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NASHP State Health Policy Conference October 2010 Julia Kenny Assistant Secretary Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. Louisiana Self-Direction Option. CMS approved Louisiana’s “New Opportunities Waiver” effective July 1, 2003.

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NASHP State Health Policy Conference

October 2010

Julia Kenny

Assistant Secretary

Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities

Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals

louisiana self direction option
Louisiana Self-Direction Option
  • CMS approved Louisiana’s “New Opportunities Waiver” effective July 1, 2003.
  • 1915(c) waiver that allows for consumer direction of home and community based waiver services.
  • Self-direction is a service delivery option in the NOW, which allows participants to take the leading role in the employment of their service workers.
  • Participants are in charge of recruiting, hiring, firing, and supervising the people who work for them.
self directed services approved under waiver
Self-Directed Services Approved Under Waiver
  • OCDD currently only provides individualized and family support through NOW.
  • OAAS will provide other services through a more comprehensive “Community Choices” waiver next calendar year including:
    • Support Coordination
    • Transition Intensive Support Coordination
    • Transition Service
    • Personal Assistance Services
    • Adult Day Health Care
    • Environmental Accessibility Adaptations
    • Personal Emergency Response System (PERS)*
    • Assistive Devices and Medical Supplies* (Includes PERS)
    • Skilled Maintenance Therapy Services (PT, OT, ST and RT)
    • Nursing Services
    • Home Delivered Meal Services
    • Caregiver Temporary Support Services (Respite)
    • Non-Medical Transportation
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Fiscal management

  • Louisiana OCDD Central Office Fiscal Section began by managing payment and documentation of all IFS direct support workers’ salaries and benefits who were hired by NOW recipients.
  • OCDD subsequently amended its application from serving as an “agency of choice” to “fiscal management agent.”
  • RFP process was undertaken and Acumen was chosen to serve as fiscal/employer agent.
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Duties performed by Acumen

  • Processes employee time sheets
  • Generates payroll checks for employees
  • Conducts criminal background checks
  • Processes all employment records
  • Withholds, files, and deposits all necessary taxes in accordance with federal IRS, DOL, and state rules
  • Provides participants, support coordinators, and OCDD with monthly participation reports
  • Maintains a toll-free call center for self-direction participants, support coordinators, and others to call for information
  • Tracks employee training
  • Offers workman’s compensation coverage
  • Acts as a billing agent for each DSW under a single provider number, bills Medicaid.
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Participant Satisfaction

  • 2009 Survey found that:
  • 98% were satisfied with services provided by Acumen
  • 92% were satisfied with the self-direction option
  • 92% believe they receive the services they need
  • 85% stated “I have a choice and control over my supports and services”
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Participation Rates and Retention

  • Currently, there are 3,341 citizens in 3 regions receiving services under NOW.
  • Of these citizens, 60 or 1.8% are on self-direction.
  • Enrollment in SD has tripled since 2003.
  • In the last 3 weeks, 12 more have applied.
  • NOW statewide extension will lead to the addition of at least 78 to SD enrollment.
  • Statewide training initiative is expected to increase utilization rate to 10% or approximately 769 participants.
  • Adding the SD option to our CC waiver will lead to an approximate increase of 200 participants based on a utilization rate estimate of 20%.
  • Since 2003, no one has voluntarily chosen to leave self-direction.*
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Hannah

  • Higher PCA rate paid for persons with a greater need level ended in 2003.
  • Through SD she is able to compete for better workers by offering them a higher rate.
  • She has found that it is much easier to hire and retain qualified workers since she switched from the traditional agency-hired worker to self-direction.
  • The only new tasks Hannah has to deal with is the additional paperwork associated with new hires, and reviewing and faxing time sheets.
  • Fiscal agent has been helpful assisting and streamlining these processes.
  • Challenges: managing backups, training requirements, background checks
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Challenges

  • DSW Registry Rule
  • Billable training hours
  • Goods and services waiver adjustment to allow for supplies, fax machines, mileage reimbursements, advertising and employee recruitment.
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Where SD is headed in Louisiana

  • Statewide expansion of services under NOW.
  • Inclusion of SD in the Children’s Choice waiver (personal care services).
  • Residential Options waiver (community living supports; companion care; & community integration transportation).
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