California’s New School MAA Program Likely Delayed Until January 1, 2015

California’s Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) has reportedly received approval from the federal government to delay implementation of California’s new school MAA program until the third quarter of the 2014/15 fiscal year. Although the state has yet to publish this announcement on their website, they have communicated the information to regional LECs and LGAs that, in turn, have begun to notify their participating school districts.

In lieu of the new program, which will utilize the Random Moment Time Survey (RMTS) method, it appears that school districts will be asked to use the traditional 5-day worker log method.  This method was used for the 2013/14 fiscal year as a form of interim claiming which will produce data to be adjusted at a later time using results from the first RMTS claims (a process referred to as backcasting).

It is not yet clear if school districts will have to time survey staff for both Q1 and Q2, difficult given that we are well into the first quarter, if Q1 will be averaged as was the case last year, or if an alternative option will be implemented.

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