Texas Register February 26, 2021 Volume: 46 Number: 9

Texas Register
February 26, 2021
Volume: 46 Number: 9

1. Governor

  • Appointments re:
    • Governor reappoints four members to the Council on Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke.

2. Texas Department of State Health Services

  • Emergency Rule re:
    • Amending 25 TAC §417.47 to update training requirements for infection control within state hospitals.

3. Texas Health and Human Services Commission

  • Adopted Rules re:
    • Renewing 26 TAC §551.47, establishing limitations for indoor and outdoor visitation at Intermediate Care Facilities.
    • Renewing 26 TAC §553.2003 to re-establish limitations for indoor and outdoor visitation at Assisted Living Facilities.
  • Emergency Rule re:
    • Renewing 26 TAC §500.3, temporarily allowing a licensed hospital to designate a specific part of its hospital for use as an off-site facility by another hospital.
    • Renewing 26 TAC §500.41, temporarily allowing Chemical Dependency Treatment Facilities to provide telemedicine and telehealth services.
    • Renewing 26 TAC §500.42, temporarily allowing increased counselor caseloads for intensive residential programs in Chemical Dependency Treatment Facilities.
    • Renewing 26 TAC §500.43, temporarily allowing Chemical Dependency Treatment Facilities to provide services through two-way, real-time internet or telephone communications.
    • Renewing 26 TAC §500.44, temporarily extending documentation deadlines for Chemical Dependency Treatment Facilities.
    • Renewing 26 TAC §500.51, temporarily allowing supervisors of Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor interns to provide supervision through two-way, real-time internet or telephone communications.
    • New 26 TAC §551.46, establishing requirements for Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with an Intellectual Disability or Related Conditions to mitigate and contain the spread of COVID-19.
    • New 26 TAC §551.48, establishing vaccination reporting requirements for Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with an Intellectual Disability or Related Conditions (ICF/IIDs).
  • Transferred Rule re:
    • Transferring oversight of independent living services from DARS to HHSC.

4. Texas Department on Aging and Disability Services

  • Emergency Rule re:
    • Amending 40 TAC §§3.401 – 3.403 to update infection-control training requirements within state facilities.

5. Texas Commission on Jail Standards

  • Adopted Rules re:
    • Amending 37 TAC §273.5 to expand the scope of inmates eligible to receive mental health services.

Have a great week,

Phil Kim
Partner, Haynes and Boone, LLP
Dallas
Phil.Kim@haynesboone.com

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