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September 21, 2004

The September 17 Office of Mental Retardation (OMR) Provider Council addressed a variety of issues of concern to providers. There will be several new work groups formed to address these issues and volunteers from the PCPA membership are needed to participate. If you need additional information or are interested in volunteering, please contact Linda Drummond.

1. Providers have repeatedly requested to access the consumer’s Individual Support Plan on HCSIS. OMR will be addressing this with a workgroup consisting of provider agencies.

2. One of the issues discussed at the various Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) statewide public forums was the need for a consistent statewide provider contract with counties. A work group will form to address this issue along with uniform reporting requirements from counties to reduce preparation time for providers currently developing numerous and different reports for each county where they provide service.

3. Provider's Quarterly Incident Management Reports and the possibility of their elimination will be addressed by a work group to include providers. OMR will need to make some upgrades to HCSIS to allow counties and the state to generate these aggregate reports from the current Incident Reports documented by providers. This is also the reason the Incident Management Bulletin was placed on hold.

4. OMR will be writing its Consolidated Waiver Request to CMS by mid-December. PCPA needs a volunteer to serve on the work group that will write this document. OMR is currently waiting for the CMS report from review of the waiver made in July and August.

5. OMR’s Quality Management efforts move forward with the development of an Operational Program Quality Improvement Council with its first meeting scheduled October 19 from 1:00-4:30 p.m. at PaTTAN in Harrisburg. Provider volunteers are needed to participate on this council that will offer guidance on the utilization of quality management practices and use of data to improved outcomes for consumers.

PCPA requests your assistance in volunteering for one of these five new work groups being developed by OMR. This offers a provider agency an excellent opportunity to offer constructive recommendations into the mental retardation system and the criteria and policies that affect agencies. Please contact Linda Drummond at PCPA by October 1 for details and to volunteer.

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