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NC FAST and Work Support Strategies Operational Readiness Workshop. July – August 2013. Agenda. NC FAST Project Update. July 2013. Project Update. ePASS Document Management Deployment Update Help Desk Schedule Update Training Update County Security Configuration Project 7 Update

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Nc fast and work support strategies operational readiness workshop

NC FAST and Work Support StrategiesOperational Readiness Workshop

July – August 2013



Nc fast project update

NC FASTProject Update

July 2013


Project update
Project Update

ePASS

Document Management

Deployment Update

Help Desk

Schedule Update

Training Update

County Security Configuration

Project 7 Update

Project 3 Update


Epass statewide volumes
ePASS – Statewide Volumes

The number of FNS Electronic Apps has gone up over 4,000 in a month


Document Management Update

  • Completed functional and detail design documents (integration with NC FAST)

  • Completed County Guidelines document

  • Completed development and testing (integration with NC FAST)

  • FileNet production architecture is readied for configuration

  • Deployed document management capability as part of Project 2&6 Pilot rollout

  • Working on County Sync Guide

  • Working on draft functional and detail design documents for county sync piece

  • Preparing to initiate development of county sync capability


Document management update
Document Management Update

Document management design document has been posted in FAST Help

A webinar will be scheduled to discuss the design document

A job aid has been posted providing guidance on what should be scanned


Deployment update
Deployment Update

Upgraded NC FAST to P2&6 version of code; a significant upgrade to the base NC FAST system

Working through identified defects; continuing build activities and defect fix activities

Continue to identify and prioritize Cúram tickets

Refining data conversion approach in preparation for Hard Launch

Continue submitting test conditions, scripts, and test data sheets for Business team review

Respond to Business team comments and receive sign-off for test conditions and scripts

Continue to plan and execution of Cycle 3 – Day in the Life execution cycle and Frequency 1,2,3,4,5 scripts

Refining internal team communication protocol to streamline getting updates to the counties


Help desk update
Help Desk Update

Significant increase in call volumes last week

Identified limitation with current phone system causing some calls to roll to voice mail; new phone system on order

If users call the Help Desk and are unable to speak to someone or cannot leave a voicemail message, send your issue via email.

Agents work to resolve tickets in the order in which they are received

NC FAST Help Desk can be reached at [email protected] or 919-855-3200, Option 3

Help Desk is available Monday – Thursday, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Please report only one incident/issue per email.




P2 6 training update
P2&6 Training Update

  • Over 40 trainers have gone through Train-the-Trainer

  • Launched the NC FAST Learning Gateway

  • Posted web-based training (WBT) content into Learning Gateway

  • Exposed Pilot counties to preliminary version of classroom training

  • Delivered WBT and instructor-led content to Pilot counties and state office

  • Initiated training of southeast counties

  • Wrapping up development of final classroom training activities

  • Feedback from Pilot and state office delivery has been quite positive

  • Expectations:

    • Use of Captivate simulations

    • Training scenarios

    • Sandbox availability

    • Availability of program subject matter experts


County security configuration
County Security Configuration

User Role:

Inquiry Only

User Role: Eligibility Worker


Project 7 Update

  • Business team continues to work closely with DMA to:

    • Finalize Project 7 requirements

    • Complete documentation for State Plan Amendments (SPA), elected state options, targeted enrollment strategies, and federal hub waiver

  • Design team completed joint design sessions for functionality needed to be ACA compliant; finalizing review and sign-off

    • Intake and assessment for Medicaid/NCHC

    • Integration with federal data hub for account transfers and verifications

    • Eligibility determination/redetermination under MAGI and non-MAGI rules

    • Coordination of appeals processing with FFM

    • Implementation of federal and state mandated reports and notifications

  • Interfaces team began federal data services hub Wave 4 testing with CMS


Project 3 Update

  • Team is composed of Services Business Lead Tracey Duncan, an NC FAST Business Analyst and 3 SMEs from DCDEE

  • Continue to reassess the business requirements

  • Reassessment of the Child Care Subsidy business requirements should be complete in August

  • Requirements for Energy Assistance (CIP and LIEAP) will then be addressed with a SME from Economic Services

  • Fit gap analysis is planned to begin in August, with the goal of beginning functional design in October

  • Deployment is targeted for late 2014


Project 7 ffmi

Project 7FFMI

P7 ‘Ecosystem’ & Division of Responsibilities


The new p7 ecosystem
The New P7 Ecosystem

DSS

MA

Application

FDSH

PATHWAYS

Electronic

In-person, by phone, mail-in

Database Interface

FFM

State Verification Systems


The new p7 ecosystem1
The New P7 Ecosystem

New Streamlined application for MA

Additional questions required for an MA eligibility determination under current rules and/or FNS

Depending on programs for which the applicant is eligible, benefits may begin at different times

Additional electronic verifications from federal sources may be used

Ineligible applications will be transferred to the FFM/Health Insurance Marketplace for potential Advanced Payment Tax Credit (APTC) or Cost-Sharing Reduction (CSR) eligibility



Ma applications completed via the dss
MA Applications Completed via the DSS

DSS

Streamlined Application keyed by caseworker

MAGI Notice Generated and Held by NC FAST.

