Learn about program changes and new resources.
New Adult Long-Term Care Update and ForwardHealth Portal enhancements
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has published the first issue of the new Adult Long-Term Care Update (PDF). This publication will share important information that affects service providers and other stakeholders for Wisconsin Medicaid's adult long-term care programs:
- Family Care
- Family Care Partnership (Partnership)
- PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care of the Elderly)
In addition to the new publication, DHS is also launching enhancements to the ForwardHealth Portal to add content for adult long-term care administrators and providers. Read the Adult Long-Term Care Update 2022-01 (PDF) for more information about the new publication and enhancements coming to the ForwardHealth Portal.
Geographic service region (GSR) reconfiguration
Charge 2 of the 2020-2021 Long Term Care Advisory Council explored strategies to ensure Wisconsin's long-term care programs focus on the whole person. This includes:
- Access, choice, and quality in long-term care programs.
- Efficiency and cost-effectiveness.
- Wisconsin leading the nation in long-term care delivery, services, and supports.
As part of this charge, the Long Term Care Advisory Council was tasked with providing advice and guidance on the number of GSRs. For more information, see the Long Term Care Advisory Council's GSR recommendations (PDF) and the Family Care and IRIS GSR Reconfiguration Timeline, P-03225 (PDF).
Medicaid rate reform
Providers who offer home and community-based services received a 5% rate increase. This means they make more money for services they offer through Medicaid. Higher rates help providers add staff and continue to offer quality care.
The rate increase started in January 2022. The change applies to many service providers in Medicaid programs, including Family Care, Partnership, and PACE. Learn more about the American Rescue Plan Act: Medicaid HCBS Rate Reform Initiative.
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