HHSC stakeholders have until November 6, 2017, to provide written comments on proposed amendments relating to an inpatient unit at a parent agency.

The proposal amends Title 40, Chapter 97, Licensing Standards for Home and Community Support Services Agencies, by adding §97.30, which states the requirements that a home and community support services agency (HCSSA) or an applicant for a HCSSA license must meet to operate an inpatient unit at its parent agency. An inpatient unit is a facility where inpatient hospice services are provided. The proposed rules require a HCSSA or an applicant for a HCSSA license to notify HHSC of its intent to operate the inpatient unit; request and allow a Life Safety Code inspection; obtain verification from HHSC that the inpatient unit is in compliance with all requirements; and, unless the applicant is exempt from a health survey, request a health survey after providing services to at least one client. This new section is proposed in response to inquiries from HCSSAs about the requirements for operating an inpatient unit at a parent agency.

The proposal also amends definitions in §97.2, including the definition of “parent agency,” a term currently used in Chapter 97 and proposed new §97.30. The proposal amends §97.13 and §97.17 to require an applicant for an initial or renewal license to comply with new §97.30 to operate an inpatient unit at its parent agency.

Other amendments to §§97.2, 97.13, and 97.17 are proposed to improve their accuracy and readability, and to use consistent terminology.

These rules were published in the October 6, 2017, issue of the Texas Register. To find out where and how to submit comments, please refer to the section titled "Public Comment" in the Texas Register.