Traditional determination/ additional program requested?

Answer additional questions for

traditional MA

(and FNS, if requested)

YES

NO

Eligible

Ineligible

Eligible

Enroll in MAGI program

Enroll in Traditional MA and/or FNS

Send application to FFM

If eligible for FNS but not for traditional MA, enroll in FNS and MAGI. Note: benefits will begin on different dates.

Benefits under MAGI programs will not begin until January 1, 2014.


Ma applications completed via epass
MA Applications Completed via ePASS

Streamlined Application keyed by applicant

Applicant registers for NCID

MAGI Notice Generated and Held by NC FAST.

Traditional determination/ additional program requested?

Answer additional questions for

traditional MA

(and FNS, if requested)

YES

NO

Eligible

Ineligible

Eligible

Enroll in MAGI program

Enroll in Traditional MA and/or FNS

Send application to FFM

If eligible for FNS but not for traditional MA, enroll in FNS and MAGI. Note: benefits will begin on different dates.

Benefits under MAGI programs will not begin until January 1, 2014.


Ma applications completed via the ffm
MA Applications Completed via the FFM

Seeking Financial Assistance?

Full determination requested?

Streamlined Application completed through FFM

Enrolled in QHP of choice

NO

YES

YES

Potentially MA eligible?

Calculate APTC/CSR

NO

YES

FFM

Application transferred to NC FAST


Key points
Key Points

Beginning October 1, 2013 – the Streamlined Application will always be completed FIRST when applicant is seeking Medical Assistance.

To receive a determination based on ‘traditional’ rules (between 10/1/2013 and 12/31/2013) and/or to apply for FNS in addition to MA, additional questions will need to be answered.

Regardless of the entry point, the Medicaid/NCHC determination will ultimately be done in NC FAST.

Benefits under MAGI programs will not begin until January 1, 2014

As of January 1, 2014 – MAGI rules become the standard for most Family & Children’s MA programs.

Applicants who do not qualify for Medicaid/NCHC may still be eligible for APTC/CSR (federal subsidies) to help pay for insurance and should utilize the FFM/Health Insurance Marketplace.





Customer assistance
Customer Assistance

DSS

If a customer requires assistance completing the streamlined application for Medicaid/NCHC while at the local DSS, they are assisted by the caseworker.

If a customer requires assistance completing the streamlined application for Medicaid/NCHC while using ePASS, they are advised to call the DHHS Customer Service Center.

If a customer requires assistance completing the streamlined application for Medicaid/CHIP while using the FFM, they are advised to call the Federal Call Center and/or Navigator.

FFM


Customer assistance1
Customer Assistance

NAVIGATORS

  • Provide customers with information that assists with the following:

  • submitting the eligibility application

  • clarifying distinctions in QHPs

  • making informed decisions during the health plan selection process

  • Can assist in all different types of marketplaces

  • State-based Marketplace

  • State Partnership Marketplace

  • Federally-facilitated Marketplace

  • Funded through State and Federal grants

Must complete comprehensive training to become a navigator.


Customer assistance2
Customer Assistance

Certified Application Counselors

  • Serve many of the same functions as Navigators including:

  • Providing education to customers

  • Assistance completing applications

  • Organizations can apply online to be designated by the Marketplace to certify application counselors. Some examples of organizations include:

  • Social service agencies

  • Hospitals

  • Community health centers

  • No funding mechanism available for this program

Must complete comprehensive training to be a Certified Application Counselor.


Customer assistance3
Customer Assistance

*Source: cms.gov


Navigators
Navigators

  • Role: To assist the customer in applying for an insurance affordability program

    • Can be a person or organization

    • May assist with Streamlined application completion, or complete on behalf of the applicant

    • Explaining APTC/CSRs or insurance options to customers

  • Navigators are not responsible for:

    • Assisting customers with ‘Traditional’ MA applications

    • Explaining North Carolina DMA policy

    • Contacting the DSS

      It has not been determined if Navigator’s will be assisting customers with ePASS (Streamlined) applications


Dss caseworkers
DSS Caseworkers

  • Role: Take applications for Medical Assistance (and FNS/SNAP, if applicable)

    • Will manage integrated cases in NC FAST (Income Support and/or Insurance Affordability)

    • May refer ineligible applicants to the Health Insurance Marketplace as an alternative to Medicaid/NCHC

  • Caseworkers are not responsible for:

    • Helping customers navigate the FFM/Health Insurance Marketplace

    • Helping customers complete the application on the FFM/Health Insurance Marketplace

    • Explaining specific details regarding APTC/CSRs or insurance options to customers

      Consider having the website and/or phone number for the Health Insurance Marketplaceto give customers a place to start.


