HCBS Final Rule

KDADS officials have been hosting meetings across the state this week seeking public comments on the Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Final Rule and Transition Plan. States participating the in the HCBS program must submit and plan to CMS that details their efforts to allow participants in the Medicaid waiver programs to live in settings of their choice in the lest restrictive manor possible. Of special interest to KCAL is the Frail Elderly waiver which addresses consumers 65 years and older.

KDADS in cooperation with Wichita State University is conducting a survey of current HCBS providers. The information isgathered is designed to help the department design the transition plan and give providers a first step in proving that they meet HCBS appropriate standards as outlined in the final rule. Although the survey listed a deadline for completion as May 30, 2014, KDADS is encouraging providers to complete the survey if they have not done so. Commissioner Joe Ewert said, “Please encourage your members to complete them.  It is looking more likely that we will use the results of those surveys to identify which facilities need on site visits.  Will likely have to visit all facilities that don't provide us a survey with information that allows us to weed them out of the heightened scrutiny category.”

Click here to complete the survey.

Click here for a look at the AHCA/NCAL analysis of the Final Rule and here for NCAL’s report

Click here for comments from KHCA/KCAL’s general Council Harvey Tettlebaum from HuschBlackwell.