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Regulatory Updates for the Week of 10-15-2021

Texas Register  TITLE 26. HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES PART 1. HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES COMMISSION 26 TAC §558.960- HCSSA staff must comply with a long-term care facility’s infection control protocols when entering to provide essential services.  To review, go to:  https://www.sos.state.tx.us/texreg/archive/October82021/Emergency%20Rules/26.HEALTH%20AND%20HUMAN%20SERVICES.html#5.    Federal News and Information  Palmetto GBA  Meet Your MAC Palmetto GBA is introducing a […]

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Regulatory Updates for the Week of 10-07-2021

Texas Register   TITLE 26. HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES PART 1. HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES COMMISSION CHAPTER 558. LICENSING STANDARDS FOR HOME AND COMMUNITY SUPPORT SERVICES AGENCIES SUBCHAPTER I. RESPONSE TO COVID-19 AND PANDEMIC-LEVEL COMMUNICABLE DISEASE 26 TAC §558.961–The Health and Human Services Commission is renewing the effectiveness of emergency new §558.961 for a 60-day period.   Original […]

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Regulatory Updates for the Week of 10/1/2021

Texas Register  Inpatient Hospice Providers, please note: TITLE 26. HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES PART 1. HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES COMMISSION CHAPTER 500. COVID-19 EMERGENCY HEALTH CARE FACILITY LICENSING SUBCHAPTER A. HOSPITALS 26 TAC §500.1–HHSC is adopting an emergency rule to allow a currently licensed hospital to operate an off-site inpatient facility without obtaining a new license at: […]

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Regulatory Updates for the week of 9/23/2021

Federal News and Information Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Agency-Level Hospice Quality Measure (QM) Reports Now Include Claims-Based Measures QM Reports now include two measures based on Fiscal Year 2018 and 2019 Medicare claims data: the Hospice Care Index (HCI) and Hospice Visits in the Last Days of Life (HVLDL). Hospices can use […]

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Regulatory Updates for the Week of 9/16/2021

Federal News and Information Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospice providers, please be aware that if you contract with a nursing facility you are defined as staff! QSO-20-38-NH REVISED 09/10/2021 Interim Final Rule (IFC), CMS-3401-IFC, Additional Policy and Regulatory Revisions in Response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency related to Long-Term Care (LTC) […]

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Regulatory Updates for the Week of 9/10/21

Texas Register TITLE 26. HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES PART 1. HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES COMMISSION CHAPTER 551. INTERMEDIATE CARE FACILITIES FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH AN INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY OR RELATED CONDITIONS SUBCHAPTER C. STANDARDS FOR LICENSURE 26 TAC §551.47–The Health and Human Services Commission is renewing the effectiveness of emergency new §551.47 for a 60-day period. CHAPTER 553. LICENSING STANDARDS […]

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Regulatory Updates for the Week of 9/2/2021

Federal Register:  https://www.federalregister.gov/ Texas Register:  http://www.sos.state.tx.us/texreg/index.shtml New Mexico Register:   https://www.srca.nm.gov/new-mexico-register/   Federal News and Information Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Health Care Code Sets: ICD-10 — Revised Read new information in this Medicare Learning Network fact sheet: Simple code explanations HIPAA requirement Resources to advance health equity and help eliminate health disparities Go to:  […]

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Regulatory Updates for the Week of 8/26/2021

Texas Register TITLE 26. HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES PART 1. HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES COMMISSION CHAPTER 553. LICENSING STANDARDS FOR ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES SUBCHAPTER K. COVID-19 RESPONSE 26 TAC §553.2001—To protect assisted living facility residents and the public health, safety, and welfare of the state during the COVID-19 pandemic, HHSC is adopting an emergency rule to require […]

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Regulatory Updates for the Week of 8-20-2021

Texas Register   TITLE 22. EXAMINING BOARDS PART 9. TEXAS MEDICAL BOARD CHAPTER 174.   TELEMEDICINE SUBCHAPTER A. TELEMEDICINE 22 TAC §174.5–The Texas Medical Board (Board) adopts, on an emergency basis, amendments to 22 TAC §174.5, effective July 31, 2021.  The utilization of telemedicine to prescribe scheduled drugs for the treatment of chronic pain is needed to […]

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Regulatory Updates for the Week of 8/12/21

