HCS and TxHmL Joint Training Opportunities

New HCS Certification Standards modules available for Providers

HHSC Long Term Care Regulation has posted 8 recorded modules online, covering the new HCS Certification Standards for HCS Providers. These new standards became effective June 21, 2023. Each module is approximately 1 hour in length. All current and potential HCS Providers are encouraged to view each of these modules.

Certificates of Attendance will not be offered for viewing these pre-recorded webinars.

Click here to access the recordings.

Below is a listing of classes available to HCS and TxHmL providers. Classes will be added as they become available. To register for a class, click on the course link below for the desired date and time and follow the instructions. No CEs are offered for these courses, but attendees will receive a certificate of attendance.

Seminar Date/Time Location Class Availability
February 2024
Death Notifications and Provider Investigation Reports for HCS/TxHmL Providers (course description)
Friday, February 23, 2024
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Webinar
(700 MAX)

Course Descriptions

Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation for HCS and TxHmL Program Providers: This webinar covers program provider requirements relating to the abuse, neglect and exploitation (ANE) of individuals receiving HCS and TxHmL program services. This course will define abuse, neglect and exploitation and will cover provider responsibilities for preventing, recognizing and reporting ANE.

Administrative Penalties and Related Processes in HCS & TxHmL Providers: This presentation will cover the processes and requirements pertaining to Administrative Penalties and Related Processes for HCS and TxHmL. No CE are offered for this webinar; a certificate of attendance will be sent to participants following the event.

Certification Principle 9.174: Service Delivery for HCS Providers: This webinar will give a detailed review of Texas Administrative Code 9.174 relating to service delivery for HCS program providers. Included is a discussion of program provider responsibilities and a review of the services available to individuals enrolled in the HCS program.

Certification Principles: Comprehensive Nursing Assessment (HCS/TxHmL): This webinar focuses on the required elements of the comprehensive nursing assessment for HCS/TxHmL providers. The webinar will not be recorded. Questions may be submitted to LTCRPolicy@hhs.texas.gov

Death Notifications and Provider Investigation Reports for HCS/TxHmL Providers: This training covers HCS and Texas Home Living Provider responsibilities as they relate to notifications of deaths and Provider investigation reports. This webinar will not be recorded. While formal CEs will not be issued, registered participants who attend the entire training will receive a Certificate of Attendance following the completion of the webinar.

Emergency Preparedness 101 for HCS and TxHmL Providers: This webinar provides an overview of program provider requirements for preparing for and responding to emergencies. The course includes a discussion of potential emergencies that must be prepared for, the 3 phases of emergency preparedness plan, and the 8 core functions that should be included.

HCS Certification Standards: An Overview of Changes: This 2-hour webinar explores the changes effective within the Home and Community Based Services program. It provides clarification on changes pertaining to the new location of rules within TAC pertaining to this program and the structure of those new rules. Other topics include: Individual Rights, Staff Member and Service Provider requirements, Nursing, Emergency Response Systems, Behavior Support plans and Protective Devices, among others. The training also covers changes relative to HHSC actions. Formal CEU's will not be offered for this training, but registered attendees will receive a Certificate of Attendance.

HCS/TxHmL Certification Principles Module 1: Administrative Penalty Rules: This webinar provides interpretive guidance for administrative penalties and the amelioration process for HCS and TxHmL program providers. This presentation will include a review of Texas Administrative Code and the scope and severity matrix used by Long Term Care Regulatory to determine the seriousness of violations.

HCS/TxHmL Certification Principles Module 2: Mission, Development and Philosophy of Program Operations and Top 10 Deficiencies: This webinar provides interpretive guidance on TAC 9.172 which relates to the mission, development and philosophy of a program provider's operations. We will also review the top ten deficiencies cited in HCS and TxHmL programs.

HCS/TxHmL Certification Principles Module 3: Comprehensive Nursing Assessment: This webinar provides interpretive guidance for RN responsibilities related to the comprehensive nursing assessment. We will discuss how to conduct a thorough nursing assessment and will review assessment form 8584 in its entirety.

HCS/TxHmL Certification Principles Module 4: Staff Member and Service Provider Requirements: This webinar provides interpretive guidance related to program provider responsibilities for hiring and training of staff members and service providers as outlined in TAC 9.177.

HCS/TxHmL Certification Principles Module 5: Restraints and Seclusion: This webinar provides interpretive guidance related to restraints in the HCS and TxHmL programs including when a restraint may be used, and ways in which restraints may not be used. This presentation will also cover the rules barring the use of seclusion.

HCS/TxHmL Certification Principles Module 6: Quality Assurance: This webinar provides interpretive guidance on the rules outlined in TAC 9.178 and 9.580 which require program providers to provide quality in the delivery of services and supports.

HCS/TxHmL Certification Principles Module 7: Rights of Individuals: This webinar provides interpretive guidance on the rights of individuals receiving HCS and TxHmL program services as outlined in TAC 9.173 and 9.580.

