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Regulatory Updates for the Week of 11-7-19

On October 28th, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA). 

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Regulatory Updates for the Week of 10-24-2019

Texas Register   TITLE 22. EXAMINING BOARDS PART 11. TEXAS BOARD OF NURSING CHAPTER 217. LICENSURE, PEER ASSISTANCE AND PRACTICE 22 TAC §217.20—The Texas Board of Nursing (Board) adopts amendments to §217.20, concerning Safe Harbor Nursing Peer Review and Whistleblower Protections. The amendments are adopted under the authority of the Texas Occupations Code §303.005 and House Bill […]

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Regulatory Updates for the Week of 10-10-19

Revisions to Requirements for Discharge Planning for Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals, and Home Health Agencies, and Hospital and Critical Access Hospital Changes to Promote Innovation, Flexibility, and Improvement in Patient Care–This final rule empowers patients to be active participants in the discharge planning process and complements efforts around interoperability that focus on the seamless exchange of patient information between health care settings by revising the discharge planning requirements that Hospitals and Home Health Agencies (HHAs) must meet in order to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

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Regulatory Update for the week of 10-3-19

This final rule reforms Medicare regulations that are identified as unnecessary, obsolete, or excessively burdensome on health care providers and suppliers, increases the ability of health care professionals to devote resources to improving patient care by eliminating or reducing requirements that impede quality patient care or that divert resources away from furnishing high quality patient care, updates fire safety standards for Medicare and Medicaid participating End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) facilities by adopting the 2012 edition of the Life Safety Code and the 2012 edition of the Health Care Facilities Code and updates the requirements that hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) must meet to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. This rule is effective November 29, 2019.

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Regulatory Updates for the Week of 9-25-19

Long Term Care Regulatory Regions are Changing on November 1, 2019! Program Integrity Enhancements to the Provider Enrollment Process (CMS-6058-P)

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Regulatory Updates for the Week of 9-19-19

Hospices: Call for Panel on Assessment Instrument and Quality Measures — Nominations due September 30
Hospice Provider Preview Reports Now Available

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Regulatory Updates for the Week of 8-29-19

Texas Register Highlights TITLE 22. EXAMINING BOARDS PART 11. TEXAS BOARD OF NURSING CHAPTER 222. ADVANCED PRACTICE REGISTERED NURSES WITH PRESCRIPTIVE AUTHORITY 22 TAC §222.5–The Texas Board of Nursing (Board) proposes amendments to §222.5, concerning Prescriptive Authority Agreement. The amendments are proposed under the authority of the Texas Occupations Code §157.0512(e) and (f) and House […]

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Regulatory Updates for the Week of 8-21-19

Texas Register Highlights   You may be interested in this if you do business with an assisted living.  You are part of the communication and coordination pieces.   TITLE 26. HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES  PART 1. HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES COMMISSION CHAPTER 553. LICENSING STANDARDS FOR ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES SUBCHAPTER C. STANDARDS FOR LICENSURE 26 TAC §553.44–The […]

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Regulatory Updates for the week of 8-7-19

FY 2020 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update and Hospice Quality Reporting Requirements.

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Regulatory Updates for the Week of 7-24-19

The Texas and New Mexico Hospice Organization is in the process of drafting a Medicaid Regulatory Update and seeking input from the Utilization Review Section at HHSC.

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Regulatory Updates for the week of 7-18-2019

Federal News and Information  Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)  Hospice Quality Reporting Program CMS is providing notifications to hospices that were determined to be out of compliance with Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) requirements for CY 2018, which will affect their FY 2020 Annual Payment Update (APU). Non-compliance notifications are in the process […]

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Regulatory Updates for the Week of 7-10-19

Office of the Inspector General Report- 2019: Vulnerabilities in Hospice Care

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Regulatory Updates for the week of 6-27-19

Federal News and Information   Hospice providers, please note the following three  pieces or information from Palmetto.  General Inpatient Care Webcast This hospice webcast will cover hospice general inpatient care (GIP), which is for pain control or symptom management provided in an inpatient facility that cannot be managed in other settings.   The Office of […]

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Regulatory Updates for the week of 6-20-2019

Texas News and Information   Reminder Medicaid Hospice Providers   Long-Term Care Information Letter No. 19-11: Preparing for the Upcoming Fiscal Year 2019 Fee-for-Service Claims Billing Closeout To prepare for the August 31, 2019, end of fiscal year closeout, it is important for providers to promptly submit claims to be paid by the Health and […]

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Regulatory Updates for the Week of 6-13-19

Texas Register Highlights   Rule Transfer During the 84th Legislative Session, the Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 200, addressing the reorganization of health and human services delivery in Texas. As a result, certain functions previously performed by the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) transferred to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) […]

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Regulatory Updates for the Week of 5-23-19

Federal Register: https://www.federalregister.gov/ Texas Register: http://www.sos.state.tx.us/texreg/index.shtml New Mexico Register: http://164.64.110.239/nmregister/ Texas Register Highlights   TITLE 22. EXAMINING BOARDS PART 34. TEXAS STATE BOARD OF SOCIAL WORKER EXAMINERS CHAPTER 781. SOCIAL WORKER LICENSURE The Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners (board) adopts amendments to: 781.402 Clinical Supervision for LCSW and Non-Clinical Supervision for LMSW-AP and Independent Practice […]

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Regulatory Updates for the week of 5-17-2019

Federal News and Information ~ Note the following information from Palmetto Palmetto Local Coverage Determination (LCDs) and LCD Article Updates: Hospice The following LCDs were revised: • The Hospice – Renal Care L34559 • The Billing and Coding: Hospice – Renal Care A56545 • The Billing and Coding: Hospice – Renal Care A56545 To access […]

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Regulatory Updates for the week of 5-9-19

Local Coverage Determination (LCD) Update: Hospice
The following two local coverage determinations were revised for hospice:
Hospice Alzheimer’s Disease & Related Disorders L34567 
Hospice – Liver Disease L34544 

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Regulatory Updates for the week of 5-2-2019

 Texas News and Information  Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC)  Regulatory Services Mailbox PL 19-11 New Policy, Rules and Training Mailbox was issued on April 23, 2019.  Policy, Rules and Training (PRT) now has a dedicated email mailbox. Questions for all provider types regarding policy and rules can be sent to [email protected] . The email […]

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Regulatory Update for the week of 4/26/2019

Federal Register Highlights DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 42 CFR Part 418 Medicare Program; FY 2020 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate  Update and Hospice Quality Reporting Requirements— This proposed rule would update the hospice wage index, payment rates, and cap amount for fiscal year 2020. This rule […]

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