Pipeline EXTRA! Ohio Submits Transition Plan to CMS

This Pipeline EXTRA was distributed on 3-13-15. In January 2014, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released new requirements for Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) waivers administered by states. Essentially, the rule says that federal Medicaid funds can no longer be used to pay for waiver services that are offered in […]

Shift to an Agency-Only Model: Independent Provider Changes

In Governor John Kasich’s Executive Budget, the State of Ohio is proposing shifting to an agency-only model to improve oversight, fight fraud and abuse, and improve health outcomes for individuals. If approved, this change would phase out independent providers, unless they are providing services under a self-directed waiver. Below is updated information about who may […]

Update on Home and Community-Based Services Waivers

Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waivers permit a state to furnish an array of home and community-based services that help Medicaid beneficiaries live in the community and avoid institutionalization.  Waivers must be renewed on a regular basis, and can be amended as part of the renewal application process. Opportunities for public input are offered […]

Our Future: CMS Transition Plan Comments Due by January 23

The DODD CMS Transition Plan Committee public forums in Cuyahoga County, Hamilton County, and Athens County earlier this month completed the series of informational meetings. At each forum, members of the Committee discussed the new regulations, and shared an overview of DODD’s portion of the state’s transition plan, as well as how to provide comments. […]

Athens County CMS Transition Plan Public Forum CANCELLED

The DODD CMS Transition Plan Committee public forum in Athens County today has been cancelled due to inclement weather. Two more are planned this week – in Independence (Cuyahoga County) this Thursday, and in Cincinnati (Hamilton County) on Saturday. This series of meetings provide opportunities for people with developmental disabilities and their families, service providers, and […]