Assisted Living & Personal Care

  • Updates from DHS Bureau of Human Services Licensing

    May 12, 2022

    Annual surveys are nearly up to date in all regions of the state except the central region. It is anticipated that the central region should be caught up by late June. Emergency plans must be submitted to local emergency management agencies (EMAs). The Department of Human Services (DHS) reminds providers that emergency plans must be comprehensive when submitted to EMAs. DHS has heard from multiple EMAs that many of the received emergency plans are not acceptable. Please be thoughtful and comprehensive when composing your emergency response plans.
  • LeadingAge PA provides comments on house bill to regulate temporary nurse staffing agencies

    May 12, 2022

    This week, LeadingAge PA sent a letter to voice its support of House Bill 2293, which would require temporary nurse staffing agencies to register with the Department of Health (DOH) and set caps on the rates they can charge nursing homes, personal care homes, and assisted living residences. While supportive, LeadingAge PA recommended changes to broaden the reach of the bill to include all settings and reiterated the importance of calculating and structuring rates in a manner that provides true protection from predatory practices. The government affairs team will continue to be a part of the legislative process and keep the membership informed.
  • Training available for addressing and preventing problem gambling in older adults

    May 5, 2022

    The free webinar offered through the DBHIDS learning hub will require account creation. Use access code LHAccess20 and sign up here.
  • Assisted living providers denied approval for Phase 4 due to eligibility determination concerns have until May 9 to demonstrate eligibility

    May 5, 2022

    The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) added an FAQ addressing the opportunity for certain assisted living facilities (ALFs) and behavioral health providers that do not participate in Medicare, Medicaid, or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) to submit additional documentation to be considered for Phase 4 funding. Only ALFs and behavioral health providers that successfully submitted a DocuSign application during the Phase 4 application cycle are eligible for this opportunity. Affected ALFs and behavioral health providers received a notice directing them to submit their state/territorial license or nationally recognized certification. They have until May 9 at 11:59 p.m. to submit this documentation to be considered for payment from this distribution. Please note: This opportunity is limited to Phase 4 funding; HRSA will not reevaluate eligibility for ARP Rural payments.
  • OIG adds electronic visit verification to work plan

    April 28, 2022

    The Office of Inspector General (OIG) announced plans to conduct additional audits on electronic visit verifications (EVV) along with a number of other Medicaid-specific audits, evaluations, and inspections. As part of the 21st Century Cures Act, all states had until Jan. 1, 2020, to implement EVV for personal care services (PCS). States have until Jan. 1, 2023, to implement EVV for home health services (HHSC). In January 2021, CMS granted one-year extensions for most states to meet the EVV requirements for PCS. OIG’s objectives in auditing EVV will be to determine if a state has implemented an EVV system in accordance with federal and state requirements, and has developed policies and procedures when using EVV to ensure that Medicaid beneficiaries receive their required in-home services.