Public Hearing Notice Proposed Payment Rates for Financial Management Services Agency (FMSA) as part of the SFY 2022-23 Biennial Fee Review

May 16, 2022 - 9:00 am

John H. Winters Building, Public Hearing Room 125
701 W 51st St, Austin, TX
78751
United States

Hearing. The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) will conduct a public hearing on May 16, 2022, at 9:00 a.m. in the Public Hearing Room 125 of the John H. Winters Building, 701 W 51st St, Austin, TX 78751, to receive public comments on the proposed payment rates for multiple Long-term Services and Supports (LTSS) programs.

Increased payment rates are proposed for FMSA rates in Community Living Assistance & Support Services (CLASS), Community Care for Aged/Disabled (CCAD), Community Attendant Services (CAS), Family Care (FC), Primary Home Care (PHC), Consumer Managed Personal Attendant Services (CMPAS), Home and Community Based Services (HCS), Texas Home Living (TxHmL), Deaf-Blind Multiple Disabilities (DBMD), Personal Care Services (PCS), STAR+PLUS, STAR Health, and STAR Kids as part of the state fiscal years 2022-23 Quarter 2 biennial fee review.

This hearing will also be available online. To join the hearing from your computer, tablet, or smartphone, register for the hearing in advance using the following link:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/787443162099286285, webinar ID: 501-375-475. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the hearing. You can also dial in using your phone at (631) 992-3221, access code 955-766-486.

If you are new to GoToWebinar, please download the GoToMeeting app at https://global.gotomeeting.com/install/626873213 before the hearing starts.

The hearing will be held in compliance with Texas Human Resources Code Section 32.0282, which requires public notice of hearings on proposed Medicaid reimbursements. HHSC will archive the public hearing; the archive can be accessed on-demand after the hearing at https://hhs.texas.gov/about-hhs/communications-events/live-archived-meetings.

Proposal. HHSC proposes to increase payment rates for FMSA services in the CLASS, CCAD, CAS, FC PHC, CMPAS, HCS, TxHmL, DBMD, PCS, STAR+PLUS, STAR Health, and STAR Kids programs, effective September 1, 2022.

Methodology and Justification. The proposed payment rates for FMSA services were determined according to the rate-setting methodologies codified at 1 TAC Section 355.114.

Briefing Packet. A briefing packet describing the proposed payment rates will be available at https://pfd.hhs.texas.gov/rate-packets no later than May 1, 2022. Interested parties may also obtain a copy of the briefing packet prior to the hearing by contacting the HHSC Provider Finance Department by telephone at (737) 867-7817, by fax at (512) 730-7475, or by email at PFD-LTSS@hhs.texas.gov.

Written Comments. Written comments regarding the proposed payment rates may be submitted in lieu of, or in addition to, oral testimony until 5:00 p.m. the day of the hearing. Written comments may be sent by U.S. mail to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, Attention: Provider Finance, Mail Code H-400, P.O. Box 149030, Austin, TX 78714-9030; by fax to Provider Finance at (512) 730-7475; or by email to PFD-LTSS@hhs.texas.gov. In addition, written comments may be sent by overnight mail or hand-delivered to Texas Health and Human Services Commission, Attention: Provider Finance, Mail Code H-400, North Austin Complex Building, 4601 W Guadalupe St., Austin, TX 78751.

U.S. Mail
Texas Health and Human Services Commission
Provider Finance Department, Mail Code H-400
P.O. Box 149030
Austin, TX 78714-9030

Overnight mail or special delivery mail
Texas Health and Human Services Commission
Provider Finance Department, Mail Code H-400
North Austin Complex
4601 W Guadalupe St.
Austin, TX 78751

Phone number for package delivery: (512) 730-7401

Fax
Attention: Provider Finance at (512) 730-7475

Email
PFD-LTSS@hhs.texas.gov

Preferred Communication. During the current state of disaster due to COVID-19, physical forms of communication are checked with less frequency than during normal business operations. For the quickest response, please use email or phone, if possible, for communication with HHSC related to this public hearing.

Persons with disabilities who wish to participate in the hearing and require auxiliary aids or services should contact Provider Finance at (512) 730-7401 at least 72 hours before the hearing so appropriate arrangements can be made.