Notice of Stakeholder Meeting on Proposed Rules Regarding the Designation of Medical Conditions for the Provision of Investigational Stem Cell Treatments

The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) will hold a stakeholder meeting to accept comments as the agency develops rules to designate medical conditions that constitute a severe chronic disease or terminal illness for the purpose of access and use of an investigational stem cell treatment.

House Bill 810, 85th Legislature, Regular Session, 2017, charged the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) with the responsibility of designating the medical conditions for which the provisions of the bill apply. Additionally, HHSC may adopt a form to document the patient’s informed consent to investigational stem cell treatment. HHSC has delegated to DSHS responsibility for developing the rules required by House Bill 810.

DSHS will be conducting the stakeholder meeting from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. CDT on Monday, April 9, 2018, in the Moreton Building, Room M-100, 1100 West 49th Street, Austin, Texas 78756. If the time allotted does not accommodate the number of persons registered to speak on or before 3:00 p.m., DSHS may extend the meeting time up to 5:00 p.m. on that day to accommodate those registrants.

Meeting format: No open discussion will occur during the meeting. DSHS will receive oral or written comments by interested persons. Individuals can present oral statements when called upon in order of registration. DSHS will determine the comment time for each individual by the total number of persons registered to speak in the time allotted. If time permits, each speaker will have up to 5 minutes, but DSHS may further limit the time if more registrants need to be accommodated.

The meeting will be webcast at https://hhs.texas.gov/about-hhs/communications-events/live-archived-meetings. Webcast participants will not be able to make oral comments during the meeting, but may submit written comments.

The purpose of this meeting is to gather initial input at the beginning of the rulemaking process. There will be additional opportunities to provide input during the formal rulemaking process.

For additional information about the meeting, contact Carolyn Bivens, P.O. Box 149347, Mail Code 1911, Austin, Texas 78714-9347, (512) 776-2370, or carolyn.bivens@dshs.texas.gov. Persons with disabilities who plan to attend this meeting and require auxiliary aids or services are asked to contact Anne Mosher at (512) 776-2780, 72 hours prior to the meeting so that appropriate arrangements may be made.

DSHS will accept written comments at the meeting and through April 13, 2018. They may be sent by U.S. mail, overnight mail, special delivery mail, hand delivery, fax, or email:

U.S. Mail

Texas Department of State Health Services
Attention: Monica Molina
Mail Code 1920
P.O. Box 149347
Austin, Texas 78714-9347

Overnight mail, special delivery mail, or hand delivery

Texas Department of State Health Services
Attention: Monica Molina
1100 W. 49th Street
Austin, Texas 78756-3199
Phone number for package delivery: 512-776-3740

Fax

(512) 776-7358

Email

Monica.molina@dshs.texas.gov

Last updated March 28, 2018