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DHS: ADRC Functional Screen Found To Be Both Reliable, Consistent

Wednesday, January 11, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Sarah Bass
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From Forbes McIntosh, Government Policy Solutions, WALA Lobbyist


Functional screening and options counseling conducted by Aging and Disability Resource Centers is both reliable and consistent in its application, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), as required by the last state budget bill, recently submitted a report to the legislature's Joint Finance Committee evaluating the functional screen and options counseling that is conducted at Aging and Disability Resource Centers. 

Screens conducted by an ADRC are used to determine an individual's initial eligibility for publicly funded long-term care. The functional screen is used by other entities and for other purposes- such as screen results are used by DHS in its rate setting process for Family Care MCOs and by some MCOs in setting acuity-based rates for assisted living services - but these other entities are outside the scope of this report, which focuses just on ADRCs.

According to the report, 95 percent of the 658 customers surveyed said the screener obtained a good understanding of their physical abilities and limitations.

Read the Report...

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