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IDD Update
May 31, 2012

This is a reminder that agencies have 33 days from the date of the new Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) Rate and Fee Schedule letters to file a formal appeal with the Department of Public Welfare Bureau of Hearings and Appeals.

On May 30 members received a “Corrected Copy of the IDA Coalition FY 12-13 Fee Schedule Survey.” Please complete this form and return to Linda Drummond as soon as possible. This information will also assist in PCPA’s efforts to keep the legislature informed regarding funding needs which should be included in the 2012/13 state budget expected to pass in June.

Please share your issues/concerns with ODP’s Vacancy Factor of 97 percent. How will this impact financial stability? Will this impact consumer absence from services? What kinds of ODP policy changes would you recommend to resolve these issues?

DPW’s Medical Assistance Advisory Committee (MAAC) meeting included an update on ODP efforts, including possible policy changes, once CMS approves the waivers (which are in  final approval review). These may include:

  • ISP and Service Definition manuals to be combined,
  • Current Eligibility bulletin revision to include reserved capacity for unplanned absences from services and addition of Vacancy Factor,
  • Due Process bulletin to address reserved capacity and appeal rights, and
  • Waiver capacity allocation bulletin changing from the Administrative Entities historical capacity to using more current data.

Providers may receive a request from ODP to obtain a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number for each agency and to send this number to ODP by June 1. If you do not already have a DUNS number as a sub-recipient of federal funds, details are available at www.dnb.com. Questions may be directed to Regional ODP Program Managers or ra-odpprovduns@pa.gov.

A question for SCOs: Are supports coordinators writing ISPs with budgets above the current $26,000 cap to the proposed new cap of $30,000? And, if yes, how are AEs handling the approval of these ISPs?
Thank you for your assistance with these issues.

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