Is it possible to make the Michigan plan for Dual Eligibles worse for people with developmental disabilities? Apparently, yes, but we all still have a say in how this comes out and so does the Michigan legislature.
This is an e-mail from Tom Bird from ddAdvocates of Western Michigan sent out on 9/5/12. It provides links to documents and other sources of information on Michigan's new proposal for an Integrated Care Bridge between Medicare, Medicaid, and mental health services.
From the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH):
The Michigan Department of Community Health submitted documents to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in response to its request for additional detail regarding the Integrated Care Bridge. The Care Bridge is Michigan’s model for care coordination that was first outlined in the integrated care proposal submitted to CMS in April 2012.
These documents are drafts of the proposed Care Bridge concepts, have been posted to the website, and will be updated as discussions with CMS and stakeholders continue.
See the current Care Bridge concepts here. Scroll down to "Care Bridge Documents - 8-30-2012" for the link to the documents. The direct link to the pdf file is here .
Tom Bird's comments on the proposal:
"This contains the letters to CMS as well as the power point presentation, and a 'narrative' on how the care bridge would work, in addition to the vignettes on how it is supposed to work. The PLC [Primary Lead Coordinator] is supposed to be an ICO [Integrated Care Organization] (multi-county Health Plan) employee, responsible for the initial screening and intake, and the LC [Lead Coordinator] is either an ICO employee or an ICO-certified and trained contractor of another organization which the ICO will ultimately have control over and oversight of. It could be an existing CMH supports coordinator, but they would have to be trained and supervised by the ICO, with their time billed to the ICO. Either way, it puts the ICO (Health Plan) in total control of the 'care Bridge' functions as well as all of the funding for both Medicare and Medicaid (which are co-mingled and can be redistributed as the ICO desires); it puts the ICO in a position to deny or restrict services desired by the consumer, all far removed from the current system of local delivery, which presently offers local input and oversight via control of CMH Board appointments. If you add the incentive for the ICO to restrict (expensive) services due to the proposed 'profit sharing' of any savings, you have a big red flag waving."
Legislative review of changes to the Dual Eligibles plan is required by law:
The following is wording from the 2012 appropriations law concerning legislative review of plans submitted to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS):
(1) Upon submission of a Medicaid waiver, a Medicaid state plan amendment, or a similar proposal to the centers for Medicare and Medicaid services, the department shall notify the house and senate appropriations subcommittees on community health and the house and senate fiscal agencies of the submission.
(2) The department shall provide written or verbal biannual reports to the senate and house appropriations subcommittees on community health and the senate and house fiscal agencies summarizing the status of any new or ongoing discussions with the centers for Medicare and Medicaid services or the federal department of health and humanservices regarding potential or future Medicaid waiver applications.
(3) The department shall inform the senate and house appropriations subcommittees on community health and the senate and house fiscal agencies of any alterations or adjustments made to the published plan for integrated care for individuals who are dual Medicare/Medicaid eligibles when the final version of the plan has been submitted to the
federal centers for Medicare and Medicaid services or the federal department of health and human services.
(4) At least 30 days before implementation of the plan for integrated care for individuals who are dual Medicare/Medicaid eligibles, the department shall submit the plan to the legislature for review. [emphasis added]
Here is a refresher course on the issues regarding dual eligibles and people with DD.