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July 24, 2016


New Series of HCBS Training's Continues

Mark your calendars: The next training will be a WebEx held on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 from 1-2 p.m. Mountain Time (12 noon for Northern Idaho). This training will introduce the provider toolkit as a collection of tools to assist providers to be compliant with HCBS federal regulations and IDAPA rules. Below is the information you need to join us. The Power Point slides and the provider toolkit will be uploaded to this site prior to the training.

Please note that a full training schedule of all planned trainings is posted on this website as well.  Just go to the What’s New section and click on “Training Schedule Spring Thru Fall 2016” for all the details.

We hope you will join us! Please plan to log on about five minutes early, as the WebEx can only support the first 100 people who log in. If the WebEx exceeds the limit, you can still call the conference line to hear the audio portion of the meeting.

Topic: Overview of HCBS Provider Toolkit for residential and non-residential providers.     

Date: Tuesday July 26, 2016

Time: 1-2 pm MDT                         

Event number: 669 109 435

Event password: HCBS

Link to: WebEx Address

Audio conference information, dial: 1(877)820-7831

Code: 616165#

This WebEx service includes a feature that allows audio and any documents and other materials exchanged or viewed during the session to be recorded. You should inform all meeting attendees prior to recording if you intend to record the meeting. Please note that any such recordings may be subject to discovery in the event of litigation.

Home and Community Based Services Rules

Medicaid Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) went into effect Friday, July 01, 2016. The Medicaid HCBS rules are contained in the Medicaid Enhanced rules in IDAPA 16.03.10 and the Consumer-Directed Services rules in IDAPA 16.03.13 which are published on the Idaho Department of Administration Website.  A direct link to these two sections of rules is posted on this page, under the “What’s New” section.

The Medicaid HCBS rules implement requirements to ensure that individuals receiving Medicaid Home and Community Based Services are integrated in and supported to gain full access to their community. Idaho Medicaid is currently working with stakeholders to establish a resource toolkit that will  assist Idaho providers of Medicaid HCBS services to come into compliance with the new HCBS IDAPA rules.  


Home and Community Based Settings 

The Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published regulations in the Federal Register on January 16, 2014, which became effective on March 17, 2014, implementing new requirements for Medicaid’s 1915(c), 1915(i), and 1915(k) Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waivers. The purpose of the regulation is to ensure that individuals receive Medicaid HCBS in settings that are integrated in and support full access to the greater community and that the individual’s role in service planning is optimized. This includes opportunities to seek employment and work in competitive and integrated settings, engage in community life, control personal resources, and receive services in the community to the same degree as individuals who do not receive HCBS.

CMS expects all states to develop a HCBS transition plan that provides an assessment of potential gaps in compliance with the new regulation, as well as strategies and timelines for becoming compliant with the rule’s requirements. CMS further requires that states seek input from the public in the development of this transition plan.

Idaho has completed its’ fourth version of the state plan. This plan sets forth the actions Idaho will take to operate all applicable HCBS programs in compliance with the final rules. It is Idaho’s effort to comply/demonstrate compliance with the regulations around Home and Community Based (HCB) setting requirements. To access the updated Idaho Transition Plan, please go to Resources in the right hand column, Idaho Transition Plan – Version 4.


Ask The Program

We are interested in receiving your comments, recommendations, and questions as we work to move to full compliance with the new HCBS setting requirements. The State’s Transition Plan - Version 4 is posted here under Resources.  If you have any questions or comments about the plan or the new requirements (see Final Regulation under Resources) please send us an email and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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