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Richard Edley

Dr. Richard Edley is the lead executive for RCPA and is responsible for all aspects of operations and direction for the association. His professional career began in 1988 and most recently he was president and CEO of PerformCare/Community Behavioral HealthCare Network of Pennsylvania, Inc., a national, full-service, behavioral health managed care organization.

RCPA would like to thank Charles G. Curie, Principal, The Curie Group, LLC; Jennifer Black, Vice President of Business Development, Beacon Health Options; Michael Quinn, CEO, Chestnut Ridge Counseling Services; and Doyle Forrestal, Chief Executive Officer, Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council, for presenting in Discussing Moving Beyond the Carve-out/Carve-in Debate webinar offered today. The materials from the presentation can be found here.

As a follow-up, RCPA will make available questions asked during the session along with corresponding answers/comments. Please submit any additional follow-up questions to Tina Miletic.

We thank you for your participation. Additional correspondence will be issued in the following week.

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Join RCPA on Wednesday, January 19, 2022, from 3:30 pm–5:00 pm for a Town Hall to review the preliminary rate impact findings by the Center for Disability Information (CDI), followed by a discussion on how this data will inform public comment.

This Town Hall is sponsored by RCPA, PAR, MAX, The Alliance of Community Service Providers, and The Arc of PA. This webinar is open to any member of a sponsoring organization.

Register for the Town Hall today.

As a reminder, please submit your Rate Impact Analysis Tool to the Center for Disability Information by COB on January 14. This tool was created to help inform providers of the impact of the revised rates on your organization and to help frame public comment on these rates. You can download the tool here.

Join us on Tuesday, January 4, 2022, at 10:00 am for an “ODP-Administered HCBS Waiver Rates Revisions and Impact Analysis Tool” webinar sponsored by RCPA, PAR, MAX, The Alliance of Community Service Providers, and The Arc of PA.

Speakers will be:

  • Richard S. Edley, PhD, President and CEO, RCPA
  • Chris Elliot, Vice President of Finance, Barber National Institute
  • Diane Conway, CEO, MAX
  • Sherri Landis, Executive Director, The Arc of Pennsylvania
  • Cherie Brummans, President & CEO, The Alliance of CSP
  • Mark Davis, President & CEO, CDI, PAR
  • Scott Spreat, Research Director, CDI, Woods Services

The DHS/ODP revised waiver rates will be presented. Participants will then be trained on an “Impact Analysis Tool” that was designed to help inform ID/A providers of the impact of the revised rates and will also inform organizations representing providers of HCBS services for their comments on the revised rates.

Please register for this Zoom webinar, which will be held on January 4, 2022, from 10:00 am–11:00 am. For more information, please view the flyer for the webinar. We look forward to seeing you there!

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ODP Announcement 21-095 discusses the availability of a 30-day public comment period for the proposed fee schedule rates for services funded through the Consolidated, Community Living, Person/Family Directed Support (P/FDS), and Adult Autism Waivers as well as Base-funded programs. Please review the announcement for further details on both the rates and the public comment period.

The new rates for the Office of Developmental Programs’ (ODP) services have been released:

As everyone knows, this rate refresh is a critical development and long awaited. We also know that we will need a thorough analysis of the adequacy of these rates. For that reason, RCPA has partnered with PAR, MAX, and the Alliance of Community Providers to hold a webinar on Tuesday, January 4, 2022, at 10:00 am. More information on this webinar will be coming later today.

RCPA joined with other disability service associations representing disability service providers and individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism (ID/A) in Pennsylvania urging Senator Toomey to support the investment included in the Build Back Better Act. The BBB Act, as passed by the House of Representatives, will strengthen the direct support professional workforce and sustain and expand access to Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS).

The longstanding direct support professional (DSP) worker shortage has grown during the pandemic and decreased access to HCBS for people with disabilities in Pennsylvania as well as negatively impacted the quality of supports those individuals receive. Supporting this historic investment is crucial to strengthening and growing the DSP workforce so that all people with disabilities may lead safe and fulfilled lives. It is critical for Senator Toomey to vote in favor of this legislation to strengthen and expand the Medicaid HCBS program.

Additionally, we ask that members join us in this advocacy. This letter can be utilized as a template for your efforts. Please join us in this advocacy effort.

RCPA invites members to join us for an informational webinar featuring QUALO Healthy Pathways. QUALO Healthy Pathways is a COVID-19 risk mitigation and compliance software designed in close collaboration with experts in the areas of occupational medicine, human resources, and business operations. The result is a distinctive combination of management strategies and reporting tools that promote workplace health, efficiency, and compliance:

  • Report and Track
    • Exposures
    • Trace Contacts
    • Vaccine Status and Results
    • Testing
    • Exemptions
  • Management Dashboards
  • Compliance and Tracking Reports

Join RCPA member Advanced Metrics’ team of professionals that developed QUALO Healthy Pathways for a demonstration of the software and a live Q&A session. The session will be held on Wednesday, December 1, from 2:00 pm–3:00 pm. 

Click here to register for this session.

Additional information about QUALO Healthy Pathways can be found on the Advanced Metrics website. If you are unable to attend one of these sessions, please feel free to reach out to Advanced Metrics to schedule a session directly.