Thursday, July 9, 2015

Family Supports Waiver Renewal

DDRS released this announcement regarding the FS waiver renewal. We've highlighted the parts we feel are most relevant to families, but you can read the entire announcement here: http://www.in.gov/fssa/files/Family_Supports_Waiver_Renewal_7.9.15.pdf

Effective April 1, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) has approved the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration’s request to renew the Family Supports Waiver (FSW), which is administered by the Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services (DDRS)

Services changes:
 Required accreditations are to be specific to Indiana programs
 RN/LPN licensures are to be Indiana licensure
 Adult Day Services - removed requirement for 3-hour minimum and now allows billing in quarter hour units from one quarter hour unit up to the maximum 12-hours per day
 Case Management - added the need for Accreditation and revised requirement that case notes need to be at least monthly (no longer weekly) or more often as encounters occur
 Extended Services - added as a new service (replacing former Supported Employment Follow Along (SEFA) services in prior renewal) and clarified activities applicable to group services
 Music Therapy – added ability to render in groups and divide billing unit rate among the total number in the group
 Participant Assistance & Care –added ability to render in groups and divide billing unit rate among the total number in the group
 Prevocational services – added prohibition for overlapping utilization with Extended Services applicable only to new enrollees and other waiver participants who are not utilizing a combination of SEFA and Prevocational services as of as of March 31, 2015
 Recreational Therapy – added ability to render in groups and divide billing unit rate among the total number in the group
 Transportation – clarified that service may be used to access places of employment
 Workplace Assistance – replaced reference of utilization “with SEFA” to utilization “with
Extended Services”

For more information about the FSW or the FSW Transition Plan, please see the DDRS Announcements page.
Questions about the renewal or the FSW program should be directed to 1-800-545-7763 or to BQIS.Help@fssa.in.gov.

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