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Nursing Facility Direct Care Staffing Enhancement Open Enrollment Begins July 1st

Shasta McClary

June 29, 2020

The 2000-01 General Appropriations Act and S.B.1839 (77th Legislature) established the attendant compensation rate enhancement and the nursing facility direct care staff rate enhancement. This made certain funding contingent upon HHSC adopting agency rules to incentivize increased compensation to attendants, and established incentivizes that increased direct care staffing and direct care wages and benefits in nursing homes.

Open enrollment for the Nursing Facility Direct Care Staffing Enhancement begins July 1, 2020. Enrollment will be open until 5pm CST on July 31st.

Participation in the Staffing Enhancement gives SNF’s an opportunity to increase their base reimbursement rate, which has been stagnant since 2014. While participation in the program is voluntary, qualifying providers could potentially increase their rate by up to $10.80 per resident, per day.

To view Base and Level Enhancement rates, click here.

Additional information can be found here.

Currently enrolled providers should have already received letters from HHSC stating whether their enrollment is limited.

Please let us know if you have any questions or need assistance preparing a Request for Revision report (RFR).

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