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Regulatory Updates for the Week of 9/25/2020

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 September 3, 2020, at 12:01 a.m.  In light of the impending expiration of emergency rule §174.5, the Board adopts, on an […]

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Regulatory Update for the week of 9/18/2020

Texas Register   TITLE 40. SOCIAL SERVICES AND ASSISTANCE PART 1. DEPARTMENT OF AGING AND DISABILITY SERVICES CHAPTER 49. CONTRACTING FOR COMMUNITY SERVICES–As required by Texas Government Code, §531.0202(b), the Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) was abolished effective September 1, 2017, after all of its functions were transferred to the Health and Human Services Commission […]

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Regulatory updates for the week of 9/10/2020

Texas Register   NOTE:  Hospice providers are considered essential services in this rule.  TITLE 40. SOCIAL SERVICES AND ASSISTANCE PART 1. DEPARTMENT OF AGING AND DISABILITY SERVICES CHAPTER 9. INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY SERVICES–MEDICAID STATE OPERATING AGENCY RESPONSIBILITIES SUBCHAPTER D. HOME AND COMMUNITY-BASED SERVICES (HCS) PROGRAM AND COMMUNITY FIRST CHOICE (CFC) 40 TAC §9.199, §9.299—The Executive Commissioner of the […]

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Regulatory Updates for the Week of 9/2/2020

Federal Register   DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 42 CFR Parts 410, 413, 414, 422, 423, 482, 483, 485, 488 and 493 Medicare and Medicaid Programs, Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA), and Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Additional Policy and Regulatory Revisions in Response to the COVID-19 […]

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Regulatory Updates for the Week of 8/20/2020

Federal Register   DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 42 CFR Parts 410, 414, 415, 423, 424, and 425 Medicare Program; CY 2021 Payment Policies Under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Changes to Part B Payment Policies; Medicare Shared Savings Program Requirements; Medicaid Promoting Interoperability Program Requirements for […]

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Regulatory Updates for the Week of 7-30-2020

Federal News and Information Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) HART (Hospice Abstraction Reporting Tool) v1.6.0 is now available HART (Hospice Abstraction Reporting Tool) v1.6.0 is now available in the Related Links section at the bottom of the HIS Technical web page. HART is a Java based software application that provides an option for Hospice […]

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Regulatory updates for the week of 7-22-2020

Texas Register  Important information for your social workers; please share with them!  PART 34. TEXAS STATE BOARD OF SOCIAL WORKER EXAMINERS CHAPTER 781. SOCIAL WORKER LICENSURE—The Texas Register has published repealed social work licensure rules and prosed new rules as the result of House Bill 1501 (86th Legislative Session). The Texas Board of Social Work Examiners was […]

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Regulatory Updates for the Week of 7/15/2020

Texas Register Highlights 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 5, 2020, at 12:00 a.m.  On March 13, the Governor of Texas certified COVID-19 as posing an imminent threat of […]

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Regulatory Updates for the Week of 7/9/2020

Federal News and Information  HQRP COVID-19 PHE Tip Sheet is Available The HQRP COVID-19 PHE Tip Sheet is now available. This tip sheet provides practical guidance to address hospice quality data submissions starting on July 1, 2020 now that the temporary exemptions from the COVID-19 PHE ended. Hospices are expected to resume timely quality data […]

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Regulatory Update for the week of 6/25/2020

Federal News and Information Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)   Medicare COVID-19 Data Snapshot Overview Medicare COVID-19 Data Snapshot is about people with Medicare who are diagnosed with COVID-19. The data sources for the Snapshot are Medicare Fee-for-Service (FFS) claims data, Medicare Advantage (MA) encounter data, and Medicare enrollment information.  To review the […]

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Regulatory Updates for the Week of 6/18/2020

Federal Register DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE Drug Enforcement Administration Schedules of Controlled Substances: Temporary Placement of  Isotonitazene in Schedule I–The Acting Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration is issuing this notice of intent to publish a temporary order to schedule N,N-diethyl-2-(2-(4 isopropoxybenzyl)-5-nitro-1H-benzimidazol-1-yl)ethan-1-amine (commonly known as isotonitazene), including its isomers, esters, ethers, salts, and salts of isomers, […]

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Regulatory Updates for the Week of 6/11/2020

Federal News and Information QSO-20-31-All COVID-19 Survey Activities, CARES Act Funding, Enhanced Enforcement for Infection Control deficiencies, and Quality Improvement Activities in Nursing Homes was released on June 1, 2020.  This QSO addresses the following CMS requirements: ·        COVID 19 reporting requirements for nursing facilities (NF) to the Center for Disease Control (CDC); ·        Initiating […]

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Regulatory Updates for the Week of 5/27/2020

Federal Register DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS Informed Consent and Advance Directives–The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) amends its regulation regarding informed consent and advance directives. We amend the regulation by reorganizing it and amending language where necessary to enhance clarity. In addition, we amend the regulation to facilitate the informed consent process, the ability to […]

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Regulatory Update for the week of 5/21/2020

Texas Register  TITLE 1. ADMINISTRATION PART 15. TEXAS HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES COMMISSIONCHAPTER 371. MEDICAID AND OTHER HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES FRAUD AND ABUSE PROGRAM INTEGRITY SUBCHAPTER G. ADMINISTRATIVE ACTIONS AND SANCTIONS–The Executive Commissioner of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) adopts amendments to §371.1603, concerning Legal Basis and Scope; and §371.1715, concerning Damages and […]

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Regulatory Update for the week of 5/13/2020

Federal Register DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 42 CFR Parts 409, 410, 412, 413, 414, 415, 424, 425, 440, 483, 484, and 600 Office of the Secretary 45 CFR Part 156 Medicare and Medicaid Programs, Basic Health Program, and  Exchanges; Additional Policy and Regulatory Revisions in Response to […]

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Regulatory Update for the Week of 5/6/2020

Federal Register   DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 42 CFR Parts 409, 410, 412, 413, 414, 415, 424, 425, 440, 483, 484 and 600 Office of the Secretary 45 CFR Part 156 Medicare and Medicaid Programs, Basic Health Program, and Exchanges; Additional Policy and Regulatory Revisions in Response […]

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Regulatory Updates for the Week of 4/29/2020

Updated FAQ: Hospice Licensure Questions During COVID -19 Federal News and Information  Office of Inspector General (OIG)   FAQs–Application of OIG’s Administrative Enforcement Authorities to Arrangements Directly Connected to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Public Health Emergency OIG is accepting inquiries from the health care community regarding the application of OIG’s administrative enforcement authorities, including the Federal […]

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Regulatory Updates for the week of 4/24/2020

Federal Register DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 42 CFR Parts 431, 433, 435, 441, and 483 Medicaid Program; Preadmission Screening and Resident Review;  Extension of Comment Period–This document extends the comment period for the proposed rule entitled “Medicaid Program; Preadmission Screening and Resident Review” that appeared in the […]

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Regulatory Update 2 for the week of 4/16/2020

Federal Register  DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 42 CFR Part 418 Medicare Program; FY 2021 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update–This proposed rule would update the hospice wage index, payment rates, and cap amount for fiscal year (FY) 2021. This rule also proposes changes to the hospice […]

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Regulatory Update 1 for the Week of 4/14/2020

COVID 19 FAQ TNMHO would like to remind you that an updated COVID 19 FAQ was posted on the COVID site for your review and reference.   Please remember that TNMHO does NOT answer billing questions.  You must contact your fiscal intermediary for billing guidance and information.   Federal News and Information   Fiscal Year 2021 Hospice […]

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