The Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) waiver and Alternative Care (AC) Programs Provider Training 101 is available to help providers learn basic information about Minnesota Health Care Programs (MHCP) and the (HCBS) waiver and (AC) programs operations, policies and requirements.
The training is for people or employees of organizations/agencies who want to enroll with MHCP to provide services for MHCP recipients who receive services through a HCBS waiver or AC program.
Effective January 1, 2014, MHCP requires this training before enrolling a new provider to provide services through the HCBS waiver or AC programs. Some providers are excluded from training depending on the type of service they are enrolled to provide. See the Training Requirements in the HCBS Waiver Services section of the Minnesota Health Care Program Manual for a list of excluded services.
MHCP also welcomes any of the following to benefit from the training content:• Providers with current MHCP enrollment to provide HCBS waiver and AC services• Lead agency representatives• Other interested parties, who assist waiver and AC providers
Each module is interactive and includes navigation and instruction to assist the provider with both locating other resources and to learn more about the policy and regulations for each specific topic area.
The Disability Services Division (DSD) will publish each module as it becomes available. The availability of each module is listed below:• Introduction: About the Waiver Provider Training• Module 1: The Road to Home and Community Based Services in Minnesota• Module 2: Supporting People with Home and Community Based Services • Module 3: Roles and Responsibilities • Module 4: Becoming an HCBS Waiver Provider • Module 5: Participant Safeguards• Module 6: Business Operations and the Provision of Medicaid Services
The learning objectives for each module are listed below.
Introduction: About the Waiver Provider Training
The learner will:• Be informed of training requirements • Understand the learning purpose and expectations of the Waiver Provider 101 training• Be shown how to use the learning environment• Be informed of the purpose of links to resources throughout the training• Understand how to navigate the Minnesota Health Care Program Enrolled Providers main page
Module 1: The Road to Home and Community Based Services in Minnesota
The learner will: • Be able to describe differences between institutional vs community-based living• Have increased understanding of the Disability Rights Movement• Be able to describe the differences between fee-for-service and managed care • Be able to describe the differences between Medicare and Medicaid
Module 2: Supporting People with Home and Community Based Services
The learner will:• Understand the vision of the Minnesota Department of Human Services, Disability Services Division and Aging and Adult Services Division • Understand the importance of a person-centered foundation in supporting people in the home and community• Understand the various HCBS waiver programs, definitions, and options• Understand the federal requirements regarding service development• Become familiar with services furnished under Minnesota’s HCBS waiver menu• Understand the federal requirements regarding service standards• Understand the standards to support for Minnesota’s waiver services• Learn how to navigate through the Minnesota Health Care Program (MHCP) website to learn more about waiver programs, definitions and standards• Learn how to navigate through the DHS licensing website to learn more about licensing requirements
Module 3: Roles and Responsibilities
The learner will understand the roles and responsibilities of:• The federal government• The state• Counties and tribes• Managed Care Organizations• Case managers/care coordinators• Providers• The service participant and legal representatives• Decision making as it relates to guardianship
Module 4: Becoming an HCBS Waiver Provider
The learner will understand:• The process required to become a waiver/AC service provider• The county/tribe contracting process• Required documents that must be submitted as part of the enrollment process• General processes related to service authorizations• General processes related to rates and billing
Module 5: Participant Safeguards
The learner will understand:• The types of protections that state and federal regulations support• How participant safeguards are addressed in the design of waiver programs • Their role in mandatory reporting of abuse and neglect• Roles of federal, state, and local entities that protect service participants• Their role in crisis intervention and behavior management• Different rights of people with disabilities• State and federal data privacy laws• Role of the Ombudsman’s Offices that protect service participants• Role of the service provider in the protection of service participants
Module 6: Business Operations and the Provision of Medicaid Services
The learner will be provided an overview of:• General business operations in Minnesota • Local resources that will help them set up and operate their business• Circumstances in which recoveries of Medicaid payments may occur
Register and view the training modules using TrainLink
You must have or request a unique key to access the learning courses offered through Trainlink.
Once you have a unique key, go to the Trainlink homepage
• Select Continuing Care, you will be on the Disability Services Division Learning Center homepage
• Sign on with your unique key
• Select Find a Course
• Enter “Waiver Provider 101” in the search field
• For questions about Trainlink, email the DSD Learning Team
Minnesota Statute 256B.4912, subdivision 7 (Required Training)
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