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The Office of Long-Term Living (OLTL) has announced the availability of a link to an online application for interested individuals to request employment services from the Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR).

OVR is a state agency within the Department of Labor and Industry whose mission is “to assist Pennsylvanians with a disability secure and maintain employment and independence.” A person with a disability can either refer themselves, or their service coordinator (SC), advocate, family member, or friend may make a referral.

As a reminder, participants must first seek employment services through OVR before utilizing employment services through the Office of Long-Term Living waivers. To contact the OVR district office in your area, use this link. OVR now has an online application to request services. SCs are strongly encouraged to assist OLTL participants in completing the online application using the attached instructions.

Any questions or concerns regarding the above, including to request an alternate format, should be addressed to Edward Butler via email or phone at 717-214-3718.

On July 28, 2017, an Info was issued regarding the Office of Long-Term Living’s (OLTL’s) proposed waiver amendments to the Aging, Attendant Care, Independence, and OBRA waivers. On August 1, OLTL issued a follow-up email regarding these amendments, as well as some additional information including how to view a side-by-side comparison of the current and revised language, the comment forms, and information on webinars that have been scheduled in August. The webinars will be used to receive comments on the proposed waiver amendments. The information in that email is provided below for additional details. As a reminder, the public comment period on the proposed waiver amendments ends on August 31, 2017.

 

From OLTL
In September 2017, the Department of Human Services (DHS) Office of Long-Term Living (OLTL) will be submitting amendments to the Aging, Attendant Care, Independence, and OBRA waivers. To view a side-by-side comparison of the current and revised language, and to access the amendments in their entirety, please use this link.

 

On this site, select the individual waiver amendment you would like to view under “Related Topics.” All documents are available in alternate format and in paper copy upon request by calling the Office of Long-Term Living Bureau of Policy and Regulatory Management at 717-783-8412.

 

Public Input

The July 29, 2017, Volume 47, Number 30 issue of the Pennsylvania Bulletin contains the public notice announcing amendments to the Aging, Attendant Care, Independence, and OBRA waivers. OLTL is seeking public comment on these waiver amendments. Interested persons 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, Attendant Care, Independence, or OBRA Waiver, PO Box 8025, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8025. Comments can also be sent via email using the comment forms that OLTL has provided. The comment forms can be found at this 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 August 31, 2017. Comments received within the 30-day comment period will be reviewed and considered for revisions to the amendments.

 

The Office of Long-Term Living will offer two webinars in August for public input and discussion. The webinars will be held on Monday, August 7, 2017, from 10:00 am – 11:00 am and Wednesday, August 16, from 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm. Please see the information below for further details on the scheduled webinars.

 

  • Please register here for the Aging, Attendant Care, Independence, and OBRA Waiver Changes Webinar on August 7, 2017 10:00 am EDT.
  • Please register here for the Aging, Attendant Care, Independence, and OBRA Waiver Changes Webinar on August 16, 2017 1:30 pm EDT.

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. The connection link you receive will be unique to you and should not be shared with others.

Today the Office of Long-Term Living (OLTL) issued a communication to the Home and Community-Based Service Providers that will be enrolling into the provider networks of the Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) through Community HealthChoices (CHC).

With the onset of CHC, Pennsylvania’s three Managed Care Organizations are in the process of establishing strong provider networks to support the program. In order to ensure network adequacy, the department is gathering information to establish a baseline of the number of full time equivalent (FTE) workers that are potentially needed to continue to provide services and meet the needs of the participants. Due to this requirement, the CHC MCOs will be asking providers for this information during a provider’s initial enrollment with an MCO and on an ongoing basis. The OLTL appreciates the continued cooperation of providers in ensuring a smooth transition for participants into the CHC program. If you have questions, please contact the OLTL Bureau of Quality and Provider Management, Enrollment and Certification Section at 717-772-2570.

The Office of Long-Term Living (OLTL) has released two documents for direct service providers that serve COMMCARE Waiver participants. The documents outline the activities that will occur in the coming months as the COMMCARE Waiver participants transition to either the Community HealthChoices (CHC) program or the Independence Waiver. These documents include a detailed overview and timeline of the transition and a fact sheet about CHC. The COMMCARE Waiver will end statewide on December 31, 2017.

