Provider Payment

Oregon I/DD Advocates Testify to Senate Committee on eXPRS State Payment System Implementation Concerns

Posted by on Feb 11, 2015 in 2013 Changes, 2014 changes, eXPRS, Provider Payment | 0 comments

On Tuesday, Oregon Support Services Association’s Executive Director Katie Rose testified to a Senate committee regarding the state’s roll out and implementation of its payment system, eXPRS. Additional testimony was provided by Margaret Theisen (CEO of the state’s largest brokerage Full Access), Chris Burnett (Executive Director of Oregon Rehabilitation Association,) Gary Zenzen and Chris Schwartz (from provider organization Partnerships in Community Living,) Lilia Teninty (Director of Oregon’s Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Program,) and Don Erickson (Chief Operating Officer for Oregon’s Aging, Disability, and Developmental...

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State Delays eXPRS Implementation and Employment Rate Changes to Fall 2014

Posted by on Jun 3, 2014 in 2013 Changes, 2014 changes, Advocacy, Provider Payment | 8 comments

Late Friday afternoon (05.30.2014), Interim DD Director Trisha Baxter released the following statement to the I/DD community: “As you are aware we have many priorities that we are focusing on, all with a July 1 implementation date. We have heard from many of you that these converging priorities are causing angst, stress and strain on you, and on the system. We, as well, are discovering the complexities of handling so many moving parts all at once.  As such, based upon feedback from many of you and weighing our internal priorities and commitments with SEIU, CMS and others, we have come up with the following strategy to delay portions of the work and to stage...

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State Looks to Reduced Rates for Supported Employment and Day Program Providers; Community Responds

Posted by on May 19, 2014 in 2013 Changes, 2014 changes, Advocacy, Provider Payment | 0 comments

State Looks to Reduced Rates for Supported Employment and Day Program Providers; Community Responds

On May 9, 2014, during a monthly meeting with brokerage directors, ODDS staff shared potential rate decreases to providers of Supported Employment and Day Habilitation (ATE programs). The proposed reduction would occur across the comprehensive and brokerage systems and go live as early as July 1st, 2014.  Last week, the Oregon Support Services Association, the Oregon I/DD Coalition, the Oregon Rehabilitation Association and the Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities each submitted letters to state leadership asking the state to reconsider any rate reductions. We all await responses and will update you once we have additional information on the direction the state...

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State Announces Payment Systems Change Delay; Provider Enrollment Agreements Still Needed

Posted by on Dec 11, 2013 in 2013 Changes, Provider Payment | 0 comments

Dear Providers, Yesterday, newly-appointed ODDS Interim Director Trisha Baxter announced that Oregon is putting the brakes on its move to centralize payment to providers of brokerage services. The new target date for the change is July 1st, 2014, pending agreement between the State and SEIU. For quite some time, there has been great concern amongst brokerages, providers, and customers regarding what has been a rather rocky implementation process. Payment to our essential provider base must be top priority for our community and system. We applaud ODDS’ move to delay for solid planning and pledge to work with the Department on development of a thoughtful and thorough...

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11/26/2013 Update on Provider Payment Changes and Provider Enrollment into the State’s System

Posted by on Nov 27, 2013 in 2013 Changes, Provider Payment | 0 comments

Dear Providers, There continues to be a lack of timelines and details regarding the State’s move to take over payment to providers of brokerage services. Representatives from the Office of Developmental Disabilities Services promise there’s continued work on a solid plan, but as of right now they have produced no clear plans or feasible timelines. What we understand is this: Due to the lack of a transition process presently, payment will not be coming through the State effective January 1st, 2014   Brokerages will continue to provide your payment until an appropriate plan is developed and agreed upon. Given the amount of work left to do during implementation, our best...

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Notice to Providers Regarding Issues with State Payment System Changes and Processes

Posted by on Nov 7, 2013 in 2013 Changes, Provider Payment | 0 comments

Dear Personal Support Workers, Domestic Employees and Independent Contractors, Recently, there have been some mixed messages regarding the new State payment system and the Provider Enrollment Number you will need in order to access it – including what you need to turn in and to whom you should submit those items. Many of you have reported getting conflicting information from one contact person to the next. Once the brokerages were alerted to the issue by calls from providers, we quickly made contact with leadership at ODDS (Office of Developmental Disabilities Services) and the OHCC (Oregon Home Care Commission) to address the communication breakdown and resulting...

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