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Several rate hearings scheduled for August

The Executive Office of Health and Human Services has scheduled two public hearings on August 19th in Quincy for rates to be paid by the state for certain placement and support services and youth short-term stabilization. 

The proposed changes to 101 CMR 411.00: Rates for Certain Placement and Support Services include an increase to existing payment rates by a cost adjustment factor (CAF) of 2.64 percent. The Direct Care add-on staff salary was rebased and, where applicable, salaries were updated with an adjustment for minimum wage salaries.

The proposed changes also remove two service rates from this regulation, Family Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Services and Transitional Family Sober Living Program Services, as these rates are now located under 101 CMR 346.00: Rates for Certain Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders Programs. The proposed amendments to the regulation are planned to go into effect no sooner than October 1, 2016.

The other hearing will address proposed changes to 101 CMR 418.00: Payments for Youth Short-Term Stabilization and Emergency Placement Services, which update rates to be paid by governmental units for youth short-term stabilization services provided to publicly aided individuals. Proposed amendments include an increase to the existing payment rates for staffing supports and for youth detoxification and stabilization programs by a cost adjustment factor of 2.37 percent.

The proposed changes also add two staffing support positions to expand the array of staffing resources covered under this regulation. The proposed amendments to the regulation are planned to go into effect no sooner than Oct. 1, 2016.

The hearing for 101 CMR 411.00 is scheduled to being at 10 a.m. The hearing for 101 CMR 418.00 is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. Both will take place at 100 Hancock St. in Quincy, in the sixth floor conference room (Room 6112).

The Providers’ Council appreciates members’ feedback and comments on the proposed rates. Comments or questions may be e-mailed to Christine Batista.

On August 9 at UMass Medical Center in Worcester, a rate hearing will be held for 101 CMR 413.00: Youth Intermediate-Term Stabilization Services. The proposed changes include adjustments to certain rates by a 2.04 CAF and adjustments to some rates to increase staffing levels. Some rates are being proposed based on occupancy levels, which may affect many providers.

This hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. in the Medical School Building, 55 Lake Avenue North, in Worcester. The Providers’ Council is working with the Association of Behavioral Health and the Children’s League to draft testimony on 101 CMR 413.00. Please e-mail feedback to Bill Yelenak by Tuesday, August 2.