RCPA - Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association


IDD Updates - Week of December 5, 2011
December 5, 2011

The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) has released the following information, available at www.odpconsulting.net.

  • Announcement #162-11: Healthy Aging for People with IDD: Webcast: Lesson 2: Highlighted Topics. Open to direct service providers, Administrative Entities (AEs), families, and Supports Coordination Organizations (SCOs). For supports coordinators this is a required course which must be completed by March 2.
  • Announcement #163-11: Approved ODP Waiver Amendment. ODP policy bulletins will no longer be issued to communicate the approval of a waiver amendment or renewal; announcements will be issued with links to the documents. Recent Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved waiver amendments for the Consolidated and Person/Family Directed Support waivers include modifications to the list of fee schedule services, modifications to language related to the fee schedule rate development process, and updates to Appendix C-1/C-3 by removing rate information included in the definition of transportation “mile.”
  • Memo #164-11: Requirement for Supplemental Habilitation and Additional Individualized Staffing Appeal Request. Provides mailing address for sending appeals on these services
  • Informational Packet #165-11: 2012 PA Community on Transition Conference. Scheduled for July 25 - 27 at Penn Stater Conference Center. Proposals are being sought for presentations, deadline to submit is December 21.
  • HCSIS Update with Information related to Office of Developmental Programs, Early Intervention, Bureau of Autism Services, and Office of Long Term Living
A coalition of national aging and disability organizations, The Friday Morning Collaborative, which works together to protect and strengthen Medicaid home and community based services, is offering a free webinar on CMS/State Medicaid Dual Eligible Initiatives. This webinar is December 9, at 2:00 p.m. Registration is available at https://cc.readytalk.com/r/qy1iyjo5dtoz.

PCPA issued an Alert regarding proposed changes to the Medical Assistance Pharmacy Benefit Package. Linda Drummond has heard from several residential providers that consumers are receiving letters regarding these pharmacy changes and are receiving conflicting information from the Department of Public Welfare’s call-in number regarding the application of these changes to residents. PCPA has asked ODP for clarification regarding either eligibility or exemption of residential consumers from these changes. Please let Ms. Drummond know (linda@paproviders.org) of similar experiences.

PCPA serves on the Alliance for Full Participation SCO Subcommittee which is developing a SCO statewide survey to determine the types of trainings which would be helpful to encourage and emphasize employment options for individuals with intellectual disability. The subcommittee is also reviewing service definitions related to employment supports and would appreciate recommendations on these. Please share recommendations by December 12 with Linda Drummond (linda@paproviders.org).

PCPA and the IDA Coalition are coordinating a hearing with the House Human Services Committee for December 13 at the State Capitol. Each association will have a direct service provider offer testimony regarding issues with DPWs funding and changes. PCPA will also have an SCO and family provide testimony regarding entry into the ODP system and the importance of services to families and their children.

On October 24, PCPA sent members an IDD Update which included details regarding appointments to visit local legislators and a sample press release to outreach to local media. As agencies determine the financial impact of the rate cuts and fee-schedule changes, please use this information to educate the legislature and public regarding the effect on individuals served.

The December 8 Medical Assistance Advisory Committee (MAAC) included an overview of ODP’s proposed waivers renewal changes. A copy of the ODP PowerPoint will be placed on the MAAC web site in the near future. These changes include:

  • Service definition on transportation from per diem to per trip, with clarification on definition of “trip.”
  • Removing language in the definition of prevocational services on where this service can be provided and focused on the intent/purpose of this service.
  • Vacancy factor will be added to provider rates rather than using therapeutic leave days.
  • Deleting “home finding” option, which has not been used.
  • Reinforcing the need for the SIS in developing individual service plans.
  • Moving to a fee-schedule for all services except residential and transportation.

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