***SHARS TELEHEALTH EXTENDED***

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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

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

SHARS TELEHEALTH SERVICES

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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

2021 MAC Financial Training – HHSC Release

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2021 MAC Financial Updates IMPORTANT FFY2021 UPDATES:  Annual training conducted by HHSC is mandatory for all Primary and Secondary MAC Financial Contacts. The annual training requirements can be completed by attending webinar training. Consolidated Training Sessions – In an effort to simplify qualification requirements for providers, HHSC has consolidated “Initial” and “Refresher” … Read More

Senate Bill 139, Notice to Families

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Special Education A notice from TEA.  In 2019, the 86th Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 139 (SB 139), which requires Texas local education agencies (LEAs) to distribute the following notice to parents: SB 139 Notice to Families (English version) SB 139 Notice to Families (Spanish version) LEAs must complete the … Read More

ESC-20 SPED News

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Transparency is the Key to Accessible Communication ESC-20 Special Education Support Services is here to provide resources and professional development to help educators as they serve students with disabilities in-person or online. For more information on September 2020 virtual training sessions connect, register and attend some of these great sessions … Read More