Game Changer Meetings to Watch…
Rates Discussion with Burns and Associates:
Over the past few weeks and in the weeks to come there are important meetings to watch and information to share with ODDS as they develop rate models, continue their Strategic Planning process and work through the completion of plans to roll out the ONA (Oregon Needs Assessment).
Today was a nearly full day with Burns and Associates following the same format from 2016. Stephen Pawlowski provides a detailed overview and then program by program and line by line the latest version of the rate model is reviewed. All the documents shared for these discussions are attached here.
As you will see in the overview, ODDS and B&A are reviewing rates for:
Rate models not being reviewed/proposed at this time include:
Here is a summary of ODD’s next steps:
“These models are ‘works in progress’. There are policy and budget issues we will need to work through before anything is implemented. As one example, the ReBAR rate model underfunds staffing in the lower Tiers. That means when we do models that don’t intentionally underfund these Tiers, the impact to the rates is higher increases in the lower Tiers. There are other issues we’ll need to work through too, this is just one example.
We look forward to working with you to develop rate models that, if fully funded, support paying DSPs adequate wages. We also look forward to having clear and transparent models - we all know what’s in them, what isn’t and why.”
Where to find materials from Burns and Associates: (current rate models should be posted there next week.) www.burnshealthpolicy.com/ODDSRates
ODDS Vision Meeting Focus on the ONA
This week the ODDS Vision Workgroup discussed a presentation by HSRI (Human Services Research Institute), contractor for ODDS, on the ONA. They covered the project tasks, status, a recap of the initial analysis (estimated to be complete by Nov. 6th), Framework Development/ and Stakeholder Input. ( Note: there is a session on the Lifecourse as a planning tool at the NW Conference on Tuesday, Oct. 24th , so you don’t want to miss that one…) The presentation walks you through the process HSRI has undertaken, upcoming reports and the timeline for completion of their work.
Back to rates, ODDS will be waiting for more progress on the ONA before they will tackle a rate model for Supported Employment. See attached document here.
ODDS Strategic Planning
Next Friday, Oct. 27th the Strategic Planning workgroup will gather again with Michelle Kennedy to review the feedback she received from the survey sent out recently on stakeholder ideas for big system change. ORA took those questions and sent out a Survey Monkey to get your feedback. If you have not yet responded to that survey you can do so by clicking on this link -
Also scheduled this week is a meeting of the Statewide Residential Referral & Vacancy Tracking Workgroup. The group will be facilitated by Karen Markins from ODDS and is intended to:
“Develop a process/flow for reporting, tracking, and identifying in real time vacancies and support profiles/characteristics for DD 24-Hour group homes and foster homes statewide accessible to providers, CDDPs, Brokerages, and customers.
Outcomes from the prior workgroup included a draft form for collecting information about home profiles/characteristics, and a draft short form for collecting and sharing a customer referral “snapshot”. Another outcome was discussion of the state’s long term vision of a public facing site or web portal for stakeholders/customers to input and retrieve site characteristics and vacancy information. The work of that group hit a stall in December 2016. For some areas of the state, the end of Regional Programs will mean a significant change in the way res/fc vacancies are identified and referrals are made.”
ORA is represented on the workgroup by Chris Burnett (ORA) and Flory Goodell from PCL as well as Dan Peccia from SDRI representing Brokerages.