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8-7-12 CP NEWS

8/7/2012 5:25:29 PM

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8/7/12 Affiliate Update

(Volume #18 – Issue #10)

METRO COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER RECEIVES GRANT FOR PRIMARY CARE OUTREACH

CP of NYS has been awarded a grant for a Community Health Education Outreach Initiative related to its new Metro Community Health Center in the Bronx. The $20,000 grant from the Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Inc. will be used to educate elderly people with chronic health conditions about the value of enrolling in a Medical Home.

 

 

CP of NYS will identify senior housing facilities, senior day centers, community centers, and places of worship as potential sites to arrange displays and conduct outreach activities to encourage the enrollment of elderly primary care patients at the Bronx Metro Community Health Center. Twenty-four outreach events will be conducted from September 2012 through March 2013.  The grant will fund part-time Community Health Education Outreach Worker positions to conduct outreach activities, accompanied by posters, pharmacy bags, and electronic sign promotions in the local community.

 

 

-Al Shibley

 

CP OF NYS WILL HOST MANAGED LONGTERM CARE TRAINING SESSION SEPTEMBER 18 IN ALBANY

CP of NYS will present a training session exploring New York’s three managed care models that serve individuals with long term care needs on Tuesday, September 18 from 10:30 am until 12:30 p.m. at our 90 State Street office in Albany. 

The session will provide training on managed long term care (MLTC), the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), and Medicaid Advantage Plus (MAP) and will describe the models’ key attributes distinguishing them from one another, services provided, care management, and funding mechanisms.

The issues to be explained and discussed in detail within the context of the People First Waiver include:  the population served; covered services; provider networks; care management; financing and the future of MLTC/PACE/MAP.

The training session, entitled Managed Long Term Care and Its Applicability to OPWDD Reform, costs $100 per person and will be conducted by Anthony Fiori and Rick Surpin.

Mr. Fiori is a director of Manatt Health Solutions, an interdisciplinary policy and business advisory practice of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP. Mr. Fiori provides strategic and regulatory advice, policy analysis and project management to a broad array of healthcare clients.

Mr. Surpin is the founder of a family of organizations in New York City committed to transforming the quality of the direct care jobs and the quality of the care provided to adults with physical disabilities and the elderly. He is the President of Independence Care System (www.icsny.org), a nonprofit managed long term care plan, which coordinates and arranges a wide range of health and social services for adults with disabilities and chronic illnesses.

For more information on the event, please visit our website at http://www.cpofnys.org/News/12-08-07/Managed_Care_Readiness_Training_Scheduled_For_September.aspx or call (518) 436-0178.  You can register on line at http://www.cpofnys.org/mltctraining.aspx.

Please be aware that this session is the same session that will be presented in NYC on August 15 at IAC – you can register for the session at IAC by going to the following Web site:  https://www.iacny.org/calendar/579/managed-long-term-care-and-opwdd-reform.aspx.

-Al Shibley

 

CONTACT YOUR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS DURING THE AUGUST RECESS

The month of August is a great time to invite your members of Congress to visit your programs.  Unless called back to tackle budget issues, Congress will be in recess during this month.  Other ways to make contact include visits to district or state offices, conversations with members’ staff, and telephone calls to their offices.  To find contact information for your members, visit www.senate.gov and www.house.gov.

 

Current issues and talking points are provided below.

 

  • CMS proposed HCBSregulation on what constitutes a home and community-based setting – Ask your members to write CMS using the model letter.
  • Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act– If your member of Congress co-sponsored H.R. 3086, ask him or her to withdraw sponsorship.  If the member has not co-sponsored, ask him or her not to cosponsor the bill.
  • Medicaid funding– Express the need for adequate funding in order to preserve quality supports and services for your program participants and avoid more costly services such as emergency rooms and institutional care.
  • WIPA– Urge your members to support reauthorization of this critical program. 
  •  Complex Rehab/DME– Urge your members to support H.R.4378, which would create a separate benefit category for complex rehab equipment for people with significant disabilities.

-Barbara Crosier

 

 

NEW YORK SUBMITS MRT “SUPER WAIVER” REQUEST TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

 

The New York State Department of Health Commissioner, Dr. Nirav Shah, and the Governor’s Deputy Secretary for Health, James Introne, announced that New York State had officially submitted the MRT Waiver request to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on August 6, 2012.  

 

The final MRT Waiver Request is a 159 page document but the MRT Waiver outline that we were able to submit comments on was a 9 page document.  CP of NYS will be reviewing the final MRT Waiver Request for details and to see if our comments and concerns were addressed.

 

 

New York State’s letter to Cindy Mann, CMS Director of Medicaid and CHIP Services, and the Waiver Request can be found at the following links:

 

 

-Barbara Crosier

DONNA FRESCATORE NAMED EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF NEW YORK'S EXCHANGE

 

Donna Frescatore, the Deputy Director of Health Care Redesign in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office, has been appointed Executive Director of New York’s Health Benefit Exchange.  The Exchange, which was established by Executive Order in April, will facilitate and enroll eligible individuals in health coverage and enable individuals to receive premium tax credits toward the purchase of health insurance.  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will certify New York’s Exchange operability by January 1, 2013 and the Exchange will make qualified health and dental plans available to individuals and employers beginning on or before January 1, 2014.

 

 

-Barbara Crosier

 

 

 

COMPTROLLER’S REPORT SAYS FOR-PROFIT SPECIAL EDUCATION CONTRACTOR “BILKED TAXPAYERS”

 New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli issued a report:  Special Education Contractor Bilked Taxpayers Out of $2.6 Million. The report says that IncludED Educational Services, a Cedarhurst–based for-profit special education services provider, inappropriately charged New York City’s Department of Education and others more than $2.6 million over a two–year period.  The charges in question include more than $850,000 in salaries paid to the sons and other relatives of its executive director, according to an audit released in August by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. The findings have been referred to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.

 

 

-Barbara Crosier

 

 

NEW LOBBYING DISCLOSURE RULES ANNOUNCED

 

The New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) approved new rules for public disclosure by lobbyists and their clients under the State's Lobbying Act. The new rules require the disclosure of "individual funding sources behind their lobbying campaigns."

 

 

Asked about the proposed rules last week during an Upstate stop in Batavia, Governor Cuomo said that they were stronger than what is in place in other states. "We are the only state in the nation that will now require disclosure of these donors and I'm proud of that," Cuomo said.

 

 

Cuomo said making laws apply retroactively is not a good idea. "Once you pass a law, the law becomes effective when you passed it. We tend to frown on retroactive laws because people operated under one set of laws and one set of expectations and then you change the rules," Cuomo said.

 

 

The new rules adopted by JCOPE also will require lobbyists and clients to disclose "reportable business relationships they may have with state officials and employees." It has not been uncommon in the past for influential lobbyists to go into business in one form or another with state legislators.

 

 

"We now have practical proposed regulations and guidelines that provide for meaningful public disclosure," JCOPE Executive Director Ellen Biben said. "The new reporting requirements coupled with our proposed guidelines and regulations reaffirm New York’s role as a leader in promoting lobbying and government transparency."

 

 

-Barbara Crosier

 

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