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CMS Postpones Heightened Scrutiny Site Visits in Minnesota

On September 10, 2019 by Bobbie DuChamp Guidry

The Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS) has posted their planned visits to Minnesota to visit select Adult Day Services and Customized Living providers subject to heightened scrutiny.

Several LeadingAge Minnesota Members Will Receive CMS Heightened Scrutiny Visits

On September 3, 2019 by Bobbie DuChamp Guidry

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will visit six to nine Adult Day Services and Customized Living settings in Minnesota that are subject to “heightened scrutiny” under the Home and Community-Based Settings rule at the end of September. 

HCBS Settings Rule Guidance Provides Path Forward for New Construction Settings

On August 13, 2019 by Bobbie DuChamp Guidry

In last week’s Advantage, we featured a story on new guidance for heightened scrutiny review of newly-constructed presumptively institutional settings under the Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Settings rule. This week we are sharing additional detail from the Bulletin on how new construction settings required to undergo heightened scrutiny can qualify for Medicaid (waiver) reimbursement and providing examples of reimbursement pathways for new construction settings.  

DHS Seeks Public Comments on Third Set of HCBS Setting Evidentiary Packages

On August 6, 2019 by Bobbie DuChamp Guidry

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) has posted for public comment the third round of evidentiary packages for Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) settings. This batch includes settings that have been identified as Prong 3 and includes Adult Day, Customized Living and Foster Care providers.  

New Guidance on Heightened Scrutiny Review of Newly-Constructed Presumptively Institutional Settings

On August 6, 2019 by Bobbie DuChamp Guidry

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has provided clarifications to questions about the heightened scrutiny process for newly-constructed presumptively institutional settings. The information can be found in the Informational Bulletin issued last week. 

DHS Seeks Public Comments on HCBS Setting Evidentiary Packages

On May 8, 2019 by Bobbie DuChamp Guidry

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) is seeking public comment for the next 30 days on the second batch of evidentiary packages written for home and community-based settings across the state. A number of LeadingAge MN members who provide Adult Day Services or Customized Living Services are included in this batch of evidentiary packages.

CMS Approves Minnesota’s HCBS Statewide Transition Plan

On February 26, 2019 by Bobbie DuChamp Guidry

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) granted Minnesota final approval of its statewide transition plan to bring settings into compliance with the federal Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) settings regulations. 

DHS Seeks Public Comments on HCBS Setting Evidentiary Packages

On February 13, 2019 by Bobbie DuChamp Guidry

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) is seeking public comments on evidentiary packages written for Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) settings across the state. Comments are due by 4 p.m. on March 6. We encourage our Adult Day Members and Customized Living providers to check the DHS web site on evidentiary packages as there are a large number of LeadingAge Minnesota provider members listed.  

DHS Seeks Public Comments on Revised HCBS Transition Plan

On September 11, 2018 by Bobbie DuChamp Guidry

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) plans to submit a revised State Transition Plan for the Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Settings rule to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) after a 30-day public comment period. The comment period is now open and comments are due by 4 p.m. on Oct. 10. 

Not Yet Compliant with HCBS Standards? Use New Assurance Templates

On August 22, 2018 by Bobbie DuChamp Guidry

If you are a Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) provider not yet compliant with the HCBS Settings Rule, two new assurance templates from the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) will help you meet attestation requirements and get in compliance with the new standards. 

Minnesota Seeks Final Approval of Statewide Transition Plan for HCBS Settings Rule

On August 14, 2018 by Bobbie DuChamp Guidry

The Minnesota Department of Human Services will be updating its Statewide Transition Plan for the Home and Community-Based Settings (HCBS) Rule and putting it out for public comment on Sept. 10. 

HCBS: Changes in Evaluation of Services for Annual Assessments Effective Aug. 1

On July 24, 2018 by Bobbie DuChamp Guidry

In keeping with the Minnesota State Transition Plan to comply with the Home and Community-Based Services Settings (HCBS) Rule, the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) has added a person’s evaluation of services and compliance with HCBS Standards to the MN Choices Tool. The questions are to be completed at the next reassessment visit on or after Aug. 1, 2018. 

What Happens after DHS Completes a Site Visit for HCBS Settings Rule Compliance?

On July 10, 2018 by Bobbie DuChamp Guidry

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) is well underway with conducting site visits to Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) providers who are “presumed not to be HCBS settings.” As some of these site visits have now been completed, we are able to provide information on what happens once DHS completes its visit. 

DHS Resources for HCBS Settings Rule Attestation Audits and Site Visits

On May 29, 2018 by Bobbie DuChamp Guidry

In case you did not take note of these resources when initially shared in Advantage, the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) has issued a Provider’s Guide to Putting the HCBS Rule into Practice. The Guide may be helpful to you if the audit of your setting resulted in a need to submit additional supporting documentation regarding your compliance with the HCBS Settings Rule. 

DHS Takes Next Step in Attestation Process with Site Visits to HCBS Providers

On May 2, 2018 by Bobbie DuChamp Guidry

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) is contacting providers whose submitted Attestations related to the Home and Community Based-Services (HCBS) Settings Rule (and DHS validated via geo-mapping) indicates a setting(s) that meets one of the following criteria: 

DHS Identifies Settings That Must Complete a Phase 2 Provider Attestation

On February 27, 2018 by Bobbie DuChamp Guidry

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) has posted updated information on Phase 2 of the Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) provider attestation process on the transition plan for HCBS settings webpage. 

DHS Issues New HCBS Settings Rule Provider Guide

On November 21, 2017 by Bobbie DuChamp Guidry

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) has issued a Provider’s Guide to Putting the Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Settings Rule into Practice. The Guide includes background information on the rule, expectations of providers for each of the standards and best practices. 

DHS Provides Updates to HCBS Settings Rule Advisory Committee

On October 31, 2017 by Bobbie DuChamp Guidry

After a long hiatus, the Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Settings Rule Advisory Committee met this week. DHS provided updates on a range of topics, including new information on the attestation process, the person experience survey and the state transition plan. 

Attestation Just One Step in the Process, Focus Returns to Full Compliance with HCBS Settings Rule

On October 24, 2017 by Bobbie DuChamp Guidry

Now that the deadline to submit the attestation has passed, our focus again returns to overall compliance with the Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Settings rule

Adult Day: Input Needed on HCBS Settings Requirements

On October 24, 2017 by Roni Falck

The National Association of States United for Aging and Disability (NASUAD) is seeking input from adult day providers to better understand how nonresidential services will interact with the Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Settings final rule. 

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