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IHCP amends the rules for applied behavior analysis therapy services

IHCP amends the rules for applied behavior analysis therapy services Effective March 1, 2019, the Indiana Health Coverage Programs (IHCP) amended Indiana Administrative Code 405 IAC 5-22-12 Applied Behavior Analysis Therapy Services to implement current best practices, modify the time limits and length of applied behavioral analysis (ABA) therapy services, and amend standards and criteria for ABA therapy services. The following changes were made:  405 IAC 5-22-12(a)(3) was amended to include that when completing a diagnostic evaluation, a qualified provider must use the most recent version of the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) at the time of the evaluation and include a recommended treatment referral for ABA therapy services.  405 IAC 5-22-12(e) was amended to clarify that treatment plans must be focused on addressing specific behavioral issues and community integration. All treatment plans must include a pro

Electronic Visit Verification

IHCP announces policy updates for the implementation of electronic visit verification The 21st Century Cures Act directs state Medicaid programs to require personal care service and home health service providers to use an electronic visit verification (EVV) system to document the services rendered. See Indiana Health Coverage Programs (IHCP) Bulletin BT201855 for more information. Good faith exemption After receiving input from our provider community, the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) will be submitting a good faith exemption request to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding EVV. This exemption will allow FSSA additional time to work collaboratively with the provider community and individuals impacted to ensure a successful implementation of the EVV requirement for personal care services by January 1, 2021 (rather than January 1, 2020). This request will also extend the soft launch period for EVV implementation from September 1,

Optimal Health for All - Disability Sensitivity Workshops

Optimal Health for All - Disability Sensitivity Workshops One in four people in the U.S. and Indiana have a disability. Given the number of Hoosier with disabilities, and the desire of making health care more accessible, it is important to understand how to best accommodate and effectively communicate with people with disabilities. The IIDC’s  Center for Health Equity  (CHE) and the  Indiana State Department of Health’s Division of Chronic Disease, Primary Care and Rural Health  invite you to attend an  Optimal Health for All  workshop in Indianapolis, September 24, 2019, Terre Haute, October 2, 2019, and Fort Wayne, October 16, 2019. This free  three-hour workshop  will cover the current landscape for disability and health in Indiana; common barriers experienced by people with disabilities in health care or health promotion settings; and disability awareness, sensitivity, and effective communication. By attending this workshop, you will gain new insight and be better prepared to