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MR Update #04-23: HCSIS Update, CMS, OMR Health Alert, and Draft MR Bulletins
July 19, 2004

HCSIS Update #18
HCSIS Update #18 addressed the revised schedule for releases 3.3.1 and 3.3.2 as well as the recertification course announcement. Release 3.3.1 will be effective on July 29 with information regarding:

  • Incident Management Enhancements and Reports
  • Ability to modify expired plans
  • OMAP service definitions

Release 3.3.2 becomes effective on August 26 with information regarding:

  • Pilot of enhanced TSM functionality
  • ISP aging report enhancements
  • New alert for case comments

CMS Approves PA Plan
The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have approved Pennsylvania’s plan to help people leave institutions to live in the community. Community transition benefits have been added to services state residents are receiving through six different home and community-based services waivers. Medicaid money can now be used to help people transition to the community by paying for moving expenses, security deposits, utility set-up fees, and some essential household items. However, these funds cannot be used to pay for entertainment items such as television sets or for rent payments. For additional information call 800-MEDICARE or visit www.medicare.gov.

Employment Grant
The US Department of Labor has announced the availability of $2.5 million in grants aimed at increasing employment opportunities for people with disabilities through telework positions. The Telework/Telecommuting Pilot Research will fund up to three pilot research projects designed to investigate, develop, and validate strategies likely to yield the largest number of telework positions for people with disabilities. Questions regarding the grant application (SGA 04-12) may be directed to 202-693-4570. Grant applications (due August 9) are available at www.gpoaccess.gov/fr/index.html.

OMR Health Alert
Ipecac, a syrup that has been used in the past to induce vomiting if a person had swallowed or was suspected of swallowing a poison, is no longer recommended by the Office of Mental Retardation (OMR) for this treatment. A recent study has found that there was no decrease in the use of Emergency Rooms or in the outcomes of suspected poisonings when Ipecac was used. The use of activated charcoal without Ipecac is now recommended, along with a contact to the Poison Control Center and the individual's doctor. In the case of loss of consciousness, seizures, or cardiac arrest call 911 and provide basic life support if trained to do so.

College for Frontline Supervisors
The University of Minnesota is working on adding a frontline supervisors curriculum to the web-based College of Direct Supports. Currently this effort is in the initial stages and the college is looking for volunteers to participate in the research study. For a limited time the content of this training will be available free of charge over the Internet for people who are willing to participate in the study for a six-month period. For details access http://rtc.umn.edu/cfs.

Autism Survey
The Department of Health and the University of Pennsylvania are surveying families of individuals with autism to learn about their experiences with autism-related services in Pennsylvania. For additional information call 866-349-3518 or access www.ppautism.org.

MR Bulletins
The latest draft MR bulletins available for comment are:

  • Provider and County Incident Management Report Template
  • Procedure Codes for Medical Assistance Early Intervention Services
  • Procedure Codes for Early Intervention Base Services
  • Procedure Codes for Infants, Toddlers and Families Waiver Services.

For a copy of the bulletins contact the Regional OMR Office, the Department of Public Welfare web site at www.dpw.state.pa.us or Linda Drummond at PCPA.

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