March 16, 2021 - 9:00am

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Due to the declared state of disaster stemming from COVID-19, this hearing will be conducted online only.

Please register for the hearing here.

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

Hearing. The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) will conduct a public hearing to receive public comment on proposed Medicaid payment rates for the Medical Policy Review of Autism Services.

The meeting will be archived and can be accessed on demand here. The public hearing will be held in compliance with Texas Human Resources Code §32.0282, which requires public notice of and hearings on proposed Medicaid reimbursements.

Proposal. The payment rates for the Medical Policy Review of Autism Services are proposed to be effective February 1, 2022.

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

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

§355.8441, which addresses the reimbursement methodologies for Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT) services (known in Texas as Texas Health Steps).

Rate Hearing Packet. A briefing packet describing the proposed payment rates will be available here on or after March 5, 2021. Interested parties may obtain a copy of the briefing packet before the hearing by contacting Provider Finance by telephone at (512) 730-7401; by fax at (512) 730-7475; or by e-mail at PFDAcuteCare@hhs.texas.gov.

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 e-mail:

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

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

Phone number for package delivery: (512) 730-7401

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

E-mail
PFDAcuteCare@hhs.texas.gov

Preferred Communication. During the current state of disaster due to COVID-19, physical forms of communication are checked with less frequency than during normal business operations. For quickest response, and to help curb the possible transmission of infection, please turn to e-mail or phone if possible for communication with HHSC related to this rate hearing.

Persons with disabilities who wish to attend the hearing and require auxiliary aids or services should call Provider Finance at (512) 730-7401 at least 72 hours before the hearing so appropriate arrangements can be made.