Texas Register   TITLE 26. HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES PART 1. HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES COMMISSION CHAPTER 558. LICENSING STANDARDS FOR HOME AND COMMUNITY SUPPORT SERVICES AGENCIES SUBCHAPTER I. RESPONSE TO COVID-19 AND PANDEMIC-LEVEL COMMUNICABLE DISEASE 26 TAC §558.960—The Health and Human Services Commission is renewing the effectiveness of emergency new §558.960 for a 60-day period. The […]

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Regulatory Updates for the week of 8/6/2021

Texas Register TITLE 26. HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES PART 1. HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES COMMISSION CHAPTER 556. NURSE AIDES 26 TAC §§556.2, 556.3, 556.6, 556.9 The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) adopts amendments to §556.2, concerning Definitions; §556.3, concerning Nurse Aide Training and Competency Evaluation Program (NATCEP) Requirements; §556.6, concerning Competency Evaluation Requirements; and §556.9, […]

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Regulatory Updates for the Week of 7/28/2021

Federal Register   DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 42 CFR Parts 403, 405, 410, 411, 414, 415, 423, 424, and 425 Medicare Program; CY 2022 Payment Policies Under the Physician  Fee Schedule and Other Changes to Part B Payment Policies; Medicare  Shared Savings Program Requirements; Provider Enrollment Regulation […]

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Regulatory Updates for the Week of 7/23/21

Texas Register  TITLE 22. EXAMINING BOARDS PART 9. TEXAS MEDICAL BOARD CHAPTER 174.   TELEMEDICINE SUBCHAPTER A. TELEMEDICINE 22 TAC §174.5– The Texas Medical Board (Board) adopts, on an emergency basis, amendments to 22 TAC §174.5, effective July 1, 2021 The emergency amendment would allow physicians to utilize telemedicine to continue issuing previous prescription(s) for scheduled medications […]

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Regulatory Updates for the Week of 7/8/2021

Federal News and Information   FDA Tells Public to Stop Using Certain Innova COVID-19 Antigen Tests The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning the public to stop using the Innova SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Rapid Qualitative Test for diagnostic use. The concerns are: The performance of the test is not established and presents a health-risk. Labeling […]

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Regulatory Updates for the Week of 7/2/2021

Texas Register   CHAPTER 553. LICENSING STANDARDS FOR ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES SUBCHAPTER K. COVID-19 RESPONSE 26 TAC §553.2001–The Health and Human Services Commission is renewing the effectiveness of emergency new §553.2001 for a 60-day period. The text of the emergency rule was originally published in the February 19, 2021, issue of the Texas Register (46 TexReg 1124).   […]

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Regulatory Updates for Week of 6/17/2021

Texas Register CHAPTER 558. LICENSING STANDARDS FOR HOME AND COMMUNITY SUPPORT SERVICES AGENCIES SUBCHAPTER I. RESPONSE TO COVID-19 AND PANDEMIC-LEVEL COMMUNICABLE DISEASE 26 TAC §558.961-The Executive Commissioner of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) adopts on an emergency basis in Title 26 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 558, Licensing Standards for Home and Community Support […]

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Regulatory Updates for the Week of 6/3/2021

Texas Register   TITLE 40. SOCIAL SERVICES AND ASSISTANCE PART 1. DEPARTMENT OF AGING AND DISABILITY SERVICES CHAPTER 30. MEDICAID HOSPICE PROGRAM SUBCHAPTER B. ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS 40 TAC §30.14—The Department of Aging and Disability Services is renewing the effectiveness of emergency amended §30.14 for a 60-day period. The text of the emergency rule was originally published in […]

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Regulatory Updates for the week of 5/27/2021

Federal News and Information Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) May Forum Materials Available Now On Wednesday, May 12, CMS hosted the Spring 2021 HQRP Forum to provide information on the Hospice Outcomes & Patient Evaluation, or HOPE. Materials from this HQRP Forum, including a recording of the presentation, are […]

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Regulatory Updates for the Week of 5/13/2021

Federal Register DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 42 CFR Part 483 Medicare and Medicaid Programs; COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements for Long-Term Care (LTC) Facilities and Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals With Intellectual Disabilities (ICFs-IID) Residents, Clients, and Staff – This interim final rule (IFC) revises the infection control requirements […]

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Regulatory Updates for the Week of 5/6/2021

Federal News and Information Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Section 1.01  Action: Community Champions Video Launch On May 5, 2021, as a part of CMS’ ongoing COVID response efforts to support the long term care community, we debuted our first social media videos highlighting staff, also referred to as Community Champions, who moved […]

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