Service Provider News Archive
HCBS Regulations - Provider Funding for Compliance Activities
Please note...DDS has extended the deadline for submission to October 30, 2016.
On August 3, 2016, the Department sent the attached information regarding the process for requesting funding to assist providers in making changes to meet the federal Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) settings requirements. To allow more time for the development and completion of these proposals, the Department is extending the deadline until October 30, 2016, for service providers to submit proposals to regional centers. The information received with these proposals regarding strategies to address needed changes will be very important as we move forward. Therefore, it’s essential that service providers are made aware of this opportunity to, in conjunction with clients and family members, develop ideas for needed changes to meet the HCBS requirements.
Survey of Vendors Regarding Authorization and Payment Issues and Satisfaction with Services Provided
At Lanterman, we are interested in looking at how we do things and if we can find ways to make improvements. As we have done in the past, we decided this year to conduct a survey of our vendors to gauge their satisfaction with services provided by our Accounting staff. We are pleased to share the results of the survey.
In May of this year, surveys were distributed to a sample of 120 service providers, 24 from each of the five Accounting Associates. Providers selected represented residential, day program, and other providers. Surveys were color-coded so responses could be grouped by Accounting Associate in addition to looking at overall results. A few weeks after the initial mailing, a reminder postcard was sent. In the end, we received responses from 58 providers for a response rate of about 48%. Each individual response, then, represents about 2 percentage points relative to each finding. Of the responses, 33% were from residential providers, 26% from day programs, and 41% from providers of other types of services.
View the entire survey results
City of Los Angeles and Pasadena Providers: Request Rate Adjustment Due to City Increase in Minimum
Effective July 1, 2016, the City of Los Angeles and the City of Pasadena have increased their minimum wage to $10.50 an hour. Service Providers with rates set by the regional center who need a rate adjustment should complete the attached worksheet (one per vendor number) and submit to firstname.lastname@example.org by September 30, 2016. Approved rate adjustments will be made retroactively to July 1, 2016. Requests received after September 30 will be considered, but will not be retroactive.
Please see the following letter for more information.
View the letter
Download the workbook
Provider Rate Increases
As a result of recent legislative changes, many providers received rate increases effective July 1, 2016. The amounts of the increases vary significantly. New authorization (106) forms are being sent out to providers that reflect these increases. In August, letters will be going out to providers that explain these increases in detail and the record keeping that may be required. Please contact Community Services staff at the Regional Center with any rate questions.
Impacts of the New Overtime Law
Attention – The new Overtime Law may impact you and your staff. Please click on the following link to learn more: www.dol.gov/featured/overtime/, then ask your Human Resources Director or Consultant how this applies to your company.
Here’s How the New Overtime Law Will Affect You
Federal overtime laws affect ALL employers.
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