PACSTX Blog

EVV Resources for HCS/TxHmL Providers

Visit Maintenance Unlock Request process EVV Policy Handbook Section 8000 Visit Maintenance Refer to 8050 Visit Maintenance Time Frames. This section explains that providers have 95 days from the date of service to make corrections to an EVV visit or create a new visit (if the service provider didn’t use EVV to clock in or out).…
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CMS Vaccine Mandates for ICF Providers

The CMS Vaccine Mandate only applies to providers subject to federal Conditions of Participation (COPs). For IDD services, this only applies to ICFs not HCS or TxHmL services. Requirements apply to direct care staff, administrative staff, staff from other programs that may fill shifts in an ICF, volunteers and contractors in the facility. Requirements do…
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Do Not Decrease Rates for Direct Support Providers

James is 35, has Down Syndrome, and lived with his sister until he moved into a group home last summer with two other people. He has a part-time job, but the direct support professionals who work in his group home helped him fill out job applications, provide his transportation to and from work, and offer…
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COVID-19 Resources

PACSTX is regularly in communication with HHSC, sending up-dates to providers, and hosting provider calls. To access this information or to become a member, please reach out to Sandy at sandy@pacstx.org Below are key resources for providers. Updated 4/28/21 HCS Resources HCS COVID-19 Response Emergency Rules and Expansion of Reopening Visitation Emergency Rule – March…
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How group home residents are counted in the national census

Disability Rights is participating in the Texas Be Count Initiative. A fair and accurate census is crucial for people with disabilities – and indeed for every person. Between March 12 and the 20th, households will begin receiving official Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census. Reportedly group homes…
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Sandy Frizzell Batton named PACSTX Executive Director

AUSTIN, TX 9/18/18 — Providers Alliance for Community Services of Texas (PACSTX) announced today that its President and Board have named Sandy Frizzell Batton as the organization’s first executive director. Frizzell Batton has represented PACSTX at the legislature and before regulatory agencies as the director of policy development and government relations since 2013. “Sandy has…
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