Join the HCAOA South Carolina Chapter on Wednesday, January 5, 2022 from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. for an update for Medicaid providers with Margaret Alewine, Program Manager, DHHS. During the webinar, Alewine will provide Medicaid updates, discuss EVV implementation, and address members' questions and concerns.
All members are invited to the HCAOA South Carolina Chapter virtual meeting on Wednesday, November 17 at 10:00 a.m. for an exclusive discussion with Kristen Juarez Kollu, Director, Division of Provider Services, Bureau of Healthcare Systems & Services, Healthcare Quality, Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC).
Effective February 2022, South Carolina Healthy Connections Medicaid providers rendering in-home services to Healthy Connections Medicaid members participating in the three waivers operated by the South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs (SCDDSN) will use an electronic visit verification (EVV) system to document in-home service delivery. The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) has utilized an EVV since 2002 for its Community Long Term Care (CLTC) waivers. To comply with the 21st Century Cures Act, EVV usage will be extended to personal care services provided through the Community Support (CS), Head and Spinal Cord Injury (HASCI) and Intellectual Disability and Related Disabilities (ID/RD) waivers.
Calling all members in South Carolina! If you have not already done so, please take our brief, important survey. We need our members’ input! So far, our data has found that in South Carolina, 72% of the members we have surveyed provide care for Veterans and currently 9% are utilizing Medicare Advantage plans. Click here to take the Chapter survey for South Carolina.
GEORGIA: The lobbying process is beginning again very soon as the HCAOA Georgia Chapter prepares for the 2022 legislative session. We need our membership’s input on the state of the home care business in Georgia. Click here to take the Georgia Chapter survey.
SOUTH CAROLINA: The HCAOA South Carolina Chapter is surveying home care agencies to identify the major challenges they are experiencing in providing services. Click here to take the Chapter survey for South Carolina.
As part of an ongoing effort to support members, the HCAOA South Carolina Chapter is surveying home care agencies to identify the major challenges they are experiencing in providing services. The survey will provide the Chapter with important information to serve as a resource to members and advocate on their behalf.
As part of an ongoing effort to support members, the HCAOA South Carolina Chapter is surveying home care agencies to identify the major challenges they are experiencing in providing services. The survey will provide the Chapter with important information to serve as a resource to members and advocate on their behalf. The deadline to complete the survey is September 3. Click here to take the survey.
HCAOA State Chapters Taking Action, Offering Suggestions to State Medicaid Directors on FMAP for HCBS
Several of HCAOA’s State Chapters took action this week, sending letters to their State Medicaid Directors to offer suggestions about how to use the available 10% FMAP increase for Medicaid home and community-based services. CMS recently provided guidance to states about how they can use the federal funds to supplement, not supplant, existing state funds for Medicaid effective April 1, 2021. In the letter, HCAOA Chapters state the industry’s biggest concern and primary suggestion is use the funds to increase Medicaid reimbursement rates for personal care services and private duty nursing so agencies can adequately recruit and retain essential workers to provide critical care at home to patients and clients
The letter offers several other suggestions to enhance, expand, or strengthen Medicaid HCBS, including hazard pay, overtime pay, and shift differential pay for home care workers, new or additional Medicaid HCBS services especially during the pandemic, and support for family caregivers. To date, the Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Florida, Virginia, Wisconsin, Arizona, South Carolina and Connecticut Chapters have sent letters, with others to follow.
You can read one of the full letters here.
HCAOA confirmed last week with the South Carolina Department of Health & Environmental Control that licensed home care workers are included in Phase 1A of the state’s COVID vaccine plan. Hospitals treating COVID patients receive the first vaccines, and the home care and nursing homes are next.