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.

New TxHmL Certification Principles modules available for Providers

HHSC Long Term Care Regulation has posted 4 recorded modules online, covering the new TxHmL Certification Principles for TxHmL Providers. These new principles became effective June 21, 2023. Each module is approximately 40-minutes in length. All current and potential TxHmL Providers are encouraged to access each of these modules.

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

Click here to access these pre-recorded modules.

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
June 2024
HCS Certification Standards: An Overview of Changes (course description)
Tuesday, June 18, 2024
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Webinar
(700 MAX)
Infection Control Basics for HCS and TxHmL Providers (course description)
Thursday, June 20, 2024
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Webinar
(500 MAX)
Writing Acceptable Plans of Correction for HCS and TxHmL Providers (course description)
Tuesday, June 25, 2024
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Texas Health and Human Services
4410 Dillon Lane
Room: Training Room
Corpus Christi, TX 78415
(26 MAX)
July 2024
Hurricane and Flooding Readiness for Home and Community Based Services and Texas Home Living and Individualized Skills and Socialization (course description)
Tuesday, July 2, 2024
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Webinar
(350 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.

Death Notifications and Provider Investigation Reports for HCS/TxHmL Providers: This 1-hour webinar provides an overview of program provider responsibilities as they relate to notifications of deaths and submitting Provider investigation reports. Formal CE's will not be issued, but a Certificate of Attendance will be issued to all attendees who complete the post-course evaluation.

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 Module 1: Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation: This webinar provides interpretive guidance on the rules related to the Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation (ANE) of individuals receiving HCS program services. This presentation provides a review of the definitions of, and the rules for preventing and reporting ANE within the HCS program.

HCS Certification Standards: An Overview of Changes: This 60-minute 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. Please note: Only the persons who register for this course will receive the attendance certificate.

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: 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 Home and Community Based Services and Texas Home Living and Individualized Skills and Socialization: This webinar covers HCS/TxHmL and Individualized Skills and Socialization provider requirements related to Hurricane and Flooding readiness. Topics include risk assessment, emergency management and the eight core functions required for an emergency plan. This webinar will not be recorded. CE's will be offered for the following disciplines.

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,
Certificates will be sent by email after attendance time & evaluation criteria confirmed to be met. Attendees must have provided legal name & a valid email address to receive the certificate. All other attendees will receive a Certificate of Attendance following completion of the evaluation

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.

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.

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 in-person 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 CEs are offered for this webinar; however, a Certificate of Attendance will be provided following completion of the training.

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

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