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Fady Sahhar, PhD, is the Acting COO for RCPSO. He is responsible for managing the operations of the company, leading the contract development and negotiations with the Managed Care Organizations on behalf of owner providers. Fady works directly on the business development opportunities for RCPSO and is engaged in the advocacy of the RCPA Physical Disabilities and Aging Division.

This is a notice of an upcoming Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) public meeting scheduled for Friday, April 23, 2021, from 1:00 pm–2:30 pm. During the public meeting, the Department of Human Services will provide EVV implementation updates and address some of the frequently asked questions.

To register to attend, please visit the EVV Public Meetings Registration site. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved temporary changes to the OBRA, CHC 1915(c), and Act 150 waivers beginning March 6, 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Approval of these changes is covered under Appendix K, Emergency Preparedness and Response, which states may use during emergency situations to request amendments to their approved waivers. These changes addressed potential staffing shortages and the need for service provision not included in approved service descriptions to ensure participant health and safety needs could be accommodated for the duration of the COVID-19 statewide emergency. The changes were not intended to apply to all participants nor to be considered across-the-board changes that must be implemented for each participant. These flexibilities were to be evaluated on a case-by-case in coordination with the CHC Managed Care Organizations (CHC-MCOs).

CMS recently approved an amendment to Appendix K which allows some flexibilities to continue until six months after the end date of the federal public health emergency. The federal public health emergency is set to expire on April 21, 2021; however, it’s possible the federal government will decide to extend the emergency beyond April. Please use this public health emergency website link to see the current and future public health emergency declarations related to COVID-19. The Office of Long-Term Living (OLTL) will issue guidance in the future when the Appendix K flexibilities are closer to expiring.

Attached are the documents that have been updated to reflect the new expiration date for the flexibilities:

If you have questions about the information in this Listserv email, please contact the OLTL Provider Helpline at 800-932-0939.

On behalf of the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s (DOH) COVID-19 Health Equity Response Team, the Office of Long-Term Living (OLTL) is asking organizations that can be helpful in the effort to ensure equitable distribution of the COVID-19 vaccines to complete this Equitable Vaccination Options survey as soon as possible. If you yourself are not part of such an organization, but know of an organization that can help, please share the survey with them.

More information on DOH’s work in health equity can be found on the DOH Health Equity web page. Thank you for your help.

Good afternoon!

I want to inform you that by Friday, March 5, OLTL will email providers that have not submitted their required Act 24 cost report.  Deloitte has identified every email associated with an individual who has access to the reporting portal. Initially, credentials were emailed to contacts identified in OLTL’s records.  There were also requests to provide credentials to individuals over the last four months.  Both groups will receive the attached email message about the need to submit an Act 24 report.

Thanks for your assistance in supporting the Act 24 reporting process.

Daniel Sharar | Director

Bureau of Finance

Department of Human Services | Office of Long-Term Living