HCS/TxHmL Certification Principles Module 8: Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation: This webinar provides interpretive guidance on the rules related to the Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation (ANE) of individuals receiving HCS and TxHmL program services. This presentation will provide a review of the definitions of, and the rules for preventing and reporting ANE within the HCS and TxHmL programs.

HCS/TxHmL Certification Principles Module 9: Service Delivery: This webinar provides interpretive guidance for TAC ยง9.174 relating to the delivery of services and supports in HCS and TxHmL programs.

HCS/TxHmL Program Provider Responsibilities in Death Reviews and Provider Investigation Reports: This one hour training covers HCS and Texas Home Living Provider responsibilities as they relate to notifications of deaths and Provider investigation reports. This webinar will not be recorded. While formal CEs will not be issued, registered participants who attend the entire training will receive a Certificate of Attendance 48 hours following the completion of the webinar.

Hot Topic: Get Ready for Flu Season: This month's Hot Topic presentation will provide an overview of flu facts, its symptoms and potential complications, and how to best prepare for and prevent the flu.

Hot Topic: Heat Stress: This month's hot topic will address heat stress and heat-related illnesses. We will include a discussion of what to look for, how to prevent, and how to treat these conditions. Topics include but are not limited to, heat stroke, heat exhaustion, and medications that increase the risk of heat-related issues.

Hurricane and Flooding Readiness for HCS/TxHmL: This webinar covers HCS/TxHmL provider requirements related to the development of emergency preparedness plans with a focus on hurricanes and flooding. Topics include risk assessment, the three phases of emergency management and the core elements required for an emergency plan. No CE are offered for this webinar; a certificate of attendance will be sent to participants following the event.

Hurricane and Flooding Readiness for Home and Community Based Services and Texas Home Living and Individualized Skills and Socialization: This 1-hour webinar provides guidance for registered nurses, licensed vocational nurses, social workers, administrators, and other staff members who develop and contribute to the development of a disaster/emergency plan to ensure the health and well-being of individuals in their care during a natural disaster and/or an emergency. This webinar covers HCS/TxHmL provider requirements related to the development of emergency preparedness plans with a focus on hurricanes and flooding. Topics include risk assessment, the three phases of emergency management and the core elements required for an emergency plan.

Registered Nurses earn 0.75 contact hours upon successful completion of this activity.

  • 1.00 hours for social workers
  • 1.00 hours for nursing facility administrators and,
  • 1.00 clock hours for all other attendees

Hurricane Season Readiness for HCS Providers: This webinar covers HCS program provider requirements related to the development of emergency preparedness plans with a focus on hurricanes. Topics include emergency risk assessment, the three phases of emergency preparedness and the 8 core functions required for an emergency plan.

Individualized Skills and Socialization Program Basic Overview (1 hour): This one hour webinar will cover the basics of license application and an overview of the survey process. Additional topics will include reporting abuse, neglect, exploitation or incidents to HHSC. All subsequent sessions are duplicates and offer multiple opportunities to facilitate provider attendance. No CE will be offered for this recurring webinar; a Certificate of attendance will be provided.

Infection Control Basics for HCS and TxHmL Providers: This webinar will cover infection control concepts, practices, and principles as they apply to HCS and TxHmL programs. No CE's will be awarded, but a Certificate of attendance will be provided following the conclusion of the webinar. Attendees must complete the evaluation to receive the certificate.

Introduction to Individualized Skills and Socialization Program: This one-day training will cover the licensing process for the Individualized Skills and Socialization Program, as well as an overview of the rules, survey process and reporting requirements for allegations of abuse, neglect and exploitation.

Nursing in HCS and TxHmL Settings: This presentation will cover requirements pertaining to delivery of nursing care for individuals receiving services in HCS and TxHmL settings. The most cited deficiencies pertaining to these requirements will also be noted during the training. No CE are offered for this webinar; however, a certificate of attendance will be provided.

Regulatory Services Incident Reporting for Individualized Skills and Socialization Providers (.5 hours): This training covers HHSC Regulatory Services reporting requirements for providers of Individualized Skills and Socialization. Topics include Definitions of complaints and incidents, required actions to report incidents, including how to navigate the TULIP system, and information needed when reporting incidents. Formal CEUs will not be offered for this training, but a Certificate of Attendance will be provided following completion of the course.

Stop the Spread of COVID-19 in Texas HCS/TxHmLs: The purpose of this webinar is to assist HCS and TxHmL program providers in Texas in stopping the spread of infection, including all variants of COVID-19, in light of the recent surge in cases. We will review basic infection control principles, PPE, physical distancing, benefits of vaccination and revised Response Plan information.

Top 10 Citations for HCS & TxHmL Providers FY 2022: This webinar is an overview of the top 10 most cited deficiencies in the HCS and TxHmL program.

Writing Acceptable Plans of Correction for HCS and TxHmL Providers: This interactive training is designed to train staff on the process for writing acceptable plans of correction for HCS and TxHmL programs. There will be small group activities and interactions with the trainer and fellow attendees. No CE are offered for this webinar; however, a certificate of attendance will be provided to all participants who meet attendance requirements.

For additional information, please email LTCRJointTraining@hhs.texas.gov.

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