Comments wanted on SHARS policy draft affecting school-based therapy - Deadline Jan. 26!

Affecting school-based OT and PT!

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 The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) is performing a language-only review of the School Health and Related Services (SHARS) policy. This draft policy is ready for review on the HHSC website (Medicaid Medical & Dental Policies | Texas Health and Human Services) and can be found here

Public comments are being invited. The deadline for comments is January 26 at 5 PM. Comments will not be accepted after that time.

According to HHSC,

        This policy update is intended to clarify the existing SHARS benefit and does not represent a substantive 

        change to the SHARS program.  HHSC will review and respond to all public comments on the SHARS 

        draft policy.   

Of particular interest to school-based occupational therapy and physical therapy are sections 57 – 69 (occupational therapy), sections 77 – 85 (physical therapy), and sections 120 – 125 (telehealth – which includes only telehealth OT, ST, and Counseling services). 

Please reference specific line numbers when providing feedback.

Comments should be submitted to:  MCDMedicalBenefitsPolicyComment@hhsc.state.tx.us