RCPA - Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association


IDD Updates - Week of December 22, 2014
December 24, 2014

ODP Fee Schedule Rates
The Office of Developmental Programs has released Bulletin #00-14-06, Fee Schedule Rates and Department-Established Fees for Consolidated and Person/Family Directed Support Waivers Services, Targeted Services Management and the Community Intellectual Disability Base-Funded Program. These final fee schedule rates include residential ineligible rates and county managed base-funded services. There is also an Enhanced Communication Services modifier for those in the Consolidated Wavier who are deaf and need specialized services. The Fee Schedule rates for the Consolidated and P/FDS waivers were effective July 1. These rates are also published in the December 20, 2014, Pennsylvania Bulletin, Volume 44, Number 51.

December 23, 2014

CLS Video
Bureau of Human Services Licensing, Licensing Administration Director Robert Robinson, in cooperation with RCPA, has videotaped a presentation for members on the Certification and Licensing System (CLS). View the CLS Provider Handbook and CLS Training Topics. HCSIS Provider Access Updates Tip Sheet available here. Topics addressed included:

  • License renewals;
  • Civil rights and plan of correction;
  • Opening and closing locations;
  • Self-inspection;
  • Provider profile;
  • Licensing inspection summary;
  • Data scrub completed the week of December 15, to resolve issues with use of symbols in provider addresses and names;
  • Renewal notices are mailed 130 days and 60 days prior to licensing expiration, do not send duplicate applications if provider has already sent to licensing; and
  • In July 2015 CLS is planning to release a revised provider self-service document.

CLS Announcement
The Bureau of Human Services Licensing has announced regulatory changes to the Child Protective Services Law. These changes apply only to providers licensed under:

  • 55 Pa. Code Chapter 3800
  • 55 Pa. Code Chapter 5310 host homes for children
  • 55 Pa. Code Chapter 6400 community homes that serve children
  • 55 Pa. Code Chapter 6500 family living homes that serve children

SCO Service Notes
The Office of Developmental Programs has notified RCPA that the issue Supports Coordinators were having with services notes has been resolved by Deloitte, which created a “bug” to fix this. The service notes are now correct in the database; it may just be showing incorrect on the HCSIS service notes.

HCBS Rule Webinar
ANCOR is offering a webinar on January 21 at 1:30 pm: CMS HCBS rule - How the Rule Impacts Non-Residential Settings for Providers. This webinar will address issues related to providers meeting CMS Rule change related to employment and day programs. Cost: ANCOR members $69; Non-members $119.


December 22, 2014

ODP Releases CMS Transition Plans
The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) has released for public comment the proposed amendments to the Home and Community Based Services Waivers per the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Waiver Rule changes. The amendments and transition plans are available for the Consolidated, Person/Family Directed Support, and Adult Autism Waivers, Announcement #096-14.

ODP is offering two webinars to receive comments regarding the proposed transition plans on January 14 (1:00 - 4:00 pm) and January 15 (9:00 am to 12:00 pm), 2015. Please share the comments you are sending to ODP with RCPA’s Policy Specialist no later than January 29, to be included with the association’s comments. All comments are due to ODP by February 2, 2015.

More information, including how to provide comments, can be found in the Pennsylvania Bulletin, Volume 44, Number 51. Consolidated and P/FDS Waivernotice. Adult Autism Waivernotice.

ODP Updates are available online.

  • Informational Packet #095-14: Instructions for Revising Individual Support Plans (ISPs) with Updated Agency With Choice (AWC) Financial Management Services (FMS) Fees Effective January 1, 2015: This will assist supports coordinators (SCs) and Administrative Entities (AEs) on how to calculate AWC FMS service units and dollars due to issuance of Informational Packet #091-14. Due date is December 31 for SCs to have ISPs updated to reflect rate changes and submit to their AE. AEs shall approve and authorize ISPs no later than January 16, 2015.

Corbett Announces Employment First Program
Governor Corbett has announced that the state is now a participant in the US Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy’s “Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program.” This initiative promotes competitive employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

The program will assist the state Departments of Human Services, Labor and Industry, and Education, to work together to increase school-to-work opportunities for students with disabilities. This effort is encouraged by the Federal Workforce Innovations and Opportunities Act, signed by President Obama in July.

The Office of Developmental Programs has been a member of the State Employment Leadership Network (SELN) for several years; these efforts will be expanded with this increased federal involvement.

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