HHSC Update: Apply for up to $3,000 in CMP Funds for Communicative Devices in NFs
Texas nursing facility providers are encouraged to submit applications for available Civil Money Penalty funding to purchase technology to help residents communicate with their loved ones during the COVID-19 crisis.
Providers that correctly complete an application to Texas HHSC are eligible to receive up to $3,000 per facility to purchase communicative technology devices (e.g. iPads, tablets, webcams) and accessories (e.g. headphones, protective covers). Exceptions by CMS may be made for large facilities based on the one device per seven-10 resident ratio.
Devices should be shared among residents, with a ratio of one device per seven-to-10 residents. Applications or requests for exceptions will be considered in certain circumstances, such as in a facility with a high number of residents.
Facilities will not be permitted to purchase personal devices for any resident. Devices also should not be shared between COVID-19 positive (or suspected) and other residents (COVID-19 negative or observation status). Additionally, devices must be cleaned and disinfected between every use by a resident.
Applications must be submitted using the COVID-19 communicative technology application template. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Providers also must complete all portions of form AP-152.