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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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Regulatory Updates for the Week of 4/30/2021

Federal News and Information ASPR; the Exchange The Work of Hospital and Supportive Care Providers During COVID was released on April 22, 2021.  ASPR TRACIE shares the most valuable, timely, and helpful information for you and your colleagues on the significant contributions made by supportive care providers and healthcare engineering representatives during the COVID-19 pandemic. […]

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Regulatory Updates for the week of 4/22/21

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 §558.950—The Executive Commissioner of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) adopts on an emergency basis in Title 26, […]

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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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