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IDD Update
October 26, 2011

PCPA, as a member of the Intellectual Disabilities and Autism Coalition, met with Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) Deputy Secretary Kevin Friel on October 21 to address a variety of issues impacting the intellectual disability system. Topics included:

  • ODP budget gap and budget solutions: Negative 6 percent Rate Adjustment Factor was determined based on the state’s budget appropriation, anticipating $58 million increase in unit utilization growth plus additional millions for Revenue Reconciliation if requested and approved. ODP is developing a document to share with stakeholders regarding 2011/12 costs.
  • Informal dispute resolution process for 2011 Revenue Targets and 2012 Rates: ODP found there is up to $2.8 million in questions due to errors on cost reports and will be contacting agencies for resolution. Agencies with real financial concerns may contact ODP, ODP Regional Offices, or file a formal appeal.
  • Status of Year 3 (2011/12) Revenue Reconciliation: The Department of Public Welfare (DPW) legal office is currently reviewing the letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) with this request.
  • Occupancy factor in residential rate setting: Coalition members indicated a provider-specific factor is the best option. ODP feels this may be a disincentive for residential providers to fill openings. The coalition indicated that lack of funding to place new individuals and the need to find the correct placement for the new resident and existing residents are a major factor with vacancies.
  • Progress on food stamps and other room and board savings: The coalition asked DPW/ODP to provide guidance and work with the appropriate state and federal agencies offering these options for consistency in interpretation and eligibility. DPW is working on this and plans to have a policy/guidance to stakeholders by the end of November.
  • Waivers renewal process and stakeholder input: Both the Consolidated and Person/Family Directed Support Waivers must be renewed effective July 1, 2012. Stakeholders requested an opportunity for review, comment, and input into the waivers. Deputy Secretary Friel indicated Act 22 of 2011 may have an impact on what is included in the waiver renewals.
    • ** Note: PCPA’s IDD Committee on November 15 will feature a presentation on Act 22 of 2011 by Allen Warshaw, previous DPW chief counsel. Act 22 gave the secretary of the Department of Public Welfare the power to bypass the normal rulemaking requirements when issuing regulations, revising provider payment rates, and establishing provider qualifications.

ODP Updates. Copies available at www.odpconsulting.net.

  • ** October 27. Date to test file upload for cost reports to make sure it can be uploaded for the final submission date of November 3.
  • Announcement #137-11: Hours Changed for ODP Claims Resolution Inquiry Lines, 866-386-8880, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday from 8:30 a.m.  – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 – 3:30 p.m.
  • Informational Memo #138-11: How to Request a Reissue or Copy of Cashed Check. Replaces Memo #016-09 issued September 30, 2009.
    State Center Staff Development Courses for November released for White Haven, Ebensburg, Selinsgrove. Open and free to families, advocates, and agency staff.
  • Health Spot: Flu Season 2011.
  • HCSIS Release 6.13.0:  ODP related updates on IM4Q tracking and monitoring of individual considerations, survey enhancements and consumer pre-survey enhancements. Incident management 24-hour review timeframe, provider and SCO performance review reports.

Works for Me Training: An Introduction to Work Incentives and Ticket to Work. Trainings for individuals and families offered across the state in November and December. More information at http://www.temple.edu/thetrainingpartnership/topics/worksforme.shtml.

Free AAIDD webinar, “Inclusion in Employment,” November 2 at 4:00 pm. Professors from Indiana University and the University of Massachusetts will provide insights on the movement to competitive, integrated employment for persons with disabilities. More information at https://www.2.gotomeeting.com/register/900748866.

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