2017 Session

Budget Amendments - HB1500 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Sickles
Review of DD Waiver Provider Rate Setting Methodology (language only)

Item 306 #22h

Item 306 #22h

Health and Human Resources
Department of Medical Assistance Services


Page 311, after line 41, insert:

"WWWW. The Department of Medical Assistance Services shall review the Developmentally Disabled Waiver provider rate methodology no less than every two years, including a review of adjustments made to reflect increases in the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) for wage determination assumptions and Consumer Price Index (CPI) for other expenses.  The first review shall begin July 2017 and be conducted every two years thereafter. A report of findings shall be submitted to the Chairmen of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees."


(This amendment adds language to require the agency to review the rate methodology used to reimburse providers through the Developmentally Disabled (DD) Waiver programs at least every two years and report findings to the chairmen of the money committees. Current DD Waiver provider rates are based on a provider survey using fiscal year 2013 data and fiscal year 2014 Bureau of Labor Statistics data for direct staff wage assumptions. Regular reviews and adjustments will assist in ensuring that provider rates are reasonable and customary to ensure provider capacity and maintain access to community-based waiver services.)