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Regulatory Updates for the Week of 4/14/2021

Federal Register   DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 42 CFR Parts 418 and 484 Medicare Program; FY 2022 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate  Update, Hospice Conditions of Participation Updates, Hospice and Home Health Quality Reporting Program Requirements-This rule: Proposes updates to the hospice wage index, payment rates, […]

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Regulatory Updates for the Week of 4/8/2021

Texas Register   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: (1) another type of […]

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Regulatory Updates for the Week of 3/31/2021

Federal News and Information Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) COVID-19 Accelerated/Advance Payment Reminder Emails Providers and suppliers requesting and receiving COVID-19 Accelerated/Advance Payments (CAAPs) in 2020 will receive an email in the coming days reminding them that the recoup period is fast approaching. The emails are being issued to a provider or supplier […]

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Regulatory Updates for the Week of 3/25/2021

Federal News and Information Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)  2021 Federal Poverty Level Standards As required by Section 673(2) of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (OBRA) of 1981 (42 U.S.C. 9902(2)), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) updates the poverty guidelines at least annually and by law these updates are applied […]

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Regulatory Updates for the Week of 3/19/2021

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 March 3, 2021.  On March 19, 2020, the Texas Governor issued a waiver suspending the strict enforcement of §174.5(e)(2)(A) which generally […]

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Regulatory Updates for the Week of 3/11/21

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)  CMS Updates Nursing Home Guidance with Revised Visitation Recommendations The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), issued updated guidance today for nursing homes to safely expand visitation options during the COVID-19 pandemic public health emergency (PHE). […]

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regulatory updates for the week of 3/5/21

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 §551.46 –to protect individuals receiving ICF/IID services and the public health, safety, and welfare of the state during the […]

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Regulatory Updates for the Week of 2/24/2021

Federal Register   DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES 45 CFR Parts 160 and 164 Enforcement Discretion Regarding Online or Web-Based Scheduling Applications for the Scheduling of Individual Appointments for COVID-19 Vaccination During the COVID-19 Nationwide Public Health Emergency This Notification is to inform the public that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) […]

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Regulatory Updates for the week of 2/11/2021

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 §558.960—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 2/4/2021

Federal Register   DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Office of the Secretary Annual Update of the HHS Poverty Guidelines Department of Health and Human Services— This notice provides an update of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) poverty guidelines to account for last calendar year’s increase in prices as measured by the […]

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Regulatory Updates for the Week of 1/28/2021

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 §553.2004–The Executive Commissioner of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) adopts on an emergency basis in Title 26 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 553, Licensing Standards for […]

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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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