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Melissa Dehoff

Melissa Dehoff is responsible for all medical rehabilitation and brain injury service issues. Ms. Dehoff attends multiple state-level meetings to advocate on behalf of members on brain injury and rehabilitation issues and is a member of the Department of Health Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Board.

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has created short videos and developed patient cue cards to assist providers with learning how to code patient assessment instruments for the following Post-Acute Care (PAC) Quality Reporting Programs (QRP):

Help LTCH, IRF, and HH patients select responses by showing them the new cue cards for:

See LTCHIRFHH, and SNF Quality Reporting Program Training for more information.

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the updated inpatient rehabilitation facility (IRF) provider preview reports. These ‎reports contain provider performance scores for quality measures and contain IRF-Patient Assessment Instrument (PAI) data submitted ‎by IRFs from Quarter 4 2021 through Quarter 3 2022, as well as Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Clostridium Difficile (CDI) and Catheter-‎Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI) measures from Quarter 4 2021 through Quarter 1 2022 and Quarter 4 2021 ‎through Quarter 1 2022 of the Healthcare Personnel (HCP) Influenza measure. The HCP COVID-19 Vaccination ‎Coverage measure data for Quarter 3 2022 is also included. ‎

Providers have until April 14, 2023, to review their performance data. Providers can request CMS ‎review their data during the preview period if they believe the scores are inaccurate. The final reports ‎will be published on Care Compare and Provider Data Catalog (PDC) during the June 2023 refresh of ‎the website. For additional information, visit the CMS IRF QRP Public Reporting website.

The agenda for the April 5, 2023, Managed Long-Term Services and Supports (MLTSS) Subcommittee meeting has been released from the Department of Human Services (DHS) Office of Long-Term Living (OLTL). The meeting is scheduled for 10:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Department of Education’s Honors Suite, 1st Floor, 333 Market St. Harrisburg, PA 17126. The meeting will also be held via webinar and remote streaming.

Included in this meeting will be Dr. Val Arkoosh, Acting Secretary of DHS, who will provide an update on the 2023 DHS priorities.

If you haven’t registered to participate in this meeting, the links and information are below:

Conference line:
Bridge Number: 1-415-930-5321 PIN: 224944600#
Webinar Link
Remote Streaming Link

The Office of Long-Term Living (OLTL) has released the fiscal year (FY) 2023/24 annual review instructions for the Home and Community Services Information System (HCSIS). Also included in this reminder for Service Coordination Entities (SCEs) are the procedures, the waiver transfer tip sheet, and the annual review tip sheet. SCEs are reminded that this annual review process is a good time to review their caseloads and finalize any disenrollments or inactive service plans.

If you have any additional questions or wish to receive the attached forms in an alternate format, please contact Brian Lester at (717) 346-0716 or via email.

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This notice is a reminder that the Department of Human Services (DHS) is holding an Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) public meeting on Friday, March 24, 2023, from 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm. The meeting will be held virtually and will provide additional information and updates related to the DHS EVV implementation. Please register to attend here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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An announcement was issued today regarding the Bureau Director for the Bureau of Human Services Licensing (BHSL) for the Department of Human Services (DHS). The current Bureau Director, Jeanne Parisi, has accepted the Deputy Secretary position for Quality Assurance at the Department of Health, effective March 20, 2023. Brian MacDaid has been appointed Acting Bureau Director, also effective March 20, 2023. Brian has worked for the Commonwealth in DHS for the past 22 years and currently works for the Office of Long-Term Living (OLTL) in the Bureau of Quality Assurance and Program Analytics as the Director of the Quality Assurance Division.