It is widely known that home is where seniors and those with disabilities would rather be cared for and ContinuLink and our Ohio home care customers are proud of the Governor’s work in obtaining additional resources that support homecare.
Boca Raton, Florida (PRWEB) September 05, 2013
ContinuLink LLC, a leading provider of web based home care software solutions, recognized the efforts of the Kasich Administration who was recently awarded $169 million for implementing additional Medicaid reforms in Ohio.
ContinuLink has quickly become one of the fastest growing web-based, SaaS software solutions for home health care with extensive industry experience and a deep understanding of the unique needs of Ohio home care agencies.
The Ohio Governor’s Office of Health Transformation and the Office of Medical Assistance (Ohio Medicaid) announced they will be providing Ohio’s elders and people with disabilities greater access to home- and community-based long-term care alternatives to nursing homes or other institutional placements. Ohio will receive $169,076,032 in additional federal medical assistance percentage (FMAP) dollars under the Balancing Incentive Payments (BIP) Program for improving Ohio’s system of providing long-term services and supports by directing at least half of all Medicaid long-term care funding to home and community-based services by 2015.
“ContinuLink recognizes Governor Kasich and his Administration’s commitment to improving access to home and community based services that people prefer and ensuring quality of care in those settings, while also achieving an efficient use of taxpayer resources,” stated Chief Strategy Officer Bob LeBeau. “It is widely known that home is where seniors and those with disabilities would rather be cared for and ContinuLink and our Ohio home care customers are proud of the Governor’s work in obtaining additional resources that support homecare,” continued LeBeau.
Governor Kasich’s first budget increased spending on all long-term services and “rebalanced” where the money is spent, increasing funding for home- and community-based services by $200 million over two years. As a result, an additional 7,600 Ohioans are receiving Medicaid long-term care services in their own home or community setting, and the share spent in home and community settings (vs. the share spent on institutions) has increased from 36 percent in 2011 to 39 percent in the current fiscal year (SFY 2013). The Governor’s proposed Jobs Budget 2.0 increases Medicaid payments related to home- and community-based services by $30.8 million over the biennium and takes other steps to improve quality and access to services in community-based settings.
To participate in the BIP Program, states must achieve a benchmark of 50 percent of total Medicaid long-term care expenditures on HCBS by September 30, 2015. States must also adopt three standard operating protocols to improve care for individuals. The three protocols include:
- the establishment of a no-wrong-door/single-entry-point system for beneficiaries;
- implementation of case management services that are free of conflicts of interest; and
- core standardized-assessment instruments.
“By achieving these structural reforms, we will improve care for Ohioans receiving long-term services and supports by facilitating person-centered assessments and care planning,” said Ohio Medicaid Director John McCarthy. “These reforms are also aligned with Ohio’s plans to integrate benefits for individuals who are dually eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid.”
Participation in the BIP Program will make Ohio eligible for a two percent increase in FMAP beginning July 1, 2013 through September 2015. The state will invest the additional resources over that time period into additional home- and community-based services and supports for seniors and people with disabilities.
About ContinuLink, LLC
ContinuLink is the most sophisticated and scalable software solution for home health care agencies. ContinuLink continues its rapid growth with over 11,000 users at more than 510 agency locations, serving over 90,000 patients and managing over 33,000 caregivers in their Medicare, Medicaid, Medicaid Waiver, Medicaid MCO, Private Pay, and Supplemental Staffing lines of business. With its reliance on open Web technologies, ContinuLink leads the industry in technology based solutions for home care providers.
For more information about ContinuLink, please visit http://www.continulink.com or contact Meredith Troy at 561-288-1278.