California Receives Federal Approval for New School MAA Program Plan

Following two years of negotiation with federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), California’s Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) received conditional approval for a new school MAA (SMAA) program plan. While there are a few cosmetic changes that will need to be made to the June 2014 draft plan, schools are expected to begin claiming Medi-Cal outreach and enrollment activities utilizing the new Random Moment Time Survey (RMTS) methodology starting this year. 

The transition to a new SMAA program plan, specifically utilizing RMTS, was mandated by CMS in 2012 after a Financial Management Review of the state’s program revealed deficiencies in the five-day worker log method of time capture and poor oversight and monitoring controls at various levels.

Also, DHCS has created a formal Advisory Panel to continue engaging program stakeholders in a private setting. In addition to the Department, there will be representatives from three school districts, Local Educational Consortium (LEC) and Local Governmental Agency (LGA) co-chairs, the California Department of Education (CDE), and education groups CSBA, ACSA, CTA, and CCSESA.

The first meeting of the Advisory Panel is set for Monday, July 7 and it is expected that details regarding RMTS implementation and ongoing deferral processing will be discussed.

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