The CCC has created an STP Mini-toolkit as a quick reference guide after almost 2 years of HCBS Final Rule implementation. This information is an extension of that toolkit:
The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and NORC, the contractor helping implement the Final Rule and review State Transition Plan’s, hold monthly webinars called SOTA (State Operations and Technical Assistance) calls to advise Medicaid directors about completing their STP. CCC participates in these calls and will continue to report on relevant issues. We have made a specific request to CMS to publish all the questions and answers from every call, and they have indicated they are working to address that concern. Below are CCC observations from the last two calls.
Nov. 4, 2015 – HCBS Settings, Excluded Settings, and Heightened Scrutiny Process [Download]
The content stayed consistent with the Final Rule and Guidance, but for the first time specifically addressed private homes as settings:
Dec. 9, 2015 – Systemic and Site-Specific Assessments and Remediation [Download]
The most significant aspects of CMS’ expectations about the STP process revealed in this webinar were “deadlines” when CMS expects certain milestones of the STPs to be completed by all states.
Please continue to educate your advocates about these issues using the CCC developed materials as their voices will be of utmost importance when public comment periods open in your state. Check the CCC website regularly to see if your state public comment period is open!