Texas Health and Human Services Digest: May 14, 2020

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Previous meetings have made alternative arrangements like phone-in capability or have been canceled. These meetings are on the calendar as of today.
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The Administrative Procedure Act (Texas Government Code, Chapter 2001(link is external)) 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.

The Administrative Procedure Act (Texas Government Code, Chapter 2001(link is external)) 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.

TitleProject No., DescriptionContactComment End Date
Title 25, Chapter 300 Manufacture, Distribution, and Retail Sale of Consumable Hemp Products (link is external)#19R074: Consumable Hemp ProductsDSHS Hemp Program6/8/20
Title 1, Chapter 377 Children’s Advocacy Programs, Subchapter C Standards of Operation for Local Children’s Advocacy Centers (link is external)#20R017: Children’s Advocacy ProgramsHHSC Rules Coordination Office6/8/20
Title 1, Chapter 372 Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs, Subchapter F Benefits (link is external)#20R028: SNAP Benefits DistributionHHSC Access and Eligibility Services6/8/20
Title 1, Chapter 353, Subchapter O, Section 353.1305 Uniform Hospital Rate Increase Program (link is external)#20R046: IMDs Eligible for Uniform Hospital Rate Increase ProgramHHSC Hospital Finance and Waiver Programs5/26/20
Title 1, Chapter 355, Subchapter J, Division 11, Section 355.8212 Waiver Payments to Hospitals for Uncompensated Charity Care (link is external)#20R047: Waiver Payments to Hospitals for Uncompensated Charity CareHHSC Hospital Finance and Waiver Programs5/26/20

 

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.
Word format unless otherwise noted.
TitleProject No.ContactComment
Start Date
Comment

End Date

Title 26, Chapter 553 Licensing Standards for Assisted Living Facilities#19R066HHSC Policy Rules and Training5/7/205/21/20

 

The Texas Health and Human Services system requires contractors with direct access into a state computer system or database to complete a cybersecurity training program certified by the Department of Information Resources. This is defined in Section 2054.5192 of the Texas Government Code. It pertains to contracts and renewals executed on, or after, June 14, 2019. “Contractor” includes any officer, employee or subcontractor. HHSC, Long Term Care contractors must complete HHS Form 3834, Written Acknowledgement of Completion of Cybersecurity Training Program. They must submit the form to Access and Eligibility Services – Eligibility Operations Provider Contract Management.

HHS has published Information Letter 2020-20, Requirement to complete DIR-Certified Cybersecurity Training Program (PDF). Please review the letter for more information.

Between January and April 2020 some home health agency users who use the iQIES user tool to create and submit their OASIS assessments were having their claims Returned to the Provider (RTP) for reason code 37253. An issue was identified with the storage of the Medicare Beneficiary number (MBI) in the iQIES database which impacted the claims match process. The issue has been corrected. This information is also posted on the iQIES Known Issues log. If you are encountering this issue, please resubmit the affected claims to your MAC. This issue did NOT affect assessment submissions uploaded to iQIES via xml. HHAs should contact the iQIES helpdesk with questions. For OASIS related questions, contact the TX OASIS helpdesk at (833)769-1945.