• State Update

HHSC Update: ALF Special Infection Control Assessments

Starting June 11, Special Infection Control Assessment teams will conduct on-site assessments at assisted living facilities. This will help:

  • Identify infection control concerns.

  • Provide immediate recommendations and guidance to facility leadership on infection control practices and mitigation strategies.

The SICA is a consultative visit to assist facilities in responding to COVID-19. It is not a long-term care regulation survey to determine compliance with state standards for licensure.

Since these assessments are nonregulatory in nature, the SICA teams will announce their visits before arrival. They will meet with administrative staff during these visits, which will take place Monday through Friday.

SICA teams consist of at least one person from:

  • HHSC Long-term Care Regulation

  • HHSC Quality Monitoring Program

  • BCFS Emergency Management

ALF providers can contact the HHSC regional director for the region in which their facility is located with their SICA questions.

Source: https://hhs.texas.gov/about-hhs/communications-events/news/2020/06/alf-special-infection-control-assessments