Below are a variety of resources to inform you about the Home and Community Based Final Rule
MDHHS Issues Consultation Summary of Public Comments
Earlier this week the Medical Services Administration within the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) issued a consultation summary of public comments received on the Statewide Transition Plan for compliance with the Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Rule. Among the more prominent themes in the summary:
- Perceived inconsistencies between Prepaid Inpatient Health Plans (PIHPs)
- Concerns regarding staffing availability and funding as a result of HCBS implementation
- Comments that self-assessments and surveys to evaluate compliance do not accurately categorize settings
- Encouragement of transparency in the Heightened Scrutiny process
MDHHS will submit the revised plan, inclusive of input from the public and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), to CMS for Final Approval in the days ahead. Michigan received Initial Approval of the Plan in August 2017. To date, only 6 of 50 states, plus the District of Columbia, have received Final Approval from CMS.