June 26, 2020


WS&C will resume survey activities as of July 1st, 2020 for HCS/TxHmL.


Administrative Penalties Update!
Administrative Penalties will begin being enforced starting September 1st, 2020!
Please sign up for the following webinar.

Home and Community-based Services and Texas Home Living providers are invited to join Long-term Care Regulation to discuss questions and answers related to administrative penalties.

Date: July 9
Time: 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Register for the WSC Q&A Webinar Regarding Administrative Penalties.

If you missed the initial Joint Provider’s webinar on June 25th discussing Administrative Penalties, you may see the webinar recording of the session below. 

June 25, 2020

A recording of June 25, 2020, HCS and TxHmL Joint Provider Training on Administrative Penalty Rules webinar is available for those unable to attend.

View the webinar recording here

June 7th, 2019

Revised: IL20-11 Temporary Guidance Extended Through June 30 for IPC’s & IDRC’s  

To ensure people do not experience a gap in services due to the temporary suspension of face to face service coordination visits for COVID-19, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission will extend Intellectual Disability/Related Condition assessments and individual plans of care expiring at the end of June 2020. This is for people enrolled in the Home and Community- based Services Program or the Texas Home Living Program.

HHS revised IL20-11, Extensions of Eligibility and Individual Plan of Care Revisions for Individuals in HCS and TxHmL Due to COVID-19 (PDF). It was previously issued on March 26 and extends the temporary guidance through June 30, 2020.

Call the IDD Program Enrollment Support message line at 512-438-2484 for ID/RC assessment questions.

Call the IDD Utilization Review message line at 512-438-5055 for IPC extension or revision.

HHSC Issues Guidance to HCS/TxHmL Providers on Covid-19!!!!

Provider Letter 20-12, HHSC Guidance to HCBS and TxHmL Program Providers on Covid-19, is now available. HHSC encourages program providers to review this guidance. Remember, no non-essential visitors, see definition in the letter and providers must refrain from sending individuals to Day Habilitation and Community Events!  See link below.


Save The Date:

2020 HHS Long Term Care Regulatory Waiver Survey and Certification Joint Provider Training  (Date has been moved!)

September 30 – Oct.2, 2020

Crowne Plaza
6121 N IH 35
Austin, TX 78752

This free collaborative conference will focus on a variety of topics central to the Home and Community-based Services and Texas Home Living waiver programs. Featured topics will include Administrative Penalties, Amelioration, Informal Dispute Resolution, Nursing Services, Aging, Residential Surveys, Critical Incidents and more.

( I am assuming these topics may change including adding COVID-19)

Program provider staff, leadership, nurses and HHS surveyors are encouraged to attend.

Registration will be available Summer 2020.

Questions? Contact Kristin Priddy at 512-438-3297.


Billing Guideline Updates For HCS

November 20, 2019

The HCS, TxHml, and CFC billing guidelines have been updated effective Nov. 15, 2019. A summary of the revisions can be found on page 25 of the CFC PDFpage 147 of the HCS PDF and page 129 of the TxHmL PDF. Send questions about the billing guidelines to HCS.TxHml.BPR@hhsc.state.tx.us.

TAC Updates for HCS

Effective Oct. 1, 2019

Texas Administrative Code has been updated effective Oct. 1, 2019.

Locate program rule updates at 40 TAC Chapter 9 – Home and Community-based Services and Texas Home Living Programs and 40 TAC Chapter 49 Contracting for Community Services.

Send questions about rule updates to hcspolicy@hhsc.state.tx.us or txhmlpolicy@hhsc.state.tx.us and to COS_CFCMTools@hhsc.state.tx.us
for 40 TAC Chapter 49 Contracting for Community Services.

Please pay particular attention to 9.175 (ANE Reporting Rules) in HCS and changes to Tac 9.178 Quality Assurance

Please see the link below to verify the current TAC changes.


. Both HCS and TxHmL rules can be accessed here.

Email medical_and_social_services@hhsc.state.tx.us with your questions.

HHSC Launches IDD Operations Portal for HCS, TxHmL, ICF-IID, CFC Non-Waiver Providers and LIDDAs

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission is pleased to announce implementation of the Intellectual and Developmental Disability Operations Portal. Local Intellectual and Developmental Disability Authorities, Home and Community-based Services, Texas Home Living, Intermediate Care Facility for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities providers may begin registering to use the IDD Operations Portal starting April 1, 2019.

The IDD Operations Portal is an online system that allows secure submission of electronic documents to and from the IDD Program Eligibility and Support and IDD Utilization Review departments. This portal is not replacing any of the systems you use today, such as TMHP or CARE. It is intended to result in a more timely and efficient submission of documents, and allows providers to check the status of submissions online.

A staggered implementation is happening now. Providers and LIDDAs with DBAs starting with C-G can now register for portal access.

Please see the full implementation schedule detailed in the information letter listed here.