74.39A.086  <<  74.39A.090 >>   74.39A.095

Discharge planningContracts for case management services and reassessment and reauthorizationAssessment of case management roles and quality of in-home care servicesPlan of care model language.

(1) Discharge planning, as directed in this section, is intended for residents and patients identified for discharge to long-term services under RCW 70.41.320, 74.39A.040, or 74.42.058. The purpose of discharge planning is to protect residents and patients from the financial incentives inherent in keeping residents or patients in a more expensive higher level of care and shall focus on care options that are in the best interest of the patient or resident.
(2) The department shall, consistent with the intent of this section, contract with area agencies on aging:
(a) To provide case management services to consumers receiving home and community services in their own home; and
(b) To reassess and reauthorize home and community services in home or in other settings for consumers:
(i) Who have been initially authorized by the department to receive home and community services; and
(ii) Who, at the time of reassessment and reauthorization, are receiving home and community services in their own home.
(3) In the event that an area agency on aging is unwilling to enter into or satisfactorily fulfill a contract or an individual consumer's need for case management services will be met through an alternative delivery system, the department is authorized to:
(a) Obtain the services through competitive bid; and
(b) Provide the services directly until a qualified contractor can be found.
(4)(a) The department shall include, in its oversight and monitoring of area agency on aging performance, assessment of case management roles undertaken by area agencies on aging in this section. The scope of oversight and monitoring includes, but is not limited to, assessing the degree and quality of the case management performed by area agency on aging staff for elderly and persons with disabilities in the community.
(b) The department shall incorporate the expected outcomes and criteria to measure the performance of service coordination organizations into contracts with area agencies on aging as provided in chapter 70.320 RCW.
(5) Area agencies on aging shall assess the quality of the in-home care services provided to consumers who are receiving services under programs authorized through the medicaid state plan, medicaid waiver authorities, or similar state-funded in-home care programs through an individual provider or home care agency. Quality indicators may include, but are not limited to, home care consumers satisfaction surveys, how quickly home care consumers are linked with home care workers, and whether the plan of care under RCW 74.39A.095 has been honored by the agency or the individual provider.
(6) The department shall develop model language for the plan of care established in RCW 74.39A.095. The plan of care shall be in clear language, and written at a reading level that will ensure the ability of consumers to understand the rights and responsibilities expressed in the plan of care.

NOTES:

FindingsIntent2018 c 278: See note following RCW 74.39A.500.
Findings1999 c 175: "(1) The legislature finds that the quality of long-term care services provided to, and protection of, Washington's low-income elderly and disabled residents is of great importance to the state. The legislature further finds that revised in-home care policies are needed to more effectively address concerns about the quality of these services.
(2) The legislature finds that consumers of in-home care services frequently are in contact with multiple health and long-term care providers in the public and private sector. The legislature further finds that better coordination between these health and long-term care providers, and case managers, can increase the consumer's understanding of their plan of care, maximize the health benefits of coordinated care, and facilitate cost efficiencies across health and long-term care systems." [ 1999 c 175 § 1.]
Conflict with federal requirementsSeverabilityEffective date1995 1st sp.s. c 18: See notes following RCW 74.39A.030.
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