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TITLE 40SOCIAL SERVICES AND ASSISTANCE
PART 1DEPARTMENT OF AGING AND DISABILITY SERVICES
CHAPTER 9INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY SERVICES--MEDICAID STATE OPERATING AGENCY RESPONSIBILITIES
SUBCHAPTER DHOME AND COMMUNITY-BASED SERVICES (HCS) PROGRAM AND COMMUNITY FIRST CHOICE (CFC)
RULE §9.183Program Provider Compliance and Corrective Action

(a) If HHSC determines from a survey that a program provider is in compliance with the certification principles, HHSC:

  (1) sends the program provider a final survey report stating that the program provider is in compliance with the certification principles;

  (2) does not require any action by the program provider; and

  (3) if the survey is an initial or a recertification survey, certifies the program provider as described in §9.171(f) of this subchapter (relating to HHSC Surveys and Residential Visits of a Program Provider).

(b) If HHSC determines from a survey that a program provider is not in compliance with a certification principle and the violation is an immediate threat, HHSC notifies the program provider of the determination. The program provider must immediately provide HHSC with a plan of removal.

(c) In a plan of removal provided in accordance with subsection (b) of this section, a program provider must specify the time by which the program provider will remove the immediate threat. HHSC approves or disapproves the plan of removal and monitors to ensure the immediate threat is removed.

(d) If a program provider that is required to provide a plan of removal does not provide a plan of removal, HHSC does not approve the program provider's plan of removal, or the program provider does not implement the plan of removal approved by HHSC, HHSC:

  (1) denies or terminates certification of the program provider; and

  (2) coordinates with the LIDDAs the immediate provision of alternative services for the individuals.

(e) If HHSC determines from a survey that a program provider is not in compliance with a certification principle, HHSC sends to the program provider, within 14 calendar days after the date of the exit conference:

  (1) a final survey report with a list of violations;

  (2) a letter notifying the program provider that the program provider may request an informal dispute resolution to dispute a violation in the final survey report; and

  (3) if HHSC imposes an administrative penalty in accordance with §9.181 of this subchapter (relating to Administrative Penalties), a written notice of the administrative penalty as described in §49.535(b) of this title (relating to Administrative Penalties in the HCS and TxHmL Programs).

(f) If HHSC determines from an initial certification survey, recertification survey, or intermittent survey that a program provider is not in compliance with the certification principles, the program provider must submit to HHSC, within 14 calendar days after the date the program provider receives the final survey report, a plan of correction for each violation identified by HHSC in the final survey report. The program provider must submit a plan of correction in accordance with this subsection even if the program provider disagrees with the violation or requests an informal dispute resolution.

(g) In a plan of correction submitted in accordance with subsection (f) of this section, a program provider must specify a date by which the program provider will complete corrective action for each violation and such date must:

  (1) for a critical violation, be no later than 30 calendar days after the date of the survey exit conference; and

  (2) for a violation that is not a critical violation, be no later than 45 calendar days after the date of the survey exit conference.

(h) After HHSC receives the plan of correction required by subsection (f) of this section, HHSC notifies the program provider whether the plan is approved or not approved.

(i) If HHSC does not approve a plan of correction required by subsection (f) of this section, the program provider must submit a revised plan of correction within five business days after the date of HHSC's notice that the plan of correction was not approved. After HHSC receives the revised plan of correction, HHSC notifies the program provider whether the revised plan is approved or not approved.

(j) If the program provider does not submit a plan of correction required by subsection (f) of this section or a revised plan of correction required by subsection (i) of this section, or if HHSC notifies the program provider that a revised plan of correction is not approved, HHSC:

  (1) imposes a vendor hold against the program provider until HHSC approves a plan of correction submitted by the program provider; or

  (2) denies or terminates certification of the program provider.

(k) If HHSC approves a plan of correction, HHSC takes the following actions to determine if a program provider has completed its corrective action:

  (1) requests that the program provider submit evidence of correction to HHSC; and

  (2) conducts:

    (A) for a critical violation, a follow-up survey after the date specified in the plan of correction for correcting the violation but within 45 calendar days after the survey exit conference, unless HHSC conducts an earlier follow-up survey as described in subsection (l) of this section; or

    (B) for a violation that is not critical, a post 45-day follow-up survey, unless HHSC conducts an earlier follow-up survey as described in subsection (l) of this section.

(l) At the request of a program provider, HHSC may conduct a follow-up survey earlier than the timeframes described in subsection (k)(2) of this section.

