DHCFP Proposes New ASAP Rates, Hearing Scheduled

Implementing another provision of the Purchase of Service reform, the MA Division of Health Care Finance & Policy is assuming rate setting authority over ASAP rates effective January 1, 2012.  This week, DHCFP published the proposed rates for calendar year 2012, along with a notice of a public hearing to be held on Wednesday, December 14, 2011 at 10:00 AM at the DHCFP, Two Boylston Street, 5th floor, Boston.

DHCFP is proposing a new section of its regulations at 114.4 CMR 17.00: Rates for Certain Elder Care Services.  The proposed regulation establishes payment rates for Home Care and Enhanced Community Options Program (ECOP) services purchased by the Executive Office of Elder Affairs. The regulation establishes a bundled monthly payment to ASAPs for each client.  The proposed rate for the Home Care/Respite Care program is $266.52 per client per month.  This rate does not include any increase from the current rate. The proposed rate for ECOP is $662.12 per client per month, an increase of just $2.92 from the current contract rate.

Note that the DHCFP regulation does not set contractor agency rates.  Those will continue to be set through the Homemaker NOI process managed by EOEA.

The Alliance will be testifying at the public hearing.  Any agencies interested in providing testimony – either in person or in writing – are encouraged to contact James Fuccione at the Alliance office.

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