, we must continue to make the case to invest in home care as the solution for health care. We are asking the legislature to fully fund community care programs and reverse the cuts to Medicaid therapy. Take action by writing to your state legislators and the Senate Finance Committee today! Simply input your home address, fill out your contact information, click send and our action alert center will send...
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The 2017 Legislative Reception honoring the 85th Texas Legislature being held on February 8th in conjunction with our Winter Conference & Lobby Day already has 30 RSVPs from state legislators and staffers...higher than in years past! Want to mingle with legislators at the February 8th reception? To buy tickets to this happy hour reception, please click here or pay with your Winter Conference registration. The cost to attend is $20 for members; and $40 for nonmembers. Please consider a company sponsorship in order to help underwrite the costs and make the reception successful & lively event where providers can interact with legislators and...
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