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Regulatory Updates for the Week of 1/21/2021

Federal Register  Office for Civil Rights, Office of the Secretary, HHS. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES 45 CFR Parts 160 and 164 Proposed Modifications to the HIPAA Privacy Rule To Support, and Remove Barriers to, Coordinated Care and Individual Engagement–The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS or “the Department”) is issuing […]

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Regulatory Updates for the week of 1/13/2021

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 January 2, 2021, at 12:01 a.m. The emergency amendment allows physicians to utilize telemedicine to issue refill prescriptions for scheduled medications […]

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Regulatory Updates for the Week of 1/6/2021

Texas Register   ATTORNEY GENERAL Requests for Opinions Re: Public access to the Texas Capitol and whether members of the Legislature may vote on legislation from a location other than their respective chambers. Requestor: The Honorable Briscoe Cain Chair, House Select Committee on Driver’s License Issuance & Renewal Texas House of Representatives Post Office Box […]

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Regulatory Updates for the Week of 12/9/2020

Texas Register The following amendments were proposed by the Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council CHAPTER 781. SOCIAL WORKER LICENSURE SUBCHAPTER B. RULES OF PRACTICE 781.302 relating to definitions. SUBCHAPTER C. APPLICATION AND LICENSING 781.401 relating to qualifications for licensure. 781.402 relating to clinical supervision for LCSW and non-clinical supervision for independent 781.403 relating to independent practice […]

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Regulatory Updates for the Week of 12/3/2020

Federal Register  DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Office of Inspector General 42 CFR Parts 1001 and 1003 Medicare and State Health Care Programs: Fraud and Abuse; Revisions to Safe Harbors Under the Anti-Kickback Statute, and Civil Monetary Penalty Rules Regarding Beneficiary Inducements–This final rule amends the safe harbors to the Federal anti-kickback statute by […]

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Regulatory updates for the week of 11/20/2020

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 November 3, 2020, at 12:01 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 11/5/2020

  Federal Register   DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE Drug Enforcement Administration 21 CFR Part 1308 Schedules of Controlled Substances: Placement of Oliceridine in Schedule II–On August 7, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a new drug application for oliceridine, chemically known as N-[(3-methoxythiophen-2-yl)methyl] ({2-[(9R)-9-(pyridin-2-yl)-6-oxaspiro [4.5]decan-9-yl]ethyl{time} )amine fumarate. The Department of Health and Human Services […]

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Regulatory Updates for the Week of 10/29/2020

Federal News and Information Hospice Visits When Death is Imminent: Measure Validity Testing Summary and Re-Specifications Report The Hospice Visits When Death is Imminent (HVWDII) report analyzes a measure pair focused on visits received by hospice patients in the last days of life, specifically the last week of life. Measure 1 was found to meet […]

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Regulatory Updates for the Week of 10/22/2020

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)   Trump Administration Partners with CVS and Walgreens to Provide COVID-19 Vaccine to Protect Vulnerable Americans in Long-Term Care Facilities Nationwide To meet the Trump Administration’s Operation Warp Speed (OWS) goals, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Department of Defense (DoD) today announced agreements with CVS […]

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Regulatory Updates for the Week of 10-16-2020

Texas Register   TITLE 25. HEALTH SERVICES PART 1. DEPARTMENT OF STATE HEALTH SERVICES CHAPTER 133. HOSPITAL LICENSING SUBCHAPTER C. OPERATIONAL REQUIREMENTS 25 TAC §133.51–The Executive Commissioner of the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) adopts on an emergency basis in Title 25 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 133 Hospital Licensing, new §133.51, concerning Visitor Screening and Access […]

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Regulatory Updates for the Week of 10/08/2020

Texas Register   The following provider emergency rules have been extended:                                                TITLE 26. HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES PART 1. HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES COMMISSION: CHAPTER 339.EMERGENCY RULE RELATED TO A STATE FACILITY, LOCAL INTELLECTUAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITY AUTHORITY, LOCAL MENTAL HEALTH AUTHORITY, AND LOCAL BEHAVIORAL HEALTH AUTHORITY, SUBCHAPTER A. COVID-19 EMERGENCY RULE CHAPTER 500.COVID-19 EMERGENCY […]

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Regulatory Updates for the Week of 10/1/2020

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)   Updates on the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) Swingtech sends informational messages to hospices related to the Quality Reporting Program (QRP) on a quarterly basis. Their latest outreach communication can be found on the HQRP Requirements and Best Practices webpage:  https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/Hospice-Quality-Reporting/HQRP-Requirements-and-Best-Practices. If you want to receive Swingtech’s […]

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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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