Time Study End Date Extended – FFY 2021

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On November 11, 2020 Fairbanks released a notice for which the Time Study End date that was set to initially end on Friday, December 11, 2020, has been extended through Friday, December 18th. If your district is still open after December 11th, and you have a participant(s) scheduled to receive a Random Moment Time … Read More

SHARS Cost Report: STAIRS Information

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Upload Center in STAIRS The Upload Center in STAIRS allows districts to upload documentation that support claimed costs in SHARS Cost Report. Districts are encouraged to upload any and all supporting documentation preparation of the Cost Report or soon  after submission. To assist in more expeditious audit reviews, HHSC SHARS … Read More

COVID-19: CARE Act Provider Relief Fund

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Districts that provide SHARS services (including new providers) may consider applying for the HHS COVID-19  Provider Relieve Fund. These funds can assist with district’s COVID-19 related expenses. Applicants who submit by Friday, November 6, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. ET will be considered for funding. Some districts received payments during the Phase 2- General Distribution. … Read More


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SHARS expanded telehealth services are available until  November 30, 2020.   SHARS and special education guidance remain in effect and are eligible for the following service areas: Audiology services Counseling/ Psychological services * Occupational Therapy* Physician services Physical Therapy Speech Therapy* *these services are always billable Telehealth services must meet specific criteria: … Read More

Personal Care Services – Policy Changes

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Personal Care Services – Policy Changes – Effective October 2020 Release by Texas Medicaid and Healthcare Partnership (TMHP) PCS are support services provided to clients who meet the definition of medical necessity and require assistance with the performance of ADLs, instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs), and health maintenance activities … Read More

FAQ: SHARS Parental Consent – Digital Signatures

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Can a digital signature be used for the one-time SHARS parental consent and/or service logs? If certain conditions are met, an electronic signature is acceptable: Prior to accepting an electronic signature, a state agency shall ensure that the level of security used to identify the signer of a message and … Read More

Specialized Transportation Eligible for SHARS Billing

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ONWARD is always focused on accurate and compliant documentation for SHARS Medicaid reimbursement.  Released by TEA, the information below supports ONWARD’s guidance on SHARS regulations for Specialized Transportation services. Students receive special transportation based on criteria set forth in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  Eligibility for SHARS billing … Read More


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When schools closed in Spring 2020, telehealth was allowed for some SHARS services. On July 30, 2020, HHSC announced that telehealth flexibilities had been extended through October 23, 2020 unless the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services ends the public health emergency earlier. If the public health emergency ends earlier, HHSC … Read More

SHARS RMTS – 1st Quarter Time Study Sample Available

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SHARS Time Study Sample Released The fiscal year 2021 first quarter (Oct-Dec 2020) RMTS sample has been selected and posted on STAIRS located on the Fairbanks website.  To view the sample selected for your entity, log into STAIRS and select the “Time Study Sample” tab. As a reminder, the OD20 … Read More

Oct-Dec 2020 RMTS PL Certification Deadline Extension

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Participant List Closing Date Has Extended   The Random Moment Time Study (RMTS) Participant List (PL) for the first quarter of federal fiscal year 2021 (October 2020 – December 2020) has extended its deadline date. As a result of COVID-19, Time Study is extending the Participant List close date by three … Read More