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A Overview for County Officials. January 25, 2013 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon. THE BASICS: What is Meghan Mohs , Ramsey County Pam Erkel, DHS. Purpose of the Webinar?. Share information on MnCHOICES from DHS and county perspectives

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a overview for county officials

A Overviewfor County Officials

January 25, 2013

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

purpose of the webinar
Purpose of the Webinar?
  • Share information on MnCHOICES from DHS and county perspectives
  • Inform county officials on status of MnCHOICES project
  • What’s known; what’s been decided
  • What remains unknown; still to be decided
  • Outline next steps for MnCHOICES implementation
  • For DHS
  • For county boards
minnesota s vision for long term services and supports
Minnesota’s Vision for Long-Term Services and Supports

Minnesota’s system for long-term services and supports will:

  • Support people in having a meaningful life at all stages of life
  • Keep Minnesotans in their community; prevent more costly institutionalization
  • Be flexible, responsive and accessible
  • Ensure the system’s sustainability in order to be available to those who need it in the future
context for change
Context for Change
  • Changing demographics and economic pressures put Minnesota’s current system for long-term services and supports at risk of not being sustainable
  • Opportunities to support innovation and reform
  • Compliance with federal requirements
  • Strong county-state partnership
objective
Objective

Transition Minnesota’s long-term services and supports system from

“What programs do you qualify for?”

to

“What do you need to meet your goals?”

what won t change mission and values of the dhs s continuing care administration
What Won’t Change:Mission and Values of the DHS’s Continuing Care Administration
  • Mission
    • Improve the dignity, health & independence of the people we serve
  • Values
    • Equity across individuals, lead agencies, providers
    • Qualityservices that can be measured and maximized
    • Transparency, efficiency, consistency
    • Leverage all viable resources to reduce dependence on public funds
    • Continuously improve service administration
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What Will Change:Three Major Reforms

Provider Standards

A system that standardizes provider qualifications & drives continuous quality improvement

A single comprehensive assessment that focuses on strengths, needs and preferences; drives efficiency and supports choice

Rate System

A rate-setting platform that ensures consistent & transparent statewide pricing of disability waiver services

what is
What is ?
  • Supports longstanding core county function – conducting assessments
  • Combines assessment with service planning process
  • Determines eligibility for programs and services
  • Used for all ages and disability types
  • Completed by a certified assessor using web-based application
  • Functions offline -- without an internet connection
what is1
What is ?
  • Replaces four assessments:
  • Developmental Disability Screening (DD)
  • Long-Term Care Consultation (LTCC)
  • Personal Care Assistance (PCA)
  • Private Duty Nursing (PDN) - Future
  • Uses person-centered approach to tailor services to individual’s strengths, goals, preferences and assessed needs
  • Changes who conducts assessments
  • Only certified assessors
  • County of location responsible for conducting

all assessments

supports a partnership between the state and counties
Supports a Partnership Between the State and Counties
  • Counties
  • Provide and direct service in local communities
  • Act as state’s administrative arm
  • Ensure staffing and technology resources to support MnCHOICES
  • Generate and use data to promote shared policy goals
  • Advance continuous quality improvement
  • The State
  • Provide administrative framework that supports person-centered services
  • Establish a framework for setting clear & consistent expectations
  • Provide a functional assessment application
  • Assure fair and timely MnCHOICES payment to counties
  • Provide innovative and meaningful training
  • Collect and analyze data for quality improvement

Minnesotans

next steps
Next Steps…

For DHS…

  • Continue building the MnCHOICES application for implementation
  • Implement payment structure
  • Provide assessor training and certification to county staff
  • Provide communication state-wide

For County Boards…

  • Be ready to make decisions for local implementation of MnCHOICES
    • Budget, staffingand technology
presenters
Presenters

Pamela Erkel, DHS

Nancy Jurgensen, DHS

DiAnn Robinson, DHS

Tom Henderson, Brown County

dhs next steps
DHS’ Next Steps…

Continue building the MnCHOICES application for implementation

  • In-the-field testing of the Beta application by First Implementers
  • Beta 1 – Summer 2012
  • Beta 2 testing – Fall 2012
  • Beta 3 testing – First quarter of 2013
  • Initial Release –Summer 2013
  • Second Release – to be determined
  • Future Releases – to be determined
dhs next steps1
DHS’ Next Steps…

Change Payment Structure – Why?

  • Assessments are administrative, gatekeeping activities that determine eligibility for programs and services for the proper administration of Minnesota’s Medicaid Program
  • DHS delegates some Medicaid administrative functions to counties
  • Currently, counties are reimbursed for assessments through 5 different funding methodologies; some as a service and others administrative
  • Reimbursing these types of assessments as a service contradicts Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) intent to delineate administrative gatekeeper functions from services such as case management
dhs next steps2
DHS’ Next Steps…

Implement Payment Structure – How?

    • MnCHOICES activities are eligibility assessments and will be reimbursed through random moment time surveys
    • Time studies draw down Federal Financial Participation (FFP) through Medicaid Administrative Claiming MA
    • There are two options for FFP reimbursement
  • Administrative FFP - Used for activity defined by CMS to be part of administering MA
  • Service FFP - Used for activity defined by CMS to be services rendered to individuals (medical treatment, PCA, Targeted Case Management, etc.)
    • Random moment time studies (RMTS) are Minnesota’s approved methodology to pay for administrative activities
dhs next steps3
DHS’ Next Steps…

Implement Payment Structure – How?, cont.

