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HHSC: Proposed Payment Rates for Medicaid Community Hospice and Home and Community-Based Services – Adult Mental Health. The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) will conduct a public hearing to receive public comments on proposed payment rates for two separate programs. The first set of proposed payment rates are for Medicaid Community Hospice and the second is for a proposed payment rate for Home and Community-Based Services – Adult Mental Health (HCBS-AMH) in-home respite. HHSC proposes to increase payment rates for Medicaid Community Hospice for routine home, continuous home, inpatient respite, and general inpatient care services, effective retroactive to October 1, 2020. HHSC also proposes to convert the HCBS-AMH daily payment rate to a 15-minute rate of $2.49, effective January 1, 2021. Transitioning of the in-home respite rate to 15 minutes is necessary to implement electronic visit verification. Read the report.
December 1, 2020
- This meeting will be webcast: Proposed Long-Term Care Plan for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities and Related Conditions for Fiscal Years 2022 and 2023
- This meeting will be webcast: Texas Council on Consumer Direction (TCCD) Agenda
December 2, 2020
- This meeting will be webcast: Texas Medical Disclosure Panel (TMDP) Agenda
- Texas must boost coronavirus control efforts amid “full resurgence” of infections, White House report says
- With wary eye on pandemic, Austin to open cold weather shelters
- Eight months into the pandemic, this women’s health clinic in rural Texas struggles to meet demand for care
- Texas sees increase in number of residents picking Affordable Care Act plans
- Q&A with NAMI Texas’ executive director about mental health during the pandemic
- Why you should wait a few days before getting that after-Thanksgiving COVID test
- Who Will Get the Coronavirus Vaccine First?
- Rosy Vaccine Outlook Brightens World Economic Forecast, But Recovery May Be Uneven
- People with asthma less likely to contract COVID-19: study
- Some Health Care Workers Are Wary Of Getting COVID-19 Vaccines
- Scott Atlas, a Trump Coronavirus Adviser, Resigns
- What Joe Biden’s Election Means For Abortion Rights
- Coronavirus was present in US earlier than initially thought: CDC scientists
- More Americans Pay Rent On Credit Cards As Lawmakers Fail To Pass Relief Bill
- The Long Darkness Before Dawn
- A COVID-19 Vaccine Has Come Quick, But Expert Says That’s No Reason To Fear It
- Health experts warn of tough holiday season for seniors
- Prisons Are Covid-19 Hotbeds. When Should Inmates Get the Vaccine?
- Hospitals brace for COVID-19 surge
- Moderna Applies for Emergency F.D.A. Approval for Its Coronavirus Vaccine
- Bipartisan Senate group holding coronavirus relief talks amid stalemate
- ‘Assume that you were exposed’: Officials warn of the fallout from Thanksgiving travel.
- First blood test to help diagnose Alzheimer’s hits market
Access this document for state and federal COVID-19 updates from this week.