Nc fast
NC FAST

  • Role: Provide an eligibility determination for MAGI and non-MAGI programs and issue benefits when applicable

    • Will notify case worker via a task in a designated work queue when an application is received from ePASS or the FFM

    • Will notify applicant of eligibility result and/or when their application is transferred to the FFM

  • NC FAST is not responsible for:

    • Providing an eligibility determination for APTC/CSR

    • Notifying customers of insurance plan options

    • Enrolling customers in QHP




P7: Managing Applications & CasesStreamlined App / Multiple Dispositions & Integrated Cases / The Evidence Broker / Impacts to the Universal Worker


Streamlined application demonstration

Streamlined Application Demonstration

Note: The following includes preliminary screen shots which are subject to change.


Streamlining the process
Streamlining the Process

What is the Streamlined Application?

  • A simplified application used to apply for all Insurance Affordability programs

  • Used whether applying via the FFM, ePASS, or the DSS

  • Will be the first application used when the customer is seeking Medical Assistance



Customer must agree to privacy statement before continuing.


The first page of the streamlined application gathers details about the primary applicant.






Review the applicant.household member summary. Are there more people to add?





Review the Household applicant.Summary. Make changes if necessary before continuing.





Review expected annual income. income tax return.


Similar income information is collected for additional household members (if applicable).


Additional household members (if applicable).household information is collected, beginning with details on medical bills.





D continuing to next screen.ocumentation needed from the customer displays before the application is submitted.


Streamlined application demonstration q a

Streamlined Application Demonstration Q&A continuing to next screen.


Magi vs non magi
MAGI vs. Non-MAGI continuing to next screen.


Potential for multiple dispositions
Potential for Multiple Dispositions continuing to next screen.

MAGI

Streamlined

Application

MA and/or FNS

Application

Non-MAGI

Identical information prepopulates on the Non-MAGI application

The application process for all MA programs will start with the streamlined application after October 1, 2013.

  • Coverage for the MAGI based determinations does not begin until January 1, 2014

  • Customers should be given the opportunity to see if they currently qualify for a MA program under the traditional (non-MAGI based) rules

    Result: During the single application process, an Authorization/Disposition will need to be completed for the Streamlined and ‘traditional’ MA and/or FNS application(s).


Potential for multiple integrated cases
Potential for Multiple Integrated Cases continuing to next screen.

‘Streamlined’ Medical Assistance Application

Insurance Affordability (Integrated Case)

Evidence

Submit

Product Delivery Case

Identical information populated from MAGI application

Evidence

Broker

Income Support Application

(P26 Interview Questions)

Income Support (Integrated Case)

Evidence

Submit

Product Delivery Case


The evidence broker
The Evidence Broker continuing to next screen.

  • The Evidence Broker is the functionality within NC FAST that allows evidence to be transferred from one integrated case to another

  • With multiple integrated cases there will be two types of evidence, identical and non-identical

    • Identical evidence is evidence that is used in the same way and is the same evidence type in both integrated cases

    • Non-identical evidence is evidence that is not used in the same way in both integrated cases

  • Once enabled, the Evidence Broker will broadcast the identical information so that it can be then used on the other “target” integrated case

  • Caseworkers will be able to accept or reject the evidence in the target case either manually piece by piece or in bulk at once

  • When evidence is entered in one case that could be broadcast to the other integrated case, the caseworker will receive a task informing them that they have evidence to accept or reject


Incoming evidence identical
Incoming Evidence: Identical continuing to next screen.

Note: These screens are subject to change


Incoming evidence non identical
Incoming Evidence: Non-Identical continuing to next screen.

Note: These screens are subject to change


Impacts to the universal worker
Impacts to the Universal Worker continuing to next screen.

  • One Case Worker

    • Customers will still have the ability to apply for multiple programs at the same time with one caseworker, whether there is a MAGI-based program involved or not.

  • Reception, Tasks, Work Queues

    • Other universal worker functionality associated with P2&6 such as work queues, reception, and tasks will remain essential to the NC FAST process.

  • Potential Multiple Dispositions

    • After completing the MAGI application, the customer may continue on to the Non-MAGI (and/or FNS) questions to see if he or she is eligible for Medical Assistance (or FNS) prior to 1/1/14. Therefore, a caseworker may have two dispositions to complete.

  • Potential Multiple Integrated Cases

    • One caseworker will be able to manage both integrated cases through the use of the evidence broker, which will allow identical information to be shared amongst these cases.


Breakout discussion communication strategies

Breakout Discussion: continuing to next screen.Communication Strategies


The woodwork group
The “Woodwork” Group continuing to next screen.

  • Increased awareness of the Affordable Care Act is expected to bring potential customers out of the woodwork.

    • Those who are currently eligible but not enrolled: DMA research suggests that 69,683 individuals will gain coverage in 2014.

    • Those who would potentially be eligible under a Medicaid expansion: Approximately ½ million additional applicants who will not be eligible may still want to apply.

    • Expect an impact, not only to numbers of Medicaid applicants, but to other programs as well.



Breakout session report out communication strategies highlights

Breakout Session Report Out: continuing to next screen.Communication Strategies Highlights


Questions and answers

Questions and Answers continuing to next screen.


Thank You for participating today! continuing to next screen.You will receive an email shortly with a link to a survey. Your comments & suggestions will help us plan future workshops.


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