Then, the program was shut down. Word was that a powerful leader in one of the strongest anti- RHC groups was behind the shut down. I believed it because I had once heard her tell a task force that parents and guardians of people with IDD would rather forgo services than have them in an RHC. (The topic on the table, then, was respite; she was subsequently proven very wrong.)
The basis on which the services to "community" residents were shut down was solvable, but the strong, anti-RHC bias that persisted not only in her group, but also among bureaucrats left over from previous administrations, had continued to stalemate a pretty obvious solution.
Now, this week, we have news that seems to herald the beginning of a turn-around. From Kevin Harris, Sr. Facilitator-Health Policy in an email to Matt Zuvich, ActionDD Board of Directors:
"I did confirm with HCA that RHC medical professionals could provide services to community members at the RHCs and receive payment from the MCO’s for these services. This would require strict cost allocation to ensure no duplication of Medicaid funding. HCA recommended serving the community members on different days than the institutional residents, to avoid any confusion related to who was receiving services for cost allocation purposes. This would also require the medical professionals to be contracted as service providers for the MCOs, meaning they would have to meet all credentialing requirements of the MCOs. It is unclear as to whether the state itself could contract with the MCOs as a health care provider at the RHCs for this population, this would need further exploration. "