HCSSA Licensing Rules for Hospice – Texas

HCSSA Licensing Rules for Hospice – Texas 

This course provides information to administrators about the hospice component of the minimum licensing standards or rules for Home and Community Support Services Agencies, or HCSSAs, regulated by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. It focuses on Subchapter H, Standards Specific to Agencies Licensed to Provide Hospice Services, within Chapter 97 of the handbook Licensing Standards for Home and Community Support Services Agencies.


Hours: 2.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (1 Match)

Texas Health and Human Services Commission


Texas HHSC has determined that Relias Learning’s submitted training meets or exceeds the minimum standards for HCSSA administrator training in the following categories: Hospice. Texas HHSC also recognizes Relias Learning provides continuing education for administrators and alternate administrators. This activity is approved for 2.00 contact hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-HOS-0-HLRTX
Hours: 2
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 3/31/2021
Learning Objectives:
Summarize the initial and comprehensive assessment of a hospice.
Describe a hospice interdisciplinary team, plan of care, and coordination of services.
Distinguish hospice core services with non-core services and qualifications for professionals providing these services.
Discuss hospice organization and administration of services.
Explain hospice services for inpatient units and care to residents in skilled nursing and other healthcare facilities.


Section 1: Introduction

  1. About This Course

  2. Learning Objectives

Section 2: Subchapter H, Divisions 1, 2, & 3

  1. General Provisions

  2. Initial Assessment

  3. Comprehensive Assessment

  4. Update & Outcome Measures

  5. Interdisciplinary Team

  6. Plan of Care & Review

  7. Coordination of Services

  8. Review

  9. Summary

Section 3: Subchapter H, Divisions 4 & 5

  1. Provision of Core Services

  2. Physician & Nursing Services

  3. Medical Social Services

  4. Counseling Services

  5. Non-Core Services

  6. Aide Services

  7. Aide Qualifications

  8. Homemaker Services & Qualifications

  9. State Medicaid Personal Care Benefit

  10. Review

  11. Summary

Section 4: Subchapter H, Division 6

  1. Organization & Administration of Services

  2. Licensed Person, Governing Body, & Administrator

  3. Infection Control Program

  4. Management Responsibility & Background Checks

  5. Alternate Delivery Sites

  6. Staff Training & Medical Director

  7. Discharge or Transfer of Care

  8. Drugs, Biologicals, Supplies, & DME

  9. Short-Term Inpatient Care

  10. Review

  11. Summary

Section 5: Subchapter H, Division 7 & 8

  1. Inpatient Unit Staffing

  2. Inpatient Physical Environment

  3. Restraint or Seclusion

  4. Care for Residents of Other Inpatient Facilities

  5. Review

  6. Summary

Section 6: Conclusion

  1. Summary

  2. Course Contributor

  3. Resources

  4. References

  5. Congratulations!

Expert Reviewer: Halbert Brown, Jr, MBA

Mr. Halbert Brown, Jr. is the founder and administrator of Universal Nursing Services of Texas (UNST). He has is an Associate Professor at the University of Phoenix, where he facilitates healthcare and business management classes. Mr. Brown has an unquenchable thirst for entrepreneurship, and he is an Adjunct Assistant Professor teaching Master's Degree courses in Entrepreneurship, Business Management, and Strategic Marketing at Webster University. An advocate for public speaking, he is charter member and Immediate Past President in Rising Toastmasters Club, and he teaches Business Communication and Principles of Marketing courses at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. Halbert is the Past Division Director for District 55, where he supervised 5 areas for Toastmasters International.  

Mr. Brown has completed the course work and working on his Doctoral Study to earn a Doctorate in Business Administration (Health Care Management) at Walden University. Also, he earned a Master's Degree in Business Administration (Aviation) from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU). As he prepared for his position as administrator, he completed the Home Health Administrator Course with the Texas 'Association for Home Care and earned a Certification in Leadership and Management in Healthcare/Health Services Program in the MBA program at Park University. 

An active member of his community, Mr. Brown is the President, Board of Directors for Olympia Oaks Home Owners Association, and Past President and Counselor for San Antonio SCORE #164, Counselors to America's Small Business. His education and experience allow him to exercise his passion for learning and teaching other business entrepreneurs about the importance of education, financial planning and leadership.

Disclosure: Halbert Brown, Jr, MBA has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Administrators; in the following settings: Hospice.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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