OLTL Service Coordination Entities (SCEs) and participants will be notified of these changes in a separate communication in mid-July.

The Office of Long-Term Living has announced registration information for stakeholders to participate in the next MLTSS Subcommittee of the Medical Assistance Advisory Committee:

Attendance via phone/webcast:

If you wish to participate in the Managed Long-Term Services and Supports (MLTSS) Subcommittee meeting on Friday, July 7, 2017, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, in the Honor’s Suite at 333 Market Street Tower in Harrisburg, and cannot attend in person, OLTL is offering webcast and dial-in capabilities.

To participate via webcast, please register by using the link below. We encourage those participating by webcast to register early. When registering, please verify that you entered your email address correctly. You will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webcast if you registered correctly. Please be advised that space is limited on the phone line.

Webinar Registration Link

The dial-in number is: 888-468-1160  PIN: 252190#

If you have any questions about registering for the webcast, please contact the Office of Long-Term Living.

Webinar and FAQ Available on Home and Community-Based Settings (HCBS) Requirements

On March 7, 2017 and March 9, 2017, the Office of Long Term Living (OLTL) held webinar presentations on the Home and Community-Based Settings (HCBS) Requirements as described in OLTL Bulletin 59-16-14. This training was to provide guidance on the HCBS Final Rule and provide steps providers of waiver services must take in order to comply with the rule. A recording of this training, the powerpoint presentation, and an FAQ from these training sessions are now available on the DHS website.

Questions on the HCBS Final Rule should be sent via emailFor questions, call 717-783-8412.

A listserv has been established for ongoing updates on the CHC program. It is titled OLTL-COMMUNITY-HEALTHCHOICES, please visit the ListServ Archives page to update or register your email address.

Please share this email with other members of your organization as appropriate. Also, it is imperative that you notify the Office of Long-Term Living for changes that would affect your provider file, such as addresses and telephone numbers. Mail to/pay to addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers may be updated electronically through ePEAP, which can be accessed through the PROMISe™ provider portal. For any other provider file changes please notify the Bureau of Quality and Provider Management Enrollment and Certification Section at 800-932-0939 Option #1.

To ensure you receive email communications distributed from the Office of Long-Term Living, please visit the ListServ Archives page to update or register your email address.

On March 17, 2017, The Office of Long-Term Living (OLTL) announced the availability of classroom trainings for staff of Service Coordination (SC) Entities.

As a prerequisite to these classroom trainings, participants must have completed the three OLTL online SC modules available online, which provide a strong foundation for the basics needed to fulfill service coordination requirements.

The one-day, instructor-led classroom sessions will allow participants to take what they learned from the online modules and apply it to situations found every day on the job. Attendance at these sessions will be limited to SCs (not supervisors or directors) and to two participants per agency. Preference will be given to new SCs hired in 2016 and 2017. Additional registrations will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis.

There will be three, one-day instructor-led sessions held this spring (there will be additional trainings in other parts of the state later this year) which will run from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm each day, as follows:

The first training will be held in Harrisburg on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, at the PaTTAN Building, which is located at 6340 Flank Drive, Harrisburg, PA 17112 (717-541-4960). Addresses for the other trainings will be provided when established, and will be held in the following locations:

  • Bethlehem – May 3, 2017 – Location TBD
  • State College – June 6, 2017 – Location TBD

You must register in order to attend one of these sessions and complete the registration form. If you have questions about the training, please contact OLTL’s Bureau of Participant Operations at 717-787-8091.

Please join the Office of Long-term Living (OLTL) and the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) for an informational webinar on Community HealthChoices (CHC) on Friday, March 31, 2017 at 1:00 pm. The webinar will feature a presentation from OLTL’s Chief of Staff, Kevin Hancock. Kevin will provide an update on CHC, describe progress to date, and discuss next steps. There will be an opportunity for questions and answers at the end of the presentation.

