BEFORE THE Department of Public
health and human services of the
STATE OF MONTANA
In the matter of the amendment of ARM 37.86.3607 pertaining to case management services for persons with developmental disabilities
NOTICE OF AMENDMENT
TO: All Concerned Persons
1. On April 25, 2013, the Department of Public Health and Human Services published MAR Notice No. 37-633 pertaining to the public hearing on the proposed amendment of the above-stated rule at page 605 of the 2013 Montana Administrative Register, Issue Number 8. On May 23, 2013, the Department of Public Health and Human Services published an Amended Notice of Public Hearing on Proposed Amendment at page 816 of the 2013 Montana Administrative Register, Issue Number 10.
2. The department has amended the above-stated rule as proposed.
3. The department has thoroughly considered the comments and testimony received. A summary of the comments received and the department's responses are as follows:
COMMENT #1: Several commenters requested the department apply the full 4% provider rate increase appropriated by the 63rd Montana Legislature.
RESPONSE #1: While the department thinks that it is worthwhile to pursue incorporation of outcome measures in the distribution of the provider rate increase, there is not enough time to adequately develop meaningful outcome measures this year. As such, the department agrees to distribute the 4% provider rate increase to developmental disabilities providers effective July 1, 2013.
The final rates may be found in Section One, Rates of Reimbursement for the Provision of Developmental Disabilities Case Management Services for Persons with Developmental Disabilities 16 Years of Age or Older or Who Reside in a DD Children's Group Home Manual. A copy of Section One of the manual may be obtained through the Department of Public Health and Human Services, Developmental Services Division, Developmental Disabilities Program, 111 N. Sanders, P.O. Box 4210, Helena, MT 59604-4210 and at http://www.dphhs.mt.gov/dsd/ddp/ddprateinformation.shtml.
4. The department intends to apply this rule retroactively to July 1, 2013. A retroactive application of the proposed rule does not result in a negative impact to any affected party.
/s/ Cary B. Lund /s/ Mary E. Dalton acting for
Cary B. Lund Richard H. Opper, Director
Rule Reviewer Public Health and Human Services
Certified to the Secretary of State July 1, 2013.