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OMPP Announces 4.2% Rate Enhancement Extension for Eligible Nursing Facilities

Posted Nov 9, 20203 min Read

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Recently, the Indiana Office of Medicaid Policy and Planning (OMPP) announced that nursing facilities completing CMS’s Targeted COVID-19 Training for Frontline Nursing Home Staff and Management will continue to receive an extension of the current 4.2% temporary rate enhancement through December 30, 2020. The rate increase opportunity was originally slated to end November 30, 2020, but OMPP has now extended the date to December 30, 2020. The 4.2% rate enhancement will end on October 31, 2020 for facilities that do not complete the training and submit the required attestation form by December 30, 2020.

At this time all nursing facilities are continuing to see the 4.2% increase and OMPP hopes that all facilities will complete this required training so that these funds can be retained.  If facilities do not complete the training by the December 30, 2020 deadline then claims for November and December 2020 will be re-adjudicated without the 4.2% increase and funds will be recouped.

  • The training consists of five modules designed for frontline clinical staff and ten designed for nursing home management and is available on the CMS Quality, Safety & Education Portal.  The training must be completed by December 30, 2020.
  • Nursing facilities must complete and submit an attestation to the State by December 30, 2020.

Inservice Education Option – OMPP has also approved completion of the CMS modules by frontline staff via management directed inservice education.   Options for completing via inservice education include:

  • Management staff to complete both the frontline education and administrative education, then preparing and providing inservice education to frontline staff based on the CMS content.  The facility would need to maintain documentation of each frontline staff members’ attendance and completion of the inservice.
  • Management staff leading frontline staff through the CMS training modules in real-time by using the CMS education platform and projecting/displaying it for attendees to see and interact with. The facility would need to maintain documentation of each frontline staff members’ attendance and completion of the inservice.

4.2% Rate Extension Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: What is the definition of frontline nursing home staff and management?    For managers, does this mean nurse managers only?  Or does it mean all staff with a manager title? 

OMPP Response:  The Targeted COVID-19 Training for Frontline Nursing Home Staff is intended for clinical staff members – All staff who by virtue of their job title/duties provide direct care for residents. The Targeted COVID-19 Training for Nursing Home Management is intended for administrative staff members – All staff who by virtue of their job title/duties provide administrative oversight to direct care staff.

Q: What are the requirements for new hires in the month of December?  If new staff begin employment on December 30, are they required to complete all of the training?  

OMPP Response:  OMPP would require a facility commitment that new hires would complete the training within 2 weeks of hire.

Q: Does Provider (LPI) Number on the attestation form refer to the Medicaid provider number?  Or does it refer to the provider NPI?

OMPP Response:  This would refer to the Medicaid Provider number (should be 9 digits).