LEA Ad-Hoc Advisory Workgroup Publishes June Meeting Minutes

The LEA Ad-Hoc Advisory Workgroup, comprised of LEA representatives, DHCS, and the California Department of Education (CDE), held their regularly scheduled meeting to make recommendations and discuss issues impacting the LEA Medi-Cal Billing Option Program. Highlights from the June 1, 2016 meeting include: Review of Senate Bill 123, which would have a limited impact on the LEA Medi-Cal...

RMTS for LEA Billing — Implementation Advisory Group Publishes May Meeting Summaries

The Implementation Advisory Group (IAG) has published minutes from their meetings on May 4th and May 31st, including the following updates: The IAG is actively seeking stakeholder feedback regarding a technical software “wish list." This list includes reports and functionality that would be beneficial for users in three major categories: Time Survey Participant (TSP) Management, RMTS...

California’s Shortage Of School Nurses Covered by California Healthline

A new national pediatric guideline proposes that every school have a nurse on staff. In California, 57 percent of school districts do not employ nurses. In an article that focuses on new recommendations that call for every California school district to have a school nurse on site, California Healthline examines the extreme shortage of school nurses in schools throughout the state and covers...

DHCS Releases Report to the Legislature on the LEA Billing Program

As part of a requirement to submit annual reports to the California Legislature on the state of the LEA Medi-Cal Billing Option program, DHCS issued their first report in several years on March 29, 2016. Information in this most recent Report to Legislature dates back to 2012, but also includes some data on 2013 and 2014. The report covers a wide range of topics, including a comparison...

RMTS for LEA Billing — Implementation Advisory Group Publishes March Meeting Summary

The Implementation Advisory Group (IAG) provided the following updates from their March 1, 2016 meeting: DHCS has submitted the first phase of responses to CMS' Request for Additional Information (RAI). DHCS and CMS will hold a conference call mid-March to discuss the Department's Phase I responses. DHCS received several points of feedback from program coordinators and other...

DHCS Releases Preliminary Guidance on Impact of Free Care-Focused Senate Bill

A recent bill signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown will require the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to seek federal financial participation for covered services regardless of whether an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) is in place. Additional language in the bill will require legally liable third party payers to either reimburse school-based health claims or issue a notice of...

RMTS for LEA Billing – Implementation Advisory Group Publishes February Meeting Summary

The Implementation Advisory Group (IAG) provided the following updates from their February 2, 2016 meeting: DHCS has a meeting scheduled with CMS for January 26 to discuss the Request for Additional Information (RAI) submitted by CMS following their initial review of State Plan Amendment 15-021. The group is reviewing several RMTS Implementation Guides from other states and a federal audit...

LEA Ad-Hoc Advisory Workgroup Publishes December Meeting Minutes

The LEA Ad-HOc Advisory Workgroup, comprised of LEA representatives, DHCS, and the California Department of Education (CDE), held their regularly scheduled meeting to make recommendations and discuss issues impacting the LEA Medi-Cal Billing Option Program. Highlights from the December 2, 2015 meeting include: CDE noted that the California State Auditor has completed its audit regarding the...

RMTS for LEA Billing – Implementation Advisory Group Publishes January Meeting Summary

The Implementation Advisory Group (IAG), a curated group of stakeholders that are working to address issues related to the transition of the LEA Medi-Cal Billing Option Program to RMTS, provided the following updates from their January 12, 2016 meeting: DHCS confirmed that they received CMS' Request for Additional Information (RAI) in response to the initial submission of the State Plan...

RMTS for LEA Billing – Implementation Advisory Group Publishes December Meeting Summary

The Implementation Advisory Group (IAG), a curated group of stakeholders that are working to address issues related to the transition of the LEA Medi-Cal Billing Option Program to RMTS, provided the following updates from their December 9, 2015 meeting: DHCS is still waiting for CMS' response to the initial submission of State Plan Amendment (SPA) 15-021, which was submitted on September 20,...