DHS held public meetings on Virtual PACE Proposal

Wisconsin recently received a $1 million federal grant to secure federal authority, similar to PACE (Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly) authority, for the state to have more flexibility in combining Medicare and Medicaid funding to serve people who have a nursing home or ICF-MR level of care. While PACE is available only in […]

Bureau of Assisted Living Announces Most Serious Enforcements for 2011

The Bureau of Assisted Living in the Division of Quality Assurance in the Department of Health Services released the serious enforcements of 2011 in Assisted Living Facilities.  Here is the list of violations with enforcement for 2011. Also announced were the Assisted Living Serious Violations with Enforcement – Misappropriation of Prescription Medications in 2011. A […]

Non-Emergency Medicaid Transportation Managed (LogistiCare)

Effective July 1, 2011, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services will implement the new statewide non-emergency transportation management (NEMT) system for Medicaid and BadgerCare Plus members. Members enrolled in Family Care will continue to receive NEMT services from the Family Care – care management organizations. Nursing homes are also exempt from this new system. The […]

DHS Releases RFP for Managed Care Organizations to Serve Residents of Kenosha & Racine Counties

On June 2, 2011 DHS released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Managed Care Organizations interested in providing the Family Care or Family Care Partnership Programs (managed long-term care options) in the counties of Kenosha and Racine. According to the announcement, entities interested in providing notice of participation in proposers’ conference call is June 9, […]

WALA Sends DHS Secretary Dennis Smith Ideas from WALA Members on How to Reduce Costs to Medicaid

DHS Secretary Smith asked WALA members at the March 24 Spring Conference – as he has in many other forums – to submit ideas on how to cut the $500M Medicaid shortfall. Many of you took this quite seriously and submitted dozens of ideas. We organized, winnowed and synthesized these ideas into the following April […]

Interview of Wisconsin DHS Secretary Dennis Smith

Now available online is a taped video interview of Wisconsin’s new Department of Health Services Secretary Dennis Smith. The video provides some insight of Secretary Smith’s views and goals with respect to public policy and the funding challenges facing the Medicaid program. The video was taped on Thursday, Feb 3rd, 2011. To view the video […]

Residential Rate-Setting Project

The Department is in the process of establishing a uniform methodology for determining all-inclusive rates for services provided by community-based residential programs that reflect the reasonable costs of services in relation to the acuity of members served by those programs.  For more information go to the DHS website for the Residential Rate Setting Project.

Rewrite of DHS 83 – More information and helpful links

83.15 Department-approved assisted living administrator’s training course. As you know, one of the ways that a person can become an approved CBRF administrator is to successfully complete a Department-approved assisted living administrator’s training course. An assisted living administrator’s training course must consist of a minimum of 60 classroom hours of training in the following six […]