KanCare Moving Closer to MLTDDS
Stakeholder Concerns Persist During Transition
August 13, 2013 09:09 AM
The National Council on Medicaid Home Care, a NAHC affiliate, recently reviewed changes being made to the KanCare long-term developmental disability services (LTDDS) program. While originally pushing for LTDDS being “carved out” of KanCare, advocates for the disabled appear to have resigned to Kansas “carving in” LTDDS. Advocates have shifted their focus to addressing specific concerns surrounding this program.
Jerry Michaud, president of Developmental Services of Northwest Kansas, Inc., (DSNWK) stated “[T]hat debate is behind us…And so now, [the debate is] how do we set up a system that’s going to work and not wait until the first day to realize there are some major hiccups.”
The National Council on Medicaid Home Care advocates that states integrating MLTSS should institute ample training for providers to come up to speed on MCO billing systems. This can be accomplished by creating and leveraging existing stakeholder workgroups as forums where state plans can properly educate providers in how to properly submit requests for payments. Wherever possible, the Council also suggests that states implement uniform billing systems amongst all MCOs involved in MLTSS, in order to improve provider compliance and efficiency.
To read the full Council issue brief, please click here.