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Dear Colleagues:

We are excited to announce that we have received 14 responses to the recent request for proposal (RFP) issued for Community Health Choices (CHC). This vital program will allow the departments of Human Services and Aging to serve more Pennsylvanians in their communities and allow consumers to have an active voice in the services they receive.

RCPA will host its annual conference at the Hershey Lodge on September 27–30, 2016. At this large-scale, statewide event, the RCPA board of directors wants to continue the important tradition of recognizing individuals and organizations/facilities for their dedication and commitment to service. The following award categories have been created for this event and recognition:

  1. RCPA Innovation Award. Presented to an individual or organization in recognition of significant innovation. Examples include cross-systems integration, physical/behavioral health integration, and implementation of new technologies. Up to three awards may be given in any year.
  2. Exemplary Service to RCPA Award. Presented to an individual or organization/facility that has shown a strong commitment and dedication in service to the association, its members, and related issues.
  3. Legislative Leadership Award. Presented to an individual who has shown significant leadership and commitment to government affairs and legislative issues, on behalf of RCPA and its members.
  4. Community Leadership Award. Presented to an individual in recognition of extending service and knowledge to the community at large, and efforts in helping the community understand the needs of individuals served by RCPA members. This can be for specific or short-term significant acts, or to recognize a career-long body of work.
  5. Lifetime Achievement Award. Presented to an individual in honor of his/her significant, consistent, and enduring contribution throughout his/her career in support and furthering of the field.

At this time, RCPA is accepting nominations through an open solicitation of members (e.g., designated contact person, CEOs/executive directors, staff) and RCPA committees. Members may nominate one or more individuals/organizations in one or more categories. Nominations will be reviewed by a sub-group of the board of directors to make recommendations for final selection and approval by the full board.

Include the name/organization (if applicable) of the nominee, the award category, and a statement about why you believe the individual/organization should be honored. Nominations should be made by Monday, May 16. Please send nominations to Cindy Lloyd.

Award recipients are not limited to RCPA members and every award may not be presented annually. Please join the association in continuing this tradition and in offering nominations for those who deserve recognition for their significant contributions.

The Department of Human Services (DHS) has made available for public review and comment the proposed Community HealthChoices (CHC) 1915(b) waiver and the proposed CHC 1915(c) waiver amendments, as published in the April 23, 2016 Pennsylvania Bulletin. If approved, the waiver will govern the operation of the CHC program, Pennsylvania’s managed long-term services and supports initiative.

Available for review on the DHS website are the proposed CHC concurrent 1915(b) and (c) waiver application and a detailed summary of all provisions, including a list of long-term services and supports which will be covered under the 1915 (c) waiver, and a summary of the person-centered planning requirements, participant fair hearing rights and grievance and complaint procedures, participant safeguards, quality management processes, payment methodologies, and cost effectiveness demonstration.

The Office of Long-Term Living will offer two CHC Waiver webinars in May for public input and discussion:

The public comment period ends Monday, May 23, 2016. Comments received within the 30-day comment period will be reviewed and considered for revisions to the applications.

A Question and Response Addendum has been added to the PA e-Marketplace website, for the request for proposals (RFP) for managed care organizations that will be submitting their proposals and responses for the Community HealthChoices program. The addendum is located under “Flyers/Addendums” on the web page. The 81-page addendum includes the RFP section, questions, and answers to each question posed.

The Department of Human Services (DHS) Office of Long-Term Living (OLTL) will be submitting amendments to the Aging, Attendant Care, and Independence waivers. The public notice announcing the amendments will appear in the April 2, 2016 Pennsylvania Bulletin.

To view a side-by-side comparison of the current and revised language, and to access the amendments in their entirety (including specific HCBS Allowable Settings Transition Plans and the Community HealthChoices Transition Plans for each waiver, contained in the Main Module), visit the OLTL Waiver Amendment, Renewals, and Accompanying HCBS Transition Plans website and select the individual waiver amendment you would like to review under “Related Topics.”

OLTL is seeking public comment on the Aging, Attendant Care, and Independence waiver amendments. Those interested are invited to submit written comments to the Department of Human Services, Office of Long-Term Living, Bureau of Policy and Regulatory Management, Attention: Aging Waiver, Independence Waiver, or Attendant Care Waiver, PO Box 8025, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8025. Comments can also be sent via email, using the comment form link. On this site, select the individual waiver amendment you would like to view under “Related Topics” and the comment form will be listed in the documents.

The public comment period ends on Monday, May 2, 2016. Comments received within the 30-day comment period will be reviewed and considered for revisions to the amendments.

OLTL will offer two webinars in April for public input and discussion:

Aging, Attendant Care, and Independence Waiver Changes Webinar
Wednesday, April 13, 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Aging, Attendant Care, and Independence Waiver Changes Webinar
Tuesday, April 19, 10:00 – 11:00 am

The Department of Human Services (DHS) Medical Assistance Online Provider Enrollment Application information is now electronic, online, and available to provider organizations. The improvements and modernization of the PROMISe system have been strongly encouraged by RCPA and a significant goal of DHS. Some of the benefits of online enrollment application submissions are:

  • Allowing documents that previously had to be mailed or faxed to be uploaded directly to the portal;
  • Permitting providers see the status of their submissions; and
  • Decreasing wait time to review applications.

The information you will need to submit an application for enrollment:

  • Access the online enrollment application
  • Review the training guide
  • Review the frequently asked questions document for important clarifications
  • A “Help” feature is available at any time during the completion of an application
  • Supplemental Services require the Behavioral Health Managed Care Organization to attest that a provider is credentialed

On March 14, 2016, the House Energy and Commerce Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee convened a forum on the state of the knowledge relating to the causes, effects, and treatments of concussions. The forum featured input from experts representing the medical, military, athletic, and research communities with a goal of building a collaborative body of knowledge to help improve the diagnosis and treatment of concussions. Included in the opening statement by Honorable Tim Murphy, Chairman of the Subcommittee: “Today, we begin a new chapter in the national dialogue on concussions. We are not here to re-litigate past actions, point fingers or cast blame. We are here to take a step back, to gain some perspective and to begin a conversation focused on solutions, not on problems.” And most importantly, “We are also here today to make one thing clear – this is not just a sports issue or a military issue. This is a public health issue…That is why we are here today – to ensure we are on the path, though it may be long, to providing the public the answers they deserve.”

The list of participants and webcast of the forum are available on the Energy and Commerce Committee’s website.

The next Community HealthChoices (CHC) Third Thursday webinar is coming up on Thursday, March 17, 2016 at 1:30 pm. Office of Long-Term Living’s (OLTL) Deputy Secretary Jennifer Burnett will offer an update on CHC, followed by information about the Commonwealth’s waiver documents. In addition, Virginia Brown will discuss the waiver authority Pennsylvania is pursuing to implement CHC. To participate in the webinar, please register online.