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IDD Update #09-07: Autism Census Report, H1N1 Update, ODP Bulletins Update, Direct Service Providers and Supports Coordination Updates, Brain Injury Presentations, CMS Updates
November 30, 2009

Autism Census Report
On November 18, Governor Rendell held a press conference to announce the state’s completion of the Pennsylvania Autism Census Report. According to the PRNewswire news release, the governor said, With the release of this report, Pennsylvania becomes the first state in the nation to have data helping us to prepare to meet the needs of the rapidly growing population of children and adults with autism.” The report identifies key areas where cross-system collaboration and coordination are needed. A copy is available at www.autisminpa.org.

The report indicates that in 2005 there were 19,862 individuals diagnosed in Pennsylvania with autism spectrum disorder and by 2010 that number is expected to increase to over 25,000.

H1N1 Flu Update
The Department of Health provides weekly updates regarding the status of the H1N1 Flu. Current information indicates the virus is widespread across the commonwealth although influenza-like illness activity has decreased over the past week through most of the state. Public clinics are available to administer the H1N1 vaccine to individuals in the high risk target groups. Information is available at www.H1N1inPA.com.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released technical assistance announcing that people with certain disabilities, including intellectual disabilities, are at risk of contact H1N1 and should be considered in the priority group for the vaccine. Also included in the priority groups are direct support staff and others in contact with persons with disabilities. Information is available at www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/disabilities.

ODP Upcoming Bulletins
The Office of Developmental Disabilities (ODP) is working on a variety of bulletins expected to be released soon. A list of these bulletins and others in progress is available from Linda Drummond (linda@paproviders.org). Bulletins include:

  • Established Fees for Community Based Programs,
  • Prospective Payment System for Waivers and Targeted Service Management,
  • Vendor Fiscal/Employer Agent Services Wage Ranges,
  • Framework for Delivery of Supports Coordination Services, and
  • Procedures for Surrogate Health Care Decision Making (to be released as a Policy Statement).

SCO Addendum Decision
ODP has decided to not issue an addendum to the Contract for Supports Coordination Organizations (SCO) and Agency with Choice/Financial Management Services. Responsibilities that were outlined in the previous draft addendum will be developed in policy statements. Agencies may direct any questions to their regional ODP program manager.

SCO Leadership Institute
SCOs will have a forum available with ODP to meet and discuss business practices and exchange information that impacts supports coordination services statewide. The leadership forums will be held across the state in December. Registration is now open and will close December 4. Details and registration information are available at http://scoic.odpconsulting.net/.

Cost Report Attachment Training
On December 3 from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. ODP will provide online training for waiver providers whose cost reports have been approved and Administrative Entity staff doing desk reviews regarding the submission of the Cost Report Attachment 1 (Supplemental Data Request). Final Attachment 1 submissions are due by December 31. Details are available at www.odpconsulting.net under Provider Information Center, Provider Cost Report Information.

Presenters Needed for Brain Injury Conference
The Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania will hold its annual conference June 21-22, 2010 at the Lancaster Marriot. The conference hosts 300 individuals including professionals, persons with brain injury, family members, students, and volunteers. Presenters are needed. Details on the conference and presenting are available at www.biapa.org/annual_conference.

CMS Updates
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has appointed a new director for the Disabled and Elderly Health Program Group. Barbara Edwards is a nationally recognized expert in Medicaid policy, including managed care, cost containment, long-term care, and state and federal health care reform.

CMS has also withdrawn the proposed rule, Medicaid Program: Coverage for Rehabilitative Services originally published in the August 13, 2007 Federal Register. This rule had proposed to clarify the definition of Medicaid rehabilitation services which included elimination of some habilitation services. This revision was posted in the November 23, 2009 Federal Register.

 

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