TEA and HHSC Update on the NPI Process

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SHARS Reimbursement Methodology HHSC plans to release a notice through Fairbanks on September 30, 2022 which will indicate the effective date of these changes will be October 1, 2022. Referrals and Prescriptions It is important to note that the requirements for Occupational and Physical Therapy are different than Speech and Audiology. … Read More

SHARS Benefits to Change for Texas Medicaid

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SHARS Benefits to Change for Texas Medicaid As we approach the beginning of the 2023 FFY (October 1, 2022) as well as the November 1, 2022 deadline for Speech Pathology policy changes, ONWARD wishes to remind you of these prior notifications.  Starting in August 13, 2021 ONWARD began releasing training … Read More

Fairbanks Announcements – SHARS: RMTS PL

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Fairbanks and HHSC released several notifications to Texas school districts and charter schools outlining updates and changes regarding the Random Moment Time Study process.  Below you will find three topics regarding the Participant List.  Please review the information below. Participant List Audits Earlier this year, Texas Education Agency (TEA) began … Read More

October 1st Changes to SHARS – 2023 FFY

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SHARS Benefits to Change for Texas Medicaid October 1, 2022 Effective for dates of service on or after October 1, 2022, School Health and Related Services (SHARS) benefits will change for Texas Medicaid. Overview of Benefit Changes Major changes to this medical benefit include the following: Clarification relating to parental … Read More

SHARS 2023 FFY HHSC Training

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In anticipation of the approval of the amendments to 1 TAC §355.8443, HHSC-PFD is hosting a training to go over the SHARS program and the amendments.  Both your ONWARD team and HHSC highly recommend your district SHARS administrators attend at lest one of the webinars to ensure a smooth transition for … Read More

SHARS Proposed Policy Changes as of October 1, 2022

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HHSC has proposed changes to the SHARS Handbook in the Texas Medicaid Provider Procedures Manual (TMPPM). Below are a couple of topics considered for changes: – expand audiology services to students eligible for 504 services, and – update allowable provider types for speech-language services. The complete document is available at … Read More

SHARS Policy Updates and TEA Typical Findings

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Parental Consents “Informed consent is agreement to do something or to allow something to happen only after all the relevant facts are disclosed.” Prospective Consent – Consent for future services/billing. Targeted Distribution – Consent is applicable to a child receiving eligible special education services and who has been identified as … Read More

School Health and Related Services (SHARS) Clarifications

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Documentation Requirements For reimbursement of SHARS benefits, SHARS providers should adhere to documentation requirements and privacy standards set forth by professional licensure requirements, medical practice standards, the Texas Medicaid Provider Procedures Manual (TMPPM), the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule, and any applicable federal and state laws. … Read More

2023 Federal Fiscal Year – Random Moment Time Study Announcement

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Participant List Is Now Open The Random Moment Time Study (RMTS) Participant List (PL) for the first quarter of federal fiscal year 2023 (October 2022 – December 2023) is now open. To be eligible to obtain Medicaid reimbursements for SHARS and/or MAC, each provider entity must participate in the RMTS … Read More

2021 Cost Report Correction Request Reminder

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Districts wishing to correct information submitted in the 2021 SHARS Cost Report are allowed a correction period of 60 days from the close date (April 1, 2022). The correction period closes May 31, 2022. Any district that has not requested and completed corrections to their 2021 SHARS Cost Report by the deadline … Read More