Case Studies of Six State Personal Assistance Service Programs Funded by the Medicaid Personal Care Option. Materials Gathered On-Site


Before each site visit, the state administration was mailed a program summary derived from 1984 and 1988 survey data and asked to verify the accuracy of the figures. State administrators were also asked to collect the following printed materials during the site visit (if available):

  1. Itemized program budgets, and related financial reports from the past three fiscal or calendar years.

  2. Total hours of PAS (or other unit of service) billed for the last three fiscal or calendar years, broken down by service type and/or population.

  3. Any program regulations (including, but not limited to: Eligibility Requirements, Type of Services Provided, Service Limits, Supervision/Case Management Requirements, Waiting Lists, Attendant Compensation and Benefits, Family Providers, Emergency Services, Quality Assessment, and Cost Control)

  4. Assessment tools and procedures, appeal protocols.

  5. Published resources and training materials for consumers, families, and providers.

  6. Any internal research: cost-benefit analyses, needs assessments, audits, evaluations, etc.

  7. Demographic data on the population served: age, sex, ethnicity, type and severity of disabilities.

Programs varied markedly in their capacity to provide these materials, but program regulations and assessment tools were available for each site.

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