Purpose
The HCBS ARPA Retention Payments will be distributed as a temporary rate add-on to agency providers and consumer-directed services employers to support recruitment and retention efforts for direct care staff delivering HCBS services. Eligible providers can use the temporary add-on to provide one-time financial compensation directed toward direct care staff, including lump-sum bonuses, retention bonuses, and paid time off to receive a COVID-19 vaccination or to isolate after receiving a positive COVID-19 test.
 
Adopted 1 TAC Section 355.207 requires that providers complete an attestation, initial reporting, and a final report. Failure to attest and submit required reports will result in the recoupment of funds. 
 
Contact
For questions regarding the completion of this attestation, please email:  pfd-ltss@hhs.texas.gov.
 
Due Date
The attestation and initial reporting are due by August 15, 2022 , at 11:59 p.m. 
 
HHSC requires the attestation to be submitted as soon as possible, but no later than August 15, 2022.  Failure to attest and complete the required reporting will result in the recoupment of the additional funds paid under the enhanced HCBS ARPA.
 
Instructions and Required Information
Since different provider types have various unique identifiers, HHSC has developed the following list to aid providers in their submission of the required attestation and reports.

HHSC requests that all providers submit two unique identifiers to ensure your organization gets credit for the required attestation and reporting. Please include any two of the following identifiers: HHSC contract number or component code, National Provider Identifier (NPI), or Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) with the submission. For Consumer Directed Services (CDS) employers, please include your Medicaid Identification number.

If an organization has multiple fee-for-service HHSC contracts, you may only have to complete the required attestation or initial report if you report using NPI. If reporting using NPI, please enter “000000000” into the HHSC contract number or component code field and proceed with entering in an NPI in the appropriate field. (updated 6.2022)

Primary Home Care/Community Attendant Services (PHC/CAS) providers with multiple HHSC contracts must complete an attestation and required reports for each HHSC contract under which services are being delivered between March 1, 2022, and August 31, 2022 unless providers submit identifiers shared by all contracts within an organization (for example, NPI).

Home and Community-Based Services/Texas Home Living (HCS/TxHmL) providers must complete an attestation and required reports for each component code unless providers submit identifiers shared by all component codes/contracts within an organization (for example, NPI).

Complete all fields below as appropriate for all attendant and direct care staff positions as defined in 1 TAC Section 355.207(b). Click the "Submit" button when complete.

Note: Please ensure all data entered is correct before submission.

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