iCircle Services - Supporting Individual Choice and Empowerment
December 2013

Community Connection

Issue #44

Message from the Board

Happy December! We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. As many of us are busy preparing for the year end and the holidays, we ask you to take a moment to reflect on the past year and all that has been done across our 22-county region to help people in our community.   We encourage you to go back and browse the provider and service spotlights from our newsletter to read about the quality services that exist in Central New York for people with disabilities. At the foundation of iCircle Services, are a diverse group community providers coming together to collaborate on defining a path that will deliver the most robust, high quality services to people in our in community. As a result, we have been able to secure memorandums of understanding with almost 100 providers who share in our belief of a member and provider driven DISCO. Each provider in our network has so much to celebrate this holiday season. We congratulate you all on a successful 2013 and look forward to what will come in 2014.  

People First Wavier Update from OPWDD:

On Monday, November 18, 2103, OPWDD held a statewide videoconference that provided an update on the People First Wavier and Transformation Agreement with the Federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Specifically, the conference gave an update on the rate rationalization and methodology, as well as outlined some ongoing preparation to help entities, like iCircle, prepare for offering a DISCO plan. The PowerPoint from the conference is attached to this newsletter for your review.


Please find a few key highlights from the videoconference below:

  • OPWDD continues weekly discussions with CMS related to deliverables per the Transformation Agreement, the 1915 c waiver amendment and reforming OPWDD’s rate methodology.
  • Following the finalization of the rate methodology, negotiations will continue to determine final provisions.
  • Outcome of rate reform negotiations will determine timeline for initiating managed care.
  • OPWDD has held Joint Application Design (JAD) sessions that have focused on enrollment, communications, data collection, usage, quality review, credentialing of providers, and IT needs.
  • The new rate setting methodology has been submitted to CMS for approval.
  • If approved, the new rate will be phased in and no timeline has been determined yet.
  • OPWDD stated, upon approval, the first services to use the new methodology will be voluntary operated Intermediate Care Facility services, Residential Habilitation (Supervised and Supportive IRAs) and Group Day Habilitation.
  • The new CAS continues to be tested by case study agencies.
  • OPWDD is working on developing care coordination guidance.

OPWDD also shared progress on four critical goals for system reform and personal outcomes. Those four goals include expanding self-direction, increased employment opportunities, de-institutionalization, and offering expanded housing options.

For more information and to view the powerpoint please Click Here!

POMs Training Reminder!

If you are interested in learning how to effectively conduct Personal Outcome Measures (POMs) interviews, as well as, learn how to utilize the data collected for individual plan development and organizational trending aimed at enhancing the quality of the services you provide, then sign up today at www.icirclecny.org for an important training session offered by iCircle Services, in partnership with CDS Monarch and Southern Tier Independence Center. Limited spaces are available and the first series starts in late January.

Provider Spotlight:

Compassionate Care of CNY, Inc.

Founded in 2004

Mission: Compassionate Care of CNY, Inc. is a small agency created by a mother whose daughter suffered a traumatic brain injury. The agency is dedicated to providing quality assistance and independence for individuals with traumatic brain injury and understanding that the family is an important part of that process. Visit our website at www.tbicare.com for more information.

President: Cindy Solomita

Services: Compassionate Care is a licensed home care agency and an approved provider for the Traumatic Brain Injury Medicaid Waiver Program. We provide home and community support, independent living skills, service coordination and a structured day program.

Number of Employees: 43

Number of Individuals Served: 34

Coverage Area: Broome, Tioga, Chenango and Tompkins

Ages Served: 18+

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Mission: iCircle Services is a service portal where individuals with developmental disabilities and their families can self-direct, advocate, and secure the supports and services that best fit their needs. We are guided by individual choice, inclusion, diversity, cultural competence, respect, community, learning and empowerment for those we serve.

Vision: iCircle Services will establish a comprehensive, sustainable, trusted, and compassionate system of supports and services that will help empower families and individuals with developmental disabilities to promote their happiness, independence and inclusion as productive members of our community.

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Phone: 1-855-775-3778
Email: info@icirclecny.org
Website: www.icirclecny.org

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