May 24, 2017 - 9:00am

Texas Health and Human Services Commission, Brown-Heatly Building, Public Hearing Room
4900 N. Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78751

Webcasting Available

Entry is through security at the main entrance of the building facing Lamar Boulevard.

Hearing. Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) will conduct a public hearing to receive public comment on proposed Medicaid payment rates for the Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy provided by Comprehensive Outpatient Rehabilitation Facilities/Outpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (CORF/ORF), Home Health Agencies (HHA), and Independent Therapists. The hearing will be held in compliance with Texas Human Resources Code §32.0282, which requires public notice of and hearings on proposed Medicaid reimbursements.HHSC will broadcast the public hearing. The broadcast will be archived and can be accessed on demand.

Proposal. The payment rates for the Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy provided by CORF/ORF, HHA, and Independent Therapists are proposed to be effective July 1, 2017.

Methodology and Justification. The proposed payment rates were calculated in accordance with Title 1 of the Texas Administrative Code:

§355.201(d)(1)(A) and (D), which authorize HHSC to adjust rates for medical assistance if state or federal law is enacted requiring a rate reduction or restricting the availability of appropriated funds;

§355.8021, which addresses the reimbursement methodology for home health services and durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies;

§355.8085, which addresses the reimbursement methodology for physicians and other practitioners; and

§355.8441, which addresses the reimbursement methodology for Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT) services.

Briefing Package. A briefing package (link is external) describing the proposed payment rates will be available at on or after May 10, 2017. Those interested may obtain a copy of the briefing package before the hearing by contacting Rate Analysis by telephone at 512-730-7401; by fax at 512-730-7475; or by email at RADAcuteCare@hhsc.state.tx.us. The briefing package will also be available at the public hearing.

Written Comments. Written comments regarding the proposed payment rates may be submitted instead of, or in addition to, oral testimony until 5 p.m. the day of the hearing. Written comments may be sent by U.S. mail, overnight mail, special delivery mail, hand delivery, fax, or email:

U.S. Mail
Texas Health and Human Services Commission
Attention: Rate Analysis, Mail Code H-400
P.O. Box 149030
Austin, TX 78714-9030

Overnight mail, special delivery mail, or hand delivery
Texas Health and Human Services Commission
Attention: Rate Analysis, Mail Code H-400
Brown-Heatly Building
4900 North Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78751

Phone number for package delivery: 512-730-7401

Fax
Attention: Rate Analysis at 512-730-7475

Email: RADAcuteCare@hhsc.state.tx.us

People with disabilities who wish to attend the hearing and require auxiliary aids or services should contact Rate Analysis at 512-730-7401 at least 72 hours before the hearing so appropriate arrangements can be made.

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