Workgroup on Mental Health Access for First Responders – October 4

HHSC’s Workgroup on Mental Health Access for First Responders will meet on October 4. The agenda includes: This meeting will be webcast. To access the webcast, go to https://hhs.texas.gov/about-hhs/communications-events/live-archived-meetings  the day and time of the meeting. Welcome and logistical announcements Approval of September 4, 2018, meeting minutes Ad hoc Subcommittee Report Out and review of the […]

New Texas Workgroup on Mental Health Seeks Information

The state’s Workgroup on Mental Health Access for First Responders is asking EMS agencies to complete a survey by July 4. The workgroup, which was created by the 2017 Texas Legislature, features three TEMSA members. Click here to access the survey. Your input is important and will help guide the workgroup’s direction.

HHSC’s May 3 Hearing on Proposed Ambulance Medicaid Rates

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) announced on April 17, 2018 that it will hold a May 3, 2018 hearing on proposed Medicaid rate changes for ambulance service in Texas. Specifically, the notice stated: The proposed rate actions are consistent with the legislative directive in Rider 33, Article II of the General Appropriations […]

Texas HHSC Seeking Volunteers for First Responder Mental Health Workgroup

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission seeks volunteers to develop and make recommendations on mental health-care access for first responders. HHSC is looking for people with professional and personal experience with crisis or emergency response, crisis or emergency mental health services, and mental health benefits for first responder organizations. To apply, download and submit an […]

HHSC Delays Proposed Medicaid Ambulance Rates

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) sent the following message regarding the proposed ground ambulance cuts to Medicaid managed care organizations on September 5: HHSC is pending the reimbursement rate changes for Dental and Ambulance services proposed at the August 8, 2017, public rate hearing.  The proposed reimbursement rate changes will not implement October […]

EMS Agencies Asked to Engage Texas Medicaid

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) will hold a stakeholder meeting on Tuesday, August 8 at 1:30 p.m. in Austin to discuss proposed Medicaid cuts for ground ambulance service in Texas.  Both ALS and BLS services would be cut by approximately 35 percent under the biennial review proposal for Medicaid. TEMSA is working with lawmakers […]

State’s Medicaid Re-enrollment Deadline Extended

Per the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC): The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced that the previous March 24, 2016 deadline for Medicaid provider re-enrollment is extended to Sept. 25, 2016. Though this extension gives states additional time to ensure providers comply with Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) […]