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IDD Updates - Week of March 11, 2013
March 14, 2013

The Temple University Institute on Disabilities is presenting a mini-lecture series, “Managed Care 101: Fundamentals of Managed Care,” regarding long-term support services for individuals with developmental disabilities. There is no charge for the mini-series. More information and registration is available at http://disabilities.temple.edu/programs/miniseries/.

ODP Announcement #023-13: Waiver enrollment and the SIS.
The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) assured the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that a statewide, standardized needs assessment would be adopted to consistently assess the needs of waiver participants. The Supports Intensity Scale (SIS) and the additional nine questions added and known as PA Plus, is required for all individuals enrolled or entering the waivers. AE and SCO responsibilities are overviewed.

ODP Fiscal Director Deb Donahue provided a budget update at the recent Medical Assistance Advisory Committee (MAAC). The official MAAC notes from that presentation:

  • ODP received an increase of $128 million in state funding. The 9.55% increase from 2012/13 represents the largest dollar and percent increase for all the department program offices. ODP represents 13% of the department’s budget. The 2013/14 budget proposes the use of $1.462 billion in state funds for ODP. The federal financial participation rate is declining from 54.28% to 53.52%. Additional state funds were used to fill this gap.
  • $18.5 million of the proposed budget is to provide home and community-based services for 1,080 individuals with intellectual disabilities, including 380 people on the waiting list and 700 students graduating from special education. $1.4 million is to provide home and community-based services for 100 individuals currently residing in state intellectual disabilities centers. $1.5 million is to provide home and community-based services to 118 adults with autism spectrum disorders currently on the interest list while waiting for services.
  • The Human Services Block Grant is going to be expanded statewide from the 20 county pilots by allowing additional counties to participate in the block grant on a voluntary basis.
  • For Community ID Services – Waiver Program, the total state funding is approximately $1 billion. This includes an increase in state funds of $106.9 million (11.62%). The change in state funds include $14.72 million in FMAP; $8.62 million to continue the current program; $17.92 million to analyze state fiscal year 12 – 13 waiting list initiative to add 700 graduates and 431 people on the waiting list; $737,000 for individuals transferring from ICF/ID program; $6.37 million for prior-year settlements and appeals; $19.88 million to provide services for 380 individuals on the waiting list, 700 students graduating from special education and 100 individuals currently in state centers; and, $38.66 million increased rate in utilization estimates.
  • For Community ID Services – Base Program, the total state funding is $150.9 million, which is a decrease of $305,000 (0.2%). The change in state funds are a $462,000 decrease in operating funds, and $157,000 change in FMAP.
  • For Private ICF/ID, the total state funding is $149.6 million, which includes an increase in state funds of $6.571 million (4.59%). The changes in state funds include: $2.73 million change in FMAP; $6.20 million prior-year settlements and appeals; ($1.63 million) to annualize prior individuals transferring to the community program; and, ($728,000) to reflect individuals transferring to the community program.
  • The total state funding for state intellectual disability centers is $119.2 million, which includes an increase in state funds of $12.14 million (11.34%). The changes in state funds include $2.43 million change in FMAP; $10.44 million additional funding to continue current program. These savings are a result of limiting full salary benefits to three years for employees injured because of interactions with state center residents.
  • The total state funding for autism is $15.15 million, which includes an increase in state funds of $2.151 million (16.55%). The changes in state funds include $650,000 to continue the current program and $1.50 million to provide home and community-based services for 118 additional individuals with autism spectrum disorders.

Remember to RSVP for the March 19 PCPA committee meetings.

 

March 11, 2013

The US Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded Pennsylvania’s Department of Public Welfare and Housing Finance Agency $5.7 million in federal rental assistance for up to 200 low-income individuals with disabilities. Pennsylvania is one of 13 states selected to receive this funding to provide the option for persons to live in their own community, instead of long-term care facilities. Accessible and affordable rental housing will support three groups of persons - those under age 62, those with disabilities who are institutionalized or at risk of institutionalization, and those currently living in congregate settings. Information is available from www.PHFA.org or www.dpw.state.pa.us.

ODP Informational Packet #-022-13: HCSIS Verification Form is available at www.odpconsulting.net.  New and existing providers may need to update HCSIS registration information in the provider access subsystem when a change is made by the provider requiring verification.

Remember to RSVP for March 19 committee meetings by March 15.

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