DHS partners with counties, tribes, providers, consumer groups, advocacy organizations and other partners in human services to address Minnesotans' needs.
Review and approval of providers eligible to deliver HCBS waiver/AC services moved to a more centralized mode of operation on Jan. 1, 2014. Please see HCBS Waiver/AC provider enrollment and standards in the Community-Based Services Manual for current information.
Information on this page will be available through June 2014. However, DHS will no longer update this page.
DHS is introducing changes to Minnesota’s long-term care services system. Many of these changes are required by the federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS). As a result, waiver services and systems will be more consistent throughout the state. The evaluation of home and community-based waiver service providers will be centralized, achieving consistency in compliance with person-centered service quality standards.
Jan 1-March 30, 2014: Lead agencies update service agreements to reflect new procedure codes and modifiers
October 15, 2013: DHS will begin sending reports to lead agencies with providers’ current enrollment status
Sept. 30, 2013: Deadline for Waiver/AC Provider Record Review (Providers should continue to enroll with DHS as soon as possible)
August 19, 2013: Providers already licensed with DHS can begin application for (or to covert to) the 245D HCBS license
July 25, 2013: DHS offers lead agency video conference (training registration) on Waiver Provider Record Review process and the impacts to lead agencies
July 22, 2013: DHS offers information session on 245D HCBS and Foster Care: County and Provider Change; Register through the DHS iLinc Public Page
July 10, 2013: Providers new to DHS licensing can begin applying for the 245D HCBS license
July 8, 2013: DHS begins offering webinar trainings for providers on both provider record reviews and obtaining the 245D license
May 15, 2013: DHS no longer accepts applications for 245B DD services license (See July 5, 2013, announcement)
April 2013: DHS introduces new online Waiver Provider 101 training (First course now available; DHS hopes to complete all modules in September 2013; DHS requires completion of all modules for new HCBS providers enrolling with DHS on or after Jan. 1, 2014)
December 2012: DHS begins Waiver/AC provider record reviews for enrolled MHCP waiver/AC service providers
Waiver/AC Billing Labs (Effective Jan. 1, 2014, required within 6 months of enrollment for new waiver/AC service providers)
Jan. 1, 2014:
Fall 2013: DHS provides training to lead agencies and providers in anticipation of the elimination of waiver provider contracts and movement to state centralized operations
July 2013: Providers of services identified in chapter 245D apply for DHS licensure in accordance with 245D requirements
December 2012-September 2013: All currently enrolled waiver service providers undergo enrollment review with DHS
Mar. 2012 – Jan. 2013: DHS works with representatives from more than 20 counties and tribes to explore and define local agency administrative functions following the elimination of waiver provider contracts; See Changing County and Tribal Roles Home and Community-Based Services Waiver Provider Oversight February 2013 (PDF) submitted to the 2013 legislature.
The project combines the following three related Continuing Care Administration initiatives:
The project seeks to accomplish three key goals.
The project consolidates initiatives with unlicensed and licensed providers of HCBS waiver services in Minnesota. Minnesota Statute Chapter 245D establishes licensing standards effective 2014. New standards are applicable regardless of the funding source(s) for the service (state, private pay and any other funding sources). New standards ensure and protect the health, safety and rights of persons receiving home and community-based services governed by chapter 245D.
The new Residential Support Service – Community Residential Site license will collapse corporate foster care waiver services and facility standards into a single license.
Re-enrollment of all HCBS Waiver providers will strengthen provider eligibility requirements and the DHS provider agreement.
The 2012 legislature, with the provision of 245D licensing requirements, directed the elimination of county and tribe waiver provider contracts on Jan. 1, 2014.
DHS is working with county and tribal representatives to determine the changes needed at the local level to support provider contract elimination and assure quality service delivery.
DHS consults with several external work groups on the various aspects of the project. The work groups include representatives from counties, tribes, health plans, provider organizations, advocacy organizations, program participants and family members. Some work groups have completed their work; others continue to assist in the project development and implementation.
If you have any questions regarding this waiver provider standards, please email DHS Waiver Provider Standards.