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Date ArticleType
9/7/2017 Payment/Reimbursement
LTC Transformations Project and the HEA 1493 Report

As reported earlier this summer, IHCA provided comment to the Indiana Division of Aging (the Division) concerning the newly named Long Term Care Transformations project (also known as the Rebalancing Project) aimed at increasing Home and Community Based Services in Indiana.  Legislation passed during the 2017 session of the Indiana General Assembly, House Enrolled Act 1493, requires the Division to report to the legislature on five areas concerning Home and Community Based Services reform by October 1, 2017.

The Division intended to release a draft of the report to the public for comment prior to submission, however the Division announced via email to the IHCA and other stakeholders that the release of a draft will not take place.  The Division cites the tight timeline for them to produce a “comprehensive and high quality report that reinforces the business case for investment in HCBS and tees up a reform process” and seek public comment prior to submission as the reason why the report will not go out for comment prior to submission.  Instead, the report will be submitted to the legislature perhaps a few days earlier than October 1, 2017, then public comment will be sought for 30 days and then the Division will submit and addendum to the report and submit that to the legislature as well.

Along-side this 1493 Report process is the establishment of the LTC Transformations Workgroup that will provide feedback to the Division on the redesign of the Home and Community Based Services system in Indiana.  IHCA President Zach Cattell has been asked to sit on this workgroup.  The workgroup was scheduled to meet for the first time on September 11, 2017 and then meet monthly until January.  Due to the delay in the 1493 Report, however, the first meeting has been pushed back to October and the group will meet through February.  Click here to read more about the workgroup. 

The 1493 Report and the LTC Transformations Workgroup are critical next steps in Indiana’s effort to grow Home and Community Based Services and the impact of these efforts on Hoosiers in need and the nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, home health agencies and other providers could be profound.  IHCA will be actively engaged.