January 21, 2021 - 9:00am

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Online Meetings. The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) will conduct stakeholder engagement meetings on January 21, 2021, beginning at 9:00 a.m. CST, to receive comments on Medicaid payment rates that may be addressed at the May 2021 rate hearings. Note that HHSC will not be publishing any proposed rates at this time, and the stakeholder engagement meetings are solely to take commentary on the topics listed below.

Due to the declared state of disaster stemming from COVID-19, these meetings will be conducted online only. Physical entry to the meetings will not be permitted.

The stakeholder engagement meetings will be held as follows:

  • Acute Care Services: January 21, 2021, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Long-Term Services & Supports: January 21, 2021, 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Hospital Services: January 21, 2021, 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

HHSC may limit speakers’ time in order to ensure all attendees wishing to present public comment are afforded an opportunity to do so.

HHSC reserves the right to end an engagement meeting if no participants have registered to present public comments within the first 30 minutes of the meeting.

Please register for HHSC Provider Finance Department Stakeholder Engagement Meetings on January 21, 2021 at:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8977546937378429453

Webinar ID: 353-156-171

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

If you are new to GoToMeeting, please download the GoToMeeting app at
https://global.gotomeeting.com/install/626873213 before the hearing starts.

HHSC will record the meetings. The recording will be archived and can be accessed on demand at https://hhs.texas.gov/about-hhs/communications-events/live-archived-meetings.

Agenda. The topics for the Stakeholder Engagement Meetings are below. Please note that the topics listed in this notice comprise a provisional list of topics to be presented at the May 2021 rate hearing. The final list of topics to be presented at the May 2021 rate hearing is at the discretion of HHSC.

Acute Care Services

  • Durable Medical Equipment “E” Codes
  • Any Combination of 1/2/I/T
  • Non-Clinical Labs (5/I/T)
  • "S" Codes
  • Physician Administered Drugs - Oncology
  • Physician Administered Drugs - Vaccines & Toxoids
  • Physician Administered Drugs - Non-Oncology
  • Physician Administered Drugs - NDCX list
  • Telemedicine, Telehealth & Telemonitoring
  • Outpatient Behavioral Health Services
  • Indian Health Services
  • Access to Care
  • Medicine (Other)
  • Gastroenterology
  • Noninvasive Vascular Diagnostic Studies
  • Cardiovascular Services including Cardiography & Echocardiography
  • Dialysis Services
  • Medical Nutrition Therapy
  • Ophthalmological Services
  • Respiratory System Surgery
  • Respiratory Therapists
  • Diagnostic Radiology
  • Evaluation and Management (E&M)
  • Medical and Surgical Supplies
  • Quarterly Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) Updates

Long-Term Services & Supports

  • Community First Choice (CFC), Title XX, STAR+PLUS and STAR Kids Emergency Response Services (ERS)
  • The Deaf-blind with Multiple Disabilities (DBMD) Waiver Program
    • Assisted Living Services (18 hours or less)
    • Licensed Assisted Living Services (19-24 hours)
    • Licensed Home Health Assisted Living Services (19-24 hours)
  • Youth Empowerment Services (YES) Waiver Program, Out-of-Home Respite (OHR) in a Camp Setting

Hospital Services

  • Children’s Hospitals
  • Rural Hospitals
  • SDA Add-on
  • Updated Rates

An agenda will be made available at https://rad.hhs.texas.gov/rate-packets by January 14, 2021. Interested parties may also obtain a copy of the agenda on or after that date by contacting Provider Finance by telephone at (512) 730-7401; by fax at (512) 730-7475; or by e-mail at RateAnalysisDept@hhsc.state.tx.us.

Written Comments. Written comments regarding the proposed topics may be submitted in lieu of, or in addition to, oral comments until 5:00 p.m. the day following the meetings, January 22, 2021. Written comments may be sent by U.S. mail, overnight mail, fax, or e-mail.

U.S. Mail
Health and Human Services Commission
Provider Finance Department, Mail Code H-400
P.O. Box 149030
Austin, Texas 78714-9030

Overnight mail or special delivery mail
Health and Human Services Commission
Provider Finance Department, Mail Code H-400
Brown-Heatly Building
4900 North Lamar Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78751-2316

Fax
Attention: Provider Finance at (512) 730-7475

E-mail
RateAnalysisDept@hhsc.state.tx.us

Preferred Communication. E-mail or telephone communication is preferred due to the current state of the COVID-19 disaster. This will ensure the fastest possible response and will help reduce the transmission of infection.