  (1) If HHSC determines from the earlier follow-up survey that corrective action has been completed and the program provider has not yet submitted a plan of correction to HHSC in accordance with subsection (f) of this section, the program provider must include the corrective action taken on the plan of correction that is submitted.

  (2) If HHSC determines from the earlier follow-up survey that corrective action has not been completed for a violation that is not critical, HHSC conducts the post 45-day follow-up survey.

(m) If HHSC determines from a follow-up survey described in subsection (k)(2)(A) or (l) of this section that the program provider has completed corrective action for a critical violation, the administrative penalty stops accruing on the date corrective action was completed, as determined by HHSC. HHSC sends the program provider a written notice as described in §49.535(c) of this title.

(n) If HHSC determines from a follow-up survey described in subsection (k)(2)(A) or (l) of this section that the program provider has not completed the corrective action for a critical violation, HHSC:

  (1) continues the administrative penalty and conducts another follow-up survey to determine if the program provider completed the corrective action;

  (2) imposes a vendor hold against the program provider; or

  (3) denies or terminates certification of the program provider.

(o) HHSC takes the actions described in this subsection regarding a follow-up survey described in subsection (n)(1) of this section.

  (1) If HHSC determines from the survey that the program provider has completed the corrective action, the administrative penalty stops accruing on the date corrective action was completed, as determined by HHSC. HHSC sends the program provider a written notice as described in §49.535(c) of this title.

  (2) If HHSC determines from the survey that the program provider has not completed the corrective action, the administrative penalty stops accruing and HHSC:

    (A) imposes a vendor hold against the program provider; or

    (B) denies or terminates certification of the program provider.

(p) If HHSC determines from a post 45-day follow-up survey or an earlier survey described in subsection (l) of this section that a program provider has completed corrective action for a violation that is not critical, HHSC does not impose an administrative penalty for the non-critical violation.

(q) If HHSC determines from a post 45-day follow-up survey that a program provider has not completed corrective action for a violation that is not critical, HHSC:

  (1) imposes an administrative penalty for the non-critical violation in accordance with §9.181 of this subchapter;

  (2) notifies the program provider of the administrative penalty, as described in §49.535(b) of this title; and

  (3) conducts a survey:

    (A) at least 31 calendar days after the date of the post 45-day exit conference of the follow-up survey; or

    (B) earlier than 31 calendar days after the date of the exit conference of the post 45-day follow-up survey if the program provider has submitted evidence of corrective action to HHSC during the 30-day period.

(r) HHSC takes the actions described in this subsection regarding a survey described in subsection (q)(3) of this section.

  (1) If HHSC determines from the survey that the program provider has completed corrective action, the administrative penalty stops accruing on the date corrective action was completed, as determined by HHSC. HHSC sends the program provider a written notice as described in §49.535(c) of this title.

  (2) If HHSC determines from the survey that the program provider has not completed the corrective action, the administrative penalty stops accruing and HHSC:

    (A) imposes a vendor hold against the program provider; or

    (B) denies or terminates certification of the program provider.

(s) If HHSC determines that a program provider committed any of the actions described in §9.181(a)(2) of this subchapter, HHSC takes one of the following actions:

  (1) imposes an administrative penalty against the program provider as described in §9.181 of this subchapter;

  (2) imposes a vendor hold against the program provider; or

  (3) denies or terminates certification of the program provider.

(t) If HHSC imposes a vendor hold in accordance with this section:

  (1) for a program provider with a provisional contract, HHSC initiates termination of the program provider's contract in accordance with §49.534 of this title (relating to Termination of Contract by HHSC); or

  (2) for a program provider with a standard contract, HHSC conducts a survey at least 31 calendar days after the effective date of the vendor hold to determine if the program provider completed the corrective action required to release the vendor hold and:

    (A) if the program provider completed the corrective action, HHSC releases the vendor hold; or

    (B) if the program provider has not completed the corrective action, HHSC denies or terminates certification.

(u) If HHSC determines that a program provider is out of compliance with §9.177(o) or (p) of this subchapter (relating to Certification Principles: Staff Member and Service Provider Requirements), corrective action required by HHSC may include the program provider paying or ensuring payment to a service provider of supported home living or CFC PAS/HAB who was not paid the wages required by §9.177(o) of this subchapter, the difference between the amount required and the amount paid to the service provider.

(v) HHSC does not cite a program provider for violation of a certification principle based solely on the action or inaction of a person who is not a service provider or a staff member. HHSC may cite a program provider for violation of a certification principle based on the program provider's response to the action or inaction of such a person.


Source Note: The provisions of this §9.183 adopted to be effective April 28, 2020, 45 TexReg 2704

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