Previous meetings have made alternative arrangements like phone-in capability or have been canceled. These meetings are on the calendar as of today.
July 27, 2020
- Emergency Medical Services Committee Meeting Governor’s EMS and Trauma Advisory Council (GETAC) Agenda
- Texas Autism Council Agenda
July 28, 2020
July 29, 2020
July 30, 2020
- Newborn Screening Advisory Committee Agenda
- Intellectual and Developmental Disability System Redesign Advisory Committee (IDDSRAC) Agenda
July 31, 2020
- Promotor(A) Or Community Health Worker (CHW) Training and Certification Advisory Committee
- Texas HIV Medication Advisory Committee
Formal Comments via the Texas Register
To let the public know about a rulemaking action – such as new, amended or repealed rules – HHS publishes a notice in the Texas Register, a publication of the Texas Secretary of State. Interested parties then can review and comment on the proposed rule. The Secretary of State publishes a new issue of the Texas Register each Friday.
The Administrative Procedure Act (Texas Government Code, Chapter 2001) requires the notice published in the Texas Register to include a brief explanation of the proposed rule and a request for comments from any interested person. The notice also includes instructions for submitting comments regarding the rule to the agency, including the date by which comments must be submitted. Agencies must give interested persons “a reasonable opportunity” to submit comments. The public comment period begins on the day after the notice of a proposed rule is published in the Texas Register and lasts for a minimum of 30 calendar days.
Below is a list of proposed rules that have been published in the Texas Register. The proposed rules that are published in the Texas Register are open for public comment until the end of the comment period.
Draft Rules Informal Comments
Informal opportunities to comment occur before a rule is published in the Texas Register. HHS staff may solicit informal public and stakeholder input by:
- inviting stakeholders to submit comments on potential rule changes during rule development.
- sharing a draft rule with stakeholders for review.
- using existing HHS advisory committees to comment on rules.
The following are draft rules on which HHS is accepting informal public or stakeholder input. All rules are posted in MS Word format unless otherwise noted.
In honor of the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health (CMS OMH) is sharing messages and materials on supporting equal opportunities and inclusion for people with disabilities.
On July 26, 1990 the ADA was enacted to prohibit discrimination against people with disabilities in all areas of public life (work, school, employment, transportation). As one of our priority populations, CMS OMH is focused on ensuring that people with disabilities have access to quality health care services and information.
Recognizing the 30th anniversary of the ADA is part of our strategy to foster innovation by providing tools and resources to empower patients. Join us in recognizing this observance and use this anniversary to bring attention to health equity for people with disabilities.
Resources for Consumers and Patients
- Download From Coverage to Care COVID-19 Resources to learn how to protect yourself during COVID-19, including information about health services typically covered under Medicare and Marketplace plans, as well as tips for getting the care you need at home.
- Download and share Getting the Care You Need: A Guide for People with Disabilities to help people with disabilities understand their rights around accessing medical services. The guide includes a checklist to help you get the care you need before, during, and after your appointment. It is also available in Spanish, with more languages coming soon . To request a physical copy in Braille, please contact CMS OMH at healthequityTA@cms.hhs.gov.
- Visit the Medicare.gov “I have a disability” page to find and share information about Medicare plans, benefits, and protections for people with disabilities.
- Watch and share our video Navigating Health Care with a Disability: Our Stories, a Focus on People with Disabilities – Hear testimonials from people with disabilities where they describe their experience accessing health care.
- Visit https://acl.gov/ada for more about the 30th Anniversary of the ADA
Resources for Health Care Professionals
- Watch and share our video Navigating Health Care with a Disability: Our Stories, a Focus on the Provider – Learn how health care organizations and providers can improve accessibility and care for people with disabilities.
- View our How Does Disability Affect Access to Health Care for Dual Eligible Beneficiaries? data highlight. This information builds on prior research by focusing on both definitions of disability. It examines access and utilization among adult Medicaid beneficiaries who are not dually eligible for Medicare and who reported difficulty accessing needed health care by comparing the experiences of beneficiaries who self-reported having a disability to those who were eligible for Medicaid on the basis of a disability, and to those beneficiaries who did not have a disability.
- Find information on how to increase physical accessibility of medical services, tools to assess a practice or facility’s accessibility, and more. The Modernizing Health Care to Improve Physical Accessibility: Resources Inventory includes tips and training materials to support efforts to reduce barriers and improve quality of care for these individuals.
- Explore The CMS Equity Plan for Improving Quality in Medicare to learn about CMS’s results-driven approach for advancing health equity for minority and other underserved Medicare beneficiaries. Specifically, Priorities 5 and 6 focus on improving communication for persons with disabilities and improving physical accessibility of health care facilities.
- Complete the Medicare and Other Programs for People with Disabilities training module to help health care professionals and other audiences better understand Medicare and other programs for people with disabilities.
- Read the Increasing the Physical Accessibility of Health Care Facilities issue brief to learn why physical accessibility of health care facilities is important for people with disabilities.
- Use the ADA National Network’s ADA Toolkit to find ways to highlight the ADA anniversary, including a list of ideas, media kit, and monthly themes for year-round recognition.
Kidney transplantation from deceased donors with HIV to people living with both HIV and end-stage kidney disease is feasible and safe, investigators supported by the National Institutes of Health have found. Their study demonstrates that the pool of available kidneys for people with HIV can be expanded by including donors with HIV, making more kidneys available for all who are awaiting a transplant.
The new findings build on research from 2019, when scientists from the University of Cape Town and NIH reported that people living with HIV who received kidney transplants from deceased donors with HIV had high overall survival and kidney graft survival after five years.
Read the full release.
NIAID celebrates pivotal step toward expanding HIV prevention choices for women.
Today the European Medicines Agency (EMA) announced it has adopted a positive scientific opinion on the dapivirine vaginal ring for use by cisgender women ages 18 and older in developing countries to reduce their risk of HIV infection. This milestone marks an important step toward expanding the number of biomedical HIV prevention options available to women in sub-Saharan Africa, who are among those most affected by the HIV epidemic. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, thanks and congratulates everyone who led, conducted and participated in the research that led to the positive opinion.
Read the full release.
The Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) adopted amendments to the rule governing the Uncompensated Care (UC) program. The amendments include clarifying what constitutes total eligible uncompensated costs and eligible hospital charity-care costs, as well as the process for returning the non-federal share of funds to governmental entities in the event of certain recoupments.
The amendment to §355.8212(g) revises the definition of “total eligible uncompensated costs” to clarify that a hospital’s total eligible uncompensated costs include the unreimbursed charity-care costs that are not included in the hospital’s state payment cap for interim UC payments, or the hospital’s Disproportionate Share Hospital specific limit in the UC reconciliation, for the corresponding program year. The amendment also clarifies that uninsured charity-care payments must be included in the hospital’s UC application and will be considered in the calculation of a hospital’s annual maximum UC payment.
The amendment to §355.8212(j) clarifies that, in the event funds are recouped from a hospital, the non-federal share will be returned to the governmental entities in proportion to each entity’s initial contribution to funding the program for that hospital’s service delivery area in the applicable program year.
The adopted rule was published in the July 24th edition of the Texas Register.
The Texas DSHS Newborn Screening (NBS) Laboratory is updating the result reporting statements for the following abnormal results to reflect the current Clinical Care Coordination follow up care recommendations. These updates are scheduled to go into effect August 10, 2020. All changes are indicated in red.
A full list of all possible results can be found here: http://www.dshs.texas.gov/lab/nbs/results/.