  • Three types of time studies for MnCHOICES reimbursement:
    • SSTS (Social Services Time Study)
    • LCTS (Local Collaborative Time Study) – Public Health
    • MATTS (Medicaid Administrative Tribal Time Study)
    • Random moment surveys are sent to staff to identify activities being completed at the time of the survey
    • New time study activity codes and definitions to identify MnCHOICES activities in the survey
dhs next steps4
DHS’ Next Steps…

Implement Payment Structure – How?, cont.

  • Reimbursement for MnCHOICES activity will consist of 50% federal funds and 50% state funds
  • It will cover 100% of the MnCHOICES eligible costs as determined by the time study cost and activity report
  • MnCHOICES payments will be a separate line item from other time study payments

Implement Payment Structure – When?

  • It is anticipated that this payment structure will begin July 1, 2013
dhs next steps5
DHS’ Next Steps…

Implement Payment Structure – When?

What if my county is using MnCHOICES before the Time Study payment starts?

What if my county isn’t using MnCHOICES when the Time Study payment starts?

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Expectations/Assurances of Counties

  • Perform administrative functions and activities
  • Assessment and support plan development
    • Level of care determination
    • Program and service eligibility
  • Service authorization for providers to get paid
  • Quality management
  • Provide access to assessment process
  • Assessments to all regardless of incomes or assets, referral source or county financial responsibility
expectations assurances of counties
Expectations/Assurances of Counties
  • Assure an adequate number of certified assessors
  • Only a certified assessor can complete an assessment/reassessment & develop a support plan
  • Must meet qualifications and experience:
    • A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in social work, nursing with a public health certificate, or other closely-related field and at least one year of home- and community-based experience, or
      • A two-year registered nursing degree with at least two years of home- and community-based experience
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Expectations/Assurances of Counties

Continued…

  • Assure an adequate number of certified assessors
    • Reassign county case managers and/or hire new social workers and/or public health nurses to meet the staffing need
    • Will hand-off to case manager if on a waiver or Alternative Care; communication is important
    • Must complete certification and training called MnCHOICES Certified Assessor Training (MnCAT)
mncat mnchoices certification and training
MnCAT (MnCHOICES Certification and Training)

Recertification

Step 4

Professional

Development

Certification

Step 3

Step 2

Step 1

Qualifications + Experience

Certified

Assessor

Step

3

Application

Step 2

Principles

Step

1

Foundation

expectations assurances of counties1
Expectations/Assurances of Counties

Support qualified staff to receive MnCHOICES Certified Assessor Training (MnCAT)

Step #1 – Foundation:

  • Overview of MnCHOICES
  • Pass a test on topics including: waivers/Alternative Care, formal and informal supports, funding, data practices, etc.
  • Estimated time: 2.5 – 6 hours

Step #2 – MnCHOICES Principles:

  • Pass course tests of an eLearning program that teaches skills to perform MnCHOICES assessments and support planning functions such as person-centered thinking, communication and interviewing
  • Estimated time: 7 – 15 hours

Step #3 – Application:

  • Online training to become familiar with the MnCHOICES app
  • Face-to-face training to enrich and improve professional practice
  • Estimated time: 7 hours
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Expectations/Assurances of Counties

  • Develop certified assessor multidisciplinary team
  • Team of social workers, public health nurses and other professionals
  • Experience and expertise with all populations – all ages and disabilities
  • Support in understanding programs and developing support plans
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Expectations/Assurances of Counties

  • Provide resources for technology
  • Laptop for certified assessors
    • Meets minimum technology requirements
    • See 9/21/2012 SSIS Update handout
    • iPad or tablet does not work with MnCHOICES at this time
  • Internet access
  • Computer proficiency
  • Technical support for staff
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Expectations/Assurances of Counties
  • Conduct quality assurance and monitoring activities
  • Collect client satisfaction data about services and providers
  • Use MnCHOICES data and reports for program management
key partnership
Key Partnership
  • A transformational change requires a dedicated team effort
  • DHS and counties have come together on the MnCHOICES project
  • Counties have played a critical role in providing input into training, policy, content of MnCHOICES and testing the software
  • A core group of counties called First Implementers tested the training and the software application
      • Identified changes to improve MnCHOICES before statewide launch
  • It will be important that our partnership continues
presenters1
Presenters
  • Kay Dickison, Dakota County
  • Tom Henderson, Brown County
pilot agencies
Pilot Agencies

Anoka

Becker

Blue Earth

Dakota

Hennepin

Ramsey

Scott

St. Louis

Swift

Yellow Medicine

Blue Plus

Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe

Medica

PrimeWest

Ucare

White Earth

dakota county experience
Dakota County Experience

Training – Important to Broaden “Specialist” Staff

Tool—Navigation “Friendly” but New/Time

Yielded Additional/Helpful Information

Eligibility Rules Effective

implementation considerations
Implementation Considerations

“Right” staffing plan?

One Intake

Workflow /transitions if pending MA, wait list, seniors going to Plans

Staff Interested!

implementation considerations1
Implementation Considerations
  • More Staffing Considerations
    • Training and start up time
    • Teams of nurses and social workers
    • Pros and cons of having a team separate from other staff
    • Staff cross training, mixed caseloads vs. assessment only caseloads
    • Contracting case management? Home care?
  • Role of lead agencies vs. contracted agencies
moving forward
Moving Forward

Key Role Now & Forward to Assess/Plan Long Term Services & Supports

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