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2012 Texas Medicaid Provider Procedures Manual

Children’s Services Handbook : 2. Medicaid Children’s Services Comprehensive Care Program (CCP) : 2.9 Private Duty Nursing (CCP) : 2.9.3 Prior Authorization and Documentation Requirements : 2.9.3.12 Responsible Adult or Identified Contingency Plan Requirement

2.9.3.12
For clients who are birth through 17 years of age, the client must reside with an identified responsible adult who is either trained to provide nursing care or is capable of initiating an identified contingency plan when the scheduled private duty nurse is unexpectedly unavailable.
“Responsible adult” means an individual who is an adult, as defined by the Texas Family Code, and who has agreed to accept the responsibility for providing food, shelter, clothing, education, nurturing, and supervision for the recipient. Responsible adults include, but are not limited to: biological parents, adoptive parents, foster parents, guardians, court-appointed managing conservators, and other family members by birth or marriage.
An identified contingency plan is a structured process, designed by the responsible adult and the PDN provider, by which a client will receive care when a scheduled private duty nurse is unexpectedly unavailable, and the responsible adult is unavailable, or is not trained, to provide the nursing care. The responsible adult must be able to initiate the identified contingency plan.
The responsible adult’s signature must be on the form acknowledging:

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