Background on CHC
The commonwealth is in the process of implementing CHC. CHC is a mandatory managed care program for eligible individuals, providing physical health services and long-term services and supports, such as attendant care services. CHC is being geographically phased in across the commonwealth beginning in January of 2018 in 14 counties in southwestern Pennsylvania, followed in July 2018 by five counties in the southeastern portion of the commonwealth. The CHC implementation will be completed in January 2019, when the remaining counties are implemented. The move to CHC will assist DHS in continuing to provide quality services.  CHC managed care organizations will be required to coordinate covered services, Medicare, and behavioral health services for enrolled participants.

To register for the webinar, please follow this link. Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email containing connection information. Please note, the connection information you receive will be unique to you and should not be shared with others.

Reminder: All CHC-related information can be found here. Comments can be submitted electronically. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Long-Term Living Bureau of Policy and Regulatory Management at 717-783-8412.

A listserv has been established for ongoing updates on the CHC program, titled OLTL-COMMUNITY-HEALTHCHOICES. If you would like to update or register your email address, please follow this link.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently approved five new employment-related services in the Office of Long-Term Living’s (OLTLs) CommCare and Independence waivers. The services offer providers an opportunity to expand their profiles, particularly those who have been providing prevocational services and supported employment. Listed below are the new services, their credentialing and certification requirements, and rates that will be paid for the services.

  • Benefits Counselors must hold a Certified Work Incentives Counselor (CWIC) certification that is accepted by the Social Security Administration for its Work Incentives Planning and Assistance program. To learn more about CWIC, visit this web page.
  • Employment Skills Development (replaces Prevocational Services), Job Coaching (replaces Supported Employment), Job Finding, and Career Assessment workers must hold one of the following:
  1. A Certified Employment Support Professional (CESP) credential from the Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE); and
  2. A Basic Employment Services Certificate of Achievement or Professional Certificate of Achievement in Employment Services from an Association of Community Rehabilitation Educators (ACRE) organizational member that has ACRE-approved training. Individuals without one of these certifications must be supervised by an individual holding the above certification until certification is achieved. Certification must be achieved within 18 months of employment.

Information on APSE credentialing can be found here.
Information on how to receive a certificate of achievement from ACRE can be found here.

(NOTE: Employment Skills Development services that are provided in vocational rehabilitation facilities that fall under 55 PA Code Chapter 2390 are not required to have the above credential or certification. Employment Skills Development services provided in the community do require the above credential or certification.)

A complete description of these services and provider qualifications can be found in the CommCare and Independence waivers here.

NOTE: OLTL has scheduled a webinar on Friday, November 18, 2016 at 1:00 pm to review and discuss these new services. Registration is required to participate.

Listed below are the rates for the new employment services:

 
Service PT/Spec CC IW Procedure Code Modifier Region 1 Region 2 Region 3 Region 4 Unit
Benefits Counseling 59/502 X X W1740 $9.78 $10.21 $10.54 10.87 15 mins
Career Assessment 59/503 X X W1732 $11.12 $12.12 $12.39 12.67 15 mins
Employment Skills Development (1:1) 59/505 X X W1728 $9.44 $11.22 $10.07 10.12 15 mins
Employment Skills Development (1:2 to 1:3) 59/505 X X W1729 $3.77 $4.49 $4.03 4.05 15 mins
Employment Skills Development (1:15) 59/505 X X W1741 $6.29 $6.50 $6.96 6.54 15 mins
Job Coaching 1:1 (Follow-Along) 59/504 X X W1733 U5 $9.78 $10.21 $10.54 10.87 15 mins
Job Coaching 1:2 to 1:4 (Follow-Along) 59/504 X X W1734 U5 $3.26 $3.40 $3.51 3.62 15 mins
Job Coaching 1:1 (Intensive) 59/504 X X W1733 U4 $9.78 $10.21 $10.54 10.87 15 mins
Job Coaching 1:2 to 1:4 (Intensive) 59/504 X X W1734 U4 $3.26 $3.40 $3.51 3.62 15 mins
Job Finding 59/530 X X W1735 $11.15 $12.11 $11.98 12.34 15 mins