California’s DHCS Announces Change to Application Process for RMTS

Sacramento, CA – December 15, 2011 – California’s Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) released an important email concerning the Random Moment Time Study (RMTS) method and its availability to California school districts.

Local Educational Consortia (LECs) and Local Governmental Agencies (LGAs) received notice from the state of California that PPL 11-007 has been rescinded and that acceptance of RMTS proposals from school districts is temporarily suspended.

PPL No. 11-007 originally confirmed the availability of RMTS for California’s School-Based Medi-Cal Administrative Activities (SMAA) claiming program. It also provided direction on how schools could “apply” to use the RMTS method.

This most recent announcement from the state confirms that it will be developing more specific criteria for the components that must be included in every RMTS proposal. These guidelines are being developed to assist with the review and approval of RMTS proposals. Also, the timelines for submitting proposals and implementing RMTS will be adjusted. (PPL No. 11-007 stated that it could take up to six months to review and approve an RMTS proposal.) The state indicated that it anticipates issuing this new guidance in late January 2012.

Paradigm continues to work with its clients on preparing RMTS proposals, and anticipates an easy transition to the state’s newly defined criteria once it is released.

Paradigm will continue to keep you informed of new RMTS policy developments, and we encourage you to check this site often. Feel free to contact Paradigm via email or by phone at (888) 536-0920 with any questions.

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