January 14th, 2022
Twogether Consulting has been informed that it is very important HCS and ICF/IID providers attend the webinar from HHSC on 1/19/22.
The webinar is being held in response to recent discussions between the 3 IDD associations and HHSC regarding the increase in COVID cases, ongoing staff (direct care and nurse) shortages (which have now been exacerbated because of COVID), limited to no access to PPE and testing resources and inconsistent (and at times unclear) rules and policies related to COVID and infection control.  
Providers have still not been able to find a resolution as of to date to these issues (i.e. staffing shortages and shortages in PPE, status of ARPA funds).
Below, however, are several actions HHSC is taking (in some cases, has already taken) to improve communications with providers, streamline current COVID processes and policies and clarify current policies and practices: 
  • Earlier this week HHSC re-issued and, in some cases, issued updated policies and guidance for all IDD COVID-related documents.(1/5/22 and 1/7/22 for HCS concerning guidance booklet updates).
  • HHSC is working to reorganize the COVID-related information, including COVID flexibilities and Appendix K waivers, on the ICF/IID and HCS home webpages to facilitate ease in access. 
  • HHSC will communicate the above and other changes and policy clarifications with providers via a webinar.  See registration below.
 Note:  We have been told by some of the IDD provider associations, that they anticipate that many of the issues will be addressed in next Wednesday’s webinar.

Jan. 19 HCS, ICF/IID COVID-19 Webinar with HHSC LTCR

HHSC Long-term Care Regulation will host a webinar for Home and Community-based Services and Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with an Intellectual Disability or Related Conditions providers regarding the latest information on the COVID-19 pandemic, including resources available to providers.

HCS and ICF/IID provider attendance is critical to staying current with COVID-19 requirements and guidance.

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Jan. 19

9–10 a.m.

Register for the webinar.