In the last legislative session, SB8 and HB3556 were passed. SB8 relates to the provision and delivery of certain health and human services in this state, including the provision of those services through the Medicaid program and the prevention of fraud, waste, and abuse in that program and other programs. HB3556 relates to the licensing and regulation of emergency medical services providers.
Attached is a copy of the enrolled text for SB8: http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/tlodocs/83R/billtext/pdf/SB00008F.pdf
Attached is a copy of the enrolled text for HB3556: http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/tlodocs/83R/billtext/pdf/HB03556F.pdf
These important EMS legislative changes take effect on September 1, 2013. However, while these new requirements go into effect on September 1, 2013, the DSHS rules are still being finalized.
Starting September 1, 2013, all newly enrolling or re-enrolling ambulance providers must obtain a surety bond in the amount of $50,000 for each enrolled location. Newly licensed providers seeking to obtain credentials under Texas Medicaid and those who must re-enroll or choose to re-enroll now must obtain this bond when submitting their application. Those providers who do not need to enroll today may wait to obtain this bond until re-enrollment is required.
This new requirement does not apply to ambulance providers that are directly operated by a governmental entity.
If your organization is in need of this bond, we can help with the application process. Please contact us at 800-252-9435 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To read the full press release from the Texas Medicaid and Healthcare Partnership along with their contact info, download the .PDF below.
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