|Posted:||April 12, 2017 12:04 PM|
|From:||Representative Judy Ward|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Intellectual Disability/Autism Rate Transparency Legislation|
|In the near future, I plan to introduce legislation of great importance to those who provide and receive services and support for intellectual disability and autism (ID/A).
Right now, providers of these services and the consumers and families who receive them have very little, if any, transparency in exactly how rates are set for these services and supports. They do not know the inputs into the rate calculations, they do not know the weighting of the inputs in the rate calculations, and they do not know the rate calculations themselves. Furthermore, they do not know how Area Designations are determined by the Department of Human Services for purposes of applying rates for these services across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Therefore, they do not know if the rates are being adequately set to meet the quality and efficacy of services threshold that they are required to meet. In a time of ongoing calls for transparency, this is unacceptable.
Furthermore, we must remember the ID/A system in Pennsylvania is a partnership between the Commonwealth and providers. A partnership where only one partner has the data and knowledge of the payments and reimbursements in the system is not truly a partnership. My legislation will enhance the nature of this partnership, at least in this one tangible way by ensuring all aspects of the rate setting calculations in the ID/A system are transparent.
Please join me in co-sponsoring this important legislation.
Introduced as HB1535