California Healthline: State Opens Adult Day Services Dialogue

by David Gorn

A new chapter starts tomorrow in the long saga of the Community Based Adult Services program.

Two state agencies — the Department of Health Care Services and the Department of Aging — tomorrow will convene the first stakeholder meeting in a new process designed to extend the CBAS program beyond the expiration date of the legal precedent that established it.

The Darling v. Douglas settlement officially ends in August 2014. The state is exploring the idea of reworking its federal 1115 Medicaid waiver to include CBAS care as a Medi-Cal managed care benefit. That means altering the transitional terms and conditions created when the program changed from Adult Day Health Care to the CBAS program.

“Now that CBAS is established as a managed care benefit, many of these terms and conditions must be reviewed and updated,” said Norman Williams, deputy director of public affairs for DHCS.

In addition to five planned public monthly stakeholder meetings, a stakeholder workgroup will be set up to work out some of the finer details, Williams said. 

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