April 30, 2021

CMS is ending the emergency blanket waiver of timeframe requirements for completing and transmitting the nursing facility minimum data set assessment authorizations. HHSC will no longer have the authority to extend MDS assessments after May 10, 2021. HHSC will extend MDS assessment authorizations ending May 1 - May 9, 2021 for 90 days.

The daily Service Authorization System files from HHSC will still reflect MDS assessment authorization expirations starting May 10. For correct reimbursements, NF providers must have an up-to-date MDS assessment for each resident.

Read the update from the Texas Medicaid & Healthcare Partnership.