Public Notice from ODA: One Set of Standards for Three Services

The Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) proposes to incrementally adopt one chapter of rules (Chapter 5160-44) that will become the single set of service standards for providers serving individuals through all Medicaid waiver programs operated by the Ohio Department of Aging (ODA) and ODM. This is part of ODM’s larger strategy to develop a uniform set of rules to benefit providers who serve individuals enrolled in multiple Medicaid waiver programs.

To this end, ODM proposes to adopt new service standards for the following three services: home maintenance and chores (5160-44-12), community integration (5160-44-14), and community transition (5160-44-26). In kind, ODA proposes for its rules on ODA-certified providers of those services to require compliance with ODM’s service standards instead of continuing to state the standards in ODA’s rules. For more information, please review the attached business impact analysis (BIA).

The public is welcome to review ODA’s BIA and ODA’s rules and offer recommendations to ODA for improving them.

ODA will share the comments it receives with the Common-Sense Initiative Office (CSIO), which will review the rules at the same time. CSIO’s mission is to reduce unnecessary adverse impacts of state rules on Ohio businesses.

Please submit all comments no later than Thursday, March 21, 2018 at 11:59PM. To make a comment, please (1) email rules@age.ohio.gov and place the rule number in the subject line or (2) use the “submit comment” button in ODA’s website.

For more information on ODM’s proposed new rules, please visit ODM’s website.