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Tootsie Roll Drive

Support the Knights of Columbus Tootsie Roll Drive August 16th through the 19th.  When you see the yellow cans and aprons at the grocery store or bank, drop in some change, get a Tootsie Roll, and support HDC.  Proceeds from the drive benefit HDC and other organizations/schools supporting people with disabilities.  In the past, HDC has been able to purchase a lot of equipment, wheelchairs, furniture, etc. thanks to the Knights of Columbus’ efforts....

2018 Iowa Legislative Review

During the 2018 Iowa legislative session, many legislators heard from their constituents about Medicaid services and the transition to managed care organizations (MCOs). Two bills to address some of the billing and communication concerns unanimously passed the House, but the Senate did not bring them up for a vote. However, there are still some items of interest for people with disabilities and their families, including: *Medicaid funding was increased by $55.1 million; however, none of that will go to increase rates managed care organizations (MCOs) are paid by the state. *Included in the Health/Human Services budget, $1.6 million was allocated to pay for stronger oversight of MCOs. Among other things, MCOs are now required by law to:  Pay claims accurately, use the right rates, and give reasons for any denials,  Correct any errors they find in their systems and reprocess claims within 30 days,  Use a standard Medicaid provider enrollment form and uniform credentialing process. *Home and community based services (HCBS) providers received an extra $3 million to tiered rates. DHS will convene a special work group to determine how best to adjust tiered rates using these funds. To stay informed about what’s happened in the Iowa legislature, here is a useful link: http://www.infonetiowa.org/...
Update to Change is Good

Update to Change is Good

We recently announced some changes happening at HDC. Here’s an update on the latest. GROUP HOME TRANSITION Currently under the direction of the Community Residential Services program, HDC operates three group homes throughout Davenport. Up to eight individuals live in each of the three homes, and they are provided with support from staff for all areas of daily living. Over the years, the needs of individuals living in the group homes have changed. More people are experiencing medical conditions and other issues that require additional attention. To ensure those needs are addressed in the most efficient and effective manner, the group homes and the individuals who live there will soon be under the direction of the Residential  Center. With medical personnel and supervisory staff on duty 24/7 at the Residential Center, someone will always be readily available when health concerns arise, as they so often do now. The transition will take place gradually, with the first home making the shift in May. All three homes will be transitioned by September. Details are currently being finalized in order to make the transition as smooth as possible. For people who reside in the group homes, they will see very little change, but the transition will allow for all facility-based residential programs to operate under one umbrella. UPDATE: The first group home transition has taken place and the next one is scheduled soon. “So far, so good” is how Linda Gill, Vice President of ICF/ID Services describes the transition at this point, “We’re working on logistics and addressing issues as they arise. This change will help us meet the needs of the...